Want to see and experience the digital prototyping experience in real life? Autodesk is betting that more and more customers do. That’s why the firm last month opened the doors to its first Customer Briefing Center in Lake Oswego, OR. The goal for the state-of-the-art interactive facility, Autodesk officials say, is to inspire designers and engineers by exposing them to new technologies that will stimulate creativity, increase collaboration and foster greater innovation.
At the heart of the Customer Briefing Center are exhibits that allow Autodesk to showcase its digital prototyping technologies at work for creating next-generation products in a number of industries, including automotive, consumer products and industrial machinery. Some of the standout exhibits: A demonstration of how Autodesk tools were used to create a wheelchair that improves quality of life for its users and an advanced remote-controlled demolition robot arm.
Following the opening of this center, Autodesk intends to build additional Customer Briefing Centers in various locations worldwide. Said Buzz Kross, senior vice president of Autodesk Manufacturing, “As Autodesk opens more locations worldwide, we look forward to engaging even more customers with facilities and programs that stimulate learning, discovery and dialogue.”
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