Autodesk has partnered with Portland-based design and manufacturing facility ADX to create a new space called The Bridge. Housed at ADX, the companies say the facility will bring together digital and analog fabrication.
The space will host four industry grade computers running the latest 2D, 3D, and cloud-based design software for digital prototyping, as well as two Makerbot 3D printers to allow for early prototype visualization. The facility will also include four Leap Motion controllers. These controllers are attached to each computer and will allow users to design in 3D with nothing but hand gestures.
"The Bridge will be home to some of the most accessible software, 3D printing and laser cutting services in Portland, which is in addition to the already solidified wood and metal craft taking place throughout ADX," said Mike Geyer, senior manager of the Manufacturing 2020 group at Autodesk. "Autodesk is excited to extend our reach into the Portland community by partnering with ADX to provide Digital Prototyping tools to the shop's inventive and tight-knit community."
"The Bridge is a place where the tech world can start interacting more intentionally with the world of fabrication and manufacturing," said ADX director Kelley Roy. "We are thrilled to welcome Autodesk and The Bridge to our space and can't wait to see what the community will do with the new technology available to them."
For more information, visit ADX and Autodesk.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.