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Testimonials

  • "This event was well worth the time and money. I took back several tips/tricks and ways of using SolidWorks that will help our work flow and design process. I will push to get more designers there next time."

    Design Engineer,
    Thermoform Plastic Packaging Company

  • "The tips and tricks session were very helpful. Many of us haven't been to an update class in years, or not at all, so we don't know what improvements have been made."

    Project Engineer,
    Mobile Solution Manufacturer for Food & Healthcare

  • "Great conference, very informational and the presenters were very knowledgeable. I hope to attend future conferences!"

    Special Product Designer,
    Laboratory products Manufacturer

  • "Excellent conference. It was well worth the time."

    Design Engineer,
    Industrial-Grade Radiator Manufacturer

  • "The Graphics Systems employees were outstanding, their knowledge on every issue was excellent."

    Design Engineer,
    Metal Stamping and Fabrication

  • "I enjoyed the interaction with peers and the technical presentations. I am already using some of the tips and techniques to save time."

    Program Engineer,
    Metal Stamping and Fabrication

  • "The conference was well organized - Thanks!"

    President,
    Engineering Services Firm

  • "Letting the users help select the content of the conference was a good idea."

    Engineer,
    Manufacturer of Sheet Metal Components

  • "One of the best conferences I have attended. Well done."

    President,
    Engineering Services Firm

  • "I really enjoyed the conference! It had a good variety of sessions. Good location, good food, good social events. I learned some things and hope to put them to good use."

    Mechanical Engineer,
    Automated Liquid Handling Manufacturer

  • "I thought it was an excellent conference. I very much look forward to attending next year!"

    Design Engineer,
    Manufacturer of Injection-Molded Closures

  • "I felt very welcome. Good food, coffee, comfort, good location, and all the right people!"

    Senior Engineer,
    Industrial Clutch and Brake Manufacturer

Agenda

The Graphics Systems User Conference agenda was built by SolidWorks customers like you! Over the month of July customers voted to select the topics that are most important to you.

This year we have over 50 unique sessions delivered by industry experts - almost double the sessions we had last year!

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General Session 3D Design Data Management Simulation Communications Management

Partner Sessions
Last Year's Attendees Told Us...

98%Agreed the topics dealt with the issues they face at their company.

General Session

  • Featured Customer Presenters

    Presented By: redbox
    Silver Linings
    Wisconsin Plastics, Inc.

    Trek Bikes
      Tues., Oct. 25
    8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

    Wed., Oct. 26
    8:30 - 9:15 a.m.
    Trek Box

    Attend the Graphics Systems User Conference to learn first-hand how best-in-class companies like Trek Bikes, redbox, Wisconsin Plastics, Inc., and Silver Linings utilize the latest in 3D technology for their product development.

    Our featured presenters will share with you their processes for innovating new products and overcoming design challenges to create first-class products.

    redbox      
      Wisconsin Plastics
     

    SolidWorks 2012 Premiere

    Presented By: Jeff Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Richard Doyle, SolidWorks
    Jeff Osman, SolidWorks
    Bio
    Bio
    Bio
    Wed., Oct. 26
    1:30 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    SolidWorks 2012Be the first to see SolidWorks 2012 and it's over 200 new customer-driven enhancements. Watch as Graphics Systems' Jeff Setzer and Jeff Osman from SolidWorks share these features and give rare insight into what went into developing the newest release.

    Our SolidWorks special guest presenter, Richard Doyle, will cover new features and functionality that you won’t typically see at SolidWorks release events. Richard's exclusive presentation is filled with the “little things” that make you more productive. This fun, interactive session also contains tips and tricks that are relevant to all SolidWorks versions.

    SolidWorks Tips & Tricks Duel!

