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AGENDA

Get ready! We have an agenda full of all-star speakers and exciting breakout sessions.

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DAY 1 AGENDA 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 8:00AM

Join us at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel early for coffee, breakfast and to grab a seat before we kick-off the day!

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Morning Keynote - A Special Presentation on the Future of SOLIDWORKS
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KEN CLAYTON, SOLIDWORKS
BRUCE HOLWAY, SOLIDWORKS

Get an inside look at the future of product development from the VP of Worldwide Sales and the Director of Product Definition at SOLIDWORKS.

Customer Spotlight - A Special Presentation from Seagate
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ROB HYRKAS, SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY

Hear from the Global SOLIDWORKS PDM and Environment Manager at Seagate about the history, environment, integrations, migrations, and upcoming projects on Solidworks and Solidworks PDM at Seagate.

Special Guest - The Internet of Things Finally Arrived, Now What?
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JOHN BRANDT, FORMER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, INDUSTRYWEEK

The Internet of Things (IoT) – a superhighway to the future of work, home life, and business – has finally opened. Unfortunately, most of us don’t yet have a roadmap, and many can’t even find the on-ramp. That’s a huge problem— because using the IoT wisely will be a key strategy for individuals and businesses to improve lives around the globe.

Lunch, Networking and VR Experience
Connect with your peers over lunch, visit with industry experts at our partner booths or blast off into the cosmos at MechFuse Space Camp.

Partner Keynote - Mixed Reality, Artificial Intelligence and Analytics
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ERIC FRANZ & LWIN MAUNG, CONCURRENCY

Concurrency will share practical examples of new employee and consumer experiences enhanced by mixed reality, artificial intelligence, and analytics. See how a business would benefit from using computer vision to track assets, mixed reality to place holographic objects in physical space, and artificial intelligence to manage inventory or even service a device before it fails.

2D to 3D – An Evolution, Not a Revolution

ALEX DAVIS, GOEBEL FIXTURES

Learning how to take the leap from 2D engineering and manufacturing to 3D, the right way. Setting realistic expectations, making the hard decisions, and learning to walk before you run.

Increase Your Capacity for Innovation with Automation

GLEN SMITH, DRIVEWORKS

Busy, busy, busy. We’re all busier than ever, so once you've mastered the well documented benefits of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, what more can you do to innovate and stay competitive?

That's where automating repetitive tasks with SOLIDWORKS Design Automation comes in. It all starts with DriveWorksXpress, a free tool included with EVERY license of SOLIDWORKS. 

Join Glen Smith, CEO of DriveWorks, for an insider view of the most powerful Design Automation tool on the planet for SOLIDWORKS.

Snow, Dirt, Gravel & Pavement: Q&A with the Co-Founder of Otso Cycles

MIKE PFEIFFER, OTSO CYCLES / WOLFTOOTH COMPONENTS

With so many bike companies already – why start another one? Most people would just keep dreaming and hoping somebody would make their ideal bike someday but if you are the slightly crazy mechanical engineers and innovators from Wolf Tooth, you start a new bike company and spend every free minute making those bikes a reality. Attend this interactive Q&A session to hear the Otso story.

Maximizing Utilization of Talent and Software Resources at Command Tooling

CHUCK BERG, COMMAND TOOLING SYSTEMS

A presentation from the Chief Operations Officer at Command Tooling Systems.

Create Catalog Quality Images with Tools You Already Own!

DEAN SCHLEY, ALIGNEX

Learn how to leverage 3D CAD data create photorealistic marketing content that is print and web ready in minutes, all using tools you already own.

Reaching New Heights with Additive Manufacturing at Fisher Flow Controls

TOM GABRIEL, EMERSON AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

Hear from the Additive Manufacturing Designer at Fisher Flow Controlsa division of Emerson Automation Solutions.

Valley Dairy's Rapid Growth with Innovation & SOLIDWORKS

KEVIN BOUWMAN, VALLEY DAIRY

A presentation from the General Manager at Valley Dairy.

Simulation Tools for Manufacturing

DAVID ROCCAFORTE, SOLIDTHINKING

solidThinking® is changing the landscape of additive and traditional manufacturing. In this session, we’ll show you how to develop early design concepts quickly and efficiently with tools that inspire smarter design and manufacturing to help businesses go to market faster than ever before.

The Trek: Twin City Fan's Journey to Configure, Price, Quote & Automate Everything

MATT PALUMBO, TWIN CITY FAN

A presentation from the CAD Automation Manager at Twin City Fan. 

