Cambashi lead analyst Alan Griffiths recently attended the recent Autodesk Accelerate22 conference in New Orleans. Although Autodesk is better-known globally for its BIM/AEC capabilities, the event focused on Autodesk’s PLM/CADCAM software capabilities.
Alan`s highlights from the event included:
· Yasuhide Yokoi, Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer of Final Aim, demonstrating ‘Camello’, an autonomous delivery robot, and a small mobility vehicle for Honda, designed with Fusion 360.
· Craig Bunyan, Seymourpowell, presented designs for Virgin Galactic using ‘extended reality’ for collaboration.
· Jonas Ström and Andreas Hansson explained how Sandvik is helping to ‘automate the manufacturing value chain’ and outlined how they are working with Autodesk and other PLM/CADCAM companies to bring the decision-making closer to the designer.
· EDAG Group is quietly disrupting the automotive ‘with ‘CityBot’, a modular, autonomous, electric vehicle with a power unit that can attach to a variety of trailers or cabins, providing various functions from people-carrying to goods-delivery, and even trash-collection. Sebastian Flügel presented their ‘Closed Loop Engineering process’ used to design the EDAG CityBots using live data as input to generative design to continuously improve the product.
· These examples reinforced the maturity of Autodesk’s manufacturing solution (concisely presented by Stephen Hooper) which includes a suite of PLM/CADCAM capabilities with Fusion 360 on top of its core Forge platform.
· It was also great to meet new Autodesk experts and visionaries like Steve and Chan Solanki, and to exchange views with other analysts such as Monica Schnitger and speakers such as Tim Shinbara Jr., CTO for The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).
Look out for a forthcoming detailed report.