Autodesk Automotive Innovation Forum (AIF) Gives Attendees a Glimpse of the Future of Making Things

Between 20-21 March, Autodesk hosted the Automotive Innovation Forum (AIF) at the Hilton Munich Airport Hotel, a flagship automotive event attracting over 500 attendees in automotive design and manufacturing across the globe.
This year’s Agenda included:  Laurens Van Den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design of Groupe Renault opened the event with an outstanding and inspirational keynote about “Strategies and Vision of Future Mobility”. The presentation was followed by an innovative 2nd keynote about the “Future of Connected Car Services at Daimler” from Carina Sandbrink, Manager Digital Business Model & Use Cases and Tom Jetter, Benchmarketing and Conference Export.The innovation themes covered the area Studio of the Future, Smart Manufacturing of the Future and Marketing of the Future. Industry best practices were shared from BMW, Porsche, Tata Motor UK, Renault, Audi, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Magna Steyr, Volvo Cars and many more.  Our goal for AIF is not only to inform customers but also to support them to do more better and faster, share product vision and plans, and to generate excitement about what is coming in the future.At the new session stream called “Product Innovation” topics included: VR/AR in conceptual design, Alias and VRED innovation and roadmap, as well as Shotgun for design studio, has been presented by the DCP-Group. Meanwhile, the BETA-Deep Dive Sessions showcased the Alias & VRED version of 2019.


Autodesk Design Studio of the Future booth new in 2018

Autodesk’s vision of the Design Studio of the Future booth comprised 8 demo stations:

·  Sketch

·  Immersive Formfinding

·  Rapid Prototyping

·  Shape

·  Interactive Design

·  User Experience

·  Immersive Review

·  Design Review


Autodesk MAKE

At the Autodesk MAKE  booth, Innovations in Design to 3D Printing in Metal and Plastic featured:

·  Generative design to 3D printing in metal and plastic

·  Physical clay modeling – digitizing – scanning

·  Adding functionalities & reducing weight by AM technologies

·  Exhibits at the booth: BMW Motorrad, Design Schindler prosthetic leg, X-Vein drone, Airbus bionic partition, Asius 3d printed in-ear headphones, parametric chair, Toyota motorhead.



Autodesk Gallery

The Autodesk Gallery demonstrated how people are using new technology to imagine, design, and create a better world; bringing together stories of exceptional design and engineering from across the globe around generative design, robotics & AI, machine learning, and immersive design. Some examples include:

·  BAC Mono Upright (original design, lattice design, generative design)

·  RamLab Propeller

·  Heat Exchanger

·  BMX Fiber Frame

·  Project T.O.S.T.

·  Under Armour Shoe

·  Airplane Seat

·  HackRod



Exhibition Area & Sponsoring Partners

AIF Attendees benefited from not only Autodesk demonstrations, but also from key partners who make these solutions complete. Our sponsors included:

Gold Sponsoring Partners

·  DELL Intel


·  X-Rite Pantone


Silver Sponsoring Partners



·  PNY

·  CLX Europe

·  Lenovo

·  Okulon

·  Fujitsu

·  Technicon Design


What did AIF 2018 Attendees have to say?

“AIF 2018 was a 5***** “millésime”, Groupe Renault

“The AIF 2018 in Munich was technologically highly inspiring and ideally suited for networking.” Porsche AG

“After switching from VW to Scania it was even more important for me to attend AIF. The event was interesting and the mix of interesting lectures and top networking among a like-minded group and external participants let me come to the conclusion – “The journey from Sweden was worthwhile and I’m looking forward to the AIF 2019!” Scania

“Great presentations. We are looking forward to VRED 2019.” Volkswagen



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