NASA Interplanetary Lander – the most complicated structure ever created using generative design

One of the most exciting and innovative reveals at Autodesk’s annual user conference – Autodesk University – in November 2018, was the NASA concept interplanetary lander: “perhaps the most complicated structure ever created using generative design.” Developed by NASA’s Jet…

Lynn Allen Explains the Top Six Trends for the AEC Industry

This is the Era of Connection. Today, everything is network-enabled and Internet-connected, from smart doorbells to fitness trackers, and this technology isn’t likely to slow down. By 2020, Cisco estimates that there will be more than 24 million devices connected…

Writing a New Story for Impoverished Communities with 3D Printed Homes

Over 900 million people around the globe live in sub-adequate housing that lacks necessary sanitation and water. By 2025, that number is expected to grow to 1.6 billion – a fifth of the world’s total population. What can be done…

Success – from Design to Manufacturing – Requires Collaboration

It’s easy to forget that the things we use every day like the coffee maker, TV, and car, all started as an idea that was brought to life through design. A concept created a picture, which was transformed into a…

NASA looks to build habitats on other planets using 3D printing

“If you build it, he will come”. If humans are destined to visit and colonize Mars, we’re going to need somewhere to live. But does that mean the first astronauts on Mars will also be construction workers? Will inter-planetary spacecraft…

Generative design is out of the lab and being used in the field

One of the largest surveys of the 3D printing industry culminated recently in the 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards in London, England. What makes these awards, now in their second year, so unique is the public system of voting used…

3D printing a jawbone? How additive manufacturing could cut the cost of healthcare

You need only to look at the last presidential election to realize that healthcare is a hot topic in this country. If you polled Americans on the street, most would admit that healthcare in this country is broken, but almost…

Autodesk’s digital manifesto details an exciting future for construction

Every few decades, new technologies come along that are truly disruptive and revolutionary – capable of shaking up the way we work, live and play. Once these new technologies enter the marketplace, nothing is the same again, as “business as…

Is this the strategy we need for rebuilding American manufacturing?

Bolstering the U.S. manufacturing sector is a message that has played into election campaign promises and White House administration policy for decades. The reality is a different story. As The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan think tanks, points out in its…

3D printing – increasing readiness by manufacturing in the field

The United States military is a master in logistics. With forces deployed and stationed across the globe, the military is extremely effective at getting their personnel anything that they may need to accomplish their mission – both when and where…