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2015 April Meeting Update

April 21, 2015 – 2:48 pm |

Had a phenomenal turnout at our new meeting location!

SolidWorks World 2015 Recap
There was a lot of great stuff to talk about but we focused this presentation on the nifty new gadgets.
One in particular was the …

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2015 April Meeting Update

April 21, 2015 – 2:48 pm |

Had a phenomenal turnout at our new meeting location!

SolidWorks World 2015 Recap
There was a lot of great stuff to talk about but we focused this presentation on the nifty new gadgets.
One in particular was the Myo Armband by Thalmic Labs. Got some great interest. Hopefully we’ll be able to show one at a future meeting.

We also spent a bunch of time talking about the future of SolidWorks and presented info on SolidWorks Conceptual Designer, SolidWorks Industrial Designer & Platform Contributor–built on the 3DExperience platform.

SolidWorks Conceptual DesignerSolidWorks Industrial DesignerPlatform Contributor

While not a DIRECT REPLACEMENT for SolidWorks (Legacy) desktop software. I think many users are seeing the writing on the wall. With strong competition from Autodesk Fusion 360, PTC Creo in the Cloud & Onshape, a cloud-based SolidWorks solution is on the horizon…

Studio Fathom
We also had a presentation on 3D printing from Studio Fathom. Lots of interest in DMLS and carbon fiber technologies.
Studio Fathom
zSpace showed off their 3D visualization technology.  Lots of people got to try it out and gave some great feedback!


Prizes, Prizes & more Prizes
Had a lot of prizes to give away this meeting.  Had enough that almost every attendee received one.  Pens, T-Shirts, backpacks…You name it.  We gave it away.  Thanks to all our prize sponsors!


Once again we wanted to give a ton of thanks to our food sponsor 
SoloPoint Solutions.  While pizza is good, the Italian food they provided was enjoyed by all!

Next Meeting
We’re shooting for June.  Just have to line up a few presenters.  If your interested, please let us know.  Let’s shoot for 100+ attendees and make the Silicon Valley SolidWorks User Group the best in the country…

We’re trying to cull the list.  During this next month we’ll be sending out an UPDATE YOUR PROFILE email to make sure everyone who’s on the list wants to be.  Anyone who doesn’t opt-in to the list will get removed in the next few mailings.  Be sure to check for the email.  Please forward the invite URL to as many people within your organization.  The more the merrier!

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User Group is back in Action!

April 3, 2015 – 9:28 am |


After a long hiatus and back by popular demand!

We’ve secured a new permanent location at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View.Come join us for networking, food, SolidWorks related news & a bunch of other cool stuff. …

Power Surfacing Plug-In for SolidWorks

February 14, 2013 – 3:59 pm |
Power Surfacing Plug-In for SolidWorks

Lot’s of buzz going around about a new surfacing plug-in for SolidWorks.  The Power Surfacing for SolidWorks plug-in from nPower software merges the ability to do both Sub-D modeling and NURBS modeling .
Sub-D modeling is great at producing …

December Meeting Update

January 4, 2013 – 12:22 pm |

Had a good turnout this month for our annual What’s REALLY New in SolidWorks 2013.  Probably would have seen a lot more people but I guess having a Technical Summit, a SolidWorks User group and …

October Meeting Update

October 31, 2012 – 11:49 am |

Misha Young gave us another outstanding presentation on surfacing.

Charles Mayou (HawkRidge Systems) gave us nice presentation on SolidWorks Electrical.  Some great functionality but may be hard to justify the high pricing.

Bertrand Sicot also paid us a visit …

July Meeting Update

August 16, 2012 – 12:16 am |

Misha Young gave us good presentation on introduction to surfacing.  There is always A LOT more to show so plan on future surfacing ‘how-to” sessions.

Michael Mooney followed up with some great information on all the Xpress …

June Meeting Update

June 10, 2012 – 9:48 pm |

Brandon Loeb from Hawk Ridge Systems gave us a good overview of SolidWorks Plastics and how you can use it to optimize your plastic part designs.

Then we had a (long) presentation on PhotoView 360.  We tried …

December Meeting Update

February 7, 2012 – 8:02 pm |

We did our annual “What’s REALLY new in SolidWorks”

Had some really good feedback and Q&A.
We gave away a TON of prizes (right before the holidays!).
Prize included:

3dConnexion Space Pilot
Logitech Digital Camera
Logitech Computer Speakers
$50 Gift Certificate
USB Memory …

August Meeting Update

December 4, 2011 – 4:56 pm |

Tips & Tricks
We briefly showed how to customize the standard toolbars and the context sensitive quick access toolbars (S-key)

We also showed the new mouse gestures (Right Mouse Click)

And also the Move/Rotate/Scale sketch tool (Tools, Sketch Tools, …

April Meeting Update

April 29, 2011 – 9:26 am |

Misha Young from Logic Designworks had a great presentation. Got lots of very positive feedback and questions. His presentation put a unique perspective on SolidWorks from the Industrial Design point of view.
Who knew you could …

February Meeting Update

February 22, 2011 – 8:03 pm |

I’m finally back from my travels to the Canary Islands and customer visits. I’m getting around to putting up a post from the last meeting.

SolidWorks World 2011 Recap
I spent some time reviewing the SolidWorks World …