What's Coming Up in the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

I’m heading to the Minneapolis area on Friday where I’ve been invited to speak to SOLIDWORKS users at The Datacard Group, a fantastic company full of SOLIDWORKS users (thanks Gary!).  From there I’ll take a quick flight to Chicago and a long drive down to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the first ever student run SOLIDWORKS User Group.  I’m looking forward to meeting group leader Kevin Hauger and helping to spread some SOLIDWORKS Community joy to students and educators alike.

Next week I’ll be back in Waltham for a DS SOLIDWORKS company event, but while there I will be presenting a Tips and Tricks session at the Western Mass SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting.  John Matrishon has been trying to get me out there for years, and the scheduling finally worked out.  If I can get away, I’ll also pop in on the New Hampshire SOLIDWORKS User Group on Thursday the 18th.  The last time I made a surprise visit to this group, Cindy Berend was so shocked she forgot my name.

And elsewhere…

Eric Beatty, the founder of the very first SOLIDWORKS User Group (SASPUG) will present at the recently formed SASPUG-SOUTH SOLIDWORKS User Group on Tuesday, September 16th.

Don Glaske is one of two SOLIDWORKS User Group leaders currently handling two different groups (Denny Bahl in Chicago is the other).  The Northeast Wisconsin SOLIDWORKS User Group will meet on September 16th.

Mathew Stevenson started the Kern County SOLIDWORKS User Group in September of 2013 and he’s already made quite an impression on the SOLIDWORKS users in the Bakersfield area.  Mathew’s energy and communication skills have resulted in a 170% increase in average attendance compared to the original Bakersfield group.  Help Mathew bump that up a bit by attending the September 17th meeting.

One of the best SOLIDWORKS User Group meetings I ever attending was at the Northeast Ohio SOLIDWORKS User Group back in 2008 when more than 100 people showed up to a meeting held at High Tech Performance Trailers (now Bruce High Performance Transporters).  Next week, new NEOSWUG leaders Craig Reidel and Jerry Kassil hope to beat that record with a meeting they have dubbed “CarnivalWorks”.  Check it out – technical content, food and drinks, a vendor faire, and games will make this a must see event.

Hmmm…Avelino Rochino at a SOLIDWORKS User Group meeting?  Don’t be surprised, it happens all the time.  Next week Avelino is in Louisville for TheSLUG meeting on the 17th.

Luis Rodolfo Coy Avila may have the longest name of any SOLIDWORKS User Group leader.  He also runs the only SOLIDWORKS User Group in Colombia, South America.  Luis’ members get a look at SOLIDWORKS MECHANICAL CONCEPTUAL next week in Bogota.

More meetings to join next week…

Northern Indiana SOLIDWORKS User Group (Niles, MI) – September 16th

Catawba Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group (Hickory, NC) – September 16th

Treasure Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group (Boise, ID) – September 16th

Eastern Iowa SOLIDWORKS User Group (Davenport, IA) – September 17th

Portland SOLIDWORKS User Group (Portland, OR) – September 17th

Northern Utah SOLIDWORKS User Group (Salt Lake City, UT) – September 18th

Palmetto SOLIDWORKS User Group (Columbia, SC) – September 18th




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