22 Facts About Autodesk


Autodesk, Inc is an American multinational software corporation that makes software products and services for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, education, and entertainment industries.

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Autodesk is headquartered in San Francisco, California, and has offices worldwide.

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Autodesk software has been used in many fields, and on projects from the One World Trade Center to Tesla electric cars.

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Autodesk became best known for AutoCAD, but now develops a broad range of software for design, engineering, and entertainment—and a line of software for consumers.

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In 1989, Autodesk's sales grew to over $100,000,000 after just four operational years.

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In 2007, Timothy Vernor sued Autodesk, alleging that he was entitled to resell "used" copies of AutoCAD software on eBay.

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Autodesk had obtained the software from an Autodesk licensee at an office liquidation sale.

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Autodesk introduced a new logo at the TED conference in Long Beach, California, on February 26,2013.

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Autodesk announced the largest lay off in its history on November 27,2017, with the lay off of 1,150 jobs.

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The number of Autodesk employees decreased from approximately 9,200 to 7,200 in less than 2 years.

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In 2022, Autodesk moved their headquarters to San Francisco from San Rafael, California — which served as their headquarters since 1994.

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In what was seen as an unusual step for a maker of high-end business software, Autodesk began offering AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac through the Apple Mac App Store.

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Autodesk offers certificates in two categories: Autodesk Certified User and Advanced Certified Professional.

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Autodesk Life Sciences is an extensible toolkit for genetic engineering.

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In January 2006, Autodesk acquired Alias, a developer of 3D graphics technology.

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Autodesk software enabled Avatar director James Cameron to aim a camera at actors wearing motion-capture suits in a studio and see them as characters in the fictional world of Pandora in the film.

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Autodesk software played a role in the visual effects of Alice in Wonderland, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, Inception, Iron Man 2, King Kong, Gladiator, Titanic, and other films.

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Autodesk develops and purchased many specific-purpose renderers but many Autodesk products had been bundled with third-party renderers such as NVIDIA Mental Ray or Iray.

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Autodesk CFD includes modeling and thermal modeling tools for architectural and MEP applications.

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Autodesk introduced C-FACT, an open-source, science-driven approach to setting greenhouse gas reduction targets, which calls for greenhouse gas reductions to be made in proportion to a company's gross domestic product.

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Autodesk will derive its own targets using this approach through 2020.

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In 2006, Autodesk sponsored a PBS program named e² Design, which focused on green building design around the world, describing the leaders and technologies that drive sustainable design.

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