    Presented By: John Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Dale Rice, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Bio
    Bio
    Tues., Oct. 25
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Picking up where they left off last year, watch as John Setzer takes on Dale Rice in this highly anticipated rematch showcasing their newest and best SolidWorks Tips & Tricks. Who knows what they'll cook up as they try to top each other?  Only one can be victorious, and you can help decide who that is, while picking up useful SolidWorks tidbits along the way.


SolidWorks Design Track

  • Property Tab Builder: The "Secret" Utility

    Presented By: John Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ADVANCED USERS
    Do you desire an easier way to work with Custom Properties? Wish that you could enter them without bringing up a large dialog box? Would you like to be able to limit choices for values by using lists, checkboxes, and radio buttons? Then the Property Manager Tab is for you!

    Come to this session to learn what the Property Tab Builder is and how to use it to help manage your custom file properties - the easy way!

    Your Boss Needs a Quick Animation, Now What?

    Presented By: Dale Rice, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    Have you ever wanted to create an animation of your part or assembly but didn't know how to get started? This presentation will cover the various tools such as the animation wizard, output to an .avi file, and a few tips that will help you become a pro in no time at all. After attending this sessions, you'll be able to create simple and useful animations that will be a hit in any meeting.

    Installation and Licensing Best Practices

    Presented By: Mark Johnson
    SolidWorks - Technical Support
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS, ADMINISTRATORS
    Attend this session and get valuable insight from Mark Johnson of the SolidWorks Technical Support Team as he presents SolidWorks' best practices for installations and licensing. Mark will review the steps you should take before you proceed and what to to when things go wrong.

    Creating and Using Library Features

    Presented By: John Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: EXPERT USERS
    A library feature is a frequently used feature, or combination of features, that you create once and then save in a library for future use. You can create commonly used features, such as holes or slots, and save them as library features. This can save time, and it can help ensure consistency in your models. Come to this session to see library features in action and learn how to make these special models and you too can put the power of library features to use!

    Sheet Metal Tips, Best Practices, and New Functionality

    Presented By: Dale Rice, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: INTERMEDIATE USERS
    Are you a Sheet Metal user that is always looking for tips and tricks? We will discuss various tips and techniques that will improve your productivity and make you a better user. This presentation will cover newer functionality such as multibody sheet metal parts and the bounding box. We will modify a custom gauge table and even discuss a few best practices with sheet metal.

    Customizing Your Hardware for SolidWorks 2012

    Presented By: Jeff Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: CAD MANAGERS
    Things move fast in the computer world and hardware is changing all the time. This session will show what new hardware technology gives you the most bang for your buck when running the newest version of SolidWorks. We'll include discussions on the latest processors, hard drives, graphics cards, and more. Also, get tips for setting up Windows and your network to work best with SolidWorks. We'll also explore the most useful hardware and software tools that are often overlooked in a CAD environment.

    Customizing and Creating Drawing Templates

    Presented By: John Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: INTERMEDIATE USERS
    Make your life easier by creating custom drawing templates! See an overview on how templates work in SolidWorks and how you can customize them. What should I put in my drawing templates? How do I define a title block with links to model and drawing properties? Is there a way to get my company logo to always appear in my new drawings? Learn the answers to these questions and more at this informative session.

    Getting Started with Weldments

    Presented By: Dale Rice, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    This presentation will cover the basic concepts of weldments such as working with multibodies and creating cutlists. We'll then show you how to make a custom weldment profile that you can use for more than metal structures. Having more useful tools in your back pocket will make you a more powerful modeler and make you more valuable to your team.

    Getting the Most Bang for Your SolidWorks Technical Support Buck

    Presented By: Tom Siemaszko
    SolidWorks - Technical Support
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS, ADMINISTRATORS
    Why can't I…?  Is it a bug?  Is it a limitation?  How am I supposed to know? 
    These questions and more will be explored through use cases to help you better understand what SolidWorks is doing , and how to go about getting answers to the questions and problems you face.  The benefits of SolidWorks Subscription Support will be discussed.  The support process as a whole will be explained, and the resources this opens up will be presented.

