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May 25, 2022

Take a Deep Dive into the Autodesk Gallery with AU Learning

People in the Autodesk Gallery
Lightning Motorcycles, featured in the Autodesk Gallery, has used generative design to help produce their electric motorcycles. 

The reimagined Autodesk Gallery is officially open. Autodesk President and CEO Andrew Anagnost welcomed San Francisco Mayor London Breed as well as many of the innovators whose work is featured in the Gallery to a celebration on May 11.

The Gallery showcases how Autodesk customers and partners are designing and making a better world across industries—from architecture, engineering, and construction to industrial design, manufacturing, and entertainment. They’re innovators who are making our world more sustainable, resilient, and equitable.

And many of the customers and partners featured in the Gallery have shared in-depth knowledge and insights about their projects and processes at Autodesk University. Check out their classes, Theater talks, and articles:

Lightning Motorcycles is tackling sustainability from the transportation angle with their line of electric motorcycles. They’re using generative design to make their bikes lighter but just as strong, enabling them to go further on a single battery charge. The team from Lightning shares their process and discoveries using generative design for mass production.

Architecture firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is taking multiple approaches to creating sustainable homes, schools, and office parks. They’re using new simulation tools to analyze architectural designs to create the most energy-efficient, comfortable buildings. Aaron Ketner, director of sustainability at D/P/S, has taught a number of AU classes over the years, including How to Meet Your 2030 Challenge Goals with Revit and Insight.

Scaled Robotics is approaching the increasing demand for housing by enabling smarter construction. Their construction robot can scan a construction site 10 times faster than a person could and uses an AI-driven software platform that compares the on-site progress against the digital model, helping site managers catch errors 75% faster than with traditional processes. That means less construction waste in landfills. Take a deep dive with Stuart Maggs’ AU Theater talk, Digitizing the Construction Site or his class, Construction Robotics.

Perkins & Will is doing innovative things with a traditional building material—namely, wood. Wood is considered sustainable because it sequesters carbon during the entire building lifecycle, whereas steel and concrete both release carbon during production—in fact, steel and concrete alone account for 9% of global carbon emissions. Check out their AU class on the possibilities of mass timber, which can reduce embodied carbon by 60%, while also reducing costs by 10% and construction time by 15%.

Build Change is a nonprofit focused on increasing the resilience of communities in the developing world. Founded by Dr. Elizabeth Hausler after the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the organization’s goal is to assess and retrofit the substandard housing in places where many people can’t afford to meet building codes. This was originally a time-consuming manual task—it took a three-person team four or more days to design a custom solution.

Working with Autodesk, they’ve automated that process. Using satellite imagery, online data, and design automation, one person can now do the analysis and create a retrofit plan that’s up to code in a few hours—a time savings of 97% compared with their old process. Check out their class, A Digital Revolution in Resilient Housing, Build Change, and Autodesk.

A better world is also one where we find meaning through storytelling and the experience of art. LAIKA is an animation company based in Portland, Oregon that’s using Autodesk tools in innovative ways. They’re combining stop motion animation with digital effects—if you’ve seen their movies, like Coraline and Missing Link, you know what this looks like. They’re also using Autodesk software to schedule, budget, and manage production. They share their knowledge in their article, Automated Resource Leveling and Scheduling at LAIKA.

What are you doing to design and make a better world? Join the conversation on social media to let us know. And learn more anytime at Autodesk University.