Join Me at AU 2014

Hello out there!

Hard to believe October has come and gone.  That means it’s nearly time once again for Autodesk ® University.  That fun filled, action packed week of learning, sharing, networking and making new friends.  As most of you know, this will be my second AU this year.  I had a great time in Moscow, and I’m looking forward to Vegas!

I will be teaching one class this year at AU, my first time as a speaker, and will be co-speaker for another.  Here is the breakdown:

Class ID: MD5386 Title: Going With the Flow with Inventor Tube & Pipe
This class will be a presentation of tips, tricks, and workarounds for the Inventor software Tube & Pipe add-in. A powerful design tool built into the Inventor software landscape, Tube & Pipe is the bread-and-butter tool for many designers. We will explore some basics of getting started, and we’ll look at some secrets and workarounds for successfully routing and populating pipe runs in this environment. The class will focus on rigid piping, but tips will be applicable to flexible hose and tubing design as well.

  • Chris Benner, Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc., CAD Department Supervisor – Primary Speaker
Class ID: MD4862Title: Advanced Assembly Control with Representations in Inventor
This class will teach you how to use the 3 types of Representations in Inventor software assemblies. Representations can control the visibility, the suppression, the position, and several of the other characteristics of components within assemblies. Representations enable you to save specific views of your assembly to prepare for presentations and to create drawings. Proper use of Representations also significantly improves computer performance when dealing with large, complex assemblies.

  • Mike Thomas, Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg., Technical Services Manager – Primary Speaker
  • Chris Benner, Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc., CAD Department Supervisor – Co-Speaker

When I’m not speaking, or attending classes or other sessions, I will be spending what I hope will be loads of time in the Autodesk ® Community pavilion, which will be in the exhibit hall.  I’d love to meet any of you who will be attending, so if you’re in Vegas come out and look for me.  I’ll be monitoring Twitter all week, and tweeting updates.  I’ll also be “live” blogging the event.  I use the quotes because you’re usually so busy that live blogging means “I’ll update when I get the chance!”  With my new Windows Phone I should be able to get much nicer pictures this year.  Last year I did all of my posting from an iPod touch!

Plenty of learning and good times to be had, if you haven’t looked into it, it’s not too late to register for the conference.  Check out the details here:

Join the countdown!  And as always…


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CAD Department Supervisor at Powell Fabrication & Manufacturing, Inc. CAD Designer & Detailer specializing in Inventor Tube & Pipe, Frame Generator, Content Center, Vault Professional. Autodesk Expert Elite member. Blogger. AU 2014 Speaker. Husband and father.

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