At the recent Autodesk University 2017 in the exhibit hall there was a great exhibit featuring Portland Oregon based Pensole Footwear Academy. Portland is the epicenter of athletic shoe design with Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and others having a large presence here in Portland.
Pensole Footwear Academy was started by former Nike designer who was the designer of the popular Air Jordan basketball shoes. Pensole was created as a way to help curate future shoe designers teaching them shoe design, manufacturing, and materials.
There were so many great exhibits at AU2017 this year!
At Autodesk University, a group of attendees participated in a Product Innovation Platform track organized and designed by Autodesk’s Garin Gardiner. Participants designed the speaker starting from the speaker body in Autodesk Fusion 360 and the circuits in Autodesk Eagle as well as generating the CNC G-code to machine the parts. Those that were not enrolled in the special track could line up in the exhibit hall to use Fusion 360 Production on a tablet and gather components such as Pocket NC making the wood speaker bodies and assemble their own speaker. As you can imagine, these speakers were very popular and the wait in line could be up to 2 hours before you secured a position to make your own speaker. The purpose was to show beginning to end process of design and making. Some participants assembling their speaker said they had not seen some of the equipment and processes used before and it was nice to see and participate in person.
Yesterday I finally got my parts and some time to assemble my speaker.
I decided to sand mine and then apply a sealant to show off the walnut grain.
How sweet is this for something you got to make at AU?
For those wanting to make your own speaker, Garin told me they are considering other opportunities for people to assemble and make their own speakers such as Design Nights or other events as well plans are to post the entire files and instructions on Instructables.com.
Autodesk University always has the best speakers in the industry- both human speakers and customer audio speakers.
There was both industry keynotes being held at the same time so you had to either choose or run between both like I did. The AEC Keynote is larger as the AU attendee is more heavily AEC than MFG but both keynotes were excellent and unveiled many new product features such as the new BIM 360 and Fusion 360 Production and much more.
Watch the keynotes now:
After the keynotes, the exhibit hall opened for the final time.
After lunch, attendees went to their final class sessions as well as more taking advantage of the dogs to pet and helping improve Autodesk products by participating in the many opportunities for feedback and idea sessions.
My colleagues The Future Will See You Now with me introducing them.
Make more with less. Automate to augment your work. Design in collaboration. Iterate even as you build. And use your own story to shape what's new, what's next. This Theater session explored how you'll work, how your industry will change, and how the story will get told in the future of making things. The Future of Work-How technology will help people make more and better things with less Far from making humans obsolete, today's emerging technologies are helping us become more productive, so that we can make more and better things with less. As we use technology to increase automation and augment our natural human capabilities, we're creating a world that will be better than the one we have today.
Autodesk Innovation Strategist Bill O'Connor talked about the future of work, and how we can all make the most of it. The Future of Making-Insights from manufacturing to construction and beyond What exactly is the future of making things? What are the underlying technologies that are changing how we make things, who makes things, and the nature of what we make.
Autodesk Fellow and author, Tom Wujec, shared stories and insights from organizations around the world as they transform cars, buildings, infrastructure, clothing, movies, and much, much more. Wujec is the author of The Future of Making.
The Future of Storytelling-The science of fiction Storytelling can map how the future will shape us, and in doing so explore how we can shape the future.
Autodesk Visual Storyteller, Darren Brooker shared his perspective on how building narratives can help us explore the unknown and expand our understanding of the future. Join Darren to learn how storytelling helps Autodesk imagine, design, and create a better world and to discover how to start shaping your future through storytelling.
The exhibit hall was being disassembled in lighting speed as everyone started to wind down or run to catch their flights back home with their new gained knowledge and friends.
See everyone at AU2018!
Watch the AU2017 Technology Keynote Click Here
We had some great classes throughout the day and an awesome Design Slam event followed by the new concept AU Block Party with 5 venues hosting themed parties around the Venetian and Palazzo property instead of bussing everyone to another venue. There was food, drink, activities making things, as well as good music. I was able to attend two of the venues and had a blast seeing everyone having a great time in the themed parties.
