Network and Educate with Other SOLIDWORKS Users


SOLIDWORKS User Groups are a valuable resource to all members of the SOLIDWORKS community

  • Learn more about SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS related products.
  • Better educate yourself on how SOLIDWORKS can be used.
  • Network with your peers.
  • Share experiences and technical presentations to help provide you and your company with valuable, real-world techniques and methodologies.
  • Give-away’s, food, and refreshments usually provided for each meeting.

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Thursday, Feb 1, 2024 11:30am ET

Join us for lunch and an afternoon of SOLIDWORKS learning :) Please RSVP through Meetup AND complete the food signup.

FOOD SIGNUP (REQUIRED if attending in person):

This will be a hybrid meeting! In-person & virtual available
FANUC America Corporation - Headquarters
CTC Auditorium
3900 W Hamlin Rd
Rochester Hills, MI 48309-3253

Zoom link:

  • Free meeting, free lunch & giveaways
  • Learn about Additive Manufacturing
  • Improve your SolidWorks Skills

11:30 Doors open
11:30 – 12:15 Lunch & Networking

12:15 – 1:45 1st Presentation (90 minutes)
Title: How to Make Additive Manufacturing Work for YOU. DfAM Tips, Lessons Learned.
*A bird’s eye view of the processes and principles for AM and a deep dive into DfAM.
*Pause, Embed, Print. Design parts for AM by combining process understanding & Case Studies & Learn how to select an AM process, material.
*Understand the Design Paradigm Shift Influence of Part Orientation,
*How to minimize support structure and post processing, The reversal of the Complexity paradigm MORE costs LESS.
*AM Design rules for Polymer and Metal parts.
*What threaded inserts to use,
*Why the machine resolution is important in Final design and datum selection and Latest Tech in AM
1:45 – 2:00 Break & Networking

2:00 – 3:30 2nd presentation: ( Glen Desmier+ 30 Minutes for Katelyn’s presentation.
Title: “Are we there yet !!”
“ latest trends in AM: Technologies, Implementation strategies and the Current state of the Industry “
Katelyn Desmier :
Research Case studies and latest trends in SLA technology and 3D printing.

3:30 – 3:45 Giveaways & Wrap up


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Thursday, March 14, 2024 4pm CT

SMART (SOLIDWORKS Milwaukee Area Resource Team) has been Milwaukee's local SOLIDWORKS User Group since 1999.

Join the local user community in an evening of tips, tricks, and insight into the tools that help streamline and accelerate your product development process.


Check-in, networking, and pizza: 4:00 - 4:10 pm

Don Glaske (DELMIA Team Lead, GoEngineer): 4:15 - 5:00 pm

    Plan and Optimize plant layouts, workflows, and resources in a risk-free virtual environment before execution

Ryan Keenan (Senior Mechanical Designer, J.W. Speaker): 5:15 - 6:00 pm

  • See how JW Speaker uses automation equipment designed in SOLIDWORKS
  • Tips and Tricks for incorporating non-native files into your fixture designs

Factory Tour & Closing: 6:00 - 6:30 pm

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PMSWUG - PhOEnix solidworks user group

Thursday, March 21, 2024 5:00pm MT

Get ready and mark your calendars because our next SolidWorks User Group (SWUG) event is just around the corner! We're excited to invite you to join us for an engaging and informative session on March 21st!

What to Expect:

  • Learn from industry experts and fellow users about the latest tips, tricks, and best practices in SolidWorks.
  • Collaborate with like-minded individuals on challenging topics and share your own insights and experiences.
  • Teach and be taught as we explore various aspects of SolidWorks!

Keep an eye on your inbox for more details to come!
We can't wait to see you at our upcoming SWUG event!

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South Central Kansas SWUG

Thursday, March 21, 2024 5:30pm CT

This event is all about helping you meet other design professionals and learn more about SOLIDWORKS. There's no sales pitch and the event is totally free. We will serve a meal, give you time to network, attend presentations on topics most interesting to you, and draw for prizes from our sponsors.

Register and join us for a night of fun networking and education.
Our Host: Kice Industries(A Huge Thanks To Them!)
Our Venue: Kice Industries, 5500 N Mill Heights Drive Park City, KS 67219

5:15: Doors Open, Dinner Available, Mingle
5:30-5:45 Welcome, Announcements
5:45-6:25 Session 1 Presentations Begin (Feel free to eat during this time)
6:25-6:30: Break, Dessert Served
6:30-7:15: Session 2 Presentations Begin
7:15-7:30: Thank you to Presenters and Prize Giveaway (We give away amazing prizes!)

Prize Sponsors:

  • DriveWorks

Gold Tier Sponsors: These companies go above and beyond to make these events possible.

  • GoEngineer

Session 1:

  • Option 1: Sheet Metal Design and Manufacturing Skills Event, Marcus Brown

Gain the essential industry knowledge to design manufacturable sheet metal components and assemblies that fit together perfectly the first time. Learn how to use SOLIDWORKS to create intelligent sheet metal parts, efficient and accurate documentation, and configure multiple design variations. All attendees will receive a training manual packed with helpful guides and full instructions to recreate the lesson on their own. Attendees will see examples of how to:

  • Use SOLIDWORKS Sheet Metal features to design sheet metal parts and assemblies

  • Build intelligent design intent with equations and variables

  • Configure product families and variations from a single base design

  • Understand K-Factor and bend stretch calculations for accurate flat patterns

  • Create drawings and flat pattern exports that are ready for manufacturing

  • Be more efficient in SOLIDWORKS with tips and tricks applicable to any model

  • Option 2: Large Assembly Best Practices – Tools and Techniques to Improve Performance, Brady Daniels - GoEngineer

If you struggle with performance when working with Large Assemblies in SOLIDWORKS, then you won’t want to miss this presentation. We’ll take a comprehensive look at performance bottlenecks, efficient design strategies and performance optimization tools. Attendees will leave equipped with practical strategies to enhance Large Assembly performance and boost productivity.

