The Dynamo team at Autodesk has been cooking up a piece of software based on the core open source Dynamo technology that rolls it together with some closed source Autodesk stuff (Geometry tools, ability to sign in to cloud services, stuff like that), set to officially launch at the AIA convention in Atlanta. For some of you, Dynamo Studio might not change a thing about how you use and interact with Dynamo. We are going to continue building and posting the existing Dynamo for Revit installer on and the whole open source toolkit is going to remain unchanged. We’re going to continue to provide the sandbox/standalone environment that many of you are already using.

What will change is that a version of Dynamo with all the geometric tools and package manager access that current Revit users have will be available to people who do not have Revit installed. That is, non-Revit users will now be able to get a “sandbox” version of Dynamo, similar to what many of you have been using already. We are hoping that this will allow us to expand out to a broader group of people and provide a way to streamline delivery of functionality that is harder to send out via Dynamo for Revit. For those of you in education, we hope this can become a more widely accessible teaching tool. For folks in offices, we hope this can be a bridge between non-Revit users and Revit based projects. We hope this enables you to work on Dynamo sketches on the subway, or talk with consultants and collaborators across other platforms like Navis and Rhino, and open up computation to users beyond traditional BIM.

We’d like to hear from you, the Dynamo builders, expanders, and early adopters, about what you think of an “Autodesk Dynamo”, what your thoughts and concerns are. At the same time that we are doing an official Autodesk application, we also have loads of backing within the company to keep the open source core of Dynamo active, and want to increase access to Dynamo as an independent computational platform.

Q: Where can I get Dynamo Studio?

A: Here!

Q: What does this mean for open source and free Dynamo?

A:  Actually, very little!  The DynamoDS/Dynamo repository on Github is still going to be the main development repository for Dynamo development.  The Dynamo team is going to continue making our open and transparent submissions to is as we always have.  Dynamo as an installer for Revit will still be built and delivered via

Q: What’s the difference between DynamoSandbox.exe, Dynamo running in Revit, and Autodesk Dynamo Studio?

A:  DynamoSandbox.exe is the free Dynamo core technology (scripting language, node diagramming, execution engine) that can use some of the geometry tools available in Revit, and doesn’t have the ability to sign into cloud services.  Dynamo running in Revit is Sandbox, with access to the Revit model, Revit API, and uses Revit’s authorization for cloud services.  Autodesk Dynamo Studio is the core technology with Autodesk’s geometry tools, and access to cloud services without any other software prerequisites.

Q:  Is Dynamo Studio free to Students and Educators, like other Autodesk stuff?

A:  Yep!

Q: What happens when a Studio user runs the packages I shared?

A: If your package requires Revit stuff, it won’t work, same as DynamoSandbox.exe.  For that matter, if you package requires any library that is not available on the user’s machine, it won’t work.  For instance: a Dynamo Studio user can download Structural Analysis for Dynamo, but unless they have Robot installed, they won’t be able to use it.

Q:  Will Autodesk still contribute to Dynamo’s open source repo?

A:  Hell yes.  You will continue to see round-the-clock contributions to the DynamoDS repositories from the usual and GROWING cast of Autodesk characters.

Q:  Will the Dynamo team continue to develop Dynamo for Revit?

A:  Hell yes.  In fact, many of you may have noticed that there are a lot of new faces showing up in the DynamoDS/DynamoRevit repository.  This is because a whole additional team from Autodesk is now involved in building out more Revit specific functionality.