10,000 Attend Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas This Week

At its flagship annual user event, Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) highlighted the disruptions altering how things are designed and made, explored how the natural world can inspire design, and previewed new software tools and programs to make 3D design and fabrication more accessible. The company also laid out its plans to help designers and engineers transition to a new era of connection where they achieve better outcomes by realizing their ideas in context of the real world.

"There's been a radical rethinking of how things will be made in the future,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. "New manufacturing processes and materials, coupled with infinite computing and ubiquitous connectivity are completely changing how companies innovate and deliver new products.”

Bass welcomed Autodesk University’s 10,000 attendees in a keynote address where he demonstrated a range of the company’s cloud-based products for 3D design and engineering, reality computing and 3D printing, and announced plans to introduce a new offering next year that will provide access to the entire Autodesk portfolio of products with a single subscription. In this presentation and throughout the event, the company introduced new programs and tools that will help the design and manufacturing industries achieve new levels of connectivity and collaboration.

Joining Bass on stage were Emily Pilloton, Founder and Executive Director of Project H and Jeff Kowalski, Autodesk SVP and Chief Technology Officer, who discussed how Autodesk is looking at technology and design through the lens of nature. He said, “We’ve started to think of the design process as a living process, and to think of the things we create as living things. We can’t continue to use the same old processes to make the things we design significantly better, or even live sustainably on our own planet. The next breakthroughs will co­opt some of the actual processes of nature, bringing what works in the living world into the world of the things we create.”

Autodesk University is a series of conferences and an online learning destination focused on inspiring, challenging and energizing Autodesk software users, partners, and industry leaders about the future of design and engineering. Now in its 22nd year, the AU conferences attract more than 25,000 participants throughout the year including the flagship event in Las Vegas, international AU events in Japan, India, Brazil, Russia, Germany, and China; and AU Extension events in an additional six countries.

A highlight of AU Las Vegas are the five Innovation Forums, a series of sessions focused on the future of making buildings, products, infrastructure and other things. The AU Exhibit Hall showcases the latest technology and innovative work by Autodesk customers across multiple industries.

Autodesk University events provide attendees with a mix of presentations, instruction, and social activities to network, share ideas with peers, and meet industry leaders from around the world.

For more information, visit: au.autodesk.com

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