On Tuesday, Autodesk Research will present a paper at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference that details a tool, known as Pteromys. The tool can optimize almost any user-created paper airplane design and make it flyable. Even a dragon.
Pteromys isn't publicly available and it's uncertain when, or if, it will be. But it's an example of the kind of interactive system, where users are guided by simulations inside tools, that people at the 3D design software company are creating. Autodesk hopes to soon have the tool on display at one of its technology workshops in San Francisco.