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Shaan Hurley's Autodesk blog

We Hope They Come Back

15 energetic High school interns led by two college interns and working with Autodesk Portland employees worked on a real product that is open source and added new features for FIRST Robotics FRC teams to simulate their competition robot designs. Synthesis an Autodesk technology and solely developed by these amazing students.

PIE Shop Opens in Autodesk Portland Office

Last Thursday our Portland office held a traditional beer bust celebrating the opening of the incubator space on our second floor that i currently hosting 5 startups and 2 organizations. We had beer, wine, food, cookies, and of course pie. About the PIE Shop ”Autodesk have launched an ambitious program that looks to foster new product startups and help entrepreneurs overcome challenges tied to making physical objects. Portland design and product agency Uncorked Studios, 3D software maker Autodesk Inc.

Construction Tower Cranes Provide Unique Views of Portland

The west coast of the United States has been in a building boom from Los Angeles to Seattle. Seattle has been leading the way for the last 3 years, but Portland is up there and high in the tower crane counts. Next door to our Portland office is the 5MLK construction with customer and contractor Hoffman Construction. I went and visited them at the construction site last week.

Life Before AutoCAD

A funny Throwback Thursday looking at what life was like before we had AutoCAD assisting in drafting and design.

Autodesk Accelerate Event Next Month in Toronto

Join us in Toronto next month for a nice intimate Autodesk hosted event named Autodesk Accelerate. It is being held in the creative MaRS Discovery District where Autodesk has its office. Technically you could tell colleagues that you were visiting MaRS to learn about the latest in manufacturing and design technology. Current speakers include RAMLAB, Steelcase, Modelab, Denise Schindler and others.

Sign Up for the AU5K!

If you are registering for Autodesk University 2018, you can also sign up for the official AU5K which has doubled in size each year due to popularity and the fun getting fresh air and making new friends. 231817 - AU 5K and Fun Run ”Grab your running shoes and join us on the Vegas Strip for this annual AU tradition started by avid runner and Autodesk expert Shaan Hurley.

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.

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