My SolidWorks World Sessions – Day 1, 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Chooosing a session to attend after lunch doesn't get any easier.  There are some really good choices and some really good presenters.  I've decided not to take any specific track, but rather to pick a good cross section of sessions to attend.  Here are the sessions I'm looking at in this time slot.

CAD Manager Survival Guide
Greg Jankowski, SolidWorks Corporation
After the 4 hour Sunday "CAD Managers Boot Camp", Greg takes it a little easier in this session.  There's still plenty of information for CAD managers though, and if you weren't able to attend the "Boot Camp", you need to be here.

In Context Modeling: The Original Design Automation
Jason Raak, RockSolid Perspective
This session got high marks last year, and according to the abstract, has been completely revamped.  You have to like that about Jason, always looking to improve.  "The Rock" as he's known, burst on to the SolidWorks scene a few years ago and hasn't looked back.  Between writing his blog, helping out with the West Michigan SolidWorks User Group, and staying active in the forums, Jason's built quite a reputation as a go-to guy for SolidWorks resources.

What They Forgot to Tell You in SolidWorks Essentials
Nicole Walden, 3Ds Solution
I sat in on this session at the SWUGN Summit – San Antonio, and it's a good one.  Nicole has been involved in her fair share of "essentials" classes – she's a former AE and a long time SolidWorks user.  This session promotes a "best practices" approach to SolidWorks modeling with lots of examples.  Add in Nicole's sense of humor and obvious passion for SolidWorks and you've got a winner.

How to Create Threads Effectively Using SolidWorks
Dan Riffel, Eltron Research & Development, Inc.
You've probably seen remarks from SolidWorks users like "You shouldn't ever model real threads", right?  Well Dan will show you in the session not only how to do it, but why it's a good idea sometimes.  I first saw this session at the SWUGN Summit – Denver and was convinced that it would make a great SolidWorks World session.  Now I'm know to Dan as "The guy that talked me into this".

Tips and Tricks for SolidWorks
Tom Cote, Veeco Solar Equipment, Inc.
Well here's another session I've already seen (NESWUC again), but I suspect it's changed somewhat since then.  Tom got great response to this session the first time, but wasn't happy himself about it.  SolidWorks World attendees eat up Tips and Tricks sessions, so it should be very popular.

PhotoView 360
Paul McCrorey, Burch and Associates/McCrorey Digital
Since this is a hands-on session, I'm no doubt too late to sign up for it.  I may just pop my head in through the door though because it would be the first presentation I've ever seen from Paul.  Paul heads up the Louisville SolidWorks User Group and I'm positive he makes a great presenter.  There's lots of cool stuff going on with PhotoView 360 and Paul is on top of it all.

Hmmm..another six sessions I have to narrow down to one.  This is getting harder and harder and I'm not even finished with day 1 yet.

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