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Wood Education Resource Center (WERC) Six Workshops Grant-Northern US-2020 to 2022

2-Completed-Training for CNC Router Programmers and Operators, and Furniture Designers-Hickory, NC-Past Event

(WERC 7x Workshops)

Thursday, Feb. 6, and Friday, Feb. 7, 2020

We are hosting a free two-day training event at the NC Center for Engineering Technologies at 1990 Main Ave SE, Hickory, NC 28602 from 9 am to 4 pm that will be covering these two topics:

1-Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020-Training for CNC Router Programmers and Operators-registration link at

Six hours devoted to training for developing employees of the upholstery furniture industry to learn how to create parts and models of upholstery furniture frames and go from blank screen to making parts to making models to using CAD CAM and nesting software to cutting parts on plywood panels.  Will include some hands-on time using SolidWorks software for modeling.

2-Friday, February 7, 2020-Training for Upholstered Furniture Frame Design-registration link at

9 am to noon:  3 PowerPoint sessions, about an hour each.

Session 1: Upholstered Furniture Design; how upholstery works and how we arrived at the choices we have today.

Session 2: Best Practices for Plywood Frames; types of joints and other considerations with multiple examples to illustrate concepts.  Session 3: SolidWorks Modeling; step-by-step process for designing plywood frames efficiently.

Noon to 1 pm: Lunch

1 pm to 4 pm: Computer Lab: Three SolidWorks modeling sessions, about an hour each; progressing through steps of development using hands-on exercises.

The registration link at will be uploaded soon!