Mobile Solutions Wraps Successful Advanced Door Panel Class    

TEMPE, AZ (11.30.22) – November 17-20, 2022 marked the final Mobile Solutions in-house training session of the year; the Advanced Door Panel Fabrication class. Over four action-packed days, nearly 30 attendees were led by a team of 5 instructors in the disciplines of metal fabrication, 3D router work, plastics, lighting, upholstery, audio system tuning and more. “We presented so many new and cutting-edge techniques in this class that even the seasoned veteran fabricators were challenged” commented Mobile Solutions founder and CEO, Bryan Schmitt. He added that within days of announcing the class it sold out, underscoring the popularity of training at in-person events.

Bryan Schmitt (R) and Tom Miller, from Musicar NW, addressing attendees as the 4-Day event began on Thursday November 17th.

The Advanced Door Panel Fabrication class featured a student-built project with many customizable elements that allowed each attendee to create their own one-off panel finishes, colors and style.  One of the groundbreaking techniques shown was the implementation of a linear illuminated French seam in a panel insert. This technique combined the look of a French seam stitching, Using this technique, the possibilities to achieve the same lighting integration on even the most high-end luxury vehicles is possible with custom fabricated projects” said Schmitt.

Levi Green from HammerFab, a guest instructor, pictured during his metal fabrication segment. Green is based in Austin, TX.

In addition to lead instructor Bryan Schmitt, guest presenters included Tom Miller of MusciarNW, Anthony Medina of Medina’s Interior Design, Terry Soohoo of Paradyme Car Audio, Kyle Miller of MusicarNW and Levi Green of Hammerfab. Doug Dobson of HKI/Tury was also on hand helping throughout the event. Each of these industry professionals shared insight into their specialties so that attendees had a full 360 degree view of creating a custom interior panel from concept and design through fabricating elements from raw materials and adding custom touches that elevate the finished work to the highest levels. “This group of guest instructors had an excellent diversity of skills, but equally important is they are relatable and easy-to-understand in what they teach because they are truly experts at their craft” added Schmitt.

Chris Rawlings, who owns and runs VIP Auto Interiors in Tempe, pictured with his door panel project.
Gino James proudly shows his door panel project that he will be taking back to his Visions Upholstery shop in Fort Pierce, FL.

The November 2022 Advanced Door Panel Fabrication class topics included:

  • Concept and design of interior panels
  • Introduction to Fusion 360 CAD Design Software
  • The sewing machine process – A to Z
  • Advanced metal fabrication techniques and skills
  • Fabricating and implementing other unique trim and interior elements
  • Interior panel and trim finishing techniques
 This image shows a group of projects that attendees will be taking to their shops from the Mobile Solutions 4-Day Advanced Door Panel training class.

Schmitt says what’s different about their in-person training compared to anything else out there is the diversity of ever-evolving content, the breadth of knowledge and skillsets from the guest presenters and that each attendee does hands-on work with their own take home class projects. “We know that seeing the techniques is one thing, but practicing them hands-on while training ratchets up the intensity and retention” adds Schmitt.

As the Mobile Solutions 4-Day Advanced Door Panel training wrapped attendees gathered for a class image with their projects.

Watch Mobile Solutions’ Facebook, Instagram and website for more information when the next Advanced Door Panel class and other in-person workshops are announced, as well as for the 2023 MasterTech Expo education program details slated for March 5-8, 2023 at Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona.

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