A global leader in 3D design software, Autodesk, will be a sponsor at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba to showcase The Future of How Thing Are Made at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, February 9-12. Applications Engineer for Autodesk, Imraan Lambat, will be highlighting the increasingly important role and future potential of design and 3D mining technology in the African mining space.Lambat will be one of the more than 50 industry thought leaders presenting on the latest trends in the mining sector at the Indaba. Autodesk reports that he will “explore some of the following industry aspects:CAD industry revolutions, the increasingly important role of 3D design in mining and its capabilities going forward – the evolution of Autodesk from simply being a maker of design and engineering softwareInnovative uses of Autodesk cloud technologies; considering case studies in Africa mining – leading software innovation from Autodesk has not only improved life for the users of the products, but has actually made it possible for those users to imagine, design and create projects that will directly lead to better lives for billions of people around the worldThe evolving ways in which mining companies are already using Autodesk, and the future potential – Autodesk as an industry innovator using cloud, mobile and social technology to fundamentally change the way our customers are designing and creating their work.”“Autodesk is and has, for many years, been a leader in the mining sector when it comes to design software. We are looking forward to sharing our insights and software demonstrations at our stand with both the local and international mining fraternities,” says Lambat.One of Autodesk’s capabilities, Digital Prototyping “has helped us to maintain our position as an industry leader by enabling us to reduce the number of changes on the shop floor, reduce our time to market, and produce better products for our customers,” reports Chris Flynn, Director of Engineering Systems at Joy Mining Machinery.Mining Indaba attracts an array of globally recognised mining thought leaders, economic visionaries and some of Africa’s largest deal-makers for the approximately 7000 delegates set to arrive from more than 110 countries.Autodesk helps people imagine, design and create a better world. Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists, students and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Company facts:12+ million users of professional products115+ million users of consumer applications7,300 employees worldwideOver 100 products in portfolioProducts are available in 17 languagesOver the past 18 years, all winners of the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects in Film used Autodesk solutionsThe Autodesk Education Community has over 6 million members, including students and teachers, who are eligible for free access to Autodesk softwareWorldwide, Autodesk has 2,400+ Channel Partners, 3,900+ Autodesk Developer Network members, 2,000+ Autodesk Authorized Training Centres and 250+ user groups; 300,000 AUGI (Autodesk User Groups International) Members.