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Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group

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April 3, 2018 Newsletter

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News from the Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group
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Another great night was had by all in attendance of our latest Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group meeting. Many thanks to all our sponsors, without whom all of this simply wouldn’t be possible. An extra special thanks to ProSource in Waltham for hosting our event, in addition to their usual epic support.

 

Meeting Introduction

We kicked off by officially welcoming our newest BANSWUG Officer, Sean Duffy of Medica Corp. Sean has 25 years of CAD experience in the aerospace and biomedical fields.

Join the BANSWUG Heartwalk Team! 
BANSWUG will be participating in the 2018 Boston Heartwalk, an annual event and fundraiser dedicated to saving lives claimed by heart disease and stroke. Come walk a 1-, 3-, or 6-mile route on a beautiful fall day, September 8th at the Hatch Shell.

To join our team and start fundraising toward our $10,000 goal, visit:


www2.heart.org/goto/BANSWUG

We wrapped up the intro by reviewing some of the events and news from SolidWorks World 2018 in Los Angeles, back in February. We took a closer look at the forthcoming "online pillar" of SolidWorks Products, including xDesign, Marketplace Make and Marketplace PartSupply, and more.

We took a brief look at some of the incredible companies showcased during the conference, such as Boom Aerospace, who are working to bring supersonic commercial airliners back to the skies, or Arrivo, who want to eliminate traffic with their hyperloop system.

  

Finally, we reviewed the SolidWorks World Top Ten List, and got a sneak peek at what's coming in SolidWorks 2019.

Download Intro Slides

Presentations

Our first presenter, Ed Gebo (Owner of Digital Detail & Design), came at our group like an MMA fighter hitting us with a plethora of tips-&-tricks that everyone benefited from. 
Ed gave us tips on using the variable fillet tool, reload, and scale tools, as well as flattening a surface with a big (ahem) hammer. He also showed us the magic of twisting along a path, and surprised many attendees with the killer threaded hole command. And after all of that, he still managed to shoehorn in an overview of enhancements added in 2016, ’17 & ’18. Phew!

Utpal Kumar (Product Definition Engineer at SolidWorks) gave us a lot to think about with his presentation on SOLIDWORKS 3DInterconnect: Working with Non-Native SOLIDWORKS Data. In Uptal’s session, we learned that we have the ability to work with native CAD data and thus, forgo third party translators. This leaves us with only our legacy data and protects our files from being subjected to vary bad version of the game of “Telephone.” Working with vendors and clients who use different CAD packages just got a whole lot easier.

Breakout Session

Meanwhile, a few lucky BANSWUG members attended the SolidWorks Product Definition breakout session, where the PD team previewed some kind of generative design technology, still in development. The feedback provided by BANSWUG members will help SolidWorks refine their products, and drive the future of SolidWorks for all users. If you're interested in shaping the future of SolidWorks, don’t forget to sign up for a breakout session for a future BANSWUG meeting.

Meeting Wrap-up

At the end of the meeting, the BANSWUG committee raffled off dozens of prizes, generously provided by our sponsors. In addition to the trunkful of branded SolidWorks swag, courtesy of SolidWorks HQ, we also gave away nearly $300 in gift cards from our sponsors, as well as an array of great products, including a drone, robotics kit, t-shirts, Wireless Spacemouse, Echo Dot, and so much more!

Thanks again to all of our sponsors for making these meetings possible, and to our members for joining us for another great evening.
 
See you all next meeting!
 

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Special Event

May 31, 9:00a-4:00p
101 Constitution Blvd
Franklin, MA 02038

BANSWUG Newsletter September 2017

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Greetings BANSWUGers!

 

The August 31st meeting was possibly our biggest ever! Medica Corp hosted over 60 members, VARs, Sponsors, and SolidWorks staff at their Bedford facility. Plus, nearly a dozen sponsors contributed a boatload of prizes to our group raffle! We learned a little about homebrewing and a lot about SolidWorks Electrical from Earl Hasz's Brewing with Electricity presentation. Then, Chris Mowatt of https://trimech.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">TriMech taught us how we can use surfacing tools to make better solid models in his Surfacing Tools for Solid Designs presentation.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g4w09o0n821ouyq/AAD4IDjgMF4aQNS-BGc3Fpmua?dl=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Download Presentation Materials

To commemorate this impressive meeting, we've put together a short recap video. Watch it here!

