Posts Tagged ‘Autodesk’

Autodesk Maya LT Software Launches For Indie Developers

August 27th, 2013

This week Autodesk has launched a new version of their comprehensive 3D animation and creation software Maya in a new version called Autodesk Maya LT which has been created specifically for indie developers and smaller companies.

The new Autodesk Maya LT release follows on for previous LT versions released by Autodesk for other main stream packages they create such as Autodesk AutoCAD LT and AutoCAD Inventor LT to name a few.

Features of the new Autodesk Maya LT software include full support for all of Maya’s 3D modeling tools including NURBS and subdivision surfaces, Maya’s Hypershade surface editor, ShaderFX for the creation of HLSL and CGFX shaders and export to FBX format of up to 25,000 polygons per scene.

Other features of Autodesk Maya LT include import of .ma, .mb (Maya ASCII and binary formats), .mlt (Maya LT format), OBJ and FBX 3D formats, import of BMP, PNG, DDS, EXR, TGA, and TIFF as textures and import of AI and EPS structures drawings as objects.

The new Autodesk Maya LT design software is now available on both OSX and Windows systems and is priced at$795 for a perpetual license. However Maya LT Term licenses are will also be available as part of a monthly, quarterly or annual rental plan, starting at $50, $125 and $400, respectively, Maya LT Term licenses will be made available at a later date.


Autodesk, Microsoft Enable Direct 3D Printing From Windows

July 26th, 2013

Microsoft Windows 8 users soon will be able to directly print to a 3D printer from within the OS, an advancement that is poised to bring 3D printing to the masses.

Autodesk will be the first software company to take advantage of the 3D printer pipeline that will be available in the upcoming Windows 8.1 update release, Camille Caron, Autodesk business development manager, told Design News in an email. Microsoft has said the Windows 8.1 update release is scheduled for general availability later this year.

Once that software is available, users can hit “Ctrl+P” from within Autodesk’s 123D family of applications to print designs via a MakerBot desktop or Objet 3D printer connected to Windows. 123D includes the Autodesk 3D Printing Utility, which is currently connected to printer-specific software for these printers. “Essentially, the 3D printing experience will mirror how folks currently print to 2D printers, without the need to go through a printer-specific application, as you have to do today,” Caron told us. Autodesk recently demonstrated the technology at the Microsoft Build developer conference in San Francisco.

Autodesk’s 123D family of apps will be the first to take advantage of the direct 3D print function that will soon be available in Windows through a Windows 8.1 update. (Source: Autodesk)
Autodesk’s 123D family of apps will be the first to take advantage of the direct 3D print function that will soon be available in Windows through a Windows 8.1 update.
(Source: Autodesk)
Specifically, to leverage the functionality, someone using 123D Design — which, like the other 123D apps, is available in a web-based version, as well as on both the PC and Mac platforms — would open their model within the app. Alternatively, they could open a model from the 123D Gallery app if it wasn’t one they originated themselves, she said.

To open the Autodesk 3D Print Utility in 123D Design, a user would select File > 3D Print. This is where the support for direct 3D printing would come into play and make it easy to print a 3D model. “The Autodesk 3D Print Utility performs a geometry check, auto repairs, and optimizes the model to improve the final 3D-printed object,” Caron said. “The 3D Print Utility can additionally hollow, adaptively thicken, and re-orient the model for minimum support material requirements, and can provide outputs for popular 3D-printing file formats (.stl, .thing, .amf) if you wish to share the file with others, too.”

In addition to 123D Design and 123D Gallery, the functionality also will be available in Autodesk’s 123D Catch and 123D Make applications.


Autodesk Appoints Alok Sharma As Head, M&E Division

June 17th, 2013

Autodesk, a 3D design, engineering and entertainment software player, has appointed Alok Sharma as Head, Media & Entertainment (M&E) Business for India and Saarc.

He will be responsible for driving the growth of Autodesk’s M&E business and adoption of its digital design entertainment creation tools across the region.

“India’s M&E sector is slated to grow at 11.8 percent in 2013 to touch Rs 91,700 crore as per recent FICCI-KPMG Media & Entertainment 2013 report. Autodesk is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this environment with its range of tools that enable customers to create more innovative films, television content, and games through integrated digital production environments that support creativity and improve efficiency,” said Sharma.

Sharma has 18 years of industry experience and in the past held leadership positions in leading IT organizations like HP, Tata Elxsi and Network Appliance. Prior to joining Autodesk, he was associated with Fujitsu India for 5 years leading two of the company’s business units—Workplace Systems, Workstations & Thin Clients.


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