Still on the fence about attending Autodesk University in Las Vegas? Hey, Humpty Dumpty, this might help you get off the fence — the ability to explore exhibits from the Autodesk Gallery.
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, for the upcoming Autodesk University in Las Vegas, we're debuting 16 new exhibits. Some of these may resurface in San Francisco.
The AI Chair exhibit is one such exhibit where our plan is to showcase it at AU:
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World-famous French visionary, Philippe Starck, teamed up with Autodesk and Italian manufacturer, Kartell, to design and make the first commercially available chair designed with Artificial Intelligence (AI).
The opportunity to work on a truly unique project is every designer's dream, and new technologies can provide the occasion to do just that — as one world-famous French visionary can attest. Philippe Starck — the mastermind behind designs for everything from furniture and household objects to hotels and even space travel — can add one more accolade to his impressive CV: designer of the world's first production chair created with AI in collaboration with humans.
The AI Chair is the result of Starck's collaboration with Italian contemporary furniture maker Kartell and Autodesk Research. Starck provided the overarching vision for the chair: a comfortable seat that uses less material yet has the structural strength and solidity requirements to ensure certification and respects aesthetic standards of simplicity and clean lines. Autodesk Generative Design software then helped to co-design the chair. Generative design is a design exploration technology that enables designers and engineers to input their design goals, along with parameters such as materials, manufacturing methods, and structural performance constraints.
Generative design was used to conduct a conversation between man/machine where the designer specified design goals such as materials, manufacturing methods, and structural possibilities, and algorithms provided the opportunity to explore a myriad of design possibilities.
For the AI Chair, the advanced generative design algorithms output myriad design options that met the goals and constraints. Through an iterative conversational process, the software was able to further refine the design based on input from Starck, which ultimately led to the final design. Representing a leap forward in human-machine collaboration, the AI Chair is now available in Kartell showrooms.
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., 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 AI Chair was unveiled at the Salone de Mobile furniture fair at Milan Design Week 2019. Collaborating with AI will increase designers' capacity for innovation and productivity as well as accelerate product development with generative design for manufacturing.
For AU 2019, the Autodesk Expo has two categories of exhibits: Design to Make for Manufacturing and Design to Build for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). These exhibits showcase how customers in the Manufacturing and AEC industries are realizing the opportunity for better.
To register for AU and see for yourself, visit autodesk.com.
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.
Exhibits are alive in the lab.