Dec 27, 2010

ESPRIT Skill Builder Events conducted

Frivolous fanfare was not on the set list in early December, when ESPRIT took the main stage for DP Technology’s premier West Coast skill builder event in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Created to help ESPRIT’s users take advantage of time-saving tips and tricks, the day of no-cost training was supplemented with presentations from users and partners with unique insights on the software.

“The user seminar was the best opportunity to discover some new ways to utilize ESPRIT and uncover a few mistakes I’ve been making when approaching part features and processes,” said Bob Lewis of Metalore, an El Segundo, Calif.-based company that specializes in the manufacturing of precision parts for the motor sports, military hardware and medical sectors.

In addition to attending the event, Lewis shared his stories of success with peers in attendance. “It was a great opportunity to discuss the parts and processes of Metalore with participants having different parts but similar issues when processing parts,” he said.

James Kim, an applications engineer for Agie Charmilles, LLC, was invited to speak about the latest wire EDM developments, particularly rotary wire EDM applications.

“This allowed ESPRIT end users from diverse machining backgrounds to see sample application examples and programming approaches, and to see and feel rotary EDM sample parts up close, in their hands,” Kim said. “I met customers face-to-face after my presentation and was pleasantly surprised to see great interest and excitement in their eyes.”

With thorough coverage provided by experienced ESPRIT instructor and Application Engineer Paul Walczyk, the skill-building event was designed to do just that — build skills. Created to get into the nuts and bolts of the software, the day of learning in a casual atmosphere was meant to provide ESPRIT customers with tools they can really use.

"There is something to be said about being interactive," Walczyk said. "It's a great chance to ask questions and have them answered on the spot."

Walczyk encourages future attendees to bring both questions and feedback.

"This gives us an opportunity to collect information about what end-users are looking for in the future," he said. "They get to see what's new, but they also give us an idea of what's needed and this information is given to R&D (research and development) for consideration."

“The goals of the skill builder event were to deliver training on a variety of hidden gems in ESPRIT, as well as to share powerful success stories from our users,” said DP Marketing Events Manager Shelby Paul.

The event was also an opportunity for users to learn about ESPRIT’s current development plan, recent acquisitions and partnerships, and the ESPRIT of today and the near future.

“We wanted attendees to come away with valuable new tricks and to be inspired to take on new challenges with ESPRIT,” Paul said. “The Costa Mesa event was a complete success and we look forward to bringing it to cities across the U.S. in the next several months.”