Join me on Wednesday June, 13th in Montreal, Canada for the User Groups SolidWorks Quebec (GUSQ) meeting. I’ll be presenting all things PhotoView 360 and answering questions on all SolidWorks topics. I’m scheduled to talk for 60-90 minutes. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Montreal. The city is a great place to relax and have fun during the summer months and it will be good to visit for the day. If you’re in the Montreal area stop by and learn something new. Look forward to seeing you there.
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The Next NVTSWUG meeting will be held on Thursday June 10th at NRG Systems from 4-8pm.
We have a great meeting lined up for June. Everything has fallen into place to make this meeting a one of a kind event. This meeting will start a bit earlier than our typical meetings so please make arrangements to leave work early if you can.
The meeting location:
The meeting location will be at NRG Systems in Hinesburg. Driving directions can be found here. Since 1982, NRG Systems has manufactured products to help our customers measure and understand the wind. We serve the wind energy industry exclusively, from wind farm developers and turbine manufacturers to electric utilities and research institutes, in more than 135 countries. NRG is also a SolidWorks customer and a member of NVTSWUG. We greatly appreciate the use of their facility for this meeting. NRG has been kind enough to offer tours of their “green” facility for all NVTSWUG members before the meeting from 4-5pm. If you’d like a tour please arrive to the meeting at this time.
We’ll have two presentations for this meeting. We will be lucky enough to be hosting SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray for the first presentation. I expect Jeff to speak for about 45-60 minutes about the future direction of SolidWorks. I’m sure he’ll also be open for questions as he’s typically very receptive to them at these types of events.
The second presentation will cover the SolidWorks sustainability software. The full version of Sustainability is an add on product to SolidWorks but every seat of SolidWorks does include Sustainability Xpress so the presentation will be useful to all users. In a nut shell SolidWorks Sustainability helps engineers to design more environmentally friendly products by providing information on how design aspects (materials, manufacturing process, location, etc) impact the world around us.
Here’s the agenda:
4:00-5:00pm ……..Tours of the NRG facility
5:00-5:30pm …….Official meeting start, food, the latest NVTSWUG and SolidWorks news
5:30-6:30pm…….. Jeff Ray speaks
6:45-7:45pm …….Sustainability presentation
The official meeting start time is 5pm which is 1 hour earlier than our usual meeting start time. The agenda is a bit loose and there should be time in there for some chatting and networking.
As always we’ll have food and beverages.
If you’re in the Hinnesburg, Vermont area feel free to stop in.
It’s been in the works for a while an now it’s finally here. The SolidWorks User Group Network has a new website! The new site sheds the “homegrown” feel of the old for a fresh modern look. All the information you’d expect to find about SolidWorks user groups is there. It’s been dressed up a bit and repackaged for easier navigation which can oly be a good thing.
What kind of information will you find at the new SWUGN.org?
How to become a user group leader
Search local groups in your area
Meeting calendar for future meetings
Contact info for SWUGN representatives
Benefits of being a user group member and leader
User group support
Upcoming SWUGN Summits
I’ve really just scratched the surface here. If it’s been a while since you visited SWUGN.org you should check out the new look. While you’re there find a group in your area, check when their next meeting is and attend. You’ll be glad you did.
The next Northern Vermont SolidWorks User Group Meeting will be Thursday November ,19th from 6-9pm at the Waterbury Best Western in Waterbury, Vermont. If you’re a SolidWorks user in the area feel free to stop in.
Here’s more information about the meeting.
This will be one of the best meetings we’ve ever held, here’s why.
If you’re a SolidWorks user you’ve no doubt been frustrated at some point by color, textures, appearance and RealView. Right? Depending on which version of SW you’re using they work differently. Right? Widely used and really basic functionality like this shouldn’t be confusing. Right? I think the answer to all that is “right”. Over the last 3 releases SW colors, textures, appearances and RealView have evolved and that evolution can be confusing. Luckily for NVTSWUG members that confusion is going to be cleared up. We’ll have Ron Bates, Graphical Applications Manager from SolidWorks. Ron is going to talk about colors, textures, appearances and RealView. He’s going to explain how they have evolved over the last 3 releases, future changes and explain why and what has been done. This is the same session Ron will be giving at SW World 2010 so if you can’t make SW World and you want a taste of what a SW World presentation is like this is a good one to catch.
Have you ever had an SolidWorks installation issue? Do administrative installs confuse you? Do you have a difficult time with the SW Install Manager? Have you wondered why you have to download 3 gigs of information to install a service pack? Again if you’re an NVTSWUG member you’ll get the answers to these questions and any other install questions you might have. Melissa Appel is a Product Definition Specialist at SolidWorks and she’s been heavily involved with the SolidWorks installation process. Like Ron her NVTSWUG presentation on installing SW will be the same presentation she gives at SW World 2010.
The REALLY great things about these presentations is they cover information EVERY SolidWorks user needs to know. It doesn’t matter your industry, your job title, your specific task, your product……………………..if you’re a SolidWorks user you need to be well versed in installation and colors.
The two presentations described above alone are reason enough to attend the November meeting but if you need a bit more than how about this. We will not be having pizza at this meeting! Yes, that’s correct, “we will NOT be having pizza at this meeting”. I’m going to change up the food bit for this one.
Still want more? Ok. We will be having cake at this meeting. Why? It’s the 5 anniversary of NVTSWUG and I think that deserves some cake.
Oh, almost forgot. We’ll have some prize giveaways as we typically do.
We also need to talk about electing new group leadership for 2010 so that might be another reason to attend this meeting.
Whew, can we pack all this into 3 hours. We’ll try but I have to admit this meeting might run a little long for the diehard’s.
So, honestly I don’t think we’ve ever had a meeting with technical content this good. If you only go to 1 NVTSWUG meeting in your life this one should be it.
OK. I’m done. Really
See you Thursday November, 19th at 6pm at the Waterbury Best Western. Don’t be late
On Wednesday June, 24th I’ll be traveling to Springfield, Massachusetts to present a Realview, PhotoWorks, PhotoView 360 session at the Western Massachusetts Solidworks User Group meeting. I’ll be one of two presenters at the meeting which will be held at the Smith & Wesson Shooting Sports Academy. If you’re a SolidWorks user in the Springfield area stop in, say “hi”, network with others and learn something new.
Here’s the meeting agenda:
Location: 299 Page Blvd., Springfield, MA
Place: Smith &Wesson Shooting Sports Academy
- Registration, food, meet, and greet
- Welcome and Introduction
- PhotoWorks, RealView & PhotoView 360 – Rob Rodriguez
- SolidWorks Ten Commandments – Elba-Gloria Rangel-Erazo (CAP Inc.)
- Questionnaire and Giveaways!!!
- NESWUC Update
- Discussion of future plans and events for the group
- Close meeting