    Sketching Tips & Tricks

    Presented By: Sam Hochberg, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: INTERMEDIATE USERS
    We all spend a lot of time sketching in SolidWorks, but we tend to use the same tools and techniques over time and just do things the "way we always have." This session exposes little-known tools, options, and techniques and looks at new ways to use old favorites in our quest for quick and easy sketching.

    The Future of Engineering Technology in a Post-PC World

    Presented By: Jeff Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Steve Jobs says we are entering a "Post-PC" phase of computing, and holds up the iPad as the manifestation of that brave new world. IBM has quietly gone from the inventor and largest producer of the classic PC to a company that makes most of its revenue with datacenter hosting solutions; other companies also begin to change their business focus in a similar vein. Then, Google abandons their largely software-only stance and buys Motorola. What's going on here and how does this apply to design and engineering? Will iPads dominate the shop floor? Will all your engineering data live in a cloud? We will discuss this topic in detail, using examples of today's technology, and look at some likely scenarios for the near future.

    Upgrading, Migrating, and Performance Feedback

    Presented By: Mark Johnson
    SolidWorks - Technical Support
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS, ADMINISTRATORS
    Just in time for the release of SolidWorks 2012, attend this session to learn the best practices for upgrading and migrating your SolidWorks licenses. Also, have you ever wondered what happens with the performance feedback emails you submit? Mark Johnson from the SolidWorks Technical Support team will share the answers to this and more as he gives the audience a behind-the-sceens look at SolidWorks Technical Support.

    Lofting Tips & Tricks

    Presented By: John Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: EXPERT USERS
    Ever have trouble getting a loft to work right or just work at all? Why do my lofts fail? We will look at common mistakes people make when creating lofts. Gain an understanding of what the loft tools are really doing and learn how you can use surfacing tools to help you when the solid loft command will not give you what you want.

    Top Down Assemblies: Designing the Way You Think

    Presented By: Dale Rice, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ADVANCED USERS
    Designers and engineers think top down design, but why don't we work in top down more often? This is a very powerful design method of creating new parts and quickly making design changes all within the context of an assembly. This presentation will cover what top down designing is all about and how to avoid some common pitfalls. We'll talk about virtual components and working with, and eliminating, external references.

    Using the "Master Modeling" Technique to Create Complex Award-Winning Designs

    Presented By: Ben Paprocki, Bjorksten | Bit7 Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    In this presentation Ben Paprocki from Bjorksten | Bit7 walks the group through how to create a multi-body part, with a great deal of complexity, in both form and part to part interaction. Ben will demonstrate the process of how to take that multi-body part, or master model, and split it into its constituent parts for further details. This presentation will show how easy the master modeling method is, and why more people can benefit from using it.

    Automate! How VanAire Transformed Their Business with Automation

    Presented By: Jesse Seger, Van Aire
    Maria Sarkar, DriveWorks Ltd.
      Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30-10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    In this real-world case study Jesse Seger of VanAire will share why his company needed an automation solution, what went into their evaluation, and how automating their designs has transformed their business. Jesse will reveal how his company responds to customer inquiries and is able to generate sales and manufacturing data within minutes using SolidWorks and DriveWorks.

    SolidWorks Tables: Why and How?

    Presented By: John Setzer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ADVANCED USERS
    SolidWorks has two different mechanisms for table-driven designs in parts and assemblies. Come to this session to learn the difference between a table made with "Configure Feature" and a design table. Learn the strengths of each method and see how tables can speed up your design time.

    Using Layout Sketches for Optimizing Mechanism Designs

    Presented By: Dr. John Mirth, PHD
    University of Wisconsin - Platteville
    Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ADVANCED USERS
    One objective of efficient design is to maximize the ratio of information gained to resources invested. The use of solid modeling is a good example of this. Design is made more efficient by the ability to create a solid model to examine the motion of a machine prior to actually building the machine. A thinking user of SolidWorks might ask the next question, which is “how much of a model do I have to create to know if the design should work?”

