The Smithsonian's Freer | Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C. is hosting an interactive exhibit - Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D - that allows visitors to explore the previously hidden meanings of an ancient Chinese sculpture. Autodesk is thrilled to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge both to museum visitors via the exhibition and on the local work stations as well as online via the custom-designed 3D Explorer.
We often make the mistake of using hardware specs for determining a printer’s quality. That is, when we refer to a machine’s resolution, what we are really saying is what the manufacturer has told us about the quality of its components. For a laser-based printer, that would be beam diameter and for a DLP printer, that would be number of pixels in the projector. Instead, what we should be looking at is the quality of the actual prints that come from any given machine. Rather than determining a machine’s quality based on product descriptions, we should measure the smallest (positive and negative) features it can print.
For those of you who have not yet inspected a part printed on Ember in person, you now have the chance.
Our Ember Story Teller, Steve Kranz, has been publishing some great videos on our YouTube page. From customer stories, to mechanical tear-downs of individual components, Steve covers a great variety of topics that shed light onto Ember and advancements in 3D printing going on here at Autodesk.
Last week, we invited members of the media and the greater Autodesk community to check out some experiments we've been working on in the Ember lab.
During a yearlong studio lead by Professor Guvenc Ozel, students at UCLA used Python scripts to generate complex architectural structures and printed them on Ember. After exploring numerous additive processes, the students were able to finally bring the - otherwise difficult to print - creations to life with Ember.
Using Fusion 360, teams from Minneapolis, Boston and San Diego designed a handle that attaches to the top of the Ember printer, making it easier to transport. Essential to the design of this handle were the collaborative tools in Fusion, which allowed designers to easily share and modify their iterations across the team. The teams used a combination of T-Splines, direct editing and parametric modeling to create a simple and effective solution for taking Ember on the go.
Ember is a printer for individuals and businesses that require the utmost precision in their parts. As such, we have created a way that allows Ember users to make exact adjustments to their machine’s image scaling. This ensures that the parts created on Ember are sized exactly as intended.
With the Super Bowl coming to the Bay Area in a few weeks, I decided to model a coin to print on Ember. (For you non-sports fans, commemorative coins are flipped at the beginning of games to determine who starts with the ball). Eventually, I’ll have it investment casted, but for now, I want to demonstrate the technique I used for supporting my model.