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The power of Simulation for Design can be yours. Get the training you need at Autodesk University.

Angela Schrader
October 11, 2017

For too long the power of Simulation has been held only by a few experts. Its benefits have been put off until a design has been submitted for validation by The Analysts. But a new day is dawning.

Tools like Inventor and Fusion 360 offer many simulation capabilities for the design engineer to virtually test their designs and validate concepts right in their design environment.

In addition to its Stress Analysis and Dynamic Simulation tools, Inventor can also utilize the muscle of the Nastran FEA solver with the Nastran In-CAD add-on. (Read more in this post.)

Fusion 360 offers several capabilities as well including static stress, modal frequencies & thermal simulations. Users of Fusion 360 Ultimate have even more tools in their toolbox including buckling, non-linear stress, event simulation, and shape optimization. (Learn more here.)

So, the benefits are known and the tools are available, but do you have the skills to use them? Perhaps training you need?

You will find the training you seek at Autodesk University (AU).

Automotive parts on a museum pedestal, made by generative designs.


What is Autodesk University?

AU is the world’s largest gathering of Autodesk customers. It provides an opportunity to attend classes with product experts and thought leaders, as well as meet with professional peers and members of our Autodesk team. It is also a lot of fun. In addition to classes, there are exciting keynotes, an Exhibit Hall and social events. Check out the AU Experience page to learn more.

New This Year: Two Tailored Experiences for Simulation in Design

There are many classes available for users of Inventor or Fusion 360 – covering several aspects of their use. This year we have curated a set of simulation classes for each and bundled them into Tailored Experiences. Tailored Experiences are collections of suggested classes, networking events, and keynotes – the also make it easy to find the classes you need in the course catalog. Here are two that may interest you:

Simulation in Inventor – Unlocking Your Design Potential

Inventor users have the power of Autodesk Nastran FEA within their design environment through Autodesk Nastran In-CAD. With these sessions, you’ll learn how to use the simulation capability available to you and how it can enhance your design process. Begin with a brief introduction to simulation workflows, continue with classes on simulating complex performance scenarios, and learn about emerging capabilities like generative design. Some classes to consider:

Taking Design to the Next Level with Simulation in Fusion 360

Whether avoiding performance issues or optimizing for key design objectives, there’s incredible value to be gained by simulating your design as early as possible. This simulation in Fusion experience will expose you to ways simulation can be used, demonstrate different functionalities, and give you a chance to test drive the tool-set in a hands-on lab.

Read more about what Fusion 360 has going on at AU.

There is a lot to experience at AU beyond the classroom. Attend inspiring keynote events. Explore the Exhibit Hall. Get your questions answered at the Answer Bar. And attend some amazing social events!

Many people at the Autodesk University Idea Exchange sitting around tables, asking questions.

Visit the AU Las Vegas website to learn more. Registration is open NOW and the price of an AU pass will go up October 16th – so get enrolled soon!

We hope to see you there.


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