    In the same way that a solid model can help minimize the cost of building a prototype, the effective use of a layout sketch can be used to minimize the cost of building a solid model. This session looks at the use of layout sketches in the design, simulation, and analysis of mechanisms.


Data Management Track

  • The Benefits of Data Management - Enterprise PDM Case Study

    Presented By: Corey Kubichka, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Mark Fischer, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Steve Waszkowiak, Sterling Engineering
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    Would you like to find files quicker and with more ease? Eliminate part duplication? Increase collaboration during the development process? These are just a few of the benefits that a company of any size realize by using data management. This session will demonstrate how Sterling Engineering achieved these goals with Enterprise PDM. Sterling Engineering will review their case study and discuss why they chose Enterprise PDM.

  • Enterprise PDM Across Your Enterprise

    Presented By: Bob Roth, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    This session will cover several ways you can leverage Enterprise PDM beyond your CAD environment. Topics include:

    - Managing your Engineering Change Request/Engineering Change Order (ECR/ECO) process.
    - Managing your RFQ and Sales Order process.
    - Integrating your Item Master and BOM data with your ERP system.
    - Managing your Prototype Design process.

    Examples of each of these topics and a best practices approach for implementing into your existing Enterprise PDM environment will be discussed in this session.

    Advancing your Company with EPDM: An ATS Success Story

    Presented By: Brian Luebke, Advanced Tooling Specialists
    Bob Roth, Graphics Systems Corp.


    Bio
    Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS, MANAGERS
    Advanced Tooling Specialists, a technology driven company specializing in custom tooling for the foundry and tool and die industry, has recently invested in advancing their technology by moving from Workgroup PDM to Enterprise PDM. Come learn why they chose to leverage the many advantages Enterprise has to offer by managing their CAD and ECR/ECO process as well as expanding beyond the Engineering department by using Enterprise to manage their RFQ/Sales front end process as well.

    Enterprise PDM Tips & Tricks to Increase Productivity for Users

    Presented By: Paul Niedfeldt, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ENTERPRISE PDM ADVANCED ENTERPRISE PDM USERS
    This session covers advanced tips and tricks for EPDM users that are not found in the training manuals and administration guides. We'll share several examples that will improve productivity in your Enterprise PDM environment.

    Enterprise PDM Tips & Tricks to Increase Productivity for Admins

    Presented By: Paul Niedfeldt, Graphics Systems Corp.

    Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ENTERPRISE PDM ADMINISTRATORS
    This session covers advanced tips and tricks for EPDM administrators that are not found in the training manuals and administration guides. We'll share several examples that will improve productivity in your Enterprise PDM environment.

    Enterprise PDM Admin Roundtable

    Presented By: Bob Roth, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Corey Kubichka, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Paul Niedfeldt, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Bio
    Bio
    Bio
    Wed., Oct. 26
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ENTERPRISE PDM ADMINISTRATORS
    Back by popular demand, attend the Enterprise PDM Admin Roundtable and discuss best practices and methods for overcoming common challenges with PDM administrators from other companies and the Graphics Systems Product Data Team.

    Enterprise PDM Hands-on Test Drive (Limited Space)

    Presented By: Bob Roth, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Corey Kubichka, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Paul Niedfeldt, Graphics Systems Corp.
    Bio
    Bio
    Bio
    Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS - NON EPDM CUSTOMERS ONLY PLEASE
    Explore SolidWorks Enterprise PDM for yourself! In this hands-on session, attendees will experience how Enterprise PDM manages their data through workflow, revision control, and approval notifications. See how Enterprise PDM can help leverage design reuse through powerful search tools.


