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Here’s a question for you. What do deer antlers, fighter pilot helmets and elite sports cars have in common? The answer – because you give up, right? – is that they have all been used to inspire the next generation of Paralympic sports equipment.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 hours ago
Last year, our Community and User Advocacy Manager, Rachel York, interviewed a mechanical engineering entrepreneur from Texas A&M University, who used SOLIDWORKS to help create his own business. This year, Rachel and I wanted to catch up with him. This student is none other than rising junior, Tyler Wooten; the man who stepped up in figuring out a way for visually impaired students to no longer feel inhibited around college or business campuses.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
The Red Bull Soapbox Race is a global series of events that pit amateur drivers racing in homemade soapbox cars against each other in a battle not just for speed but for most innovative design. This unique non-motorized racing event challenges both experienced racers and amateurs alike to design and build outrageous, human-powered soapbox dream machines and compete against the clock in a downhill race. The rules are quite simple: all crafts must be human-powered, meaning no engines, pedals or
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
Rachel York and I headed out to Albuquerque last week to help the New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group celebrate their 10 year anniversary. It was a great meeting complete with 3D Printing, Rachel’s “The Certification Game” session, students, and three of the four leaders of the group from the past ten years. NMSUG members are all smiles 10 year ago, Nestor Montano put together the first NMSUG meeting, and I was there along with one of the company founders. We did a Tips and Tricks session in trivia
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
Choosing the right digital tools is becoming a critical aspect of business strategy for today’s companies. When those tools are the ones you entrust with creating your company’s new products, the lifeblood of product development organizations, choosing the right ones becomes vitally important. There are so many factors to take into consideration when considering software vendors to partner with; an important one is the financial strength of that company.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
SOLIDWORKS Visualize provides a suite of standalone software tools that combine industry-leading rendering capabilities with design-oriented features and workflows that enable easy and fast creation of visual content for designers, engineers, marketing, and other content creators. One such user is Josh Fear, Managing Director of D Cube Design Ltd in Leicester, England, who provide a high quality CGI rendering service for manufacturers. We sat down with Josh to find out a little more about how he
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
Rodney Hall “I have learned that we never stop learning. There is always something we can learn from others, especially if we open our ears and actually listen to what others have to say.” Rodney Hall, Augusta, GA SOLIDWORKS User Group leader. This week we have been speaking with Rodney Hall from Evans, Georgia who runs the Augusta, GA SOLIDWORKS User Group, also known as AASWUG.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
I’m in England this week to present at three SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings, but it hasn’t been all work. The antiquated “Saturday night stay” rule for airfares “forced” me to arrive a day early, and I managed to get in some sightseeing. Travel like a local The trains are down there. WWI Memorial Wellington Arch Queen Victoria monument in front of Buckingham Palace Westminster Abbey.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
Tiny children have the biggest ideas. A child’s mind is an astonishing hive of creativity. SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids harnesses that invention and turns it into reality and was abundantly demonstrated at Maker Faire 2017, little minds find SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids fun as well as easy to master. Apps-For-Kids-Maker-Faire-UK-1 From potential to print Last month SOLIDWORKS got to show exactly what SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids is all about at Maker Faire UK in Newcastle.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
This is the second installment of our new Stump the Chump blog series here at SOLIDWORKS. In this series we will delve into common SOLIDWORKS questions and/or problems that our users have on a day-by-day basis and will present various ways in which they can solve them. While we have a large team of seasoned CAD users at SOLIDWORKS available to answer user questions, we also have the most passionate and best CAD community in the world. So in this blog series, we are going to share advice, tips
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
3 months ago
There’s always something happening in the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network – special meetings, guest stars, and our user group leaders making plans to dominate the CAD community. Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening recently, and a peek at what’s coming up. From SOLIDWORKS Trainee to User Group Leader Timothy Olivier recently took his SOLIDWORKS training classes from a local reseller, and learned about SWUGN while he was there. Timothy used the SWUGN website “Find a Group” page to look up
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
“The user group community provides an invaluable resource for users to brainstorm and resolve issues with design approaches and models and in general, communicate with like-minded professionals. Most of the users are willing to offer suggestions, ideas, and/or techniques which will help others save time and grow as a SOLIDWORKS user. Collectively, this is one of the most open and available groups of professionals I have ever worked with. Since we do not have any fees or cost, anyone can join the