Closing Keynote - A Special Presentation from Desktop Metal
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RICK CHIN, DESKTOP METAL

Desktop Metal’s goal is to make the fabricating of metal parts more accessible than it has ever been. Learn about the company and its products, and see its software demonstrated by Rick Chin, its VP of Software.

Happy Hour, Networking and More!

We've created an experience like no other! Join us for happy hour, appetizers, networking, MechFuse's Virtual Reality Space Camp experiences and so much more. Sponsored by SolidThinking. 

DAY 2 AGENDA

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

REGISTRATION OPENS AT 8:00AM

Join us at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel early for coffee, breakfast and to grab a seat before we kick-off the day!

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Change Management Tools That Work in the Real World

JESSE ORTMAN, ALIGNEX

Discover how change management can be successfully handled in your design environment. In this session you'll explore tools to get your data under control so you can focus on designing better products instead of hunting for the most current version of a part.

Simulation Tips, Tricks and Best Practices

TIM SPIELMAN, ALIGNEX

Learn useful techniques that will save you time and lead to more accurate simulation results. Topics will include model preparation, file management, pre-processing tips, troubleshooting common errors, and reporting results.

SOLIDWORKS Hardware Performance Smackdown: AMD Ryzen vs Intel

MACK RASMUSSEN, ALIGNEX

See who will win the head-to-head SOLIDWORKS performance battle between the chipset incumbent Intel and the new contender AMD Ryzen.

Make Your Technical Documentation as Good As your Product

DEAN SCHLEY, ALIGNEX

Streamline your product technical communications with SOLIDWORKS Composer. Discover how both CAD and non-technical users can easily repurpose existing 3D CAD design data to create high-quality 2D and 3D graphical content quickly and effectively.

Implementing Model-Based Definitions Without Catastrophe

COLE MCLEOD, ALIGNEX

Get beyond paperless and take advantage of the next great leap in engineering productivty. See how model-based definitions will make drawings a thing of the past.

CASE STUDY: Floe International

MACK RASMUSSEN, JESSE ORTMAN & TIM SPIELMAN, ALIGNEX

Extended Session: 10:00AM-12:45PM
See a case study that crushes some of the most common concerns companies have with working in a multi-CAD environment or switching CAD systems. This special session runs the length of breakout sessions 2 & 3. 

Design Better Plastic Parts

DEAN SCHLEY, ALIGNEX

Learn the basics of setting up a injection molded part study using SOLIDWORKS Plastics Simulation. Topics include how to prepare a model for a SOLIDWORKS Plastics study, choosing the correct injection point to reduce visible weld lines, refining a mesh for the best results, how to interpret the results, and reporting/sharing options.

CAD Administration Tune Up

COLE MCLEOD, ALIGNEX

Methodologies and best practices for the wide variety of activities that fill a CAD Administrator's day.

LUNCH
Connect with your peers over lunch, visit with industry experts at our partner booths or blast off into the cosmos at MechFuse Space Camp.

Bonus Sessions - Manufacturing Trends

Women in Manufacturing (WiM)
1:00PM – 1:15PM

Susan Edwards and Virginia Harn
WiM Minnesota Board of Directors Members

Women in Manufacturing (WiM) is a national association with a broad membership demographic dedicated to supporting, promoting and inspiring women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. WiM encourages engagement of women to share perspectives, gain cutting-edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers. Come hear more about it!

Manufacturing & Distribution Outlook – Durability and Innovation
1:15PM – 1:30PM

Samantha Metcalf and Brendan Kurvers
CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA)

Manufacturing and distribution company leaders like you are coming to terms with new economic reality – durability and innovation. CLA has surveyed 100’s of manufacturing and distribution clients across the country. Join us to hear the results which offer some insights and guidance to remain both surefooted – to withstand the economy’s whims – and elastic – to bend and flex as needed.

Research and Development Tax Credit – Is my business eligible?
1:30PM – 2:15PM

Amy Moon and Krista Altman
CliftonLarsonAllen

If your company has designed products or improved its production process, the answer may be “yes”. Developing prototypes and patents, improving or developing products, and employing contract technical personnel are all activities that may qualify. A high-level discussion on how your company may qualify followed by Q&A.

Networking
2:15PM – 3:00PM

REGISTRATION

Register now for MechFuse Design & Engineering Summit 2017. Join us with a full-access pass (day 1 & 2), a day 1 ONLY pass or a day 2 ONLY pass. This is a FREE event.
Questions? Contact our events team at events@alignex.com or call 866-378-6829.