Simulation Track

  • Rotating Flow: Local vs. Global, A Hairy Case Study

    Presented By: Chris Schaefer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: INTERMEDIATE USERS
    Attend this session and learn how to set up and utilize Global Rotating and Local Rotating flow using SolidWorks Flow Simulation.  Case studies will be presented to aid the attendee in understanding the set-up and nuances of both rotating regions.  Special focus will be given to their use in a consumer hair dryer.  Additional aspects include proper meshing for rotating flow and evaluating when to choose external versus internal flow.  Attendees will leave the session having a more solid understanding of not only the peculiar aspects of rotating flow within their CFD tool, but what pitfalls to avoid in setting up and solving rotating problems and using the results.

    Keeping it "Real" in a Not So "Real" Environment:
    Using SolidWorks and Simulation for New Product Development

    Presented By: Matthew Loew, P&H Mining Equipment
    Tim Leeds, Integris Group
    Bio
    Bio
    Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ADVANCED USERS
    Ever find yourself up to your elbows and assemblies with configurations, in context references, and more displays states than components in your model? How about that last minute change that takes longer than a minute. However, it was needed yesterday and a complete BOM of the new concept that was just mentioned 10 minutes before the next meeting? Well, with these tips and top down design methods used with SolidWorks, you will be able to "Keep it real" in a not so "real" environment and look good doing it! Here are some topics that will help your new product develop itself:

    - SolidWorks Custom Property Tab builder
    - Kick that Assembly or Sub-Assembly into an intelligent engineering model.
    - Configurations used to change Concepts in the blink of a right mouse click.
    - Using in-context references to "simulate" a dynamic component (such as a rope or tube) within your top level assembly.

  • Synthesize This! Use of SolidWorks for Synthesis of Mechanisms

    Presented By: Chris Schaefer, Graphics Systems Corp
    Matthew Loew, P&H Mining Equipment
    Bio
    Bio
    Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ADVANCED USERS
    Do you work with mechanisms (or want to)? CAD tools currently allow users to easily simulate mechanisms but require a mechanism to already be defined. Wouldn't it be great to be able to develop mechanisms to perform a specific function or motion (nerds call this synthesis)? This session will show you how (using just sketcher tools in SolidWorks) to generate feasible and promising conceptual designs of mechanisms that accomplish a set of desired motions or functions. Topics include the graphical synthesis of mechanisms for:

    - Motion generation
    - Two and three positions with and without prescribed fixed pivot points
    - Function generation mechanisms

  • Simulation Professional Hands-on Test Drive

    Presented By: Chris Schaefer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00-3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS - NON SIMULATION CUSTOMERS ONLY PLEASE
    Experience, first hand, the power and ease-of-use of SolidWorks Simulation software. This hands-on session is designed to put you in the driver's seat. Watch as SolidWorks Simulation Certified Engineer, Chris Schaefer, walks you through step-by-step instructions to investigate temperature distribution, stress, drop-test, fatigue, optimization, motion, and flow analysis.

  • Mesh, Connect, & Setting-up my Model in SolidWorks Simulation

    Presented By: Chris Schaefer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: INTERMEDIATE USERS
    The basic building block of any Finite Element Analysis is "Mesh." SolidWorks Simulation offers standard and curvature based meshing techniques. Once the mesh is developed, we need to connect and join the parts as seen in the real world. This session focuses on various types of elements, connectors, and model set up for different types of analysis in SolidWorks Simulation in a quick and easy way.

    Shape Optimization and Building a Better Cookie (DOE) with Simulation

    Presented By: Chris Schaefer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL/INTERMEDIATE USERS
    Using DOE in conjunction with FEA gives engineers and designers more tools to potentially save weight and cost in their designs while not sacrificing strength or rigidity. Session attendees will be introduced to some theory behind statistical Design Of Experiments and then see a humorous example with the use of a baked good. The Taguchi Loss factor will be discussed and then the method will be shown live in examples of geometry/shape optimization using SolidWorks Simulation.  Attendees will learn proper set-up of DOE studies. 

