Dedicated training and support is needed to ensure Redstack's clients are able to put every great feature of their Autodesk software to use. No one knows this more than Bart McPheeters, a senior technical specialist at Autodesk who will be making his way to Australia to present a series of workshops and events throughout Australia beginning June 22.
Bart took time out of his busy schedule to talk us through the plan for his upcoming Australia tour and what Redstack's clients can expect to learn about Autodesk's simulation software products.
The roadshow will focus on Bart's expertise with the Nastran simulation product. As well as learning specific details about the way this product behaves, the presentations provide the audience with a chance to consider the value of these types of software as a whole, as Bart is a great believer in their ability to benefit the businesses that use them.
"I'm going to talk a little bit [on this tour] about what simulation is, how it works, why it's important, and, in particular, how Autodesk fits into the picture from that point of view," he says.
These presentations will appeal to a broad range of Redstack's clients, and certainly aren't limited to those who are already using the service or looking to buy it. Bart sees the roadshow as a chance to prove the worth of simulation software to "anyone that designs things".
"The sweet spot for Nastran of course is mechanical simulation, so my target for the show is people who are designing parts but want to make them better, make them faster, make them cheaper and make them lighter.
"I look at people and say: Are you using simple simulations but you need to do something more complex? Do you have products that are failing but you don't know why? Do you want to test out new ideas but you don't have time?"
Bart believes designers that can answer yes to any of those questions should be looking to these presentations as a place for answers.
Again, the role of simulation software in the design process is a key focus for the Redstack workshops Bart will present and he hopes they offer attendees the chance to form a new perspective on how Nastran can help their business.
"I'd like people to come away with a feel for what's possible with simulation, and how people all over the world are using simulation in their designs," Bart says.
"Maybe someone will look at what we're presenting and they'll see a solution to some problem they had that they didn't see before or didn't consider."
Of, course, it's not just about integrating simulation anywhere in the design process, Bart advocates specific procedures to ensure products like Nastran are at their most effective.
"I really want people to think about doing simulation first - very early in the design process - to help guide choices," he said.
"Early in the design process, changes are cheap to make, and there's lots of possibilities to improve a design."
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