BANSWUG

Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group

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Meeting Notes

June 2016

Posted by dherzberg@alum.wpi.edu on July 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (1)

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

Posted by dherzberg@alum.wpi.edu on July 6, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

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

Posted by dherzberg@alum.wpi.edu on July 6, 2016 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (1)

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.