The Autodesk Generative Design Field Lab is Armed for the Future of Robotics

Robotic manufacturing continues to grow and evolve at an extremely rapid pace. New opportunities include collaborative “cobots,” industrial IoT, connected robots, and niche applications in small and mid-sized manufacturing operations.This last robotic manufacturing trend depends on the ability to design end effectors quickly so that the same robotic arm can…Read More

20+ Fusion 360 Additive Manufacturing Tutorials

You probably noticed some tasty new Fusion 360 additive manufacturing capabilities, from the FFF space and slicers to the metal additive manufacturing capabilities and even Additive Simulation!In the midst of all these new updates, we thought now would be an appropriate time to revisit the many incredible additive manufacturing for…Read More

Ayyalasomayajula Lalitha: India’s First Female Engineer

Although she only lived until 1979, Ayyalasomayajula Lalitha — India’s first female engineer — will be remembered forever as a pioneer of equality, education, and engineering. Born the fifth child of seven in Chennai (formerly Madras) to a middle-class Telugu family, Lalitha married at just 15 and gave birth to…Read More

Three Environmental Considerations for the FFF 3D Printing Process

3D printing is often viewed as an environmentally friendly manufacturing method because of its reduction in waste material. It’s also shaking up supply chains by allowing localization, consolidation, and reduced inventories. However, every manufacturing process has an environmental impact, and additive manufacturing is no exception. In this article, we’re going…Read More

Understanding the Different Additive Manufacturing Processes

If you’re reading this, you probably already know what a 3D printer is (if you don’t, then read this article about 3D printing vs. injection molding). But do you understand the differences between the vast number of additive manufacturing processes, technologies, and their applications?To start, here are three easy ways to categorize the various additive manufacturing technologies: 1. Melted…Read More

The New Possible Episode 1: fuseproject Goes Medical to Combat COVID-19

The New Possible is a monthly podcast that sheds light on the future of making things – from COVID-19 ventilators to sustainable motorcycles. Each episode tells the story of how a company unlocked their new possible using Autodesk’s Fusion 360. Follow along as we dive into the who’s, what’s, and…Read More

Why is Simulation Software Important in the Design Process?

Creating a great design is the ultimate goal of any product team, but how do we get there? Teams typically excel at crafting theoretical designs — throwing budgetary caution to the wind while flexing creative muscle. While this approach births marvelous concepts, these often lack practicality. Simulation software helps us find…Read More

Justin Baker’s Journey From Puppeteer to Mechanical Engineer

Justin Baker always knew he wanted to work with his hands. He trained as an artist, learned aircraft maintenance serving in the US Air Force, then started a career operating animatronics that control the large, interactive puppets often used in live events, theater, TV, and film. He enjoyed working on…Read More

3D Printing vs. Injection Molding: What You Need to Know

3D printing and injection molding are two manufacturing methods that are taking the industrial world by storm, especially when it comes to the mass production of plastic parts. Both are now essential tools for designers and are powerful product development approaches for teams and individuals alike. However, it’s worth noting…Read More

How to Use Generative Design Tools for Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing

Generative design helps us seek out new ways to solve engineering and product design problems. It helps us explore what lies beyond traditional design boundaries — especially when reducing weight, achieving high stiffness, and using minimal material are important goals. Many people still see generative design as a tool for…Read More

What Does the Future of 3D Printing Look Like?

Once a novelty pipe dream but now an established technology, 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) is positioned for real, important growth. Remember the early days of 3D printing? We shared a collective excitement for model versions of the Brooklyn Bridge and iconic cartoon characters to adorn our desks. Now, 3D…Read More

What is Aerospace Engineering?

Decidedly the least grounded profession in the field of engineering, aerospace engineers examine our relationship with the world above us. Since the field’s official 1958 emergence, engineers have helped humans travel — commercially, militarily, and exploratively. Aerospace industry advancements have improved how quickly, safely, and efficiently this has been made…Read More

3DXTech & Gearbox3D Take Additive Manufacturing To the Next Level

In the last ten years, massive additive manufacturing innovations have firmly planted digital manufacturing into the industry’s zeitgeist. However, today two of the most pressing challenges for the technology remain: How do you print something with plastic that goes beyond a prototype? How do you reliably print with high temperature…Read More

The Role of Machine Learning in Industrial Automation

These days, most professionals are trying to accomplish tasks faster than ever before. An invigorated focus on efficiency and proactivity has been the impetus for this shift. While traditional industries aren’t eliminating the human element from the equation, many are looking to strategically offload certain tasks. Machine learning adoption is…Read More

Achieving Better Additive Manufacturing Outcomes in Generative Design

As part of the December 2020 update of Fusion 360, we delivered a hidden gift just in time for the holidays: a new method for generating additive manufacturing outcomes. Internally, we call this project Additive 2.0, and it is part of our Experimental Generative Solvers and Features preview. This new method should go a long way to improve the shape…Read More

What Is Parametric Design in Architecture, and How Is It Shaping the Industry?

Galaxy SOHO by Zaha Hadid Architects. The inexorable refinement of design processes, fueled by prototyping in an exclusively digital space, has allowed engineers and designers to rethink their approach to many different application areas. Architectural prototyping, 3D modeling, and design, for example, have seen new, daring approaches in the past…Read More