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 by informing visitors about what our customers imagine, design, and make using our software.
Sometimes exhibits from the gallery go on the road and appear at special events, like pop-up galleries that we have hosted in Paris, London, Tokyo, and Toronto. 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 Prosthetics for Active People exhibit is one such exhibit from AU:
- Autodesk Fusion 360 // more
Former firefighter, Braden Leonard, lost his hand in a bike accident and struggled with prosthetic limbs when pursuing extreme sports.
Braden Leonard, a former firefighter, lost his hand in a bike accident due to a flesh-eating bacterial infection. He created a startup designing robust prosthetic gear for people with limb loss who want to pursue extreme sports. After trying and breaking a couple of different mechanical prosthetic devices available on the market, Leonard decided to make his own and started a prosthetic device company: Hand Made Prosthetics in Newport, RI. He needed a prosthetic to fit his active lifestyle; designed a better prosthetic-arm attachment system (to preserve anatomical movement).
He had three major issues with mechanical wrist and pin-lock design:
- free rotation under load,
- strength, and
- transmission of pronation and supination (twist) from his arm to the prosthetic device.
Leonard partnered with Outradius to design two parts to the Hand Made prosthetic device system:
- TwistWrist wrist unit, and
- TwistLock distal locking mechanism (patent pending).
The TwistWrist and TwistLock were designed using finite element analysis to ensure appropriate safe working loads for human tensile and torque loads per the NASA Human Performance Capabilities.
Leonard is currently a resident at our BUILD Space in Boston where he works with emerging tech on improved: prosthetic wrist rotation under load, strength, and transmission from his arm to the device.
Leonard is currently an Autodesk BUILD resident and is using emerging tech to find ways of upgrading what's possible for upper limb prosthetic devices. The Autodesk Technology Center in Boston is a research and development workspace where Autodesk invites startups, colleges and universities, and industry experts to explore ways to advance the building industry. The center focuses on industrialized construction, digital fabrication, automation and robotics in construction, and other ideas that are transforming the built world.
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 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.
Prosthetic design/fabrication is alive in the lab.