The Autodesk Technology Centers are where the future of making takes shape. With locations around the world, we collaborate with industry, academic, and entrepreneurial communities to reimagine what it means to design and make, and create a shared vision of the future that will enable us to do more and make better things with less negative impact.
Autodesk provides the facilities, technology and equipment, training, and expertise for these communities to explore ideas that will shape the future. Each location — San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, and Birmingham, UK — explores different aspects of the future of making, from construction to advanced manufacturing to artificial intelligence and generative design. But all the spaces are designed to foster open innovation and advance the industries that help imagine, design, and make the world around us. For example, the Autodesk Technology Center at the BUILD Space in Boston is a research and development workspace focused on innovation in architecture, engineering, and construction.
The Digital Stone Project is a non-profit organization located in Tuscany, Italy, that, in conjunction with Garfagnana Innovazione, has been promoting robot literacy and advanced manufacturing techniques in the world of classic marble sculpture.
Our March BUILD spotlight features:
- Autodesk Researcher, Jose Luis
- Sculptor and President of the Digital Stone Project, Jon Isherwood
- Senior Engineer at Garfagnana Innovazione, Gabriel Ferri
who discussed the project (including use of VR via HTC Vive, Autodesk Dynamo Studio, scanning, Autodesk Meshmixer, tool path simulation, and Autodesk PowerMill), the yearly one-month workshop in Tuscany, and the research work developed last year in tandem with the Generative Design group at Autodesk.
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). What is learned from artistic modeling and the engineering of industrial robots to the precision required for sculpting may one day be applied to generative design and driving nails, sawing wood, laying bricks, smoothing concrete, and many other routine tasks prevalent on any construction site.
Sculpting is alive in the lab.