The Man behind the Magic As someone who likes building things—he constructed a metal test stand in his backyard and uses it to conduct his own destructive testing—and solving problems, Eric Spendlove has risen from early work as a stagehand to become a top designer for entertainment props, sets, and rigging on the Las Vegas Strip. Spendlove’s journey to becoming a sought-after entertainment venue design consultant is marked by his long association with the Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group,
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2 months ago
I take notes and make myself reminders. It’s what I do. So after my day at the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network’s Technical Summit in Nashville, I’ve got a lot of notes and reminders to review. The SWUGN Technical Summits are one-day training and networking events in cities across the country.
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2 months 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
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11 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.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago
Tuesday at SOLIDWORKS World is always community day, and that means the SWUGN Awards. This year’s presentation was done “Grammy” style, complete with evening gowns and tuxedos. My co-host Tracey was a lot of fun to work with, and we both enjoyed the ceremony very much. The real stars however were the winners: SWUGN User Group of the Year Dan Herzberg – Boston North SOLIDWORKS User Group User Group of the Year Panama City Beach SOLIDWORKS User Group Michelle Pillers Community Award John Matrishon
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1 year ago
SOLIDWORKS is used daily by students, educators and researchers worldwide. As a result, SOLIDWORKS is everywhere. Researchers at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan use SOLIDWORKS to design 21-degree-of-freedom robots to navigate through natural disasters. In the SOFIA Project scientists from the University of Stuttgart work with NASA and use SOLIDWORKS Simulation to determine the formation of young stars.
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1 year 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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1 year ago
As an engineer or designer, software typically comes with a cost—either in terms of the actual cost of buying it or in terms of the time investment you must make in order to successfully deploy it and integrate it into your product development processes. Did you know, however, that there are some very useful SOLIDWORKS tools that cost you absolutely nothing beyond creating an account? There’s even more good news. In addition to not being budget-busting, these tools are also easy to learn and use
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1 year 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
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1 year 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.
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1 year 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
The most important part of an analysis is the interpretation of results, also called post-processing. Too much focus is often put on problem setup and solution – load magnitudes and directions, mesh particulars, solver choices, material properties – but all that effort is totally worthless if you misinterpret the results! Here are the most common mistakes, still made by the best of us. The Singularity Singularity The most common source of numerical error is still the most common source of
SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog
1 year ago
HOW TO MAKE SPRING ANIMATIONS Occasionally we need to show animations of our assemblies that contain flexible parts, like springs, cables and hoses. Watch this video to learn about the powerful techniques to create the flexible part motion using in-context relations and the animation/motion tools. Written by Tim Newton, Senior Elite Application Engineer Symmetry Solutions Symmetry Solutions Symmetry Solutions, Inc. is your official SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software and training provider for the Upper
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2 years ago