Another big hit at AU was once again we brought dogs into the Hub area for attendees like me to play and pet. What a great therapy session at a large busy conference.
This is the largest Autodesk University, ever at over 10,500 attendees here in Las Vegas.
Here are some of my photos that I have not yet edited. Enjoy.
We started the day with Shaan’s Run aka the AU5K at 6am out in front of the Venetian. I was floored, 140 runners showed up for the big event complete with an announcer, music, breakfast, signs and great black matte aluminum insulated water bottles.
I went on a special Cirque du Soleil Ka courtesy of the AutoCAD Team, Tait Towers, and of course Cirque du Soleil. AutoCAD was used in the design of the amazing stage set, lighting, and rigging back. The show Ka is amazing and the largest Cirque show, but the behind the scenes was mind blowing to see all the engineering. The stage hydraulics have a 80 foot stroke and crazy lifting and control.
Day 2 starts with a breakfast for 10,500 attendees and then classes. At 10:30am it is the Technology Keynote., This evening is the big AU Block Party with multiple venues and themes.
Today we took two buses of Autodesk University attendees on a field trip to the Hoover Dam. Dave Winslow of the US Bureau of Reclamation and myself presented the 3D reality capture work we did upriver at the Glen Canyon Dam using LiDAR, SONAR, and photogrammetry for perhaps the largest point cloud dataset. After the presentation all those attending got a nice tour of the Hoover Dam.
The long day ended with a great group of AutoCAD social media and the AutoCAD team taking in Cirque du Soleil’s Ka show. What a show of engineering Ka is. Did you know AutoCAD was used in the design of the Ka show by Tait Towers?
Tomorrow is a very long day starting at 5:30 with the AU 5k where everyone can join in at meet at the Venetian fountain out front and run at 6am. There will be breakfast bites and more out there.
After the run I have a special customer event before the opening keynote at 10:30am. For those unable to make the keynote it will be live streamed on Facebook.
Opening Keynote of Autodesk University 2017, November 14 at 10:30am PDT: http://autode.sk/2hxisD5
Time to get a couple hours of sleep.
I arrived yesterday and got all registered and then met with some old and new friends and colleagues and then watched the Rock and Roll Marathon where many AU attendees where running this year.Autodesk University 2017 officially begins. There are many events going on such as the Forge DevCon, Computational BIM Workshop, Leadership Forum, AU Orientations, Welcome Reception, and so much more.
I am really looking forward to giving a Dam good presentation showing how we digitally capture large infrastructure in 3D & tour of the Hoover Dam. The event is full with 2 buses of attendees. Myself and Dave Winslow of the US Bureau of Reclamation will meet you out there today. I don’t get to entertain people on the buses with Dam endless puns.
Are you ready for AU?
We are less than a week from Autodesk University. After attending every Las Vegas based Autodesk University, I have compiled a long list of tips over the years for not only surviving, but making the most of AU. For many attendees Autodesk University is not just 12 hours a day as there are activities virtually around the clock so pace yourself and get organized before you land in Las Vegas with a plan.
Autodesk University is the premier Autodesk customer event held yearly where several thousand creative design and visualization experts descend on Las Vegas. They arrive wide eyed, craving knowledge from the best in the industry. They leave tired and full of valuable knowledge to make them more productive back at work.
Register at AU and get your badge early: The registration is open Sunday at 4:00 PM to 8:00 pm and Monday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Follow the signs out in the Sands Event area for the registration area.
Sunday, November 12: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Venetian/Palazzo Lobbies only)
Sunday, November 12: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub/Venetian/Palazzo Lobbies)
Monday, November 13: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Tuesday, November 14: 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Wednesday, November 15: 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Thursday, November 16: 6:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. (The Hub)
Your AU Schedule
Sign in to your AU account, to review your AU schedule or make changes.
Be sure to download the AU Mobile app to your phone or your tablet so you can check and update your schedule, share photos, and join in conversations about the themes and topics discussed in classes and keynotes at the conference.