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SolidWorks 2018 Launch Event

It's not too late to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/swlaunch2018" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">register for the SolidWorks 2018 Launch Event. Hear from SolidWorks execs and developers, attend round table discussions with Product Definition, and take a deep dive into the features of SolidWorks 2018. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/swlaunch2018" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, September 26th

8:30am - 4:00pm

SolidWorks Waltham Campus

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dassault+Systemes/@42.4010858,-71.2596074,589m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89e39cc14c66962f:0x2775fd8857bcba71!2s185+Wyman+St,+Waltham,+MA+02451!3b1!8m2!3d42.401007!4d-71.2585491!3m4!1s0x89e39cc14cbf252d:0xe6d19f5de83ed520!8m2!3d42.4022972!4d-71.2579418" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">185 Wyman Street

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dassault+Systemes/@42.4010858,-71.2596074,589m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89e39cc14c66962f:0x2775fd8857bcba71!2s185+Wyman+St,+Waltham,+MA+02451!3b1!8m2!3d42.401007!4d-71.2585491!3m4!1s0x89e39cc14cbf252d:0xe6d19f5de83ed520!8m2!3d42.4022972!4d-71.2579418" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Waltham, MA 02451

See the full event agenda here



 

This year's SLUGME (SolidWorks Largest User Group Meeting Ever) is scheduled for November 15th, 2017. Expect great presentations from SolidWorks experts across the country, a ton of prizes, and best of all: pizza. We're still looking for a venue large enough to host three of New England's User Groups: BANSWUG, CMA-SWUG, and NHSWUG. Contact us if you have suggestions.

Meeting Wrap-up

At the end of the meeting, the BANSWUG committee raffled off dozens of prizes, generously provided by our sponsors. In addition to the trunkful of branded swag, courtesy of SolidWorks HQ, we also gave away nearly $300 in gift cards from our sponsors, as well as an Amazon Echo Dot from DriveWorks, and a robotics kit from https://rapidmanufacturing.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Rapid!


 

 

 

Remember, if you'd like to host a BANSWUG meeting at your facility, or give a presentation during one of our meetings, please contact us!

Develop3D Live Boston


 

This international conference will be held right in our own backyard! Learn from industrial leaders in 3D CAD, Additive Manufacturing, Laser Scanning and more.

https://d3dliveusa.com

 

 

March 29th, 2017

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After being postponed due to yet another late-winter Nor'easter, the March 29th meeting of the Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group was held at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Surrounded by artifacts from the American Industrial Revolution - designed without the help of CAD tools - our presenters discussed some of the most advanced areas of modern engineering software, from general tips and tricks to API coding to data disaster preparedness.


Meeting Introduction

We kicked off with a brief recap of SolidWorks World 2017, the SWUGN Awards, and SLUGME! - SolidWorks Largest User Group Meeting Ever! Download the slides here: 

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c341c1aa955aee817a7dd011/files/dcb434a9-8ad3-478a-a59c-49e34fad15fb/2017.03.15_Charles_River_Museum.pptx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Download Intro Slides

Presentations

Richard Friedman, volunteer docent at the Charles River Museum of Industry and SolidWorks API expert, presented a brief but comprehensive overview of SolidWorks API tools, including a tutorial on how to record and edit macros for automating model creation.



Attendees were then treated to a fascinating lesson on the history of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation by the museum's director, along with live demonstrations of the belt-driven machine shop.


 

Half of the Bacon Brotherhood was also in attendance that night. Ed Gebo - ConnSWUG leader, SWUGN Rep, and owner of Digital Detail & Design - gave one part of the acclaimed SolidWorks World 2017 presentation containing several hidden SolidWorks tips & tricks, as well as best practices for preventing data loss in a small business setting.

