Architects and engineers around the world are often tasked with pushing the boundaries for clients. Whether it's creating a unique skyscraper to show off a design team's capabilities or a bridge that needs to withstand millions of tonnes of pressure, these professionals need to be supported by software that allows them to meet the challenges of the industry.
Autodesk produces a range of capable CAD software products, from AutoCAD to Revit, that give designers the tools they need to produce designs that can be constructed safely.
You don't just have to take our word for it. Here are three of the most interesting projects that could only be completed with Autodesk products.
1. Shanghai Tower
Whether Skyscrapers are built in Australia or Dubai, Japan or the US, they all have one thing in common - they're built to be noticed. Engineers tasked with leading these projects not only have to consider the safety of the structures inhabitants, but must balance this concern with brilliant design.
The yet-to-be-completed Shanghai Tower is the most recent example of this, and will be China's tallest building once it opens to the public in the coming months. According to the Associate Senior Designer at Gensler, Michael Peng, Autodesk Revit enabled the engineers to overcome a number of unique challenges.
"We used Revit Architecture software to design and model the tower and then shared those models with our mechanical, electrical, and structural consultants," he explained.
2. Lifesaving helmets
For many athletes, commuters and weekend adventurers, helmets are the most important piece of gear they'll ever wear. These are essential for people cycling to work, competing in sporting events or indulging in a bit of extreme sports in their own time.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has teamed up with Autodesk to create a more efficient prototyping process for the helmets it's creating. The team is balancing a number of constraints when creating these projects, as the helmets need to be safe and dependable without compromising their weight or style.
On top of embracing Autodesk design products, the company will also look to 3D print the final prototypes.
3. International Space Station parts
CAD design software isn't just making an impact on earth, it's influencing the way astronauts go about their businesses in space as well. NASA recently held a competition to see who could design the best hand rail for the space station in AutoCAD.
The winning designs will then be 3D printed from a device situated in the space station, proving just how far the influence of these trends can stretch.
Contact Redstack to discover how Autodesk products and 3D printing solutions can help you develop efficient design processes.