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Shaan Hurley's Autodesk blog

Registration for Autodesk University 2018 is Now OPEN

I hope to see you this November at Autodesk University 2018. The registration just opened today. Some classes and sessions fill up extremely fast due to their popularity. I will provide some details on special events and meetups as we get closer. Thanks to last years attendees survey feedback, my Autodesk University 5K “AU5K” is once again happening for Autodesk University 2018.

Download AutoCAD 2019 Free

Kick the tires of the latest version of AutoCAD released just this April.You can download and run a full version of AutoCAD for 30 days – free at While there were many updates including 200+ dialog boxes and other User Interface elements have been updated and other requested updates and fixes, the biggest theme is: ONLY ONE. AUTOCAD. AutoCAD now includes industry-specific features and libraries for architecture, mechanical design, electrical design, and more.

FIRST Robotics Teams Come Learn about Synthesis

WildcatsCome see our open source simulator Synthesis that takes your FRC robot designs and lets you dynamically test them on virtual fields.

Join us in Portland Oregon on August 7th for our in-person workshop, or join our online webinar on the 8th!

At the beautiful Autodesk Portland office
Tuesday August 7th, 2018
10:00am – 3:00pm (lunch included)

Online webinar
Wednesday August 8th, 2018

I'm Back

Surprise Lake Washington

Although I was still checking in from time to time, I have been enjoying a 6 week sabbatical. Now I am just trying to get back into waking up early, commuting, and booting up my work laptop for the first time in weeks.

Final Week Push and Getting High Altitude

I'm entering my final week of sabbatical (6 week vacation) and please ignore the bad example of me in the office writing this while on my sabbatical, but my fav backpacking and outdoor gear shop Next Adventure is a couple blocks away and I needed to say hi to colleagues and post this. The last 5 weeks have been filled with some amazing adventures some solo, some with friends, and some with my 3 kids all over Oregon.

Start Training for the AU5K!

First, congratulations to all the speakers that were notified this week that they will be speaking at Autodesk University 2018 in Las Vegas! Thousands of proposals were submitted and the quality and competition for the event were top notch. Thank you to all that wrote and submitted a proposal.

Thanks to last years attendees survey feedback, my Autodesk University 5K “AU5K” is once again happening for Autodesk University 2018.

Inventor Tip: Frame Generator Custom Notch

This Autodesk Inventor tip was submitted by Peter Barker.

Time-lapse of Construction

Autodesk just celebrated their grand opening of the Portland Oregon office last month. It was a construction journey to take the old historic building and celebrate its past and build out its future. The project was successfully orchestrated and completed by several contractors and architecture firms, several Autodesk employees, and of course lots and lots of Autodesk software because the contractors and architects are also Autodesk customers.


Hurry Up and Vote for AU 2018 Classes


The deadline for voting on Autodesk University 2018 classes is this Friday, July 13th. You have the opportunity to help select which speakers and classes will be available when registration begins August 8.

Vote for AU 2018 Classes

Throwback Thursday – AutoCAD R13 C4a was Good

My longtime colleague and programming guru Kean Walmsley wrote a great blog post talking about why AutoCAD R13 was painful, but it had to happen to re-architect the product.

A brief history of rearchitecting AutoCAD (or the importance of R13)

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