Learn About The Future Of Work With Autodesk University

Autodesk University (AU), the annual flagship user event for Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 15-17, with 10,000 professionals coming together to learn about the latest technologies and explore emerging trends that will shape the future of design, engineering and making things. This year’s conference theme was The Future of Making Things.

The three-day event comprised over 650 sessions including industry talks, hands-on labs, roundtables and more. All of these classes are now available online on the company’s website and online learning hub, au.autodesk.com. Classes are free and include hundreds of hours of recorded media. Expert materials including handouts, data sets and presentations can also be downloaded from the website at no cost.

The conference focused on a number of important trends in the design, engineering, architecture and media industries, including three emerging trends Autodesk believes will have the biggest impact on the future of work and the future of making things: generative design, immersive design and robotic fabrication. Generative design refers to the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the design process. Immersive design involves the use of virtual reality and augmented reality in the design process. Robotic fabrication offers advances in additive manufacturing techniques, including 3D printing, which are changing the face of product design and manufacturing.

The event featured three keynotes with top Autodesk executives sharing their thoughts on where the industries Autodesk serves product design and manufacturing; architecture, engineering and construction; and media & entertainment—are headed. This year’s opening keynote featured an architect using dignified design to change lives in Rwanda, and a 16-year-old engineering student who challenged Autodesk to design team-based products for her generation. Autodesk President and CEO Carl Bass spoke about the importance of ongoing learning and embracing new ideas to staying relevant and succeeding in today’s market, while Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski called this “the imagination age” in which CAD is evolving to include “computer as designer.”

Autodesk SVP of Products Amar Hanspal emphasized the continued shift towards connected cloud computing, with focus on three of Autodesk’s key cloud products: Fusion 360, Shotgun, and BIM 360.The Autodesk Fusion 360 product design cloud platform is emerging as the 3D CAD tool of the future, enabling easier collaboration among teams and enhancing design and fabrication workflows from start to finish. Shotgun is the company’s media and entertainment production pipeline cloud platform. And BIM 360 is the cloud platform for Building Information Modeling (BIM) used in architecture, engineering and construction. All three platforms enhance collaboration and connectedness across a wide range of projects in each industry.

Autodesk SVP of Business Strategy & Marketing and CMO Andrew Anagnost joined on stage by comedian Rob Corddry, closed the event by sharing his perspective on driving change through innovation. Anagnost challenged attendees to go home and take an “irreversible step,” big or small, to drive change in their own work and bring them closer to the future.

Access the wealth of knowledge and resources produced for this year’s AU event and the rich Autodesk University learning community by visiting http://au.autodesk.com/ today.

Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything. For more information visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk.

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