Microvellum Concludes First Annual TechCon User Group Conference
Central Point, Oregon – April 24, 2016 – Microvellum Inc., a leading cabinet and manufacturing software provider, specializing in AutoCAD based CAD/CAM/CIM technologies, today announced the conclusion of its first annual TechCon 2016 event – Microvellum’s North American User Group Conference.
The event which drew more than 140 woodworking professionals, Microvellum Software users, technicians, and account managers from across the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand 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.
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.
“Our goal over the next few days is to provide an arena for you, our customers, to learn, to be heard, and to work with others to gain the knowledge you need to not just be successful, but to become empowered to take your company to the next level.”
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. As the day progressed, this proved to be one of the events most discussed new tools slated for release this summer.
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 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.
“TechCon provided excellent access to the guys that have the answers. It also provided valuable insight into where the software is going in the future. Great Conference! Keep doing what you’re doing!” commented Rick Zaik of CenterMark Industries
Attendees were also treated to a developer conference, led by Florez and the rest of the development team. This 2-hour, interactive session gave attendees the ability to comment on new features, present ideas for future product development and discuss existing features.
“How many opportunities do you get to sit down with every developer of a software company and share ideas and feedback? To me that was priceless.” commented Josh Neltner from Benchmark Cabinets & Millwork
“We really appreciated the direct line that was open to the development team during TechCon. To hear what they will be working on in the coming year and also to be able to suggest ideas in an open forum, really felt like we are able to have direct impact with the software that we depend so heavily upon.” commented Peter Kearney of Giffin Interiors
The second day started with one-on-one workshops and once again provided an open forum for dialog with Microvellum’s entire team.
“TechCon is a unique conference of serious users of Microvellum. You have the opportunity to network with similar companies and gain tips/skills that would be seen in the past as trade secrets. Bring all your questions and you will find that Microvellum does a “full court press” to solve them and even better to take the time helping us to understand the solutions. Developers, Programmers, Techs and minimal sales were present to address all of our questions. If you are serious about being successful, you owe it to yourself to participate at TechCon. For a software company to open all of its resources to a customer and really listen to its customer base is rare and a huge ROI for us. I believe that Microvellum is here for the long run. Several generations are the backbone forged with a strong community of like-minded employees sharing a common vision. Our success is their success and this was clear from day one of the conference.” commented Earl Lepper of Artone
“This event has taught me several things, but foremost is that we have amazingly smart customers. I’m not just referring to knowledge about our software; you, our customers have a wealth of insight and knowledge of this industry. As you leave here today, remember one thing… just as iron sharpens iron, so too does your feedback and open communication between other members of this user group. Share your ideas, build up the community and we’ll be here to help you succeed.” concluded Fairbanks.
Microvellum’s next TechCon event is scheduled for Spring 2017 in Central Point, Oregon. Microvellum will be exhibiting at the upcoming International Woodworking Fair (IWF) this August 24-27 in Booth #4666. For more information about Microvellum, visit their website: www.microvellum.com.
Founded in 1991, Microvellum Inc. is a leading cabinet design and manufacturing software provider, specializing in AutoCAD based CAD/CAM/CIM technologies. Microvellum is headquartered in Central Point, Oregon and has offices throughout North America, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand. Microvellum offers a single-source solution for 2D & 3D drawings, production reporting, labeling, job management, estimating, nested optimization, direct g-code generation and more.