2017 BREAKOUT PREVIEW

Check out this year’s breakout topics below. Need more info?  Just let us know, we are here for you!

MECHANICAL DESIGN

MECHANICAL DESIGN AUTOMATION

Do you remember seeing some of the powerful technology that SOLIDWORKS was bringing to the table back in 1998? Are you using it today? Watch this video to see the live SOLIDWORKS demonstration with Bill Gates at the Workstation Leadership Forum ’98. Over the years, SOLIDWORKS continues to lead in its integration with Windows. This session will showcase the enhanced feature rich technology and how it’s even easier to use with SOLIDWORKS 2017.

Level: Fundamentals

PRODUCTIVE ASSEMBLY MODELING PRACTICES

Are you consuming too much coffee waiting for your assemblies to open or rebuild? Find out why, and what you can do to improve it. This session will take an in-depth look at best practices and techniques to increase your productivity throughout the day. Discover new and useful tools you may have missed over the years, providing you with everything you need to focus on the design not CAD.

Level: Advanced

AUTOMATING & MANAGING YOUR DESIGNS

Similar designs with slight variations are commonplace in many industries. This session focuses on different techniques to automate the creation and management of configurable designs. Understand how design teams can work together to produce top-quality product data in a shorter amount of time. This session focuses on the use of SOLIDWORKS, DriveWorks, and SOLIDWORKS PDM to showcase the ease and power of configurable product design.

Level: Intermediate

MODEL MANIA LIVE

The Model Mania contest has been a SOLIDWORKS World tradition since 2000. The presenter has placed 3rd in the reseller community twice (2013 and 2015) and always practicing to improve. This presentation looks back at the previous part designs and reviews the critical features and options necessary to post a winning time. These tips and tricks will also save you time in your day to day part modeling.

Level: Intermediate

SOLIDWORKS API: MACRO FEATURES

Macro features are a little used and powerful feature in the SOLIDWORKS API. This session explores what they are and how they work. We’ll work through their life-cycle and the specific API calls necessary for them to work correctly. We will also show a real life example of a macro feature built specifically to simplify one of our models and touch briefly on the SOLIDWORKS IModeler interface.

Level: Advanced

ELECTRICAL DESIGN

INTRO TO SOLIDWORKS PCB

Come see how SOLIDWORKS is making PCB design easy and accessible for everyone. SOLIDWORKS PCB is bringing mechanical and electrical design together, helping to reduce design iterations, create more complex integrated designs, and bring connectivity to new markets. Interested in working smarter with PCB designers?  This is the session for you.

Level: Fundamentals

ADVANCED SOLIDWORKS ELECTRICAL SCHEMATICS

Every year SOLIDWORKS releases new time saving enhancements to SOLIDWORKS Electrical. In this session we will cover some powerful features that have been added in the last few years to schematics. Topics include using harnesses and reports to create easy to read wiring diagrams, modifying reports, the connector tool along with many other productivity enhancements.

Level: Advanced

ELECTROMECHANICAL DESIGN

Come see how SOLIDWORKS Electrical, PCB, Mechanical, and PDM all work together. When creating intelligent integrated designs it is important that everyone can collaborate, working efficiently with every group involved.

Level: Intermediate

ANALYSIS

INNOVATION IN DESIGN VALIDATION

Did you miss one of our launch events? Looking for ways to be more productive setting up and running your simulation studies? This session will take you back in time and explore the many improved and powerful new capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Simulation products. Don’t miss this opportunity to get caught up on What’s New in the world of design validation.

Level: Intermediate

OPTIMIZING SOLIDWORKS FLOW SIMULATION FOR MULTI-USER ENVIRONMENTS

Make it easy for new and existing users to get more value out of Flow Simulation. Often, you may start from scratch creating virtual tests for your designs. Learn how to optimize your analysis project creation and discover best practices for configuring user settings to eliminate delays in creating studies and publishing results.

Level: Intermediate

GETTING QUALITY RESULTS WITH YOUR SIMULATION

Virtual design validation is a valuable tool in helping you to continuously improve your products and test new ideas. Learn what it takes to get started with virtual design validation, and best practices to ensure good quality results. With Finite Element Analysis, you can help your company predict potential design failures, and foster innovation with improved design.