September 22nd, 2016

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Thank you making our September 22nd meeting another great success, and a special thank you to all of our presenters and sponsors who made it all possible! The meeting was hosted by FLIR Systems in North Billerica.

Meeting Introduction

We kicked off by learning a little about the launch of SolidWorks 2017 at Gillette Stadium, early bird discounts for SolidWorks World 2017 in LA, and other local CAD events. Download the slides here:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0c341c1aa955aee817a7dd011/files/Intro_Slides_Sept_22_2016.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Download Intro Slides

Presentations

Chris Mowatt, Application Engineer at CAPINC, presented a comprehensive overview of the SolidWorks Visualize tool, including enhancements made in 2017.

Heather Hasz, the Stateside face of DriveWorks, introduced us to DriveWorksXpress. This powerful design automation tool is already included in every seat of SolidWorks.

Special Guests

At the September meeting, we were lucky enough to be jopined by several surprise guests!

Maria Sarkar - VP & Owner of DriveWorks

Brian Hillner - Product Portfolio Manager of SolidWorks Visualize

#FlatSWUGN - Senior Manager, User Advocacy & SolidWorks Worldwide User Groups (Two-Dimensional Division)


Breakout Session

Meanwhile, a few lucky BANSWUG members attended the SolidWorks Product Definition breakout session, where SolidWorks Product Definition Manager Rob Jost previewed several sketching and surfacing features slated for SolidWorks 2018. The feedback provided by BANSWUG members will help SolidWorks refine their products. If you're interested in shaping the future of SolidWorks, don’t forget to sign up for a breakout session for a future BANSWUG meeting.

 

Meeting Wrap-up

At the end of the meeting, the BANSWUG committee raffled off dozens of prizes, generously provided by our sponsors. In addition to the trunkful of branded swag, courtesy of SolidWorks HQ, we also gave away nearly $300 in gift cards from our sponsors, as well as an Amazon Kindle fire from DriveWorks!

 

 


June 2016

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Thank you making our June 23rd meeting another wild success, and a special thank you to all of our presenters and sponsors who made it all possible! The meeting was hosted by ITT Technical Institute in Wilmington, in partnership with John Galt staffing.

 

Presentations

Paul Parise captivated the audience by exploring automotive design, fractals, and even the physical concept of pi using simple techniques in SolidWorks. This fascinating presentation involved unheard-of uses for SolidWorks, including:

  • Looking at the earth, moon and stars with SolidWorks
  • Why are circles round?
  • Using SolidWorks to understand geometry with no mathematics
  • What are fractals? In art and engineering
  • Automotive topics like: designing race car suspension using sketch blocks and how to design fuel efficient engines

During Paul's double-session, he covered sketch blocks (as a simple way to begin the design of an engine block, suspension system or any system that can be reduced to two-dimensional motion), intelligent patterning (to create fractals), and how to overcome some SolidWorks limitations to create polygons with dozens of sides (while approximating the value of pi).


Paul Parise has been using SolidWorks since 1998, to design high technology products and equipment for lasers, optics, electronics and medical fields.


Meeting Wrap-up

At the end of the meeting, the BANSWUG committee raffled off dozens of prizes, generously provided by our sponsors. In addition to the trunkful of branded swag, courtesy of SolidWorks HQ, we also gave away over $200 in gift cards from our sponsors!


Agenda

 5:30pm - 6:00pm Eat, mingle, network

 6:00pm - 6:15pm Business and Introductions

 6:15pm - 7:15pm "Secrets of the Universe Revealed, using SolidWorks" - part I

 7:15pm - 7:30pm Break & Networking

 7:30pm - 8:30pm "Secrets of the Universe Revealed, using SolidWorks" - part II

 7:30pm - 8:30pm SolidWorks Product Definition Breakout Session

 8:30pm - 9:00pm Q&A, wrap-up, prize drawings, next meeting info.

April 2016

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Our April 27th meeting was another great success, thanks to all of our members. We'd like to extend a special thank you to all of our presenters and sponsors who supported our meeting. The meeting was hosted by https://www.porterchester.com/campus-locations/woburn-ma/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Porter & Chester Institute in Woburn.

