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 can help remedy 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.
The Olly the Octopus exhibit is one that you can see on the 2nd floor of our One Market office in San Francisco:
- Autodesk Birmingham Technology Center // more
- Mild steel
Autodesk manufacturing software helps customers machine, print, inspect, and fabricate better quality parts, faster. PowerShape combines surface, solid, and mesh modeling to help engineers prepare molds, dies, and other complex parts for manufacture. PowerMill helps them manufacture molds, dies, and highly complex components with maximum efficiency and quality from their 3-axis and 5-axis machines.
- 3-axis — The cutting tool can move in the x, y, and z dimensions.
- 5-axis — In addition to cutting in 3 dimensions, the cutting tool has the ability to perform 2 rotary axis movements.
In addition to PowerShape and PowerMill, PowerInspect makes inspecting complex free-form surfaces simple, across all a variety of inspection hardware so customers can use the right tools for the job, with one interface on all devices.
Olly the Octopus was made with both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes.
- Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer.
- Subtractive manufacturing is a process by which 3D objects are constructed by successively cutting material away from a solid block of material, most typically done with a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machine.
The Autodesk team used an ABB robotic to deposit material and a Hermle CNC machine to remove material.
Olly is made of mild steel. Mild steel contains approximately 0.05–0.25% carbon making it malleable and ductile. Mild steel has a relatively low tensile strength, but it is inexpensive and easy to form. When required, surface hardness can be increased through carburizing. Carburizing is a heat treatment process that produces a surface which is resistant to wear while maintaining toughness and strength of the core.
Olly the Octopus was made using a combination of high-rate additive manufacturing, subtractive manufacturing, and manual polishing processes. Olly is an example of an advanced hybrid workflow derived from the Autodesk Technology Center in Birmingham, UK.
The Autodesk Technology Center in Birmingham, UK is home to Delcam. The Delcam acquisition in August 2016 benefited Autodesk customers by having the Autodesk expertise in design supported by Delcam knowledge in machining and metrology. The team at Delcam has the expertise to allow Autodesk to continue to develop the amazingly strong Delcam brand and absolute world-class products. Originally a design software company, today Autodesk offers solutions to help our customers design, make, and use places, things, and media, and our acquisition of Delcam is an integral part of that strategy.
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., efficiency, performance, quality), with less (e.g., energy, raw materials, timeframes, waste of human potential), and realize the opportunity for better (e.g., innovation, user experience, return on investment).
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.
Manufacturing processes are alive in the lab.