I have reported about this before:
- Summer Intern Uses Fusion 360 and Project Dreamcatcher to Imagine, Design, and Create a Cool-Looking Chair
- Fusion 360 and Project Dreamcatcher Elbo Chair
Over our holiday break, our team was thrilled to learn that Brittany's idea, Project Dreamcatcher's design, and Arthur's fine craftsmanship were recognized by WIRED Magazine's third most innovative object of 2016 that you'll actually want to use.
When Brittany Presten was interning with us this past summer, she came up with the idea to create a chair. Naturally, she enlisted the help of Arthur Harsuvanakit, Technical Assistant to Autodesk CEO, Carl Bass, and designer extraordinaire in his own right. Arthur has been codesigning objects with Carl for 5 years now. They've designed bowls, jewelry, tables, desk lamps, and most recently, a unique clock, together. Brittany and Arthur used Autodesk's Project Dreamcatcher to generate the design. As an experienced designer, Arthur was able to help guide Brittany through the process. Together they defined the requirements, such as "support a 300 pound person" and "don't put material here so the person has a place to sit." Dreamcatcher used these requirements to generate several designs. As an experienced woodworker, Arthur helped Brittany select a design that lent itself to being made more easily.
When it came time to create their design, although Brittany had experience with 3D printing and some metal fabrication, she had not done much with wood. As an experienced woodworker, Arthur was able to guide her efforts. Together, they made jigs and fixtures and used the CNC machinery in its most optimal fashion. They spent long hours hand sanding the pieces — resulting in a beautiful object.
The Elbo chair is a testament to generative design and a collaboration process regarding fabrication. It's just another example of how with Autodesk, you can make anything.
Getting wired via teamwork is alive the lab.