 

Presentations

BANSWUG members were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the new SolidWorks Apps for Kids suite, still in development. SolidWorks portfolio managers Justin Burton and Chin-loo Lama introduced the group to the many different design apps which are being built specifically for kids to start enjoying design and engineering from a young age.


 

One BANSWUG member even brought his kids along for a hands-on demo and feedback session with the developers during the breakout session. They loved it so much, they didn't want to leave!


 

Those interested in sharing Apps for Kids with thier families and friends can sign up today at http://appsforkids.solidworks.com/

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John Nolin, Application Engineer at SolidXperts, presented a host of SolidWorks Tips and Tricks, compiled by SolidWorks developers.


Meeting Wrap-up

At the end of the meeting, the BANSWUG committee raffled off dozens of prizes, generously provided by our sponsors. In addition to a trunkful of branded swag, courtesy of SolidWorks HQ, we also gave away nearly $200 in gift cards from our sponsors, as well as special prizes from 3DConnexion and DriveWorks!


Agenda

 5:30pm - 6:00pm Eat, mingle, network

 6:00pm - 6:15pm Business and Introductions

 6:15pm - 7:15pm Sneak Peek - SolidWorks Apps for Kids

 7:15pm - 7:30pm Break & Networking

 7:30pm - 8:30pm Presentation 2

 7:30pm - 8:30pm SolidWorks Product Definition Breakout Session

 8:30pm - 9:00pm Q&A, wrap-up, prize drawings, next meeting info.

February 2016

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Thank you making our February 23rd meeting another great success, and a special thank you to all of our presenters and sponsors who made it all possible! The meeting was hosted by Medica Corp in Bedford. Special thanks to Sean Duffy and the entire Medica crew for making this space available to us.

Presentations

Before the meeting, we gave a brief overview of the highlights of SolidWorks World 2016. We reviewed several new product announcements, the Top Ten List, and a sneak peek of what's coming in SolidWorks 2017. You can view and download those slides https://www.dropbox.com/s/qnmk4caz3770cto/Feb23%20Intro%20Slides.pptx?dl=0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here.

Dave Bazinet of CaddEdge fame presented a jam-packed hour on the new features of SolidWorks 2016, including the new thread creation wizard, circular sweep profile, and lots of drawing enhancements.

Jim Shaw, a BANSWUG member and Managing Director of Fastway Engineering, compared static and modal FEA simulation modes, including live analysis demonstrations. A great presentation for anyone interested in advanced simulation.


Breakout Session

Meanwhile, several BANSWUG members attended the SolidWorks Product Definition breakout session, where the SolidWorks User Experience team discussed the many changes to the SolidWorks 2016 UI, and solicited feedback from users. Annie Cheung also gave us a preview of the future of eDrawings. If you're interested in shaping the future of SolidWorks, don’t forget to sign up for a breakout session for a future BANSWUG meeting.



Agenda

5:30pm - 6:00pm Eat, mingle, network

6:00pm - 6:15pm Business and Introductions

6:15pm - 7:15pm What's New in SolidWorks 2016 - Dave Bazinet, CADDEDGE

7:15pm - 7:30pm Break & Networking

7:30pm - 8:30pm SolidWorks Simulation: Static vs Modal - Jim Shaw, Fastway Engineering

7:30pm - 8:30pm SolidWorks Product Definition/User Experience Breakout Session*

8:30pm - 9:00pm Q&A, wrap-up, prize drawings, next meeting info.

December 2015

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Thank you making our December 3rd meeting another wild success, and a special thank you to all of our presenters and sponsors who made it all possible! The meeting was hosted by ITT Technical Institute in Wilmington, in partnership with John Galt staffing.

 

Presentations

Justin Burton, Senior Product Portfolio Manager at SolidWorks, presented a medley of fascinating new SolidWorks products, including SolidWorks 2016, SolidWorks Industrial Designer, and SolidWorks Visualize, which will be available in January.

