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Product Innovation Platform at Autodesk University 2017

Sam Sattel


If There’s Only One Session You Attend at Autodesk University 2017, Make Sure It’s This One

Autodesk University is back for 2017! This is the conference of conferences for professionals in architecture, design, manufacturing, media, design, and engineering to come together and experience the Future of Making Things. This year the EAGLE and Fusion 360 teams have an impressive session planned that will take you through the complete process of designing and manufacturing an entire product. We’re talking about the full puzzle here – electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, all in one place, all day long. Whether you’re an engineer or designer, this session is your glimpse into real product design, and it’s one you need to attend.

What to Expect

The Product Innovation Platform will kick off on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at Autodesk University 2017 Las Vegas. In this session, you’ll spend an entire day designing and manufacturing this portable speaker. Looks pretty sleek, right!?


This is a great opportunity for professionals of any skill level to dive into a complete product design experience and understand how all of the pieces connect together. So if you’re an…

Electrical Engineer

Chances are you’re used to passing your PCB down the line to your mechanical engineer, but not in this class. Here you’ll design an audio amplifier PCB and solder all the components. Then you’ll learn how to create a form fitting mechanical enclosure in Fusion 360. This is the perfect opportunity to experience how the mechanical constraints of an enclosure affect the electronics that you design every day.

Mechanical Engineer

PCBs are more than just little green boxes, but when one of those components requires a redesign of your enclosure, then we feel your pain. In this session, you’ll learn how the constraints of your mechanical enclosure affect the design of a PCB because you’ll be designing both! Dive deep into the world of electronics and soldering to make a board that fits right the first time in your speaker enclosure.

Industrial Designer

You’re all about the look and feel of a product, but do you know what’s running under the hood to make all of that functionality possible? In this session, you’ll dive into the inner world of a beautifully designed product to create the electronic circuitry and enclosure. Then you’ll see it all come together in finished form with the help of a 3D printer, CNC machine, and laser cutter.

Student or Hobbyist

What better way to beef up your resume or college application than with real life practical applications? You’ll walk through the complete product design experience from electronics to mechanical and manufacturing.

Whether you’re an engineer or designer, the way we design products is changing rapidly. Gone are the days of just designing a PCB, or just caring about the look and feel, or just getting the PCB to fit your enclosure. With the new Autodesk EAGLE and Fusion 360 integration, we’re getting closer than ever to a truly connected design process, and you get to experience it first hand at our session!

Session Schedule at a Glance

The Product Innovation Platform is a full-day session, starting at 8 am and ending around 9 pm. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll be doing the minute you walk in the door:

8 am – 9 am: Design Your PCB

You’ll begin by creating an audio amplification circuit in Autodesk EAGLE and then designing your printed circuit board (PCB) layout. This is a great opportunity for mechanical engineers and industrial designers to gain a new skill set in component placement and routing.

10:30 am – 11:45 am: Solder Your Components

You’ll then take your manufactured bare board and learn how to solder all of the components on. This will teach you how to electrically connect all of the parts to a circuit board and is a great skill to have for your future tinkering projects!


1 pm – 2 pm: Design Your Enclosure

After the AU Keynote and lunch, you’ll switch gears and become a mechanical engineer in Fusion 360. Here you’ll consider the constraints of designing a beautiful yet functional enclosure and speaker grill that will house your completed PCB design.


2:15 pm – 3:15 pm: Create Your Renderings and Documentation

With your enclosure and PCB complete, it’s now time to document all the work you did to ensure a successful manufacturing process. You’ll also learn how to create some snazzy 3D renderings to make your marketing team happy.


3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Generate Your CAM Toolpaths

It’s time to see your design come to life! Here you’ll generate CAM toolpaths for the desktop 3D printers, CNC machines, and laser cutters that we’ll have on hand to manufacture your enclosure and speaker grill.


6 pm – 9 pm: Assemble the Design and Networking

You’ll then assemble the electrical and mechanical parts together for a completed portable speaker. You’ve worn a ton of different shoes during this session; now it’s time to unwind and let all of that new knowledge and skill building soak in. Enjoy drinks, explore all of the awesome exhibits at Autodesk University, and get your networking on!


Hands on With New Manufacturing Technologies

Still on the fence about attending this session? Not only will you be downloading a ton of new electrical and mechanical engineering skills, but you’ll also get hands on experience with some awesome manufacturing technology, including:

Bantam Tools Desktop Milling Machines (Previously Othermill)

Get hands on experience with one of the most popular CNC milling machines designed for your desktop – Bantam Tools. These machines make it easy to go from idea to prototype in minutes without having to leave your desk.



Looking for a 3D printer that doesn’t break the bank? Printrbot will have their affordable 3D printing machines on hand. You’ll be using these machines to manufacture your speaker enclosure directly from your Fusion 360 design!


Universal Laser

Get your hands on a precision laser cutting machine from Universal Laser Systems. Here you’ll be using their digital laser processing machines to finely cut the front grill of your portable speaker.


The One Session to Attend

Autodesk University 2017 is a massive 3-day event ripe with opportunities for learning, networking, and new skills development. While there are a ton of other classes, presentations, and exhibits to see at AU 2017, none will quite compare to our Product Innovation Platform. Why? The Future of Making Things that everyone keeps talking about, that all starts right here, at this session. We’re bringing together electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial design to create a beautiful yet functional product, all in one day.

Product design is changing. We’re not just designing PCBs; we’re not just creating enclosures, we’re not just developing products. We’re creating experiences. Come experience the future of product design and learn new electrical and mechanical skills at our Product Innovation Platform. Register now to secure your spot!

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