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This is it—the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Week by week, day by day, hour by hour, your votes have led us here and helped shape AU 2016. From 32 compelling, relevant, and game-changing topics, we’ve narrowed the field to the 2 that will help shape the future of making things. The final matchup between the AEC Division and Manufacturing and Design Division has officially tipped off. Which 1 will win?

Representing the AEC Division: Design Visualization

We were right to expect big things from this rising star. After making an impressive debut at AU 2015, Design Visualization entered the Tournament of Topics as a crowd favorite. They defeated juggernauts Building Performance Analysis, Architecture, and Reality Computing in the first 3 rounds to earn a place in the semifinal, where they sent CAD Management & IT packing.


Representing the Manufacturing & Design Division: Simulation

We call Simulation our quiet achiever—never showboating or boasting, this topic calmly dominated the court in every matchup, securing a chance to go head to head with Design Visualization. Simulation overpowered Game Design, Process Planning and Factory Layout, and Sustainable Design before beating out bracket favorite 3D Printing in the semifinal.

Your votes decide the winner in this clash of titans. Which topic do you want to see more classes on at AU Las Vegas this November? Are you all about bringing your design to life and showing your customers, collaborators, and team members exactly what you mean? Then your vote belongs to Design Visualization and your focus is on 3D models powered by real-time engine software. Or is your primary concern delivering better designs and making better products? Then fly the Simulation flag and focus on tools to help you predict, test, and optimize your designs.


Wherever your allegiance lies it’s time to vote, vote, vote. You can vote as many times as you like right up until the polls close at 9 a.m., Pacific time, on Wednesday, April 27. That’s when we’ll announce the winner, and also when the CFP opens. We’re looking for classes on all 32 topics that entered the tournament and we hope you found inspiration somewhere along the way.

But there can only be 1 winner. You decide.

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