Mix n Mingle
You are encouraged to mix at the events and lunches and get to know your fellow Au attendees as well ask an Autodesk employee a question. A great opportunity is Tuesday, Nov 14, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the AU Community Reception in the Exhibit Hall.
Make sure to attend the keynotes:
There are many more events and opportunities so please check your AU schedule and plan accordingly as you will get extremely busy. http://au.autodesk.com/las-vegas/schedule
See you soon and have safe travels!
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The Autodesk University annual AU5K is an official AU event this year and called Shaan’s Run being held next Tuesday the 14th of November at 6am, but show up by at least 5:45 for a group photo. This fun morning run has been going on unofficially for a few years and is not a run but an opportunity for people of all levels walk to run and to get some fresh air outside the resort, see the sunrise, meet awesome people, and get some exercise. Last year we had over 50 participants, but this year we are expecting hundreds and have a special surprise gift.
There will be two courses one 2.5k and one 5k. The event will have AU staff managing the route including security and paramedics on stand by. There will also be breakfast bites out there so you will not miss out grabbing something to eat. You can dress up in something fun including fun socks and be aware the temp is about 50 degrees which isn't too bad if you are moving but if you are watching the runners or stop you may feel chilly.
You may have noticed it is a popular AU event and listed as “Full”, but if you want to join us running, walking or just rooting on the people, please show up at the Venetian fountain.
This year I may have to pass due to a torn meniscus although I have been getting shots in my knee weekly and doing physical therapy in hopes it will be well enough to run although my doctor is not excited about this. If I am unable to run I will definitely be there as a cheer leader and photographer and walk much of the course.
I hope to see everyone out at the fountain Tuesday morning. Spread the word!
Normally at Autodesk University you attend to see and learn from great speakers, but in this case you get to make an awesome custom speaker. In the Product Innovation Platform track you will get to go through each step from the beginning electrical design in Autodesk Eagle to the product design and machining in Fusion 360 and at the end of the track you will get to assemble and take your custom CNC machined wood enclosure speaker.
Here is a photo of the latest speaker prototype by Garin Gardiner complete with a Fusion 360 logo speaker grill. The intension is these speakers will go to 11, not 1-10.
For instructions on how to sign up for this special Product Innovation Track track, download and follow this PDF.Download Steps for Enrolling in the Product Innovation Platform Session Track at AU 2017.pdf (191.8K)
Yes, Dam excited about this special Hoover Dam Field Trip and you can join us at Autodesk University 2017. Join the Dam tour and endure the long list of bad Dam puns I have, but it will be totally worth it to see such a monumental and iconic infrastructure project and learn how we digitally captured a large dam in 3D. The US Bureau of Reclamation and myself will be your safe, knowledgeable, and entertaining hosts on this special tour.
You will be able to get Dam good photos!
Take a Field Trip to the Hoover Dam with Autodesk
Please feel free to ask any Dam questions and have a Dam good time.
In just 56 days Autodesk University will begin, and on that very morning we will have the first official AU5K. I have ran with a growing group over the past few years. Last year we had 50+ attendees running in the morning to get some fresh air, see the Las Vegas strip without people and a sunrise, and to network.
This is not a race, but a fun movement and something that should be at more conferences. You can walk, jog, or run, all that is required is to have fun. There is no trophy, but there will be a very nice gift at the finish line for those that sign up to run when attending AU this year. Sadly the tee-shirts weren't possible but I'm confident you will love the experience and our special gift.
You can wear funky funny socks like me (so very Portlandia for me) or costumes or as I overheard from someone a team was telling their team to wear a team costume. We are also looking into a fundraising component to benefit a non-profit.
Security and medical EMTs will be present along the course as well as other nice touches fitting for an official AU event.
Not into walking, jogging, or running this year at AU, come out and cheer on those that do.
Lets make this run an annual one and a lot of fun and new friends.
See you soon at AU
|Holy Fusion 360 Sheet Metal Batman!|
You should update your Fusion 360, kick the tires and read about the update and awesome contest and prizes including Autodesk University 2017 passes.
