Skills Summit 2017

Skills Summit 2017
Join us for a day of technical topics and networking.

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Start Date:

Dec 14

End Date:

Dec 14


8:00 am-6:00 pm


Post Falls, ID

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You'll learn, you'll network, you'll eat a lot of food.

Join us for Skills Summit 2018. We'll have over a dozen sessions on a variety of topics designed to help your entire team succeed. Bring your engineers, manufacturers and sales and marketing teams! The schedule is as follows:

Continental Breakfast: 8-8:30 AM

First Breakout Session Block: 8:30 - 10:00 AM
  • Bent Out of Shape: Working with Sheet Metal
    Learn the latest tools and techniques available to help you reduce cost, design time, and master those complex shapes in sheet metal design and manufacturing.
  • Smart Products Made Easy with PCB
    Plug your products in to the IoT (Internet of Things) network. We live in a connected world, are you transforming your business to drive efficiency and innovation? SOLIDWORKS PCB powered by Altium, provides an easy path between ECAD/MCAD. From schematics to board layout, find out how the best in electronics design technology can simplify your PCB design workflow.

Second Breakout Session Block: 10:15-11:45 AM
  • Flow Through Endless Possibilities
    Simulate your fluid dynamics with ease by taking advantage of purpose built applications for flow systems and heat transfer.
  • Technical Intro to SOLIDWORKS Manage
    You've heard the buzz regarding SOLIDWORKS Manage. Now see it in action to better understand how it expands the value of your CAD Data while eliminating data silos in your company.
  • Manufacture Smarter not Harder
    Find out how many companies are looking to integrate manufacturing into their existing processes using PDM and eDrawings. We will look at some of the new enhancements for 2018 that help make this possible.

Lunch: 11:45 - 12:15 PM

Third Breakout Session Block: 12:15 - 1:15 PM
  • Layers of Successful 3D Printing Practices
    Learn how to avoid common 3D printing pitfalls and reach the peak of your printer's capabilities. We will tackle the 20% of settings causing 80% of your issues.
  • Smart Manufacturing
    Find out how to embrace the next generation of manufacturing and quality documentation. Creation of 3D Product Manufacturing Information and automating First Article Inspection processes will be covered.
  • Topology is Greater than Phrenology
    Finding the appropriate form of your new design is easier than ever with new Topology Study methods in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018. Discover how you can improve your designs faster while adhering to your design and manufacturing goals.

Fourth Breakout Session Block: 1:30 - 3 PM
  • Keeping it Simple for Marketing & Documentation
    Get your products to market quicker by creating marketing and documentation deliverables during the design phase. Find out what it takes to reuse engineering data and what happens if that engineering data is changed.
  • Bring Your Ideas to Matter
    Learn tips, tricks and discuss new features and tools to turn your ideas into reality. Whether you are working with other CAD file formats, mesh data, or starting from scratch, this session will provide you with everything you need to focus on the design, not CAD.
  • CAM & You: A Story of Efficiency
    Discover how integrating SOLIDWORKS CAM into your manufacturing processes will help you save time and money. Take an in-depth look at the features of SOLIDWORKS CAM from automatic feature recognition and tolerance based machining operations to simulating tool paths.

Fifth Breakout Session Block: 3:15 - 4:45 PM
  • Charge up Automation in Your Electrical Design
    Save time in your electrical design efforts by automating the creation of projects and drawings. From start to finish we'll take a look at setting SOLIDWORKS Electrical up for Excel automation.
  • Visualize a Virtual Reality Experience
    SOLIDWORKS 2018 introduces VR with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional. Get a technical look at how you can create these VR experiences yourself.
  • Simulate in Everyday Engineering
    Often it is assumed that FEA should be limited to specific engineers, but with today's technology, that isn't true. Discover how to simulate in your daily designs, saving you time and money.

Afternoon Social: 4:45 - 6 PM