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. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything, but some segments of the general public are not yet aware of that.
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. Autodesk Gallery Ambassadors conduct gallery tours as a sideline to their day jobs. The tours provide ambassadors with opportunities to practice public speaking in front of small groups. Autodesk Gallery Curator, Jason Medal-Katz, chose the title, ambassador, instead of docent because the correct way to address an ambassador is "your Excellency." Alas, this never happens.
The Beginning at the end exhibit is an exhibit that you see on the 2nd floor of our One Market office in San Francisco:
Driven by the pursuit of excellence and drawing from over years of experience, the Rudy Project collection elevates the performance of athletes at every level. Founded in Treviso, Italy in 1985, all Rudy Project products masterfully blend cutting-edge technology and aesthetically sculpted design, along with Italian styling and attention to detail, to make some of the world's best eyewear, hi-tech prescription solutions, helmets, and sports gear. Legends of cycling, motorsports, triathlon, and many other disciplines represent Rudy Project as they wear the brand's helmets and sunglasses in training and competition across the globe. [rudyproject.com]
Autodesk Delcam, one of the world's leading suppliers of advanced CAD/CAM solutions for the manufacturing industry, provides complete, automated CAD/CAM solutions, to take complex-shaped products from concept to reality.
Reverse engineering is rapidly becoming a valuable manufacturing tool. Creating a 3D digital model of a physical item from scanned data enables the re-engineering of existing products into improved and/or customized designs. To demonstrate advanced CAM and reality capture, Delcam reverse-engineered the Rudy Project's Windmax helmet. A laser head-equipped FARO anthropomorphic arm scanned the helmet, creating a point cloud that became a digital 3D model.
FARO is a trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging, and realization technology. The company develops and manufactures leading edge solutions that enable high-precision 3D capture, measurement, and analysis across a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, engineering and public safety. An anthropomorphic arm is a type of mechanical robotic arm shaped in a way that resembles a human hand, i.e., with independent fingers and thumbs. [Faro/Wikipedia]
Subtractive manufacturing is based on starting with a solid block and removing material (often a layer at a time) to arrive at a desired object.
With scanning a conversion to a 3D model completed, a 1:1 scale physical model was then machined from a solid block of aluminum, resulting in a helmet perfectly corresponding to the original.
The exhibit is a shining example of the SCAN-MOD-MACHINE process in the Autodesk Gallery.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for some of the descriptive text for this blog post.
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). The ability to reserve engineer and recreate physical objects is one way to replicate lost artifacts or even duplicate existing objects.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us.
Reverse engineering is alive in the lab.