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.
Sometimes exhibits from the gallery go on the road and appear at special events, like pop-up galleries that we have hosted in London and Tokyo. In contrast, sometimes exhibits are created for special events and then make their way to the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco. For example, at this year's Autodesk University in Las Vegas, we debuted 19 new exhibits. Some of these may resurface in San Francisco.
The Custom Construction Components on Demand exhibit is one such exhibit from AU:
- Dura Vermeer // more
If you had additive and hybrid manufacturing at your fingertips during the construction process, what would you do with it?
Dura Vermeer applies additive and hybrid manufacturing processes to the construction process.
Dura Vermeer, a leader in digital construction in the Netherlands, put their minds to the matter and brought forward several ideas. Design teams are constantly pushing the possibilities of design, but every architectural and engineering innovation brings new challenges to construction. Complex components are often the last to be installed and the most challenging to get right. With standardized, off-the-shelf versions, difficulties often result in delays and cost overruns.
Dura Vermeer used generative design to create custom construction components that reduced 10 separate parts into one.
With generative design and additive or hybrid manufacturing available on demand, Dura Vermeer realized they might be able to optimize, produce, and install custom components, and if they could integrate 10 different components into a single component, they could simplify their construction supply chain and reduce labor for installation. What's more, this approach can take a complex component from a mechanical requirement and make it an attractive feature — something that adds visual appeal to the finished structure — even while reducing weight. Bringing the benefits of manufacturing to construction creates new possibilities for what we build and how. The Dura Vermeer team imagines a future where they can quickly solve constructability challenges related to design complexity and fabricate components on-site. These ideas for customized components are just the beginning.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for 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 construction and manufacturing industries are converging. Customers who make buildings are adopting processes traditionally employed by customers who make things. Practices like mass production and quality control are being applied to construction sites. This approach helps builders do more and better with less. This is a moment that matters. The inevitability of more demand and the reality of less resources means an opportunity for something better. With advances in design and automation, lessons learned through adjacent industries and peers, and integrations across the technology spectrum, we can design and make a better world. Together, we can make anything.
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.
Convergence is alive in the lab.