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Dates for Nine Dot Connects’ Rise of Mechatronics Free Technical Seminar Still AvailableSeptember 18, 2017 | Nine Dot Connects
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Does mechatronic design equal 3D design? When we look back at the concept of 3D, we can see that it has already been a game changer in the way we design products. SOLIDWORKS became the dominant mechanical engineering tool by making it very easy to design in the 3D space. In 2008, Altium Inc. revolutionized the EDA industry by allowing the ECAD world to readily communicate with the MCAD world through 3D design. Prior to this capability, there was a process chasm between these two disciplines.
There has been lot of talk as of late about mechatronics, with the simultaneous blending of electrical and mechanical aspects of the design. This will not only require a new thinking in the way we design in software, it will also require new ways of thinking in manufacturing. If we really step back and think about it, to make mechatronic design feasible, we have think beyond the 2D world in which we design our electronics.
Nine Dot Connects has teamed up with SOLIDWORKS for a 12-city roadshow to explore this topic of mechatronic from a process, software, and manufacturing view. During this lunch & learn presentation, attendees will learn how the electronics industry has changed, where it is going, and the tools that are available to enable them to become part of this new age of mechatronics, regardless of your current trade or skill. With change comes opportunity, with opportunity comes growth. The field of mechatronics is open to those who want to expand their horizons. Anyone who has a role or interest in PCB / FMB design should attend. For those who are currently immersed in it, this is an opportunity to see where the industry is going. For those new to or interested in the field, it is a chance to see where the opportunities lie.
Dates still available are as follows:
- September 19, Tuesday - Livonia, MI
- September 20, Wednesday - Minneapolis, MN
- September 21, Thursday - Bellevue, WA
- September 26, Tuesday - Burlington, MA
- September 27, Wednesday - Columbia, MD
- September 28, Thursday - Huntsville, AL
- October 3, Tuesday - Tampa, FL
- October 4, Wednesday - Austin, TX
- October 5, Thursday - Phoenix, AZ
For more information and to register, click here.
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