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Since 1993, Autodesk University has been the largest gathering of Autodesk product users. It’s always been more than a conference. It IS a community of dedicated users who are committed to expanding their knowledge and sharing their expertise with others. Beyond the classes, it has had a number of opportunities for social gatherings, as well as an expansive exhibit hall. So, the big question is, how does an event that draws over 12,000 to Vegas each year translate to a virtual experience this year?
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I had two classes that were accepted for this year’s Autodesk University. The first class was Top 7 OSL Shaders for 3ds Max 2021, which focused on my choice of the top OSL shaders available in 3ds Max 2021. And the second was Product Visualization Workflow from Inventor to 3ds Max to the Client, which looked at the workflow for importing an Autodesk Inventor model into 3ds Max, applying materials, and rendering it.
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While augmented reality, VR’s less-immersive cousin, has taken smartphone users by storm (think Pokemon GO and Google Translate), VR offers what Hanson says is, “a sense of immersion and presence for remarkable places in the world.” He predicts the future of AR and VR will blend together at some point, expanding realities everywhere.
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Sheet sets provide a great way to organize all the sheets in a project so that you can access them from a single location. For example, you can use the basic sheet set capabilities to open, manage, share, and print any or all the drawings in a project. But for maximum productivity, you will need to assign various sheet set properties. You can then use sheet sets to automate many document management operations. To learn how to work with your sheet set properties, automate title block, label, and callout data, and much more, be sure to download my full class handout.
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In the slicing software, a couple tweaks were needed. I know from experience that generous tolerances are needed for 3D printed parts that are form fit or threaded. Given that I didn’t build in any tolerances in the model, there was no way they would fit together if I printed them as modeled. To fix this, I scaled the bottom part up to 105% of its original size.
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In the last issue, I showed you how to use 3ds Max to create a previsualization for a remodeling job, which also happens to be my basement. Well, it’s nearly done, and I wanted to catch you up on how it’s going. The 3ds Max renderings were done prior to starting any work on the basement, and I used them as inspiration for the final version. So, let’s take a look at where things stand now, and also compare the 3ds Max renderings with the mostly finished version.
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Resilience is our ability to recover quickly from negative influences and changes, such as illness, adversity, or misfortune. Putting it mildly, 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone, and more than ever before, our ability to overcome adversity, both as individuals and as organizations, is being severely tested.
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