Session 2:

  • Option 1: Shocker Racing Formula SAE Car Review, Dane Moorhead - Chief Engineer

Shocker Racing Formula SAE's Chief Engineer will be presenting an overview of FSAE, The Shocker Racing team, and how the team uses SOLIDWORKS to aid in the design and manufacturing of a formula style car. The team is made up of 25 aspiring engineers from Wichita State University. The team has made a complete virtual twin of their upcoming car, SR24, in SOLIDWORKS. Along with a review of the virtual twin, Dane will be reviewing how the team uses SOLIDWORKS FEA, CFD and optimization studies to aid in design.

  • Option 2: Is it Time for DriveWorks?, Marcus Brown, MLC-CAD

DriveWorks is a product configurator and automated model generator that has the potential to streamline multiple aspects of customer engagement, design, and manufacturing. Is it time to consider it for your organization, or as is often the case, long overdue? We'll explore how it works and discuss the incremental licensing that allows you to start small with DriveWorksXpress and grow organically if you are struggling to secure funding for an all-inclusive solution. We'll also discuss a company that uses it extensively and see what a full implementation looks like from the customer and user perspectives.

We are excited to see you there!

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Thursday, January 18, 2023 6pm CT

We are planning a CWSUG meeting for Thursday, January 18, 2024 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.  Location is APC-110A at Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove campus.  See attached map or go to their website for map (

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.



6:00-6:30PM        Sign-in and networking.

6:00-6:30PM        Food served.  Pizza & soft drinks.

6:00-6:30PM        Short business meeting during pizza time.

6:30-8:00PM        Presentation – Sean Borchert

8:00-8:30PM        Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.

8:30PM                 Meeting adjourned.



Moving the Needle – Using SOLIDWORKS Flow as a Comparative Analysis Tool

Sean Borchert  |  Sean Borchert Design

Sean has presented at SOLIDWORKS World and User Group meetings several times, always entertaining and educational. This is Sean’s 3DExperience World 2024 presentation. You get to “experience” it here first. This instructional course is geared toward the designer/engineer that doesn't have the time to prototype, build and physically test multiple iterations ("Reduce Time to Market"). 

Key takeaways are: 1) How to plan for a comparative analysis project (best practices), 2) How to setup multiple iterations and batch run (tips and tricks), 3) How to use the Parametric Study feature for multiple boundary conditions (instructional, tips and tricks).

This course will also touch on post-processing and review of results to see what improvements (if any) can be discerned from running multiple studies. The purpose is to "move the needle" for the design to see if changing a parameter (or two) benefits the design in a timely fashion.


We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm


No RSVP necessary.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

User Group Name
Birmingham, AL Central Alabama SWUG Joel Gilbert
Huntsville, AL North Alabama SWUG Ricky Jordan   or   Brian McElyea
Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Metro SOLIDWORKS User Group Katie Stewart  
Tucson, AZ Tucson SOLIDWORKS User Group Bill Schoening   or   Neil Mills
Bakersfield, CA Kern County SWUG Mathew Stevenson
Fountain Valley, CA Orange County SWUG Gabriel Corbett
Fresno, CA Fresno SWUG Jose Saldana
Mountain View, CA California Tech Hub SWUG Edward Gilbert
Oakland, CA Laney College SWUG Elise Moss
Sacramento, CA Sacramento SWUG Tom Davis
San Diego, CA San Diego SWUG Phil Sluder
Sunnnyvale, CA Silicon Valley SWUG Brian Titus
West Covina, CA Mount San Antonio SWUG Rhiannon Britney
Panama City Beach, FL Panama City Beach SWUG Kendra Wardlow
Boise, ID Treasure Valley SolidWorks User Group Ryan Okelberry, P.E.   or   Blake Young
Elkhart, IN Northern Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Peggy Frantz   or   Dennis Ralston
Indianapolis, IN Central Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group Michael Bridges   or   Bill Fletcher
Wichita, KS South Central Kansas SOLIDWORKS User Group Eric Spurgeon
Lafayette, LA Lafayette SWUG Steve Andrepont
New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA New Orleans/Baton Rouge SWUG Bobby Moore or Joe Rowsey
Holland, MI West Michigan Lakeshore SOLIDWORKS User Group Jake Vlietstra   or   Michael Falik
Monroe, MI Southeast Michigan/Northwest Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group Dean R. Kerste, Ph.D., CSWE   or   Mike Reaume
Rochester Hills, MI Eastern Michigan SOLIDWORKS User Group Dan Bovinich
Duncan, OK Red River SWUG Lee Brown
Oklahoma City, OK Oklahoma City SWUG John Watkins
Tulsa, OK Tulsa SWUG Patrick O’Hern
Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga SWUG Nicole Walden
Nashville, TN Music City SWUG Rudy Ottway
Austin, TX Central Texas SWUG Steve Calvert
Corpus Christi, TX Corpus Christi SWUG Shane Vest
Houston, TX Houston SWUG Joe Lance or Lanny Kwan
Richardson, TX North Texas SWUG Thomas Allsup
San Antonio, TX San Antonio SWUG James Lowery
Salt Lake City, UT Northern Utah SWUG Chad Clarke



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