Monday, May 2, 2016
The event focused around the theme “Iron Sharpens Iron”, which relates to the interaction and constructive feedback between Microvellum’s customers and their service and development teams. It was attended by more than 140 woodworking professionals, Microvellum Software users, technicians, and account managers from across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Microvellum’s Director of Operations, David Fairbanks, kicked off the opening general session by encouraging all in attendance to learn from each other; learn from real world user experiences and ideas; learn from power users and gain best practices.
The first day’s session began with a New Product Showcase, led by Dominic Florez, Microvellum’s Director of Development and the development team. This educational presentation gave attendees a short glimpse into some of the new features that they would be learning throughout the two-day event. One of the new features highlighted was Extruded Product Builder (EPB), a new AutoCAD-based tool engineered to simplify the creation of complicated products like diewalls, furniture, reception areas, banquette seating, etc.
Another impressive achievement for Microvellum was the official release of their Fluid Designer software, a Blender-based tool developed specifically for companies that require fast design, fast rendering, accurate pricing and syncs to Microvellum’s manufacturing engine. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with product developers, receive training and discuss implementation and setup. Fluid Designer is well suited for companies looking to provide their designer networks with a design solution that not only syncs with manufacturing, but also provides cutting-edge tools for virtual reality, fast and unmatched quality renderings, and offers a completely customizable user experience. Fluid Designer currently offers a Face Frame, Frameless, and Closet product library.
Attendees were also treated to a tour of the new Component Product Library, a new and simplified Face Frame and Frameless product library that provides users the ultimate flexibility of formula driven products combined with the simplicity of product subassembly inserts for custom product creation. These classes, led by Lenny Scianna, were some of the most popular of the two-day event, often left with standing room only.
The second day started with one-on-one workshops and once again provided an open forum for dialog with Microvellum’s entire team. The TechCon 2016 schedule was arranged to allow customers the flexibility to roam through the entire event, and choose the courses they wanted to participate in.