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6 reasons why innovators & designers are going to AU 2013
Autodesk University is coming up soon (Dec 3-5) and design and manufacturing is taking a bigger spotlight than ever before. Which is great news for product designers and engineering innovators!
This year there’s a series dedicated to the New Industrial Revolution, and a brand new day-long event, I3D, just for entrepreneurial designers. Without further ado, here’s the top 6 reasons innovators & designers will be coming to AU 2013:
1. Hands-on classes to supercharge your design skills
► Unleashing the Power of Autodesk Fusion 360 in Product Design (MA1530)
Use Fusion 360 to design for product categories such as electronics, consumer products, packaging, and sports equipment
► Advanced Consumer Product Customization Techniques with Autodesk Fusion 360 & Inventor (MA2491)
Harness power and flexibility of sculpting tools inside Fusion 360. Learn to apply best practices for creating flexible organic models with Fusion 360 & the pros and cons of different customization techniques with Inventor
► Prototyping Workshops: Parts 1 & 2 (I3D3566 & I3D3571)
This hands-on workshop shows you how to design your product with Autodesk Fusion 360 and bring it to life using Stratasys additive manufacturing technology.
And so many more: check out these recommended classes for Fusion 360 users & product designers
- Advanced Consumer Product Customization Techniques with Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk Inventor (MA2491)
- Extending the Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk SIM360 Workflow (MA1629-R)
- Explore the New Autodesk CAM Solution (MA3504-L)
- Getting Photographic Images in Minutes Using Keyshot and Autodesk Fusion 36 (MA2476)
- The Good, The Bad, and the Cloudy: Autodesk® Software as a Service Defined (MA2027)
- Autodesk Sim 360 Pro: Football Helmet Design and Analysis to Save the Future of the Game (SM2127)
- A Little History in Autodesk Fusion 360 (MA1677)
- Can’t We All Get Along? Engineers Versus Designers with Autodesk Product Design Suite (MA2713-R)
2. Mind-blowing talks about the future of innovation & design
There’s Never Been a Better Time for a Big Idea (MA3513)
Creativity and motivation help bring the most ambitious ideas and projects to life. An explosion of entrepreneurial thinking and lower barriers to entry are dramatically changing the way products are conceived, developed, and sold. Thanks to advances in technology and a focus on individuals, creative professionals are making old things in new ways. Tomorrow’s products will come to market in dramatically different ways than today’s, largely fueled by advances in technology and an increased focus on the individual. Change is in the air, and this session will show you just how important it is to not only have the big idea, but to find the ways to execute on it.
Manufacturing Is About to Reverse Itself (MA3514)
At the turn of the 20th century, the Industrial Revolution introduced the world to assembly lines, conveyor belts, and the proliferation of mass-produced products. The primary aim of manufacturing became laser-focused on making identical products by volume in order to drive down price. Now, for the first time since Henry Ford started rolling out (black) Model T’s, we are in the midst of a new age of industrialization. Mass produced, one-size-fits-all products are not enough, and customers are demanding products that meet their unique needs and wants. In this New Industrial Revolution where personal manufacturing reigns, the connected customer is at the center. How manufacturers respond and adapt will separate the winners from the losers.
Innovation Forum: The New Industrial Revolution (3604)
Manufacturing matters. Today, advances in technology are transforming the way we make things. Promising new technologies, such as additive 3D printing and advanced robotic automation, have the potential to change how objects are fabricated and assembled. New open and crowdsource platforms are transforming the tools and workflows of manufacturing. Intelligent materials will enable manufacturers to create products with fantastic new properties.
The New Industrial Revolution Innovation Forum brings together trailblazing innovators who are changing the way we manufacture. They distill the real practices from the public-relations hype, show what is immediately available and what is over the horizon, and describe how businesses, both large and small, can take advantage of the emerging revolution.
Workshops: The New Industrial Revolution (MA3516)
Join us, and fellow manufacturing customers, to voice your opinion on key trends facing the industry. This is your opportunity to help guide future product development at Autodesk. From water and steam power, to interchangeable parts, to the assembly line, to computer-based production, manufacturers have always adapted to the opportunities presented by technological change. Now, the industry is at the cusp of yet another new era, one marked by pervasive connectivity and communications, powerful advances in simulation and design tools, and production technologies that hold the promise of changing the paradigm of manufacturing itself.
How should manufacturers think about, evaluate and take advantage of the possibilities with key technologies such as additive manufacturing, reality capture, social product development, advanced manufacturing, and more?
3. The future of design, engineering, and manufacturing… from the game-changers leading the shift
- Chris Anderson, former editor of Wired, author of “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution” and “The Long Tail,” CEO of 3DRobotics
- The Thiel Fellows, young innovators given a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 to skip college and focus on their work, their research, and their self-education
Riley Ennis, Maddy Maxey, Paul Sebexen, Kettner Griswold, and Nelson Zhang
- Ben Kaufman, CEO, Quirky
- Skylar Tibbets, MIT architect, designer, and computer scientist
- Alice Taylor, Founder, MakieLab
- Jay Rogers, CEO & Co-Founder, Local Motors
- Jen McCabe, Hardware Sorceress, Downtown Project (Vegas Tech Fund)
4. Work hard, play hard
You’ll be in Vegas! We’ll be taking care of your need to have fun while you’re here learning and networking. Join thousands of your fellow attendees from around the globe as AU 2013 opens the Exhibit Hall in grand style on Tuesday. There will be several more opportunities to talk with employees, exhibitors, and other designers while enjoying food, music and drinks throughout the event. We’ll also be throwing a special event just for Fusion users on Tuesday!
5. Meet fellow innovators (and us) IRL
That design engineer you met on Twitter? The Fusion product manager you’ve been chatting with in the forums? The designer whose work you’ve been admiring in the Fusion 360 gallery? Come meet us in real life (IRL)! Here’s your chance to meet with design leaders and innovators. Discover opportunities to collaborate, share best practices, and build relationships.
The Fusion 360 team will be there as well! Chat with us over drinks, ask us what’s coming in Fusion, and give us your ideas for how to make Fusion even better.
6. Get VIP access
Just for being a Fusion blog reader. Want to come learn about the future of design, level up your skills, have fun in Vegas, and take part in the New Industrial Revolution? If you register before this Saturday (11/16), you’ll save an extra $500 by using the codes 500MFGEB + MFGMG. Get your ticket to AU or to I3D.
Really hope to see you in Vegas!
Fusion 360 Community Manager