The Future of Design: Connected and Collaborative

Autodesk’s Rob McGuire on how AutoCAD and other advanced technologies are changing the way engineers work, worldwide.

Computer-aided design changed the way engineers and designers turn ideas into renderings. Like most paradigm shifting technologies, the full implications of CAD weren’t initially understood by design engineers or the coders that created the software, but the results have been undeniable. Better designs, faster to market. Today, the combination of vastly more powerful, affordable hardware plus cloud connectivity with technologies like AutoCAD has freed engineers and designers from the office workstation and made the design process something done anywhere, anytime. Autodesk vice president Rob Maguire is an expert and former coder himself with deep roots in CAD software development. He speaks with’s Jim Anderton about AutoCAD, the cloud, and the future of engineering design.

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James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.