Autodesk held its Autodesk University (AU) event, the company’s annual design and make conference, on November 13-15, 2023, in Las Vegas. Over the three days, 10,000 of the world’s designers, engineers, builders, and creators united to learn and gain inspiration for the next iterations of the buildings we live and work in, the cars we drive and the bridges we cross, the products we rely on, and the movies and games that inspire us.
Making its debut at AU was Autodesk AI — technology available in Autodesk products and native to its Design and Make Platform. It unlocks creativity, helps solve problems, and eliminates non-productive work across the industries that design and make the world around us.
“AI done well has transformative power to unlock capacity no one thought existed,” said Andrew Anagnost, Autodesk president and CEO.
Autodesk’s Design and Make Platform, consisting of Autodesk Platform Services and three industry clouds, Forma, Fusion, and Flow, unifies cross-industry data and workflows. By taking an AI-first, data-driven approach to its platform, Autodesk is committed to delivering innovative solutions with speed and scale while paving the way for unprecedented advancements and breakthroughs for customers.
Additional Autodesk AI capabilities were unveiled at AU. New enhancements include tools that automate project documentation and drawings; CNC toolpath creation that significantly reduces programming time; machine learning that informs an essential part of every project in the built environment; media production scheduling; scene manipulation and more.
To demonstrate the power of Autodesk’s Design and Make Platform and welcome customers to Las Vegas, Autodesk debuted an activation inspired by Marvel Studios’ “The Marvels,” featuring one of the film’s beloved characters. The ad launched on Sphere. Autodesk and Marvel teamed up with The Mill, a renowned visual effects studio, to design and make the ad with the help of Autodesk Maya. Top animation, VFX, and entertainment studios use Autodesk’s Design and Make Platform to create many of today’s hottest games, TV shows, and blockbusters, like “The Marvels.”
Opportunities for innovators to share, learn, and grow together
AU 2023 included more than 600 learning sessions with industry and product experts, including mainstage sessions, panel discussions, thought leadership presentations, and Autodesk product briefings and trainings.
More than 100 sessions were led by Autodesk customers and partners demonstrating the difference Autodesk tools have made in society and around the world, in projects such as a massive bird park in a Singapore nature reserve, the largest airport in Latin America, and transforming the Las Vegas Strip into a track for the Formula 1 Las Vegas Grand Prix.
Additionally, more than 50 sessions, industry demos, a design-thinking workshop, and meetups were dedicated to AI. An AI track was also available to help attendees identify sessions related to this important technology.
Here’s a video that Scott Wolslager of IMAGINiT Technologies prepared for Design World on how AI is adding value to manufacturing:
Though Autodesk University is over, the learning continues as AU offers free year-round access to on-demand sessions, professional development, and inspirational industry talks.