August 8, 2017 Update – What’s New
There are only 99 days until AU 2017!
I hope you will join me for the fun AU5k early Tuesday morning before classes. You will get a great tee-shirt and meet some awesome people running, jogging, or causally walking at sunrise to get some fresh air to start your AU day.
There is nothing quite like Autodesk University for networking and training.
See you at AU!
A almost two weeks ago, I requested feedback and ideas (AU5K Shirts) for a AU5K run shirt design. Most of the feedback I received liked the idea of “I Run Autodesk University” as a tagline. So we are going with that.
Here is the prototype shirt design I created. Please post your ideas and thoughts in the comments.
For those wanting to know what the AU5K is:
Autodesk University 2016 AU5K Runs
For the past few years we have had an informal morning jog, walk, or run to kick off the AU day while attending Autodesk University. It allows you to get some fresh non-casino air and see a nice sunrise and meet some great people all while staying healthy and getting the blood flowing for another busy packed AU day of keynotes, classes, exhibits, and events.
The official AU5K will be 5:30am Tuesday although many of us will be running on Monday and Wednesday as well. Spread the word and please plan to join us to get your own AU5k shirt, or at least heckle and root for us on your way to get coffee and a breakfast meeting.
We may have tee-shirts for participants in the now official Autodesk University morning run/walks better known as the AU5K. I'm looking for great ideas on a shirt design that is witty and funny. The shirt should be worthy of being proudly worn at AU and maybe during the morning runs and when you return to your office to show off. I know we have very funny and creative readers, and perhaps you uncreative ones know a person you can hit up for a fun creative design entry.
Some of my ideas:
Help create a epic design worthy of our first year as an official Autodesk University event after informally running the past couple years! Last year we had over 50 morning runners and walkers.
Email me your entries.
Maybe I can arrange something really special at AU for the person that submits the text/graphics we use in the shirts.
See you at AU!
Classes for Autodesk University 2017 have been unveiled after all the voting and now the presenters have been notified. A flood of great classes, presentations, and tracks were proposed and after you voted for what you wanted to attend and learn we should have a great learning event with the best of the best.
I hope to see you at AU 2017!
The AU 5K will be an official Autodesk University event this year!
AU5K Bigger than Ever
More than 50 runners and walkers participated last year, and there will be more networking up a sweat this year. Get your days started with fresh air, fun, and exercise. Stay tuned for more info on this exciting AU morning event.
See how Stanley Black & Decker’s Breakthrough Innovation Group used generative design and additive manufacturing technologies in a pilot project to lightweight its crimping tool attachment part.
The Power of Generative Design is coming to Autodesk Netfabb 2018
“The resulting generative design may look a bit unusual to some, but it reduced the hydraulic crimping attachment weight by just over 3lbs, or 60%. The simulations that were run concurrently showed that the tool maintained the strength characteristics of the original tool and, because the generative design service is available for Netfabb users, it also allowed them to create an additive manufacturing strategy to fabricate the new attachment.”
Networking at AU
It was great news to learn about as I remember a one hour casual discussion at Autodesk University 2016 at an event with a young engineer from the Black & Decker Innovation team. We had just randomly sat down to eat some catered diner, introduced ourselves, and began to chat. It is important to note, the meeting of new people and making contacts and networking at Autodesk University is a really big benefit to attending the event. We talked about the changing tools of design such as Fusion 360 and generative design and the possibility of changing their power tools which shaving some weight would be great for their customers holding and using the power tools for long hours and also the potential for material savings, heat dissipation, and other potential benefits.
So fast forward a few months, and now seeing what Black & Decker is doing with generative design and researching the benefits. I don't think my casual chat started this development, but it was nice to discuss and hear what they were looking for at AU and hopefully I helped get them to the right people.
Will this be the year you run Autodesk University?
