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TPM Manufacturing Webinar Series : One ‘STEP’ Beyond with Nine Dot Connects

July 9, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

For the past decade, the STEP format has been instrumental in assisting in the collaboration between the MCAD and ECAD tools. But, STEP has it limitations. Those who have imported STEPs from ECAD tools know that there is work to be done to make the visual representations of a component act as such. Conversely, the ECAD tools are simply not capable of discerning any features within the STEP file other than the geometries. It all comes in as one representation. Yes, the tools can talk, but not without a lot of e-mails and clean up.

Solidworks has introduced their printed circuit board tool called SOLIDWORKS PCB. The power behind this tool is its ability to communicate with SOLIDWORKS in near real time, allowing the mechanical and electrical elements of the design to be worked out without importing / exporting STEPs or spending hours trying to clean up.
On July 9th at 11:00 AM Eastern, TPM’s electronics partner Nine Dot Connects will demonstrate the power of this tool. More so, it will be demonstrated with the M.E. in Houston, TX and the E.E. in San Diego, CA. A must see for those who want the ability to collaborate between tools and different locations.

Note: Even if you have little to do with the electrical aspect of the design, this webinar will give show you what is out there to make the collaboration between you and the electrical folks a little bit easier.

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  • Tom Cassidy:

Tom Cassidy has a Masters of Electrical Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas.  After graduating in 1986 Tom has worked at companies large and small, starting off as a systems engineer at Compaq Computers and eventually including start-ups, small consulting firms, and other large companies like Halliburton and Enron Broadband.  Tom returned to school for postgraduate work in robotics, adding mechanical engineering (and Solidworks) to his set of skills.  Combined with both his ability to do FPGA firmware as well as program in languages from Assembly through C#, Tom is an “engineer’s engineer” able to wear many different hats depending on the current requirements.  Tom’s latest endeavor is in the field of high-speed Signal Integrity design, including the use of advanced simulation tools and PCB layout techniques.

  • Paul Taubmam

Paul Taubman received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1995. Prior to his graduation, his engineering career began in Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) design at the Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, CA. His experience includes ASIC design and test at Cadence Design Systems, and system test and integration at Northrop Grumman. After a stint with Altium as an applications engineer, Paul’s focus at Nine Dot Connects has been on printed circuit board design processes and component library methodologies. With the rise of mechatronics, he is now focusing on the collaboration between electrical and mechanical fields of engineering.


Jenny Hall