  • Examples of Transient FE Analysis: Thermal and Dynamic

    Presented By: Chris Schaefer, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: INTERMEDIATE USERS
    A walk-through of various examples of time-dependent problems in both FEA and CFD.  Special attention will be given to the set-up of both types of problems, describing the various variables and settings, and other tips-and-tricks to building the studies.   Transient thermal analysis will be demonstrated with a natural convection case study solved with CFD and a transient temperature study in FEA.  The session will then look at time-domain problems in linear FEA with structures, tying together such items as natural frequencies and resonance, damping, and solver tips-and-tricks. The attendee will walk away with a greater appreciation for the intricacies of transient problems.


Technical Communications Track

  • An Introduction to SolidWorks Composer

    Presented By: Matt Luedke, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    Discover how SolidWorks Composer can simplify your documentation process. Attendees will learn how to leverage their existing SolidWorks models in various printed and electronic documents including: assembly instructions, marketing materials, user manuals, repair manuals, training materials, and websites.

    How Ruud Lighting Outshines the Competition with Assembly Animations

    Presented By: Brian Kinnune, Ruud Lighting
    Matt Luedke, Graphics Systems Corp.

    Bio
    Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    How do you react to changes in product design? What is your process for training a new employee? Where do your employees go for answers when things don't go together? See how Ruud Lighting went from PDF's to fully detailed assembly animations with SolidWorks Composer. We will walk you through the process and show how SolidWorks composer is helping Ruud Lighting to outshine the competition.

    Getting the Most from your Animations

    Presented By: Matt Luedke, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    Do you sell a product that needs assembling? Do you have a hard time training new employees on how to assemble your products? Do you want to show customers your product in motion? See how SolidWorks composer can take your animation to a whole new level. If you're looking to get started with animations or improve upon what you already have created, this is the topic for you.

  • PhotoView 360: From a Photographer's Perspective

    Presented By: Justin Schmitt, P&H Mining Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    In this session Justin Schmitt from P&H Mining will share how he uses Photoview 360 and Adobe PhotoShop to replace backgrounds and make final color corrections. From a photographer's perspective, Justin will discuss the different focal lengths of lenses and f-stops which are both controllable in PhotoView 360. Users will learn how a different lens or f-stop selection can dramatically affect the outcome of their rendered image.

    Intelligent Views with Composer

    Presented By: Matt Luedke, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS
    Do you create parts lists or exploded views of your assemblies? Do you want to provide customers with easier to read documents? SolidWorks Composer allows you to bring these documents to life! See how SolidWorks Composer allows you to interact with exploded views and parts list. Whether you're new to SolidWorks Composer or an intermediate user, this topic will appeal to you!

  • SolidWorks Composer Live Hands-on Test Drives (Limited Space)

    Presented By: Matt Luedke, Graphics Systems Corp. Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30-10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS - NON COMPOSER CUSTOMERS ONLY PLEASE
    Get an overview of SolidWorks Composer. In this hands-on session, attendees examine how concurrent documentation helps improve communication between design and documentation groups.


Management Track

  • Engage your Team and Ignite Performance

    Presented By: Phil Mydlach,
    Mydlach Management Advisors, LLC
    Bio Tues., Oct. 25
    2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: PRESIDENTS, OWNERS, VP's, MANAGERS, TEAM LEADERS
    This is a must-attend session for anyone that manages a team of employees. Management consultant, Phil Mydlach's management workshop provides an opportunity for management to assess their effectiveness at ensuring behavioral alignment with their organizations performance goals. Particular attention will be paid to the importance of communications and teamwork and how they play a key role in creating competitive advantage and sustainable value for all stakeholders.

    Self-assessment tools will be provided and used "in session" to create visibility with regards to the areas where improvement is needed to ensure greater behavioral alignment with the performance goals of the department/organization. A planning tool will be provided for each individual to complete and use to assist in gaining clarity regarding individual and departmental priorities that support the achievement of the strategic, financial and operational goals going forward.

