I am reminded of a scene from the popular movie, The Graduate. For the uninitiated, The Graduate tells the story of Ben Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) who is a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life. In pursuit of true romance, Ben receives sage advice along the way. The scene takes place at a summertime barbecue at an affluent Bay Area home:
|MR. McGUIRE||I want to say one word to you. Just one word.|
|BENJAMIN BRADDOCK||Yes, sir.|
|MR. McGUIRE||Are you listening?|
|BENJAMIN BRADDOCK||Yes, I am.|
Mr. McGuire was spot on 40 years ago, and he still is today. As new plastic materials are developed, manufacturing technology advances, and business challenges like climate change and high energy costs confront manufacturers worldwide, plastics continue to be the material of the future for many reasons. Many believe the future of the world rests with robotics. Many of the parts that make up robots are plastic. Today, I have 6 words for you:
If The Graduate were remade today, perhaps the scene could be extended?
|BENJAMIN BRADDOCK||Just how do you mean that, sir?|
|MR. McGUIRE||Available now on Autodesk Labs, the Autodesk Inventor Plastic Features Technology Preview speeds and simplifies the design of plastic products. A new, dedicated plastic part design environment allows designers and engineers to capture the functional requirements of a design and drive the automatic creation of thin-walled plastic parts and common plastic part features such as grills, rests, bosses, snaps, lips and gloves, and fillets.|
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