Design for manufacturing (DFM) is one of the most effective ways to minimize costs, improve design efficiency, and maximize ROI by understanding the downstream effects of a design on the rest of a business. Join us as we discuss the importance and implications of DFM with three leading industry experts.

  • Phil Sluder, CEO, TriAxial Design and Analysis, Inc.
  • Dan Blackburn, Owner, Mechanical Design Alliance
  • Greg Serio, Owner, The People of Manufacturing
  • Tony Glockler, CEO, SolidProfessor

DFM


We've gathered experts representing different perspectives throughout the engineering and manufacturing lifecycle.

Phil Sluder

Phil Sluder  
CEO, TriAxial Design and Analysis, Inc.

With 37 years of commercial and military product experience, Phil Sluder is a recognized leader in the worldwide SOLIDWORKS community and the CEO of TriAxial Design and Analysis, Inc., He is an expert in complex design, surface modeling, industrial design, and technical analysis. As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Instructor, Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, and longtime member of the SWUGN committee, Phil is the leader of the San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group.

Dan Blackburn

Dan Blackburn  
Owner, Mechanical Design Alliance

As the owner of Mechanical Design Alliance and a consultant at General Electric, Dan is an expert in CAD and CAM software, tooling and assemblies for manufacturing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), and engineering drawings. He specializes in mechanical devices and assemblies, CNC manufacturing machines, machining fixtures, process development, technical work instructions, and lean manufacturing.

Greg Serio

Greg Serio  
Owner, The People of Manufacturing

Greg is a manufacturing consultant and owner of The People of Manufacturing, whose mission is to bring back skilled trades to homes and communities. Focused on providing manufacturing training and developing employees, he’s set out to bridge the skills gap and open a pathway for future engineers as they continue their education to gain a deep understanding of how things are made.

Tony Glockler

Tony Glockler  
CEO, SolidProfessor

Tony Glockler is the co-founder of SolidProfessor. Beginning his education at UCLA with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Tony experienced first-hand the limited resources available to students on the path to becoming proficient, employable CAD users. Tony’s interest in CAD software led him first into a position working with corporations to help them implement engineering technologies across their organization.