TurboSquid at Autodesk University 2009

by Michele Bousquet

What could be more fun than Las Vegas in December? Las Vegas with a bunch of AutoCAD and Revit users, of course! Autodesk University, held this year Dec. 1-3 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, offered seminars and an exhibition on Autodesk’s CAD products.

Michele with Gary Davis and Janice Miller of Autodesk

Michele with Gary Davis and Janice Miller of Autodesk

But AU is far more than that; it’s an ideal opportunity to network with industry movers and shakers. Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD, and Inventor are emerging content marketplaces with enormous potential. The folks at Autodesk University can help us shape these new marketplaces and other opportunities.

Here are just a few of the things we got into at Autodesk University this year:

  • Autodesk Seek, our partner site for CAD content, got a lot of attention at AU, with mentions in the keynote speech and numerous seminars throughout the week. Shared CAD content in general is gaining traction, and TurboSquid continues to work with Autodesk in many ways to provide content across multiple applications.
  • Alioscopy, manufacturers of the first-ever no-glasses 3D LCD screen, is going to need 3D content within the next year for their own customers. The models will need to conform to specific guidelines in order to work with the Alioscopy screen. We’re working closely with Alioscopy to make our sellers’ models and talent available to this exciting new marketplace.

Of course, Autodesk University wasn’t all work and no play. There was a certain amount of catching up with CAD buds, old and new, which led to lots of new ideas for TurboSquid expansion in the coming year.

And I had a great time at the AU Final Party. My AutoCAD-centric rendition of Cake’s “Short Skirt Long Jacket” on the karaoke stage got the attention of Lynn Allen, Autodesk Evangelist, and she jokingly offered to make me the entertainment at next year’s AU party. Hey, it could happen.

Michele with Lynn Allen from Autodesk

Michele with Lynn Allen from Autodesk

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