Sean Dotson, a CAD Community Icon

Sean Dotson has been getting some extra press lately and I’m happy to jump on the bandwagon.  I had the pleasure of meeting Sean at COFES more than three years ago and we’ve become good friends since then.  A leader in the CAD community, Sean has been helping users for many years through several websites.  Check out for one of the best CAD related forums on the internet.  I’m partial to the SolidWorks section, but the off-topic forum is a lot of fun too.

Sean also maintains a home page,  Named one of TenLinks “Top 10 Sites” for five years running, you can find Sean’s blog, industry news, downloads, and links.  He also manages to run a very successful company in Florida, RND Automation & Engineering.

It should be noted that Sean has been an Inventor user since the early days.  But that hasn’t stopped him from becoming a vital part of the SolidWorks community.  When I asked him to create a SWUGN forum on his site, he didn’t hesitate for a second.  He even gave me moderator permission.  The SWUGN forum and the SolidWorks forum have become a great resource for SolidWorks users, and traffic has increased markedly in recent months.

Of particular note to SolidWorks users, Sean’s write-up on SolidWorks World 2005 is worth a read.  Sean is scheduled to make a return trip to SolidWorks World 2007 in New Orleans; we’re looking forward to having him there again.

It doesn’t matter which program you are using, if there is a way for Sean to help, he will.  People like Sean are what makes the CAD community special.  Thanks again from all of us at SolidWorks, we’re glad to count you as one of our friends, if not (yet) as one of our customers.

Richard Doyle
My official title is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups - but most people just call me "The User Group Guy". I've been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, my career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.
Richard Doyle
Richard Doyle