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Autodesk: 2017 is when the computer aided economy addresses VR and 3D printing
By John Law - on 11 Jan 2017, 5:15pm

Autodesk: 2017 is when the computer aided economy addresses VR and 3D printing

Chris Lee, Country Manager for Autodesk Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei.

Autodesk Malaysia held a small gathering for the media today in an effort to share their goals for the year 2017.

To start, Chris Lee, Country Manager for Autodesk Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei, explained how the company’s cloud-based services would drive them in 2017.

As Chris states, the Computer Aided Design (CAD) company has long been viewed as a software as a service company that has long served the CAD industry. This is Autodesk’s answer to the archaic practice of releasing their product on a yearly basis that only gave users access to their software solutions via their desktop.

To that end, Chris shared how Autodesk was fast adopting the latest VR medium, and how the company has incorporated it into their services. Two services that uses the new VR application is the Autodesk Revit and Autodesk LiveDesign program. To describe these programs simply: Autodesk Revit is essentially a 3D design engine, while Autodesk LiveDesign is a cloud-based technology that allows their customers to transfer their 3D model from Autodesk Revit to Autodesk LiveDesign.

With Autodesk BIM 360, users can easily create a 3D model and transpose it into VR now.

Once transferred, Autodesk LiveDesign’s Generative Design algorithm will then convert a simple 3D model that can then be viewed via a VR headset, such as the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

With Autodesk's new Generative Design algorithm, the company is able to come up with several different designs of an object. In this case, it projects different these different chassis' it can create for a bike.

Generative Design also serves another purpose: it can automatically create a design of an object based on the information provided by the user. From that information, the algorithm automatically creates and fabricate a product (in this case, a bicycle), and all of the different chassis designs that are possible with the materials provided.

BIM 360 can also be used by architects in the construction and heavy industry sector, allowing them to fabricate a design in VR before eventually making their design a reality.

On that note, Chris also talked about the Autodesk Fusion and Autodesk BIM 360 service. This particular segment of their services allow users in the heavy industry sector to pre-fabricate the layout of building that’s still under construction, giving individuals such as architects a chance to finalize the aesthetics of a room before eventually building it.

Autodesk has also signed a MoU with MIMOS to create a 3D Smart Maker Initiative for the advancement in 3D Design and Production in Malaysia.

Chris also took the time to announce that Autodesk has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MIMOS to launch a new 3D Smart Maker Initiative. The program, funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation’s (MOSTI) social innovation fund, is aimed at helping the country to adopt 3D Design and additive manufacturing technologies.

If you’re looking to get into CAD and wish to use Autodesk’s software solutions, you may visit their website for more information.

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