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Back To The Future at AU 2014

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Next week, along with what is expected to be over 9,000 attendees, we’ll be in Las Vegas for Autodesk University (AU). Yes, it’s an Autodesk vehicle, but it’s also much bigger than that. Think of a “Back to The Future” moment.

AU is analogous to a big box store (ironically, it starts on Cyber Monday – December 1) with one-stop shopping for technical software for a broad range of industries – manufacturing, media/entertainment, GIS, AEC, and so on.

If you’re coming to Las Vegas for AU, it’s always a good idea to know your objectives for attending and what you hope to get out of it. In other words, come with an agenda based on asking the following questions on behalf of yourself and your company looking ahead five years:

  • What are you working on now and what do you want to be working on?
  • What will be the core competencies of our company and our competitors?
  • What technologies are our competitors acquiring and implementing, and are they new or complementary?
  • What technologies will emerge and be vital to our business?
  • Will our company be able to use methods and technologies from other industries?
  • Will our company grow strictly by organic means, or through partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions?
  • How will our company’s staff differ from todays and what skill sets will be required?
  • How will we deal with data – interoperability, legacy, management, etc.?

These are all important questions, because regardless of position today, no CG  company can afford to remain complacent if they hope to remain competitive and innovative.

Autodesk 2014 Showreel

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Autodesk Sparks Big Investment In 3D Printing

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A lot of people associate 3D printing and related technologies with product design and manufacturing. Not as many realize that it’s also becoming quite pervasive in the CG and entertainment arenas, as well.

Many in the CG and entertainment production communities will be interested to know that Autodesk, Inc. announced it will invest up to $100 million in 3D printing and related technology companies over the next several years through its Spark Investment Fund. This first of its kind program will be operated within Autodesk, and will invest in entrepreneurs, startups, and researchers pushing the boundaries of 3D printing technology and its adoption in markets that include CG and entertainment.

Check out the video below from May 2014 at the MakerCon Bay Area event where Carl Bass, the president and CEO of Autodesk, announced the company’s first venture into digital fabrication hardware and supporting technologies:

Autodesk Spark Presentation By Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO

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