As I mentioned in yesterday's blog post, the Elf on the Shelf from our home snuck into my laptop bag, emerged at the office, and was making his way over to the Autodesk Gallery.
Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates design — the process of taking a great idea and turning it into a reality. With about 60 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role technology plays in great design and engineering.
In true Bonnie-less and Clyde fashion, he commandeered a red Ferrari (what a naughty Elf):
Autodesk partnered with Ferrari to hold a contest to challenge students to design the supercar of the future: super-light, super-fast, ecologically responsible, and technically superior. Hongik University of Seoul Korea students used Alias Automotive, Alias Surface, Maya, Showcase, and Sketchbook Professional to create their winning entry.
Apparently, he dumped the stolen vehicle as witnesses reported seeing him on foot, crossing a bridge:
MX3D is using 6-axis robots to 3D print metal in mid-air, literally building a bridge as the robots walk across it, taking additive manufacturing from small to large scale. Autodesk believes machine intelligence and robotic fabrication will herald a new age of construction and is using the technologies to develop tools that will enable the creation of more human-centric designs with more freedom of form, faster build times, reduced waste, and increased safety.
After crossing the bridge, in King Kong fashion, he scaled the Shanghai Tower:
The Shanghai Tower represents a "vertical city" with 8 stacked neighborhoods (128 floors) where each one is an open-to-the-public park with 14 stories above it. Autodesk analysis tools were used by Gensler architects to: reduce energy consumption 30-40%, reduce water usage 40%, and require 35% less material due to its twisted tapering shape (optimized via Autodesk Ecotect wind tunnel analysis).
I wonder where he'll end up next? Tune in tomorrow...
Christmas magic is alive in the lab.