Boston Area North SolidWorks User Group

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Meeting Notes

June 2016

Posted by on July 6, 2016 at 3:30 PM

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.



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!


 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.

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