    The Cost of Doing Business: Understanding Return On Investment with SolidWorks Simulation

    Presented By: Shaun Kroeger, SolidWorks   Tues., Oct. 25
    4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: CAD MANAGERS
    In this session we'll share various case studies and examples from across the country to illustrate how SolidWorks Simulation has saved companies millions of dollars.  Return on investment (ROI) calculation examples will be presented and discussed, providing session attendees with solid businesses solid reasons for adopting Simulation in to their design cycles.

    Recruiting & Hiring Best Practices

    Presented By: Mike Sury, Sterling Engineering
    Steve Waszkowiak, Sterling Engineering
      Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: MANAGERS
    Do you struggle with employee turnover? Is hiring new employees a long and difficult process at your company? If so, attend this session to learn best practices for recruiting and hiring top technical talent!



Partner Sessions

  • Mastercam for SolidWorks & Master3DGage

    Presented By: Chris Kozell, Shopware, Inc.   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Mastercam® for SolidWorks combines the world's leading modeling software with the world's most widely-used CAM software. Now you can program parts directly in SolidWorks, using toolpaths and machining strategies preferred the most by shops around the world. Attend and witness first-hand the 2D and 3D milling functionality of Mastercam for SolidWorks. This session includes: 2D machining for high-speed and automated feature-based mills and drills, 3D high-speed milling; roughing, finishing and clean-up, and full-part associativity.

    In addition to Mastercam for Solidworks, ShopWare now offers the new PC-based Master3DGage™ portable CMM system.  Master3Dgage uses precise, 3D model-based software to quickly and accurately verify part quality—right on a CNC machine or anywhere else in the manufacturing process. Just align the part, inspect it, and report it. First article inspections that used to take hours or days now take just minutes all right inside of Mastercam.

    Bringing the Power of Prototyping to your Office

    Presented By: Wolfgang Hemschik, Graphics Systems Corp.   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Attend this demonstration and see first-hand how easy it is for you to create engineering-grade prototypes of your products in your own office. We'll show you how you can lower production costs, reduce expensive revisions, and get products to market faster than your competition by using Dimension and Fortus 3D Printers.

    Are your Products the Same but Different? Automate your Design Process Using DriveWorks Solo

    Presented By: Maria Sarkar, DriveWorks Ltd.   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    DriveWorksXpress is free inside SolidWorks, but that is only just the start of automation.
    What more can you do with DriveWorks Solo and is it worth upgrading?
    Attend this session and learn how to reduce the amount of time you spend designing “Same but Different” products.

    Accelerating Concept to Market: Integrating Design through Manufacturing to Delivery

    Presented By: Mike Kilgore, WPI, Modern Design & Development   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    How do your products go from concept to completion? The team from WPI, a leading injection molding firm based in Titletown, will share how value-added services have been seamlessly integrated providing a truly turnkey and rapid solution from concept-to-delivery for demanding customers.

    A comprehensive look at the complete product design through the manufacturing stage. The discussion will include insight into the design process starting at concept design and how it is rolled into finished goods manufacturing. 3D tools such as Solidworks, and a strong prototyping culture, extend facilitating innovation from concept development to finished goods distribution.

    Integrate and Synchronize EPDM and SolidWorks Data with your ERP

    Presented By: Geovanna Pazmino, QBuild Corporation   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    QBuild Corporation provides CAD ERP data integration software to increase engineering productivity and create consistency between your ePDM and SolidWorks and ERP. CADLink interface system is a turnkey system designed to tightly connect your design information to your ERP System. This session will explore and demonstrate how CADLink is designed to tightly connect your design information with your ERP in one simple interface. See how CADLink eliminates double and triple data entry, allowing engineering to focus on what they do best.

