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 2018's Autodesk University in Las Vegas, we debuted 19 new exhibits. Some of these may resurface in San Francisco.
The Space Exploration Lander exhibit is one such exhibit from AU:
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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a unique national research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. JPL helped open the Space Age by developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and sending robotic missions to study all the planets in the solar system as well as asteroids, comets, and the moon. In addition to its missions, JPL developed and manages NASA's Deep Space Network, a worldwide system of antennas that communicates with interplanetary spacecraft. [jpl.nasa.gov]
Putting a lander on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (to verify the ingredients for life) requires parts that withstand temperatures far below zero and radiation levels greater than Earth, but also low weight to reduce the amount of fuel needed to reach orbit.
The search for life in our solar system is expanding to the most distant planets. The moons of Jupiter and Saturn show promising signs they may contain the ingredients for life. One way to know for sure is to put a lander on the surface of these remote regions of space. That presents new design and engineering challenges.
Autodesk and NASA JPL used generative design for a mass reduction of 35% of the main structural lander component that could be made using various fabrication methods such as casting, subtractive, and additive manufacturing.
Landers perform complicated functions in temperatures far below zero and withstand radiation levels thousands of times greater than on Earth. Perhaps most importantly, they have to travel hundreds of millions of miles through space before they can start their on-site work. For the distant journey to the outer planets, reducing mass is critical. Every kilogram that can be cut from a lander's payload translates to mass reduction to the launch vehicle itself — and an exponential reduction in the fuel needed. Collaborating with Autodesk, NASA JPL is exploring how generative design can be used to design a concept lander with lower mass and improved performance. Generative design allows the team to quickly iterate to produce designs that meet set objectives and are constrained and optimized for a range of fabrication processes, including casting, subtractive, and additive manufacturing.
Thanks to the Autodesk Gallery team for the descriptive text for this blog post.
Autodesk has always been an automation company. Today, more than ever, that means helping our customers automate their design and make processes. We help them embrace the future of making, where they can do more (e.g., increasing efficiency, performance, quality), with less (e.g., less energy, fewer raw materials, shorter timeframes, less waste of human potential), and realize the opportunity for better (e.g., innovation, user experience, return on investment). This joint project uses the latest in cutting edge design but combines that with tried and true manufacturing processes. This combination capitalizes on the opportunity for better by getting the best of both worlds.
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.
Landing is alive in the lab.