One of the most exciting things for me about Autodesk University is when I catch some time to speak to attendees, those who use Autodesk software to design products, engineer solutions, innovate the next big thing and they can’t wait to get back to the office.
Hang on; they can’t wait to get back to the office? Why are they so excited about getting back to the office?
Because they have seen something during one of the classes, or had a conversation with a fellow attendee, maybe someone who uses the same Autodesk solutions they do, or maybe they use other Autodesk software. Whatever it is they have seen or heard, they are excited about taking it back to the office because they know it will transform the way that they and their colleagues do what they do. Let me give you an example…..
I was speaking to an Autodesk Inventor user, part of what they do involves layout work; they take parts and lay them out within a specific size and shape envelope (the size and shape is usually provided to them as a 2D drawing from their client). Many of the parts\sub-assemblies they lay out are frequently used and they use the tools in Inventor to help them with this process – inserting the parts and assembly files and then using assembly constraints to position them within the size envelope, do clash analysis, then produce the drawings, bill of materials, visuals etc. Using this workflow they had helped to reduce design by about a third.
Whilst at Autodesk University they saw Factory Design Suite – originally they had no interest in it because they had assumed it was focussed towards those doing factory\production line layout. But what they saw, heard and discussed changed their minds completely – they saw how FDS can be used for more than just factory design layout – it can be used for pretty much any type of layout. They saw how they could re-use the 2D drawing supplied by their client, use the layout tools to position and then have that create the 3D layout automatically. If there was a change required, they could quickly and easily do that either within the 3D environment or 2D layout – they were associative! I could go on, but I suspect you get the picture.
They were\are good Inventor users, they have been using it for a number of years and they’d attended a number of training courses. But what they saw and learnt whilst attending AU allowed them to imagine a new way of working, a way that would further reduce the time they spent on a customer design, meaning that they could bring in more work as the design department was no longer a bottleneck.
I've got plenty of similar examples involving lots of different Autodesk technology, some as simple as “I never knew that feature existed” right through to “we need to get that software”.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that if you want to imagine, design and create a better, improved way of working for you and your colleagues, the best place you can start that in my opinion is at Autodesk University. The breadth and depth of ability and experience within the attendees and speakers is phenomenal and I challenge you to come away having not learnt anything that will improve the way that you and your company do what you do. I genuinely don’t think it’s possible. I work for Autodesk and like to think I’m pretty close what we do and what’s going on but I still learn something new that affects the way I work and do things every time I attend.
You’re probably reading this (if you’ve not fallen asleep by this point) and thinking to your yourself, I know all of this, it’s not me you have to convince – I have to get 3 days in Vegas approved by my boss – easier said than done! To help you Autodesk have put together some content which you can share with your boss so they can see the benefits of you attending Autodesk University, use the link below to get directly to that content....
As an attendee you will take part in interactive workshops, product design classes, and keynote addresses by thought leaders and innovators on industry trends that are changing the way you do what you do. And learn why new technologies such as additive manufacturing, crowdsourcing, and advanced automation are transforming design, engineering and manufacturing. Don’t risk being left behind as technology marches forward. Choose to be part of the relevant and innovative conversations at AU and ensure that you stay competitive today and tomorrow.
You can read more about the Product Design and Manufacturing focus at AU as well as view the details and agenda for the classes, workshops, certifications, exhibition etc on the AU2013 website....
So ask yourself this, where can you imagine, design and create new and improved ways of working that will transform the way you do what you do for your customers?
Hope to see you there :-)