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Autodesk Presentation Heralds ‘National Manufacturing Day’

A capacity crowd of students attends Friday's PDC presentation ...
A capacity crowd of students attends Friday’s PDC presentation …
... by Lars Christensen, a technical marketing manager for Autodesk.
… by Lars Christensen, a technical marketing manager for Autodesk.

Representatives from the Autodesk software company presented “An Introduction to Fusion 360 for Design and Manufacture” among the National Manufacturing Day events hosted by Penn College. The presentation, held Friday morning in the Thompson Professional Development Center, showcased Fusion 360 as a next-generation, “cloud-based” Computer Aided Design software program that runs on both Mac and Windows operating systems. The software is free to students, enthusiasts, hobbyists and startups.  The software includes workspaces for traditional 3-D mechanical CAD modeling, complex free-form modeling with T-splines technology, surface modeling, rendering (still-image capture), animation, simulation (Finite Element Analysis) and Computer Aided Manufacturing. The visit was sponsored by the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies’ Engineering Design Technology Program and the college’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education office.

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