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Our customers range from cool to coolest. Recently, we had a conversation with Vintage Works founders Paul Nelson and Dave Wall about their vision and some of the projects they’ve tackled over the past couple of years. If you’ve seen the Star Wars Speeder Bike motorcycle, you already know some of their work. “The Star Wars inspired Speeder Bike motorcycle was an insane project, and I’d say we did it out of passion.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Imagine that you had the perfect seats at the ultimate National Football League (NFL) game, Super Bowl XLVII. Not only are Super Bowl tickets hard to come by, but these particular tickets were something extraordinary. You were about to watch two great coaches, Jim and John Harbaugh, who also happen to be brothers, go head-to-head in what was sure to be an unforgettable game that was nicknamed the “Harbaugh Bowl.” It is the first Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since Hurricane Katrina.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting. I’ll never forget the first meeting of the Central Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group. About 40 people showed up at the Aquarina Center in San Marcos in September 1999.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Christian Bagg once identified himself as a journeyman machinist, but more recently, he’d tell you he’s an inventor and entrepreneur by trade; “I design and build things. That’s the easiest way that I can tell people what I do. I design and build anything really.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago
Scott Gellar Scott Geller re-started the South Atlanta User Group a year ago after dividing the Atlanta User Group into North and South to make meetings more accessible to folks in the area. By day, Scott works with a team of SOLIDWORKS engineers and runs his own company called PartWorks that helps companies o utsource their laser scanning/CMM, reverse engineering and design for tooling and metal or plastic parts. By night, Scott has an active social life, he often hangs out with his 10 year old
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago
Most SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings follow the same basic format – food and networking, followed by a technical session or two (sometimes three), and a wrap-up featuring prize drawings and a look at the next meeting. Every year though, some of our fantastic user group leaders come up with something special. The MCCC Meeting – Southeast Michigan/Northwest Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group At least once per year, Dean Kerste goes all out and welcomes more than 100 people to Monroe County Community
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago
Little minds love to create, little fingers love to make. That’s why we’re so proud of SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids. It’s a suite of pick-up-and-play design applications that gets creative kids engaged with visualising, designing and making. Gather up your little ones and come and see SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids in action at Maker Faire UK – the greatest show and tell on the planet – on 1st – 2nd April.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago
Rachel and I helped Randy Adams and the members of the Miami Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group celebrate their 10th anniversary this week. We ate some great BBQ, learned about SOLIDWORKS Certification from Rachel, and finished up with some delicious cupcakes. Congratulations to Randy and all of the MVSWUG members on this milestone. While we were in Dayton, I treated Rachel to her first ever Skyline Chili lunch.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
5 months ago
chase draper SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: Chase Draper Chase Draper is the leader of the Central Alabama SOLIDWORKS User Group. He is a project engineer where he designs process equipment for grinding and separating aggregate powders. He’s been a CSWE since 2014. Chase had been helping out with the group for several years, and when former leader Steve Uptain landed a new job that frequently took him out of town, Chase stepped up to take over.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
I spent last week in the Boston area helping the Central MA SOLIDWORKS User Group celebrate their 10 year anniversary. It was chilly all week, and a little snow was falling as I boarded my plane home on Friday. Luckily, I managed to get out of there before winter storm Stella made a mess of things. Tom Cote, Me, and Glen Lepage with CMA-SWUG Glass The CMA-SWUG meeting was fantastic, with about 70 attendees and all of the original founders of the group in attendance.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
Welcome to the latest blog series from SOLIDWORKS. Each month, our new “Stump the Chump” post will delve into common questions and/or challenges that our users encounter on a regular basis and will present various ways to solve them. While we have a large team of seasoned CAD veterans at SOLIDWORKS who can answer user questions, we also have the most passionate and best CAD user community in the world. So in this blog series, we will share advice, tips and suggestions in response to real
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago
I first met Christie Buresh (nee Reed) at SOLIDWORKS World 1999 in Palm Springs, and we’ve been colleagues (and friends) for more than 18 years now. She’s been leading the North Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group for 11 of those years, but prior to that, she was an instrumental part of a little thing we used to call the All-Texas SOLIDWORKS User Conference. Her group members and I often make fun of her meeting announcements – she leaves 15 minutes for her opening remarks, but never speaks for more than
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 months ago