Autodesk is likely
one of the largest multibillion-dollar companies most people have never heard
of. It makes more than 100 software products used by millions of engineers,
architects and animators. These products have been used to design and model some of
the world’s biggest bridges, buildings and roads -- along with movies, videos
games, planes and cars.
Now, under CEO Carl Bass, the company is pushing
into the consumer realm -- bringing affordable software to the masses -- with
the goal of helping makers and other do-it-yourselfers create.
Bass himself is an dedicated maker, who spends hours each week in his wood and metal workshops. Rather than looking like a buttoned-up executive, he's more likely to be found in Carhartt work pants and with a saw in hand.
This 1940-era drum and disk sander -- which is now part of Bass' collection of machines -- is from Industrial Light & Magic. It was originally used in the special effects studio that built models for the original Star Wars films.