    How to Increase SolidWorks Productivity with a 3D Mouse

    Presented By: Ken Denton, 3DConnexion   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Learn how using a 3D mouse can increase your SolidWorks productivity by 20% or more. In this session, we will explore the concept of a 3D mouse all the way through some impressive tips & tricks in SolidWorks. Learn how to reduce your mouse travel by 50%, assign your favorite functions to programmable buttons, and so much more!

    KeyShot: Amazing Renderings and Animations from Your SolidWorks Data. In Seconds.

    Presented By: Jeff Hayden, Luxion   Tues., Oct. 25
    1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    KeyShot is a real-time 3D rendering and animation application that breaks down the complexity of creating photographic imagery from your SolidWorks data. Addressing the needs of designers, engineers, CG artists, and marketing professionals, anyone who has access to 3D data can create stunning images after watching a simple demo. The ease of use, ultra fast performance, and the accuracy of the final image have made KeyShot to the leading choice of rendering solution not just for SolidWorks users, but for many CAD users around the world.

    Jeff Hayden, Director of Sales for Luxion, will take you through an overview of KeyShot, highlighting the entire process from start to finish. In addition, Jeff will demonstrate KeyShot 3, the latest release from Luxion which includes an all-new, patent-pending animation system that makes animating your designs just as simple as creating still images.

    DriveWorks Solo Hands-on Test Drive

    Presented By: DriveWorks   Tues., Oct. 25
    3:15-4:15 p.m.
    Wed., Oct. 26
    10:45-11:45 a.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL USERS - NON DRIVEWORK CUSTOMERS ONLY PLEASE
    If you design simlar products and want to reduce design times, this is the session for you. This hands-on session takes you through the quick and easy steps involved in automating your design process with DriveWorks Solo. <br><br>Attendees will learn how to capture the parameters you want to control a create an intelligent user interface to specify your products. You\'ll also learn how to build rules that link the form inputs to the captured parameters that control your designs.

    Electrical CAD: Easy, Fast, Accurate, and Integrated with SolidWorks

    Presented By: Steve McPhall, Trace Software
    Marc Wilson, Trace Software
      Wed., Oct. 26
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Electrical controls design is often a separate but essential engineering function from the mechanical designs that happen with SolidWorks. Trace Software has elegantly bridged that gap with elecworks™ our SolidWorks GOLD Certified electrical CAD solution. This session is a detailed demonstration meant for those businesses that have controls requirements and would like to see that design function integrated with the mechanical work. The elecworks system offers an easy to use, schematic design tool that lets controls designers quickly develop their plans and allows SolidWorks users to easily integrate that plan into the mechanical model. This demonstration also includes the auto routing of wires, cables, and hydraulic/pneumatic plumbing.

    Accelerate Your Design Process and Minimize Development Time

    Presented By: Ray Proeber, Accurate Die Design Bio Wed., Oct. 26
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Logopress3 has three (3) different Gold Certified products that will be demonstrated:

    1) 123GO is a free Intelligent Component Library for putting hole wizard holes in along with fasteners dramatically faster than anyone else can put the holes in alone. This product does not use Toolbox, has no file management issues, and also includes automatic patterning (no formal training required). 2) Logopress3F allows you to accurately flatten difficult parts such as those with gussets, dirty models with uneven material thickness, or models with complex 3D shapes including stampings, cloth, foam, etc. (no formal training required).
    3) Logopress3 tool design software is developed for die design but can be used for any machine or fixture design as well. It includes 123GO Advanced as well as Logopress3F, Tool Animation, and Dynamic Interference Detection.

    Configuring Your Products Online Using DriveWorks Pro

    Presented By: Glen Smith, DriveWorks Ltd.   Wed., Oct. 26
    12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

    DESIGNED FOR: ALL
    Extend your engineering know how beyond the Design Department.
    Let your sales folks, distributors and even customers configure your products online.
    Find out how far you can take Design Automation to help you win new orders and stay ahead of the competition.

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