Tom Cote, BANSWUG Vice President and owner of Applied CAD Solutions, gave attendees an early preview of his SolidWorks World 2016 hands-on presentation on Equations, Linked Dimensions and Global Variables. Download Tom's presentation materials below:

 

Download Presentation

Breakout Session

Meanwhile, a few lucky BANSWUG members attended the SolidWorks Product Definition breakout session, where SolidWorks PDs Hari Padmanabhan and Mike Newell hosted discussions and hands-on Alpha testing of new SolidWorks features. These attendees experimented with enhancement to SolidWorks FEA analysis, and the Treehouse app, and the feedback they provided will help SolidWorks refine these products. If you're interested in shaping the future of SolidWorks, don’t forget to sign up for a breakout session for a future BANSWUG meeting.

 

Meeting Wrap-up

At the end of the meeting, the BANSWUG committee raffled off dozens of prizes, generously provided by our sponsors (see below). In addition to the trunkful of branded swag, courtesy of SolidWorks HQ, we also gave away nearly $200 in gift cards from our sponsors!

 

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Remember, if you'd like to host a BANSWUG meeting at your facility, or give a presentation during one of our meetings, please contact us!

 

 

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September 2015

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Date: September 29th 2015

Time: 5:30pm

Location: ProSource

                  333 Wyman St #225, Waltham, MA 02451

Agenda:

5:30pm - 6:00pm   Eat, mingle, network

6:00pm - 6:15pm   Business and Introductions

6:15pm - 6:30pm   Introduction to PD/UX Breakout Sessions

6:30pm - 7:15pm   Live Demo of the Markforg3D MARK ONE Printer - Mark Lyons

7:15pm - 7:30pm   Break & Networking

7:30pm - 8:30pm   Using BOMs to Represent a Family of Parts - Annie Cheung

7:30pm - 8:30pm   SolidWorks Product Definition Breakout Session

8:30pm - 9:00pm   Q&A, wrap-up, prize drawings, next meeting info


Sponsors:

ProSource Technical Recruiting - Tom Lyons and Chris Costa

Applied Rapid Technologies - Don Ensign

The Rapid Group

 

Live Demo of the Markforg3D MARK ONE Printer

As seen at SolidWorks World 2014 and 2015, this upstart 3D printing company is now shipping the MARK ONE printer, capable of printing plastics, carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass composites. The resulting components are as light as plastic but stronger than aluminum.


Introducing PD/UX Breakout Sessions

BANSWUG is piloting a new partnership with the SolidWorks Product Definition and User Experience groups! At each meeting, PD and UX representatives will host a parallel breakout session for a select few BANSWUG members (who pre-register on the Eventbrite page). Discussion topics can range from SolidWorks limitations and enhancement requests to alpha testing of new features. See the Breakout Session section below for info on this month's discussion topics.

Attendees of this month's breakout session will get a sneak peak at several new functions under development at SolidWorks.

Rob Jost: Chamfer/fillet functionality, including hands-on testing of a working prototype build.

Jody Stiles: Hole functionality, including hands-on testing of a working prototype build.

Don VanZile: An open-ended discussion about Large Assembly performance. Come prepared to talk about your experiences with Large Assemblies.

Additional discussion of other concepts, enhancement request, and questions as time allows.


Using BOMs to Represent a Family of Parts - Annie Cheung, Senior Application Consultant

"Design tables are traditionally used to manage a family of parts in SOLIDWORKS. We will compare design tables and BOMs and introduce some techniques to represent the family of a part with a BOM." Attendees were also treated to free CSWP exam vouchers.


CSWP Vouchers for Attendees



June 2015

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The June 23rd meeting was generously hosted by Jim Santiago at FLIR Thermography in North Billerica. We learned a lot about the awesome technology coming out of their facility.


The June BANSWUG meeting was also supported by these generous sponsors:

ProSource Technical Recruiting - Tom Lyons and Chris Costa

Applied Rapid Technologies - Don Ensign

Neff Group Distributors - John Galvin

The Rapid Group


Special thanks also to our great presenters! Follow the links below to download their presentation materials.

Dave Bazinet - Senior Application Engineer at CADDEdge

     Lesser Known Tips and Tricks

Rebekah Haag - Training Specialist at SolidWorks

     Customizing the Design Library


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