Some people attend the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network Meetings for the high quality presentations that are delivered absolutely free of charge. Others really enjoy the free delicious dinner served in the company of fellow SOLIDWORKS users. There are even some who like the thrill of drawing the amazing door prizes provided by the rich sponsors that support each group (it is not uncommon to win a $50 VISA card, or a $40 LCBO, iTunes or Home Depot card).
What I like the most is spending three hours in a group that “speaks” SOLIDWORKS. When you attend a SWUGN meeting, it does not matter if you are SOLIDWORKS power-user or a newbie, if you work for a large company or you are a one person shop. It does not even matter if you work for a SOLIDWORKS reseller. There is no difference between the attendees, all of them are SOLIDWORKS users, period!
So even though I work for Javelin, the Canadian SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller as an Applications Engineer, when I go to a meeting I am just another SOLIDWORKS user. Even when I deliver presentations to my fellow group members, I make sure that the content is technical and focuses on training. There is never any sales related content in the presentations!
User Groups in Southern Ontario
If you live in Southern Ontario, you are really blessed having three very active SOLIDWORKS user groups in your area:
- Ontario SOLIDWORKS User Group – serving Greater Toronto Area
- Western Ontario SOLIDWORKS User Group – serving The Golden Triangle (Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Guelph)
- SOLIDWORKS User Group Simcoe – serving Barrie and the beautiful area around Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay
Next week, we are in for a treat: all three groups have scheduled meetings and they invited a very special guest to present: Ken Clayton, the VP Worldwide Sales at SOLIDWORKS will deliver the SOLIDWORKS “State of the Union” presentation to all three groups in consecutive evenings. This is the best opportunity for all SOLIDWORKS users in Ontario to ask any questions they might have about the future of SOLIDWORKS as a software and a company, to be answered directly by one of the top executives in the corporation.
Western Ontario SolidWorks User Group Network Meeting
The Agenda is packed full of goodies:
- 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Announcements, light meal and networking
- 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual Overview
Presenter – Eric van Essen – Director of Products, Javelin Technologies
A first look at SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual and the 3D Experience platform. Get an initial look at the first cloud based design tool available from SOLIDWORKS designed to revolutionize the conceptual stage of design with intuitive single mode modeling and ground breaking collaboration. Have a chance to ask questions about this new toolset and get a deeper understanding of how it may fit in the design process
- 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm SOLIDWORKS “State of the Union”
Presenter – Ken Clayton – VP World Wide Sales, SolidWorks
Ken will talk with the group about the state of SOLIDWORKS and where it is going in the future. There will also be a Q & A session at the end for users to voice their opinion and let Ken know where they want SOLIDWORKS to go. Ken will discuss all the cool things SOLIDWORKS is working on and where the company is and hopes to go.
- 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm NVIDIA GRID™ Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)
Presenter – Desiree Villeneuve – Senior Technical Leader, CAD MicroSolutions Inc.
NVIDIA Grid Virtual Desktops – Powerful, easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS software solutions enable companies to speed up product development, reduce manufacturing costs, and improve product quality.
Ontario SolidWorks User Group Network Meeting
On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Ontario SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting will be hosted by Inertia Engineering in Toronto. If you are interested to know how SOLIDWORKS was used in designing the best child car seat in the world, you have to attend this meeting!
The Meeting Agenda is very exciting:
- 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Opening of meeting, snacks, open discussions, networking with other Local SolidWorks Users
- 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Ray Minato, Inertia President, “Product Development of clek foonf convertible child car seat”.
Ray, will take us through the product development story for an innovative consumer safety product – the clek foonf convertible child car seat. Launched into the market in November 2012, the clek foonf is currently the most technologically advanced car seat on the market, by far the easiest to install and easily the most attractive. As clek’s engineering partner, Inertia was involved right from the start of this project when it existed only as a few ideas – to create a convertible car seat that has an energy absorption system, that has rigid latch installation and maintains the clek styling and craftsmanship which matches the level of most modern-day luxury car interiors. In this talk, Ray will uncover the process that led to bringing this innovative product to life – from product benchmarking and requirements definition, to conceptual design, to mock-up testing, industrial design, mechanism design, prototyping, crash testing, and manufacturing launch, you will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how this innovative product came to life. You will also be able to see examples of the completed product along with many of the components and sub-assemblies, as well as talk directly to the engineers and designers that worked on this project – all using SOLIDWORKS products.
- 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Ken Clayton, VP WorldWide Sales, SOLIDWORKS.
Ken will talk with the group about the state of SOLIDWORKS and where it is going in the future, there will also be a Q & A session at the end for users to voice their opinion and let Ken know where they want SolidWorks to go. Ken will discuss all the cool things SOLIDWORKS is working on and where the company is and hopes to go. He will also give us a quick glimpse into SOLIDWORKS new product: SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual.
Simcoe SolidWorks User Group Network Meeting
Last but not least, on Thursday April 24th in Room A246 at Georgian College in Barrie, the SOLIDWORKS User Group Simcoe will include two high quality presentations. If you do any in-context design in SOLIDWORKS, you have to travel to Barrie on Thursday!
- 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Greet, Eat & Meet
Time to socialize and network over snacks and soft drinks. Plus a design challenge for a SWUGN Simcoe logo.
- 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm “Ten Different Ways to Create Inter-Part Relations in SOLIDWORKS”
Presented by Alin Vargatu of Javelin Technologies & Richard Laflamme of Laflamme Design Solutions
Alin & Richard will demonstrate & discuss the pros and cons of different techniques (in or out of context of the assembly) used when creating inter-part relations for concept design and design automation. The attendees of SOLIDWORKS World 2014 considered this presentation one of the best in show!
- 7:15 pm – 7:30 pm Break & SWUGN swag draws.
- 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm The Future of SOLIDWORKS
Presented by Ken Clayton, VP, SOLIDWORKS World Wide Sales
Ken will talk about the state of SOLIDWORKS and it’s future direction and will also discuss projects SOLIDWORKS is working on, where the company is, and where it hopes to go. A Q&A session will follow. A short demo of SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual will also be given.
- 8:45 pm – 9:00 pm More SWUGN swag draws & suggestions for the next meeting.
I hope you are now as excited as I am about these meetings. See you next week in Cambridge, Toronto, or Barrie!
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