AU5k plans for Autodesk University 2017 coming soon. After popular demand and 4 years of fun runs, the morning runs will now be an AU event and on the Autodesk University schedule for Monday & Tuesday at 5:45am. It started a couple year ago when I wanted to get in a run before the long AU conference day began, so I invited others and it grew from there. It has a side benefit of giving you motivation to not stay out too late and be more focused in classes and presentations. Last year on one morning we had over 50 smiling runners and walkers participate!
There will be two courses a long and short for all levels and abilities. This is not a race, but a great way to take in some fresh air, see a great sunrise, and meet new people before a busy day of classes and presentations. After the run you are refreshed, alert, and ready to take on AU.
Highly self-accredited scientists have determined that exercising before Autodesk University wards off PowerPoint Overload Syndrome (PPOS) and makes you smarter and better looking.
Spread the word an get more Autodesk University attendees to join in the early more fun!
See you at AU!
There is a new Product Innovation Platform Design/Make/Use Track being planned for Autodesk University by Autodesk’s Garin Gardiner and your votes are critical to making this a loud reality. This track contains 5 classes that will take you through the complete Design/Make/Use process and as a bonus, you get a wicked custom portable USB speaker, that you designed and made.
You will start in Autodesk Eagle for the design of the electronics PCB board, then solder and test the completed circuit board, Using Autodesk Fusion 360 you will design the enclosure including drawings and renderings and then generate the machine toolpaths. At the end of the 5 classes, you will have new skills and knowledge and have your custom wood speaker enclosure machined on site that you can assemble and test.
Go vote for these classes and then plan to attend Autodesk University 2017 Las Vegas and make a custom speaker from concept to final real working portable USB speaker that you can take home.
Copy the class number then vote for each of the 4 current classes submitted in this Design/Make/Use track.
Class 1: CP125697-L Design PCB in Eagle and milled out with on factory floor
Part of a Design/Make/Use track where we will walk through designing a portable USB speaker. Start with this class to design a PCB circuit board with Eagle and a lucky few will get mill out their board after class.
Class 2: Class TBD Solder & Test board
Class 3: CP125706-L Design Enclosure
In this class we will design an enclosure for a portable USM speaker to house a speaker and circuit board that was designed in Eagle.
Class 4: CP125728-L Drawings & Rendering
In this class we will create 2D documentation and photoreal rendering from an existing portable USB speaker. In the final class we will create toolpath so on speaker enclosure.
Class 5: CP125492-L Add Toolpaths and see it milled out on factory floor.
This live class will be a hands-on demonstration of woodworking methodology for CNC routers. The class will cover a multitude of aspects of CNC routing from limiting your step downs based on your cutter diameter, to using tabs to hold down your work piece, to more advanced methods of 3D contouring and CNC joinery. Design intent and process are a key element of CNC router fabrication and attendees will leave with an understanding of both. During this class, attendees will see the complete process of product fabrication for CNC from Fusion 360 CAM techniques, all the way to cutting and assembling of an actual product.
I'm thinking my speaker will go to 11, just like Nigel’s guitar amps in the classic rock mockumentary Spinal Tap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xgx4k83zzc
The Future of Making Things is awesome, loud, and goes to 11.
Go vote and I hope to see you at AU 2017!
Want to learn about the technologies and trends shaping the future of making things? Don’t miss Autodesk’s co-CEO and chief product officer, Amar Hanspal’s keynote session at AU 2017 London. Get your ticket to attend, here http://autode.sk/2orS3Uy
Want to give your career a boost?
At AU London, we’ll be running free certification exams across construction, manufacturing and media & entertainment disciplines, including Autodesk Revit, Inventor and 3ds Max. There’s also a whole host of hands-on sessions & industry talks too.
It’s not too late to get your ticket, just register here: http://autode.sk/2orS3Uy
It is that time of the year again, time for veteran and newbie speakers to pitch their proposals for a class at Autodesk University in Las Vegas November 14-16th, 2017. The bar is high since so many proposals are submitted but if you are creative, have a great topic that many want, and the skills to present you should rise to the top and be a speaker this year.
The proposal is essentially an outline and later if selected you will have to write your course materials, handouts, and then practice practice, practice.
Are you ready to submit a class?
See you at AU 2017!