Autodesk University 2016 recap

Recap: Autodesk University 2016, Las Vegas

  • Written by Matt Griffin
    Nov 29, 2016
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    / Events

Autodesk University's flagship conference and expo stands as one of the major events in the design and engineering technology calendar, attracting over 10,000 attendees from across the world to make the trip to "Sin City" Las Vegas.

The throngs that gathered at the Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo Hall were a special breed. Rather than visiting Las Vegas to take advantage of the tantalizing delights of the self-proclaimed "Entertainment Capital of the World", Autodesk University attendees arrived to roll up their sleeves for ten to twelve hours a day of sessions, workshops, hands-on demos, and certification exams.

There were nearly 700 sessions over the course of the three-day conference, not to mention daily keynotes and an exhibit hall showcasing the latest innovations in digital fabrication, architecture, design, and engineering technologies. As you can imagine, an expansive event like this always offers a great opportunity to strengthen relationships with high-performing peers in their fields and get cutting-edge insights into the techniques and technologies driving the work of design and engineering professionals forward, at hyper speed, into the future.

Ultimaker booth at AU 2016

Ultimaker at Autodesk University 2016

This rowdy, friendly crowd welcomed us warmly into the Autodesk University family. Ultimaker's new North American booth offered the unique opportunity to experience the Ultimaker 3 and Ultimaker 3 Extended in person. And it proved a perfect match for the theme of AU's 24th annual conference: "The Future of Making Things."

Visitors had the chance to inspect objects fabricated with a range of our engineering materials, including parts requiring water-soluble PVA support structures. The data-savvy AU attendees expressed the most interest in 3D printed nylon tools and end-use parts built for durability, impact resistance, and strength.

Ultimaker 3 dual color 3D print
Ultimaker 3 3D print with PVA support

A tale of a trophy

Autodesk InfraWorks 360 Community Evangelist Eric Chappell visited our booth early in the week to see if we might help him with a problem. The 2nd Annual InfraWorks 360 Design Slam had just taken place, however ... the 3D printed trophy for winner Dan Iliyn had vanished during Exhibition Hall setup. Chappell had the STL file delivered to produce the original trophy, if only Ultimaker had some means of recreating it on site ....

3D printing a trophy on Ultimaker 3
3D printing in the hotel room

Our ad-hoc hotel room fab lab labored over a couple of days to fabricate a high-resolution replacement for the trophy -- which was completed just in time for hand-delivery to winner Dan Iliyn at the AU16 wrap party. Trophy designer Vince Sheehan was also on hand to celebrate the moment and see how the piece turned out.

3D printed i360 trophy at AU 2016

Take advantage of Autodesk University's resources year-round

When the Ultimaker booth team weren't at the Exhibition Hall, we were as often as not slipping into as many 3D printing and technology sessions as possible.

Even though the event is now over and all of the engineers, designers, technicians, creatives, teachers, and have scattered home, you can still catch the Keynotes and a handful of the 700 sessions that took place by visiting the home for Autodesk University Online Classes.

Each year some 200 sessions are recorded and posted to this site. While not all of the classes that were recorded have yet been posted, you can still visit a number of the class listings to download slides, PDF whitepapers, and other resources to tide you over until this year's events are released.

Stay tuned for more!

We’d like to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the AU 2016. We had a wonderful experience and we are looking forward to meeting with you again. If you’re interested in more disruptive ideas that 3D printing technologies can enable, then make sure to check the upcoming Ultimaker events in your area. Join us as we shape the future!