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. To help remedy that, we have a gallery.
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 IndyCar Design Simulation exhibit is one such exhibit from AU:
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The shapes of Indy racecar bodies must be tuned for street courses or superspeedways to achieve speeds of over 240 mph.
Aerodynamics plays a key role in modern motorsports. IndyCars are some of the fastest cars ever built and they harness the effects of aerodynamics to create tremendous amounts of downforce, resulting in extreme lateral grip and cornering speeds. Engineers use wind tunnels and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to measure and optimize aerodynamics that maximize downforce while minimizing drag. The combination of powerful engines and advanced aerodynamics allows drivers to round the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at over 240 mph.
Autodesk CFD software allows engineers to simulate/evaluate a racecar's performance by illustrating the complex nature of air passing over and around the car.
To help illustrate and understand the complex nature of airflow passing over and around an IndyCar, designers brought Autodesk CFD software into mixed reality for an ultra-immersive experience. Modern IndyCars use different bodywork for street courses and superspeedways. Large multi-element front and rear wings reduce top speed on the straights but deliver maximum cornering ability on city streets. Superspeedways prioritize maximum velocity for optimum lap times.
AU Attendees used the mixed reality experience to investigate the differences between the bodywork in full street mode, then see what happens when they added the front wing for the superspeedway.
- An IndyCar produces enough downforce in road/street course trim to stick to the ceiling at 120 mph.
- IndyCar uses 2.2L V6 engines with 550-750 HP, depending on boost level.
- The winner of the Indianapolis 500 traditionally drinks an unusual beverage after the race — milk.
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). 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.
Racing is alive in the lab.