My SolidWorks World Sessions – Day 2, 10:30am to 12:00pm

After a whirlwind Monday full of technical goodness, it doesn't get any easier to choose sessions on Tuesday.  Some of the top-rated presenters of all time are on the agenda, and the first session block presents quite a challenge.

What Sheet Metal Manufacturers Wish You Knew
Gerald Davis,

The accolades for Gerald Davis are too numerous to list here, so let's just say he's one of the best.  This session has been presented at prior SolidWorks World conferences, local user group meetings, and at SWUGN Summit events.  As the former owner of a sheet metal manufacturing company, Gerald really knows what it takes to produce quality parts.  Sitting in on this session will help you gain that understanding as well.

How to Spell GD&T Part II: Revenge of the Circled Letters
Thomas Allsup, Anida Technologies
I'm fortunate to live in the same state as Thomas (Texas), so I get to see a lot of his presentations for the North Texas SolidWorks User Group.  We can also count on him to help out with SWUGN Summit events (and even drive people there). While this session is typically light on the SolidWorks, it's filled with information that all SolidWorks users must have to produce part models and drawings with critical dimensions and tolerances.

Effective Use of the Hole Wizard
Brian Lindahl, CAD_Speed-Up
This session was first seen at a SWUGN Summit event in Minneapolis (which means it was seen by LOTS of people).  The Hole Wizard is one of my favorite features in SolidWorks, and Brian's session covers it in-depth.  You'll learn about using favorites, navigating the ToolBox database, and creating optimum hole patterns.  You might also see a live edit of the ever popular calloutformat.txt file.

Direct Editing Essentials for the Average Joe
Michael LaFleche, CAPINC
You wouldn't know it by listening to the CAD press, but SolidWorks has had direct editing capabilities for a long time.  In this hands-on session, Michael will take show you how powerful the tools can be in SolidWorks.  When you're finished creating or editing your parts, you'll still have a feature tree too.

10 Essentials You Must Understand to Use SolidWorks Effectively
Phil Sluder, Triaxial Design and Analysis
Starting this year, Phil goes from being Mr. Tips and Tricks to Mr. Tips, Tricks, and Other Stuff.  After years of having one session to prepare, Phil will take on the challenge of a second.  I'm pretty sure he's ready, as he's practiced this session at numerous user group events.  No matter though, people will come.

Finite Element Analysis Made Easy
Randall Bock< Penn State University
If anyone can make FEA easy, it's Randall.  He's easy going, easy to talk to, easy to reach, and easily gets people to drive hundreds of miles to attend his user group meetings.  In this session, you'll see the approach he takes when teaching his students on the use and application of FEA.

This sessions and speakers in this time slot make it the most difficult to choose from so far.  I'm not really sure what I'm going to do here, but whatever it is, it will be educational and informative.

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