Posted by visualz, 10 July 2011 8:00 pm
Its no secret that Autodesk is a pretty big company. There is a lot that goes on here all over the world and with all the products we maintain, sometimes its difficult to keep track of (or find!) all the available resources that are out there. During several customer visits recently, I had the opportunity to share several of these as questions about different things popped up - ie: "where can we get free tree models" or "does 3ds Max have the ability to work with point clouds?". Well, look no further...
What is Autodesk Labs?
Autodesk Labs is home to innovative new technologies and collaborative development. Its mission is to involve you, the customer, in the progress of design technology solutions. We’re not a beta program (although Autodesk does have an active beta community), or a usability team, because the technology we work with is too new to be a product. The user feedback that you provide to Labs is really on product ideas, while they’re still in an early conceptual stage. Ultimately, Labs is a reflection of Autodesk’s commitment to connecting with new and existing users, enabling direct feedback that leads to better products and solutions.
The best way to learn about Autodesk Labs is to start experimenting yourself. Check out the different technologies available on Autodesk Labs, participate in the discussion groups and blogs, and be sure to register to receive email updates when new technologies are posted. Try out our free technology previews, test them and tell us what you think. Your comments, experience and insight help drive the future of Autodesk innovation.
TIP: check out the Media and Entertainment section for information pertaining to Autodesk M&E products
About Autodesk Seek
The Autodesk® Seek web service enables architects, engineers, and artists to quickly discover, preview, and download branded and generic building information modeling (BIM) files, models, drawings, and product specifications for their active design sessions.
Key features include:
Manufacturer-supplied product information — Access BIM models, drawings, and product specifications for more than 37,000 commercial and residential building products from nearly 1,000 manufacturers.
Powerful parametric search technology — Search by key attributes, including dimensions, materials, performance, sustainability, or manufacturer name using industry-standard classifications.
Preview and explore models before downloading — View, rotate, zoom, and slice product models, and then download the accurate, lightweight files.
Support for multiple formats and files — Select the formats and files that work for you including 3ds Max and Maya files, Revit, DWG™, DGN, and SKP files (that import into 3ds Max) and PDFs.
TIP: do a filtered search for 3ds Max and Maya files and search for "tree". there are hundreds of free, textured models ready and waiting. I sense a mental ray proxy forest in your futures!
I hope you find these two resources useful and check them out again and again.
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