The San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group is one of the longest running user groups in the country and was awarded the User Group of the Year in 2013. I got involved with the group several years ago to gain more knowledge about SOLIDWORKS, from other users, not easily attained from textbooks, classroom instruction or teaching. I also enjoy meeting with our customers outside the normal work environment and learning more about how they are actually using SOLIDWORKS to get their jobs done.
The San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group (SDSWUG) meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month and the next meeting is coming up soon on November 12th from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The location is at One Heart-One Mind, 11211 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite G, San Diego, CA 92121.
- 6:30-7:00 Registration, Pizza / Beverages, and welcome
- 7:00-7:30 Release and Blog Information/Questions, Open Discussion
- 7:30-9:00 Main Presentation
SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings are a place to gain knowledge and further insight within SOLIDWORKS and related products, socialize, and network. People from all industries and skill levels can attend and both SOLIDWORKS users and non-users are welcome. There are no fees and pizza and beverages will be served. In addition, there is a raffle at the end of each meeting.
Two meetings ago on September 10th, Trevor Bailey, an Application Engineer from San Diego CADCAM, Inc., showed Mastercam using SOLIDWORKS models to create tool paths for manufacturing.
At the last meeting on October 8th, we had Robert O’Neill, who has his own design consulting firm and is a long-time SOLIDWORKS user, as the main presenter. He went over “How to get the red out” of your feature tree of models and assemblies. He also reviewed some of the modeling best practices, including: dimensioning to edges not fillets, layout sketches, and using centerlines. In addition, he went through some trouble-shooting techniques that help to fix errors and warnings.
For further information on the San Diego SOLIDWORKS User Group, please go to sdswug.org. If you would like to present at an upcoming meeting, please contact Ed Pasqual at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming presenters include:
- November 12th Phil Sluder, mechanical engineer, owner of TriAxial Design and Analysis, and leader of the San Diego SOLIDWORKS User group’ will present “What’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015. This will include what’s new in parts, assemblies and sketches.
- December 10th Mike Puckett, who is a SOLIDWORKS Certification Specialist, will be going over the latest certification tests and will have some surprise gifts for all who attend the meeting.
- January 14th I will be presenting a Sketcher Workshop on shortcuts, tips and tricks on relations and dimensioning in sketches. Advanced topics will include splines, projected curves and 3D Sketches.
Hope to see you all there!