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DBayn
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Message 1 of 6 (104 Views)

Autodesk at IMTS

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09-06-2006 12:53 PM
Why does Autodesk not display their products at IMTS in Chicago?
Is mechanical design really that small a percentage of their business?
*Gary R Smith \(Autodesk\)
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Re: Autodesk at IMTS

09-06-2006 02:14 PM in reply to: DBayn
20 years ago when the CAD business was very different, many CAD software
companies spent huge amounts on various trade shows. Of course the market
was different and a CAD system often meant a million dollar investment for
just a few seats.

The International Machine Tool Show used to be an important show however
since CAD software has become virtually a commodity many companies have
concluded that the expense of doing a show targeted at this narrow niche
doesn't make sense.

I don't know the specific reasons why Autodesk selects one industrial show
over another however quite a large percentage of attendees at this show are
often looking for the latest in carbide inserts or water jet CNC and not
specifically for CAD software.
*Andrew Pawelski
Message 3 of 6 (104 Views)

Re: Autodesk at IMTS

09-07-2006 04:17 AM in reply to: DBayn
While not the size of IMTS, I happened to notice that they will have a booth
at Canadian Manufacturing Week in Toronto.
*Gary R Smith \(Autodesk\)
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Re: Autodesk at IMTS

09-07-2006 06:54 AM in reply to: DBayn
Regional trade shows are often supported by a local reseller with assistance
from Autodesk. The decision to participate is then made by the reseller's
management team. A local reseller will often benefit from a presence at a
regional show of this type - more so than Autodesk would from participation
in a "national" show.
*Jimmy
Message 5 of 6 (104 Views)

Re: Autodesk at IMTS

09-11-2006 04:58 PM in reply to: DBayn
Maybe you guys should consider Pack Expo. For the last several years I
attended there was alwas a "Sorta Works" booth there. That place is loaded
with engineeers and designers.

"Gary R Smith (Autodesk)" wrote in message
news:5319997@discussion.autodesk.com...
20 years ago when the CAD business was very different, many CAD software
companies spent huge amounts on various trade shows. Of course the market
was different and a CAD system often meant a million dollar investment for
just a few seats.

The International Machine Tool Show used to be an important show however
since CAD software has become virtually a commodity many companies have
concluded that the expense of doing a show targeted at this narrow niche
doesn't make sense.

I don't know the specific reasons why Autodesk selects one industrial show
over another however quite a large percentage of attendees at this show are
often looking for the latest in carbide inserts or water jet CNC and not
specifically for CAD software.
*Gary R Smith \(Autodesk\)
Message 6 of 6 (104 Views)

Re: Autodesk at IMTS

09-12-2006 09:06 AM in reply to: DBayn
Jimmy wrote: "...That place is loaded with engineeers and designers."

It isn't a question of who is attending, it is a question of why they are
attending.

Once upon a time it was critical to simply get exposure with the engineering
crowd - that is no longer the issue.

20 years ago there were engineers/designers attending these sorts of shows
who had never seen/touched a CAD system. That is rarely the case these days.
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