Level: Intermediate

MANUFACTURING

MODEL BASED SUCCESS

Develop your skills creating 3D Product Manufacturing Information (PMI). Reuse this data to reduce time creating 2D drawings or publish to popular 3D formats for manufacturing. Automate your tolerance stack-up analysis.

Level: Fundamentals

DESIGN FOR CASTABILITY

Designing a part for metal casting can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Using Draft- and Undercut Analysis tools in SOLIDWORKS, along with a good draft and parting line strategy, can improve not only the manufacture of your part, but also your relationship with the foundry.

Level: Intermediate

INTERACTIVE WORK INSTRUCTIONS FOR MANUFACTURING

How effective are you communicating your assembly process internally or to your customers? Are they being delivered the best experience possible? Effective technical communications is a must when it comes to beating out the competition. Discover what it takes to create product communication deliverables early in the design process. Leverage existing CAD design data ensuring your documentation is always up to date with the latest changes.

Level: Intermediate

ADDING VALUE TO ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Ever wondered why your 3D printed parts don’t turn out how you expected? Looking for ways to make more functional parts using additive manufacturing? This session will focus on design techniques and printing optimizations that will help make your parts more effective with less time and material spent printing parts that ultimately end up in the trash or worse, fail when you need them most.

Level: Intermediate

MANAGEMENT

THE ROI OF NEW TECHNOLOGY

Justifying the cost of new technologies is difficult. Discover how to calculate return on investment for products that you are reviewing by studying factors such as time, long term costs, downtime, training and more. Learn how to present that information effectively in your organization to help guarantee you get the resources you need.

Level: Fundamentals

BUILDING THE NEXT GENERATION

Join us for a round-table discussion, focused on how businesses and education institutions can work together to effectively develop a homegrown, technically adept workforce. Share your thoughts and ideas on STEM training with local business owners and  educators.

Level: Fundamentals

DATA MANAGEMENT FOR YOUR WHOLE ORGANIZATION

SOLIDWORKS PDM can be much more than just a tool for managing drawings and models. A comprehensive implementation can address almost any key business process that requires visibility, participation, approval or other driven actions throughout any department in your organization. This short session will show you one implementation that is taking this approach and has been a key element of many major business certifications, including AS9100. Supporting not just Engineering, but Accounting, Purchasing, Planning, Sales and even EH&S processes, this PDM implementation has increased overall process efficiency throughout the business, shortened the timeline for all major processes and has served as a key tool for successfully demonstrating standards compliance in major business audits.

Level: Advanced

MARKETING & SALES

VISUALIZE INCREASED SALES

Bring your products to life throughout the design phase to help select, validate, improve and sell the best design concepts before committing expensive resources to the project. Produce realistic images and animations for marketing that are print and web ready when you need them. This session will explore the simple, intuitive interface of SOLIDWORKS Visualize and walk you through the process of developing rich photorealistic content.

Level: Intermediate

BREAKING DOWN THE WALL: A STORY OF ENGINEERING & MARKETING

Powerful marketing content, displayed in the right format is the key to growing your product sales. Learn more about leveraging your company’s 3D CAD data for professional-looking rendered images, animations, technical instructions, and more. Your marketing team can deliver the right content using some familiar tools, while working alongside Engineering and Design. Combining the right publication tools will help you get more done in less time, and keep your marketing deliverables up to date.

Level: Intermediate

SOCIAL MEDIA BEST PRACTICES

Learn how to increase your business reach through social media! Discover best practices for engaging your followers, creating useful content and why social selling is the new normal. Find out which tricks to use to make sure your social media site shines.

Level: Fundamentals

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

GET MORE DONE WITH THE RIGHT WORKSTATION

Rebuild times got you down? But you thought that expensive computer was supposed to be quick? Come learn what system specs to pay attention to when purchasing new computers. You’ll learn how to optimize your purchase based on your typical day’s work and how to best spend your money when computer shopping. We’ll look at real-world results depending on what type of work you do.

Level: Fundamentals