Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group

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Date: TBD January, 2020

Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm



5:30pm - 6:15pm   Eat, mingle, network

6:15pm - 6:30pm   Business and Introductions

6:30pm - 7:30pm   The Evaluate Tab: Get to Know Your Model – Chris Mowatt, Application Engineer @ Trimech

6:30pm - 7:30pm   SolidWorks FabLab Tour #1

7:30pm - 7:45pm   Break & Networking

7:45pm - 8:45pm    PDM on the Cloud (3DExperience) - Andy Barnes, Solutions Consultant @ DS SolidWorks

7:45pm - 8:45pm   SolidWorks Product Definition/User Experience Breakout Session*

7:45pm - 8:45pm   SolidWorks FabLab Tour #2

8:45pm - 9:00pm   Q&A, wrap-up, raffle prize drawings

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The Evaluate Tab: Get to Know Your Model

Chris Mowatt, Application Engineer @ Trimech

Just what ARE all those buttons anyway, and when should you use them? These often-overlooked tools are vital for understanding your model – what’s been done right, and what could be improved. From Performance Evaluation to Design Checker, and most everything in between, Chris demystifies this toolbar so your models can be smarter and better right away.

Chris Mowatt earned his BSME at the University of Rhode Island and has worked in Boston as SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer for TriMech Solutions, and formerly CAPINC, since 2013. Chris has attended the last 5 SOLIDWORKS World conferences and gave 3 presentations last year at SWW 2019.  Chris is very passionate about his work with SOLIDWORKS Visualize, with which he performs professional services for TriMech clients from across the east coast. In his off-time, Chris enjoys escaping to the White Mountains in NH with his girlfriend, whether it is for relaxing, hiking or skiing.

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TriMech Solutions is a leading SOLIDWORKS VAR run by engineers, for engineers. TriMech delivers technology and services to their engineering, manufacturing and product design clients from Maine to Florida to Arkansas. With 26 offices spanning 26 states, TriMech has a deep bench of skilled engineers from a variety of disciplines, allowing them to provide top-quality software, hardware and project engineering services on-demand.

PDM on the Cloud (3DExperience)

Andy Barnes, Solutions Consultatnt, DS SolidWorks

A project plan for an off road wheelchair is created, including timeline and assigning resources, on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. SOLIDWORKS Desktop is used with design files that are stored and accessed on the cloud through 3DEXPERIENCE, keeping design teams in sync between desktop and platform.

FabLab Tour & Demos

BANSWUG members will get the rare opportunity to tour the DS SolidWorks FabLab, jam-packed with industrial-grade fabrication tools such as laser cutters, milling machines, scanners, 3D printers and more. Not only will we learn more about these tools, but each member will get the chance to fabricate their very own part, from design all the way through to cutting. 

Starting with a hands-on demonstration of the browser-based xDesign, SolidWorks product experts will guide us through fabrication using the FabConnect feature. Makers, hobbyists and professional designers can use FabConnect to easily send their models to FabLab machines. The underlying MODS technology takes care of converting the design file into the appropriate format and then generates toolpaths and control instructions.

By the end of the session, BANSWUG members will know how to fabricate parts using xDesign, and have a laser-cut part of their very own to show off.

Breakout Sessions

We will also be hosting two SOLIDWORKS usability research breakout sessions, where Product Definition and User Experience specialists will preview upcoming SolidWorks features and products.

Attendees of this month's breakout session will get the chance to experience new augmented reality and virtual reality features planned for eDrawings 2020 and other SolidWorks products. Participants can shape the future of these features by providing feedback to members of the SolidWorks team.

If you'd like to be considered for participation in the breakout session, please choose ONLY the RSVP + PD/UX Breakout Session ticket type when registering. Participation will require completion of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).

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