Yesterday many big hearted employees in the Autodesk Lake Oswego Oregon office took time to assemble 3D printed Phoenix prosthetic hands designed using Autodesk’s own Fusion 360 in the e-NABLE Buildathon. The hands are destined with a personal card for children in war torn Syria by e-NABLE. Autodesk employees around the world donate their personal time year around and Autodesk whole heartily supports this and matches the time and donations and also has a philanthropic foundation with the Autodesk Foundation to further show the commitment and commitment to Imagine, Design, and Create a Better World. During the month of June Autodesk has focused on a Global Month of Impact and organized several volunteer projects in offices.
e-NABLE Community Foundation is an Autodesk Foundation Grantee. They are a dedicated international network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing technology to design, deliver, and distribute free upper-limb prosthetics to children and underserved populations around the world.
It is the first day of summer and coincidently the first day of my sabbatical. Autodesk is one of the top employers in North America and recognizing employees work life balance and providing us the time to relax, reflect, recharge ever 4 years is an amazing benefit. This will be my fourth sabbatical since joining Autodesk a little over 18 years ago. What do I have planned, not much except spending time with my family, my friends, and the great outdoors camping in a hammock every chance I get. I will post here regularly to prevent the light from going out and also keep myself busy.
Always Take the Scenic and Less Traveled Route -Shaan
If you were unable to attend the Autodesk Forge Conference this week, you can still watch the keynote on YouTube. Forge is powerful set of cloud services, APIs, and resources for developers to quickly create the data-centric apps, experiences, and services that power the future of making things.
Recently I edited a 3D model and created a quick video in Autodesk ReMake (formerly Autodesk Memento.) The 3D model was generated using AutodeskReCap 360 Pro from photos taken last month using an UAS/drone in the hot windy Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley California. The ability to create 3D textured models from aerial photos opens up many possibilities in design, construction, and site mapping. Autodesk has released specific features in ReCap 360 Pro named Fly that allow you to create point clouds, geolocated maps, incorporate ground control, and automatically create orthographic images.
This week 9 of us from the Lake Oswego Autodesk office went and volunteered to sort food at the local Oregon Food Bank. We sorted 6872 pounds of chilled goods which is the equivalent of about 5727 meals. Autodesk strongly encourages their employees to get involved in causes and to volunteer around the year and this month is organizing projects in each of the offices around the world that employees can get involved with.
I challenge all of you to volunteer in your community and help create a better world.
I absolutely love seeing Mt. Hood on my flights back home to Portland Oregon. I took this photo Sunday evening with my iPhone after returning from surprising my mother in Idaho on her 70th birthday. If you look closely you can see Mt. Jefferson in the background.
Smaller engineering teams have the advantage of being more agile, due to necessity. Their lack of resources require maximum efficiency. With today’s technology, these teams can leverage shared manufacturing resources like 3D print on demand and shared manufacturing facilities. The internet and secure networks make it possible to access shared engineering resources to fill whatever gaps in skills or specialties.
Integrated cloud solutions and subscription pricing models help give the smaller companies access to the high powered tools, typically only affordable to larger players with enterprise deals. Smaller companies don’t have to deal with capital expenditure that come with maintaining high end software and solutions, thus not resulting in depreciation and lower “sunk” costs. Pay-as-you-need software gives them the ability to leverage shared software resources, and lowers risk, which smaller engineering teams simply can’t afford.
Have you ever struggled to look at ways to innovate and used the same old process or the lack of a process? The Innovation Genome is used by Autodesk and many others and may be just what you are looking for teaching you how to ask the right questions to discover the hidden innovation opportunities in your organization and industry.
The Autodesk Innovation Genome is a research project and innovation methodology being developed at Autodesk/San Francisco. The goal of this research project is to develop a comprehensive innovation methodology comprised of new innovation techniques that are both powerful and practical. The purpose is to help people and organizations create real innovations that positively impact their organizations and the world.
Leveraging 3.4 Million Years of R&D
These innovation techniques — that are currently being used at Autodesk, by dozens of Autodesk customers, across Silicon Valley, and in 12+ countries around the world — are derived from an ongoing 10-year research project that systematically examines the greatest 1,000 innovations in human history over the past 3.4 million years. We start with the stone hand axe (the world’s first innovation), study great innovations across history (like democracy and the printing press), and continue up to current day innovations such as the Internet, microfinance, and the Tesla. To date, we have studied 350 innovations.
Discovering the True DNA of Innovation
Building on this extensive research, Autodesk has identified a previously undiscovered set of common characteristics among all true innovations — a kind of “Innovation DNA” — that has led to the creation of new innovation techniques. They are easy to learn, teach, and apply, even in organizations that have traditionally been relatively non-innovative; and they have proven extremely effective for both experienced innovators and people with minimal innovation expertise.
Check out Bill O'Connor's The Autodesk Innovation Genome presentation as it may be what you are looking for. http://bit.ly/1WXvHZO
There is a free online virtual event next week that will help manufacturers and product designers capitalize on the disruptive trends impacting manufacturing. This event will feature great content and keynotes by some amazing speakers.
When: Friday, June 17, 11:00AM Eastern, 8:00AM Pacific time
The lakes and mountains have thawed. The smell of burnt hot dogs and hamburgers waft through the air in the evening followed by smores. The smell of bacon fills the campgrounds in the morning which combined with the sunrise and nature is pure beauty. The feeling of sunburns and mosquito bites.
Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere. It was 100 degrees in normally cool and moist Portland Oregon in the past few days. It was so hot here that we on the building events council (aka Ministry of Mischief) decided to hold a surprise popup ice cream event in the office to cool down employees.
Some of my photos from last weekend that made it feel like summer had arrived.
I have a sabbatical this summer and planning so many fun trips outdoors camping, swimming, and hiking, as well as some volunteering projects. I hope you have some fun things on your summer calendar planned.