With this years Autodesk Digital Prototyping Forum fast approaching (November 2nd will be here before you know it!) I thought I'd catch up with one of the attendees from last year to see what they thought of last years event and if they had registered for this years.
I caught up with designer, Inventor user, blogger and all round good bloke Paul Munford to get some of his thoughts......
Can you tell me a little bit about who you are what you do:
I am a draughtsman in the construction industry, a job traditionally know in the UK as a ‘Setting Out’.
I work for a company called Beck Interiors who are an Interior fit out contractor (that’s everything after the shell and core of the building is complete, or everything in a refurbishment job!).
We specialize in High end hotels and Museum interiors. I work in the Museum interiors department.
In the drawing office, we create manufacturing drawings from the Architect or Designers details. Our drawings coordinate Display Cases, AV, Interactives, Graphics, Lighting and Scenic elements.
We produce CNC files and cutting tickets to go with our drawings for our In house joinery shop, or to send out to our subcontractors. We regularly work with a range of materials including Metal, Glass, Plastic and Solid surface. We also produce drawings to coordinate M&E services on site.
I am a ‘Lead Drafter’ which means that I usually have a couple of people working under me on a per project basis, and I have additional responsibilities on the project including document control and design development.
I am also the company CAD geek, dealing with CAD Licensing, training, deployment, content and standards.
In my spare time I write a Blog called ‘The CAD Setter Out’ aimed at professional Drafters who are using AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor to create their shop drawings.
Which of the Autodesk Digital Prototyping solutions do you use?
We use AutoCAD 2012 and Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012.
How long have you been using Autodesk software?
Did you attend last years Digital Prototyping Forum?
What would you say you got out of attending the event? What were you able to bring back and use in your day to day work?
I got a great overview of where the Autodesk digital prototyping solutions are right now, and an interesting insight into where Autodesk are intending to go next. I also got some great productivity tips for Autodesk Inventor.
Did you find out things you didn't know before at last years event? Something maybe about the software you use or about Autodesk or even from other attendees?
I’m a bit of an unusual case as I follow Autodesk pretty closely for my blog but It was very useful to meet 3rd party developers who use Autodesk products – 3D printing and Inventor CAM for example and I found the break-out sessions like Inventor Tips & Tricks very helpful and interesting.
Have you registered to attend this years Digital Prototyping Forum at Villa Park in Birmingham?
Why have you registered? What do you think you will get from attending this years event?
I am looking forward to finding out more about what Autodesk has achieved over the past year and what is coming up for Autodesk round the corner. I am looking forward to getting tips, tricks and tutorials directly from the Autodesk team.
I am looking forward to having the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with my peers. I am looking forward to finding out how other companies are using or supporting Autodesk products with their services.
What would you say to an Autodesk user who was thinking about attending but wasn't sure?
If you have the opportunity to go to any CAD conference this year – pick this one.
Thanks Paul for taking the time to answer these questions and share your thoughts with us.
If you want to register for the Autodesk Digital Prototyping Forum which is taking place on Wednesday 2 November 2011 at Villa Park in Birmingham, use the link below to get all of the details...
- Villa Park is just off the M6 motorway, and is the home of Premier League football team Aston Villa FC
- We will be running courtesy buses from Birmingham New Street train station to Villa Park
If you are a user of, want more information about or want to see in action....
- Autodesk Product Design Suite
- Autodesk Factory Design Suite
- Autodesk Simulation CFD (formerly CFDesign)
- Autodesk Inventor Publisher
- Autodesk Vault Professional
- ...plus lots more
Then this event is for you!