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
5 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
6 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.
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6 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.
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6 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
7 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
7 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
7 months ago
todd blacksher “I think that the best part of the User Group Community is the networking and collaboration with other professionals that also use SOLIDWORKS. The fact that I learn something new at every meeting that I attend is a testament to the value of the User Groups. “ Todd Blacksher is so deeply passionate about the SOLIDWORKS community, he and his wife, Jade, got married at SOLIDWORKS World 2006, so it makes sense that he also founded and leads the SOLIDWORKS User Group of Nebraska, AKA
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10 months ago
group Along with being a mechanical engineer and an adjunct professor at Laney College in Oakland, California, Elise Moss is also the founder and leader of the Laney SOLIDWORKS User Group! She started the group about 7 years ago as a way for her students to have a way express themselves through creativity. “Laney College has a very diverse population of students and it is located in an area which suffers from a lot of poverty and crime. About a third of our students are housing and/or food
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 months ago
Barbara Hughey is the coordinator of the Women’s Technology Program in Mechanical Engineering (WTP-ME) at MIT, a four week summer program for high school junior girls that teaches the basic principles and ideas of mechanical engineering. Not only does WTP-ME support the SOLIDWORKS initiative of celebrating women in a so called “male dominated” industry but, it also helps bring future female engineers into the field who may not have considered joining in the first place. For that and her other
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 months ago
shawn casebolt “Every meeting you learn something new from the different presenters. I enjoy seeing the other challenges that people face and the approach to their solutions.” Shawn Casebolt founded the Central New Jersey SOLIDWORKS User Group back in April of 2015 and he has been leading it ever since! “My company had decided to move everything over to SOLIDWORKS from 2D and we were in the midst of trying to do that (and still are) when I formed the group.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
11 months ago
Tony Cantrell “I feel like the SOLIDWORKS community is one of the best in the world.” Tony Cantrell is the leader, and founder, of the Palmetto SOLIDWORKS User Group (PSWUG) in Columbia, South Carolina! After realizing that there wasn’t a user group nearby, Tony decided to start his own and has running it for 11 years now. “Since starting the group (and attending other groups and SOLIDWORKS World) I have learned the passion of the users that attend and their willingness to help anyone who asks.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Why SOLIDWORKS World is Mandatory Why Go to SOLIDWORKS World? Man, SOLIDWORKS World was amazing. Every designer should go at least once in their career. It doesn’t matter what kind of designer you are.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
img_5429 “I love to learn from anyone about what they are doing, how they present information, and just sharing information.” Elena Marker started the Inland Empire SOLIDWORKS User Group very recently; in fact, the group has only been around since May 2016! “There weren’t any groups in the area;
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
rhonda jacobs “I can honestly say that every meeting I have attended I have left with something new I couldn’t wait to try the next time I was in SOLIDWORKS.“ Rhonda Jacobs founded the St. Joseph SOLIDWORKS User Group in November 2015 and they average with about 30-40 attendees for each meeting. Initially, she wanted to start the group as a way to train other designers and engineers within her company; “The company I work for employs many young designers and engineers with varying levels of
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Tyler Wooten Assistive Mapping Project SOLIDWORKS 1 As a freshman at Texas A&M University, Tyler Wooten became involved in StartUp AggieLand. “StartUp AggieLand is our start up, incubator style learning program where students and alumni can learn how to be an entrepreneur.” One of his team members gave a ToastMasters speech to the President of Disability Services, and Tyler’s immediate reaction was “What can I do to help?” He had recently taken some 3D printing classes at the Engineering
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
var How do you find out what’s new in SOLIDWORKS? We all enjoy a good cup of coffee and 30 minutes with the What’s New documentation, but at the end of the day, our best bet is to head over to our reseller launch event and spend a day with their technical support team learning all about the latest release. SOLIDWORKS Application Engineers are an invaluable part of the What’s New process every year. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be talking with a few of them to learn more about what
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
var How do you find out what’s new in SOLIDWORKS? We all enjoy a good cup of coffee and 30 minutes with the What’s New documentation, but at the end of the day, our best bet is to head over to our reseller launch event and spend a day with their technical support team learning all about the latest release. SOLIDWORKS Application Engineers are an invaluable part of the What’s New process every year. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be talking with a few of them to learn more about what
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
profile 2016 “Because I am a part of the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network, I have met many wonderful people and have made many lasting relationships. Having a product like SOLIDWORKS makes running a User Group extremely easy because people enjoy using the program and want to learn more.” Betty Baker lives in Arcadia, Wisconsin where she’s the La Crosse, Eau Claire, Winona Area (LEWA) User Group Leader. The LEWA group was founded in 2002 and originally Betty was the secretary then in 2004, she took
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
IMG_5955 Bradley Hakeman is a Plumbing Design Engineer in Brandon, South Dakota at Spartan Emergency response. “I am responsible for ordering plumbing components, designing the layout for the pump operator’s panel for fire trucks, and supporting the Plumbing Assembly department. I use SOLIDWORKS for pump mounts and designing custom intake and discharge manifolds for our trucks.” He originally learned how to use SOLIDWORKS back in 2006 at a previous job;
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Casey Gorman – Central Florida SOLIDWORKS User Group – Melbourne, FL Casey Gorman “The benefits of attending a user group meeting are numerous. It is a place to network (something engineers are sometimes reluctant to do), learn new ways to use SOLIDWORKS, find out about add-in (or add on) products that can help in what you do. One of my favorite types of presentations is when we open the floor and have members of the group either share tips/tricks that they use on a daily basis or present what
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
karly nettleton “I enjoy being part of an engineering team for the great successes, challenges, and knowledge that I gain every day.” IMG_2502 Karly Nettleton is a mechanical designer, artist, mother, and our Women in Engineering recipient for the month of August! Karly’s passion for design started at a young age; “As a kid, I was very interested in how things worked, a naturally curious child.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Chris Wurtele – Omaha Nebraska SOLIDWORKS User Group IMG_20160510_112453394 “The networking alone has paid dividends for me. There is such a wealth of knowledge in the user group network. We have some real Rock Stars within our network and I really appreciate their input.” Chris Wurtele is a “newbie” (his words, not mine) to the SWUGN Group Leader world.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago
Dan Riffell – Colorado SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader “I’ve been attending user group meetings for nearly ten years, and I still learn something new every time. Meetings are a great way to see how other professionals are using the software without barging into their office and getting thrown out by security. Lesson learned. We are sure to always allot plenty of time for users to mingle, ask questions and network.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 year ago