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Technical/Model Shop Tours

Choose a tour on Friday and on Monday for the full tour experience and to maximize your key take-aways. Lunch spots are still being finalized, but you can count on it being some tasty treats from the local area.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Tour A - TTi and BMW Factory - This tour has reached capacity and is no longer available. 

TTi is a worldwide organization with a global footprint and over 20,000 employees around the world. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the Power Equipment Group (consumer and trade tools and power equipment) in Anderson, SC, is one of four major groups in the US. The Anderson division has a long history in the upstate South Carolina region where it started out as the Singer Sewing Machine Company dating back to 1933. The facility was then purchased by Ryobi (1988) and finally TTi in 2000.

A world leader and innovator in the development of a wide array of products, including the brands Ryobi, Milwaukee, Oreck, Hoover and Craftsman, TTi is one of the most diverse companies in North America.

Our tour will include an introduction to the company, a tour of the lobby featuring current product, a walk-through of the engineering model shop and the outdoor product lab and an overview of the advanced concepts group. Featured will be a tour of the CCI Industrial Design Model lab, which includes typical shop equipment, CNC mills, 3D printing, some light steel fabrication, wood working equipment and paint booth. 

During this tour, unless otherwise indicated by the tour leaders, TTi requests no photography.

Lunch stop – Choose from a delectable hot sandwich or a hearty salad at the Bacon Bros. Public House, where their menu features "straightforward, made-from-scratch" foods. 

BMW’s only American factory is a marvel of the blending of modern engineering and design aesthetics. See for yourself how the ultimate driving machine is built during a guided plant tour. For the auto enthusiast, it’s the ultimate backstage pass.

We’ll travel by tram (some walking will be required as well, and completely enclosed shoes are mandatory for admission) through the factory where BMW’s X3 and X4 autos undergo final assembly and body paint. We’ll also tour the BMW Zentrum Museum where we’ll experience first-hand the power and history of the BMW brand, from its beginnings in aviation and motor sports to its rise to prominence on the global stage. Cameras and camera phones will not be permitted during this tour.



Friday, March 11, 2016

Tour B - 3D Systems

3D Systems is recognized as one of the most advanced and comprehensive 3D digital design and fabrication solutions available today, including 3D printers, print materials, and cloud-sourced custom parts. Their products and services disrupt traditional methods, deliver improved results and empower its customers to manufacture the future now.

We’ll have a guided tour of the 3D Systems facility at their corporate headquarters in Rock Hill, including their demo room where you can see all their systems. Meet with their engineers and get a glimpse into one of the world’s leaders in 3D printing.

Lunch stop – Enjoy a burger piled high with all the trimmings, an open-faced pork loin sandwich, or a plate of hummus and local veggies at The Flipside Restaurant, located in historic downtown Rock Hill.

Cost: $60


Monday, March 14, 2016

Tour C – VELUX and Clemson University ICAR

For nearly 75 years, VELUX has been the world leader in roof windows and skylights. This is the result of the company’s intense focus on creating the best quality, most energy efficient daylighting products available.

The tour will start off with an overview of the VELUX Model Shop operations from their Director of Product Development. We will also receive insights into their development process, which includes extensive and rigorous testing.

The VELUX Model Shop produces a wide range of models, from appearance and form study mockups to fully functioning units for market research or to be used for internal testing.

The Model Shop hosts a broad range of technologies from Rapid Prototyping to general shop equipment: 4'x8' CNC router, wood shop, sheet metal fab area, welding, standard machining, wire EDM, gasket extruder, and vacuum former. We will also be touring the VELUX manufacturing areas including the wood sorting and lamination, fixed skylight production, and vented skylight production areas as well as the test lab.

Lunch stop – Savor the true flavor of Carolina BBQ at Lee's BBQ, specializing in home-cooked specialties, including smoked meats, scrumptious side dishes and more! Our lunch on this tour has been sponsored by the folks at VELUX! Thank you, VELUX!

CU-ICAR or Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research is an advanced-technology research campus where academia, industry and government organizations engage in synergistic collaboration. With more than $200 million in commitments, CU-ICAR represents the ultimate public/private partnership, directly fueling a knowledge base critical to the industry.

We will have a guided tour of the Campbell Graduate Engineering Center, a state-of-the-art building equipped with full-scale vehicle testing equipment. More than 200 students are pursuing graduate degrees in automotive engineering, learning in an innovative research-and-educational program that focuses on the vehicle and its infrastructure from a systems-integration perspective.

Cost: $60


NOTE: Competitor restrictions may apply at some of our tour locations. If you think your company may be considered a competitor, please contact Samanthi Martinez at 315-750-0803 or email [email protected] to inquire before selecting this tour.

Let us know of any food sensitivities or preferences well in advance.


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