Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing at Onshape

Neil Cooke is Director of Technical Marketing at Onshape, a cloud CAD system used by thousands of companies worldwide.

Neil has been in the CAD industry for over 25 years at companies such as PTC and SolidWorks.

Now at Onshape, Neil is responsible for all product-related marketing collateral and messaging.

He has an in-depth knowledge of the CAD industry, understands the issues that engineering companies face every day and the many pitfalls related to file-based CAD and PDM systems.

Onshape CAD Blog

Hirebotics: “We Can Shape Modern CAD to What We Need It To Be”

The mission of Hirebotics, an industrial robotic systems integrator based in Nashville, Tennessee, is just like the company’s name sounds. Hirebotics makes it possible for factories to hire robots as easily as hiring employees, renting their services by the hour.

Tech Tip: How to Insert Sheet Metal Flat Patterns into Drawings

One of the biggest benefits of Onshape’s Simultaneous Sheet Metal features is the ability to see the flat pattern update in real time as you make changes to your sheet metal part. But what about creating drawings of that flat pattern? Let’s take a look.

A Design Challenge For Pizza Lovers

What happens to a kitchen appliance before it reaches the kitchen?

Tech Tip: Hide Parts Before Editing In-Context in Onshape

Onshape has had the ability to edit in the context of an assembly for over a year now. This functionality has allowed engineers to no longer worry about their assemblies “blowing up” because of broken file references or even simple movements of the assembly. But I keep hearing one question in regards to Onshape’s Managed In-Context Design tools:

What's New in Onshape's Latest Update (May 4th, 2018)

It's May already and we're here again with an exciting new update. We have a lot to cover, so let's dive in.

Tech Tip: Using Onshape’s Managed In-Context Design With Linked Documents

As anyone experienced with old file-based CAD systems can tell you, adding in-context relationships between the parts of an assembly can drive you nuts.

Career Advice: Stop Worrying About Your Job Title and Ask For More Responsibility Instead

When engineers start talking about job titles, it always drives me crazy. I think people should be less focused on their title and more focused on what they're really doing. And I'm not saying you should sit in the engine room and be quiet.

Design for Manufacturing Summit #25

June 21, 2018 | Hackney, London

3.00 pm

Doors open

4.00 - 4.40 pm - Panel 1

Manufacturing startups in London

Eneko Igartua is manufacturing and operations engineer and manager of Kapitalise, the first management platform for R&D tax credits, catering to innovators in the manufacturing sector.

Lorenz Kilga is founder of Design Network, an online marketplace where product designers and distributors come together and collaborate.

Jean Billant is Senior Business Advisor at Advance London, delivering circular economy focused business support and advice to SMEs within London.

4.40 - 5.20 pm - Panel 2

Product design

Assa Ashuach is founder of Assa Studio, a product design, digital manufacturing and social R&D practice in London, and co-founder of Digital Forming, harnessing the power of mass customisation through 3D printing.

Dejan Orlac is a Slovenian-born industrial designer working in London, under his own brand Orlach design.

Thomas Keen is founder and Partner at Sabotage Design, a dynamic creative collective based in London.


5.20 - 5.40 pm - Networking break

Demos, drinks + networking

5.40 - 6.20 pm - Keynote

Ralph Taylor-Smith, GE Ventures

Ralph Taylor-Smith is Managing Director at GE Ventures and has a background in engineering, technology development, finance and business management.

6.20 - 7.10 pm - Panel 3

Design software

Andrew Armstrong is the CTO and co-founder of Cadonix, the world's first fully browser based cloud CAD solution.

Neil Cooke is Director of Technical Marketing at Onshape, a cloud CAD system used by thousands of companies worldwide.


7.10 - 8.00 pm - Panel 4

Decentralised manufacturing

Dennis Delgado is co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of SyncFab, a peer-to-peer Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) manufacturing blockchain for the hardware manufacturing supply chain.

Marcus de Wilde is the Enterprise Lead at Applied Blockchain where he helps corporates to understand blockchain and articulate practical blockchain applications that meet strategic, commercial, and technical needs.


8.00 - 9.00 pm - Networking continues

Demos, drinks + networking

Registration opens soon

What are Design for Manufacturing Summits?

80 percent of manufacturing costs are determined in the first 20 percent of the product design process. Design has the key to take cost and waste out of manufacturing.

Design for Manufacturing Summits bring together product developers, industrial designers, engineers, makers and manufacturers for a more decentralized, leaner manufacturing ecosystem.

Who attends DFM Summits?

Industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers, manufacturers. Representatives of the following organizations have participated in our semi-annual summits:

Material ConneXion
Tangent Ventures
Macro Sea
Cornell University
Langoliers Jewelry
New York Investment Fund
Tactonic Technologies
Columbia University
McLaren Engineering Group
Pratt Center
NY Designs
Fallon Community Health
Charles River Ventures
Brooklyn Custom Metal Fabrication
Brookyn Wharf
CBS Interactive
Wiley Publishers
Parsons School of Design
Kimber Mfg
Sparkfun Electronics
New York Life
Zahn Center
Hutzler Home Products
Peripteral Design
Maine Fablab
Panoptic Online Marketing
Design Compendium
Gordon Randall Perry Design
Shisa Labs
New Balance
ShopBot Tools
Francis Bitonti Studio
ECCO Design
Breadbox Studio
Firstmark Capital
MCE Consultants
Terrapin Bright Green
Reshoring Initiative
Dassault Systemes
Adafruit Industries
Dynamo Development Lab
Meridian Design Associates
Maker Faire Africa
Architectural Grille
Deutsche Bank
Syracuse University

Pricing and refund policy

We try to keep prices fair and affordable for different groups within the design and manufacturing communities. Ticket sales cover our costs. Design for Manufacturing Forum is a bootstrapped project.

There are discount codes out there for students and startups. You are welcome to take advantage of them if you come across them, but we can not apply discounts on already bought tickets.

We will refund tickets if an event is cancelled or moved - which should never happen. Otherwise tickets are non-refundable.

Privacy policy

We will never share your contact details with third parties, not even with sponsors.