Happy 10th Anniversary NMSUG!

Happy 10th Anniversary NMSUG!

Rachel York and I headed out to Albuquerque last week to help the New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group celebrate their 10 year anniversary. It was a great meeting complete with 3D Printing, Rachel’s “The Certification Game” session, students, and three

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SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: Rodney Hall

SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: Rodney Hall

“I have learned that we never stop learning. There is always something we can learn from others, especially if we open our ears and actually listen to what others have to say.” Rodney Hall, Augusta, GA SOLIDWORKS User Group leader. This

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Making My Way Around England

Making My Way Around England

I’m in England this week to present at three SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings, but it hasn’t been all work.  The antiquated “Saturday night stay” rule for airfares “forced” me to arrive a day early, and I managed to get in

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SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: James Adkins

SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: James Adkins

“The user group community provides an invaluable resource for users to brainstorm and resolve issues with design approaches and models and in general, communicate with like-minded professionals. Most of the users are willing to offer suggestions, ideas, and/or techniques which will

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You Never Forget Your First…

You Never Forget Your First…

…SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting. I’ll never forget the first meeting of the Central Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group.  About 40 people showed up at the Aquarina Center in San Marcos in September 1999.  We ate sandwiches and fruit trays (hey, I

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SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: Chase Draper

SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: Chase Draper

SWUGN Group Leader Spotlight: Chase Draper Chase Draper is the leader of the Central Alabama SOLIDWORKS User Group. He is a project engineer where he designs process equipment for grinding and separating aggregate powders.  He’s been a CSWE since 2014. Chase

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A Quick Look at a Reluctant Presenter

A Quick Look at a Reluctant Presenter

I first met Christie Buresh (nee Reed) at SOLIDWORKS World 1999 in Palm Springs, and we’ve been colleagues (and friends) for more than 18 years now.  She’s been leading the North Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group for 11 of those years,

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R1 and R2 are Going on the Road

R1 and R2 are Going on the Road

Last year a SOLIDWORKS user sent an email to Rachel and me with the salutation “Dear R & R”.  We decided to run with it at SOLIDWORKS World 2017. We’re both hitting the road soon for our favorite part of the

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13th Annual SWUGN Awards

13th Annual SWUGN Awards

Tuesday at SOLIDWORKS World is always community day, and that means the SWUGN Awards.  This year’s presentation was done “Grammy” style, complete with evening gowns and tuxedos. My co-host Tracey was a lot of fun to work with, and we

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