SOLIDWORKS is a critical tool for millions of talented designers and engineers worldwide. Like other professionals, SOLIDWORKS users are always looking for personal development and career advancement by becoming more skilled with the software they use every day. I have found that one of the best ways to expand your knowledge about SOLIDWORKS is to surround yourself with other talented people who use it. When you collaborate with users to find solutions to similar problems, you may notice that they are taking a completely different approach.
One of the amazing things about SOLIDWORKS is that each user tends to use the software in their own unique way, and there is not any singular path to model a particular part. There could in fact be many different approaches, all driven by the intent of the user. When one user observes another, it can sometimes seem like SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks are learned simply by osmosis. As you watch someone else use a tool that you use daily, you will quickly notice if they take a different approach/route than expected. In that scenario, there is always something to be learned.
Stepping outside of your comfort zone and meeting other SOLIDWORKS users can certainly seem a bit daunting for some. It’s easy to end up in your own SOLIDWORKS bubble without the opportunity to collaborate with other users, especially if you are consistently designing similar parts and assemblies. And, your bubble may seem even smaller this year if you are not going into the office. This is where the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) can help.
SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) has a long-standing tradition of giving SOLIDWORKS users a place to share tips and tricks and network with each other in a friendly, welcoming environment. Whether you attend an in-person SWUGN meeting or a virtual one, you can expect to learn valuable tips and tricks about SOLIDWORKS and network with other users.
It’s easy to find and join a user group in your area or register to attend an upcoming meeting on Meetup.com. On November 17th, user groups from around the globe are joining together virtually for the SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever, otherwise known as SLUGME. This is actually the 5th year in a row for this epic meeting, and there has never been a more perfect time for it. Some of the most well know presenters in the SWUGN community are lined up to deliver top-notch presentations, including:
- Kam Smith – Host
- Eric Beatty – Using SOLIDWORKS Connected at Omax Waterjets
- Ed Eaton – Trees of Blood, Addressing SOLIDWORKS Design Tree Errors
These superstars will finish the meeting with a Stump-The-Chump session, during which you can ask your toughest SOLIDWORKS questions.
Click here for more details about the SLUGME agenda and to register for this epic event.
Visit www.SWUGN.org to find the closest user group near you and attend the next meeting. If you can’t find a local group, consider starting your own group.