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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Wed, June 8, 2022 5pm MT

Free food and SolidWorks? That's a no brainer! Meet and network with other SolidWorks users while learning about simulations, tips, tricks, and more!

Time Breakdown:
5:00 Soft opening, food, & networking
5:30 Tips & Tricks by Mark Knowles
5:45 Intro to SolidWorks API by Mike Spens
6:25 Tank Flow Simulation Case by Dylan Pratt
6:45 Questions

Get to know our guest speaker:
Mike Spens has been a part of the SOLIDWORKS community since 1997. After several years designing ski lifts in SOLIDWORKS, he spent 15 years in the VAR channel demonstrating and teaching SOLIDWORKS to thousands of users. He specializes in data management and API, but is still a modeling junkie. Mike is currently responsible for worldwide sales enablement at Dassault Systemes.

This is a hybrid event, with in-person attendance at our office and virtual attendance via Zoom.

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Wed, June 15, 2021 12pm ET

Note: this is a shared virtual event by the HOUSUG.

Please join us for a PDM SWUG's: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner! (and maybe a midnight snack). An open discussion on cold storage.

Agenda (EST):
12:00 pm - 12:05 pm: Business and Introductions
12:05 pm - 12:55 pm: Let's talk cold storage
12:55 pm - 1:00 pm: Closing remarks
Presentation Description:
There is a lot of debate about if you should use Cold Storage or not. Let's have an open discussion about the "Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" of using it.

This topic was asked about by one of you! This is why everyone's input is so important to have a successful meeting either as a teacher or a student let's all show and learn together using PDM.
If you haven't already, please join our Meetup group at:

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Wed, June 15, 2022 1pm ET

Join us for our 2nd Quarter Meeting!

Mike Buchli will be presenting on Manufacturing 4.0. Please see below for more information on this topic.

The manufacturing world today is at a crossroads. Technology is evolving rapidly, demands are higher than ever before, and fewer and fewer employees are available to work in traditional manufacturing positions. On top of all those challenges, they compete globally through some of the most volatile supply chain challenges in history. So how can they survive? Part of the answer is to move beyond the thought of “this is how we have always done it” and enter a new age of Automation.

The four areas that companies often overlook are:

  1. Communication: the faster components are created, the more important it is to have a method for everyone in a company to communicate. Faster machines can scrap parts as fast as they make good parts. It is important to have everyone on the same page at all times.
  2. Offline Programming: The more complex the NC machine, the more important it becomes to program and validate the toolpaths before running the machine. This is also important to ensure the machines stay running as much as possible and avoid costly collisions.
  3. Robotics: Due to shortages of employees and unsafe work environments, robotics allows a company to use employees to solve problems for what they do best. Like steam-powered machines improved safety during the industrial revolution, robots help reduce fatigue and workplace injury from repetitive and monotonous tasks. Being able to program these robots offline also reduces risk of injury and allows them to stay in production longer improving workflow and meeting production demands.
  4. Factory Automation: The last struggle for many companies is process or workflow through a facility. Machines were often added over multiple years, and the flow isn’t often optimized for today’s requirements. Machines and equipment are expensive to move and often hard to validate while standing in a shop. The ability to analyze a 3d environment with calculations on efficiency and flow allow a company to make informed decisions without taking any machines offline before the move.

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Thu, June 16, 2022 5pm ET

Hello West Michigan Lakeshore SOLIDWORKS users!

The next Users Group meeting is scheduled for June 16th! You won't want to miss it, here are some highlights:

  • Various representatives from SOLIDWORKS are planning to attend!
    • Manish Kumar (SOLIDWORKS CEO)
    • Gian Paolo (3DEXPERIENCE Works Executive Vice President)
    • Suchit Jain (VP Strategy & Business Dev)
    • Dan Wagner (SOLIDWORKS User Group Network, Manager)
  • Tour of the Fogg north and south facilities
  • A panel discussion with SOLIDWORKS representatives
  • As always fantastic food, desserts and various presentations, there's something for everyone!

First Session (1 hour and 15 minutes):

  • Tour of Fogg (North and South buildings)
  • Machine Design continuation (part 3) - Ryan Cole (Go Engineer)
  • Evaluate it’s the Whole Reason We Assemble – Brennen Sands (CATI)
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical - Cheri Guntzviller (Go Engineer)
  • Open Admin Panel with PDM Emphasis - Jesse Reda (Fogg Filler)
  • Basic Sketching and modeling - Saran Haldar (Hawk Ridge Systems)

Second Session (45 minutes):

  • Panel discussion - SOLIDWORKS CEO and others
  • Machine Design continuation (part 4) - Ryan Cole (Go Engineer)
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Mesh Tips and Tricks - Ken LaVictor (CATI)
  • Advanced Sheetmetal - Darin Grosser (Go Engineer)
  • Basic Drawings - Saran Haldar (Hawk Ridge Systems)
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer the Technical Storytelling Tool - Brandon Nelms (CATI)

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July 18 - July 22

SWUGN is bringing to you, 12 AWESOME PRESENTATIONS along one EPIC RIDE. Each location will be a live event with food, in-person networking, live presenters, and killer door prizes including certification codes to up your game. Find a location near you and R.S.V.P. on that Meetup page.

Can't or aren't able to attend any of the 6 in-person meetings? We have you covered with a live stream of each one! Just simply R.S.V.P. here (via Eventbrite ticket) to attend online.

Hang with us track us along our way:


Birmingham, AL - 1

Monday, July 18th

11:30-12:00: Networking - Food

12:00-1:00: Plethora of Patterns - Brad (Tank) Meador

1:00-2:00: Tips & Tricks, General Must-Knows (Formerly Cool Tips) - Adam Ebernickel

2:00-2:30: Wrap up & Door Prize


Birmingham, AL - 2

Monday, July 18th

5:30-6:00: Networking - Food

6:00-7:00: I am Lazy 2022 - Brad (Tank) Meador

7:00-8:00: Sheet Metal Basics, Fold it Your Way - Adam Ebernickel

8:00-8:30: Wrap up & Door Prize


Pensacola, FL - 3

Tuesday, July 19th

5:30-6:00: Networking - Food

6:00-7:00: Configurations, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly - Brad (Tank) Meador

7:00-8:00: How I Roll Are, My Peripheral Devices For You - Adam Ebernickel

8:00-8:30: Wrap up & Door Prize


Atlanta, GA - 4

Wednesday, July 20th

Meetup Link

5:30-6:00: Networking - Food

6:00-7:00: Design Intent For Dummy's TBD-Brad (Tank) Meador

7:00-8:00: Envelopes, Not just for sending Letters - Adam Ebernickel

8:00-8:30: Wrap up & Door Prize


Charlotte, NC - 5

Thursday, July 21st

5:30-6:00: Networking - Food

6:00-7:00: The Machinist's Nightmare, Parts That Can't Be Made - Brad (Tank) Meador

7:00-8:00: Tips & Tricks, Next Level - Adam Ebernickel

8:00-8:30: Wrap up & Door Prize


Asheville, NC - 6

Friday, July 22nd

5:30-6:00: Networking - Food

6:00-7:00: Visualising Your Design....With Visualize - Brad (Tank) Meador

7:00-8:00: Advanced Sheet Metal, Mind-Bending Metal - Adam Ebernickel

8:00-8:30: Wrap up & Door Prize

User Group Name
Birmingham, AL Central Alabama SWUG Joel Gilbert
Huntsville, AL North Alabama SWUG Ricky Jordan   or   Brian McElyea
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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