Free Summit Builds Networks With 3D Skills

Updated: Jan 3, 2020

first published in The Coeur d'Alene Press, November 30, 2019 at 5:00 am by CRAIG NORTHRUP, Staff Writer

Courtesy of Quest Integration Garrett Klein of Quest Integration demonstrates to Gonzaga University representatives how a part is reverse-engineered.

One of the few things the 3D printing industry can’t create from scratch is an extra seat.

“We only have about 30 slots left,” Jessica Braniff, campaign coordinator for Quest Integration, told The Press. “It’s our biggest complimentary event of the year, and spots are filling up fast.”

The event Braniff has been helping plan — Quest’s Dec. 5 Skills Summit at The Coeur d’Alene Resort — can best be described as a meeting of the minds for one of the most dynamic frontiers in manufacturing. The 3D manufacturing and design company out of Post Falls, now in its 21st year, has been planning the free event as a mechanism for attendees to build 3D printing skillsets, professional networks and marketing strategies.

“Manufacturing holds a huge presence throughout the country, and has a huge impact on the continuing growth of the industry within our community,” Braniff said. “If we want to be able to continue to see an ever-growing and evolving industry, we need to stay up to date on the latest techniques and processes that are brought to our attention for improvement. This is a huge reason we put on the Skills Summit. We want to help those already in the industry, or new to the industry, to be able to have a leg up and be introduced to the newest processes and technology when it is first released.”

Those introductions will be available in five sessions splitting and exploring 15 programs, including topics of finite element analysis, reverse engineering, continuous fiber reinforcement, and basic overviews — complete with “dos” and don’ts” throughout the process — of 3D printing.

The Quest Integration event hopes to help mainstream 3D printing into a business community looking for fast, reliable, inexpensive ways to predict future manufacturing needs. Industrial 3D printing can construct parts and mechanisms from a range of filaments — from titanium to plastic — without requiring pre-designed molds or bulk purchases.