Engineering mechanics teaches you that a “body” has six degrees of freedom, 3-translational and 3-rotational. Traveling this week, I realize the SolidWorks Community also has 6 degrees of freedom. They are SolidWorks 1. customers, 2. value added resellers, 3. educators, 4. students, 5. partners, and 6. user group leaders. The common bond is SOLIDWORKS.
Last night, at the Louisville SolidWorks Users Group meeting, Purdue University Technical Center, New Albany, Indiana, Bryan Ray, hosted the FIRST Robotics Team, FRC Team 2783, Engineers of Tomorrow. As Team 2783 explained how they used SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation to develop and test different configurations of their robot, I realized that the audience was comprised of these 6 degrees of freedom interwoven to form a strong bond.
The SolidWorks Community (audience) listened attentively to these students and their mentors as Team 2783 described the complexity of speed reduction on the 80-20 frame and their impact to the community in STEM education. Our resellers, 3D Vision, CATI & DASI Solutions supported the event and so too did our partner, RAPID.
Purdue University’s John Edrington, gave users a tour of the Center’s machine shops, labs and classrooms and showed off examples of mechanical engineering students’ projects. Both John and Bryan have presented at SOLIDWORKS World on SolidWorks Certification, CSWA and CSWP.
Now and for the next four days, it’s all about Formula SAE Michigan. This event also has the SolidWorks Community six degrees of freedom.
Walking from the paddock, to tech inspection, and to the track, you can see our customers, value added resellers, educators, students, partners, and thanks to our community SWUGN, there are 6 user groups in Michigan.
The SolidWorks EDU Team celebrates the love of engineering with the Formula SAE teams here in Michigan and around the world. It’s going to be a great week. Marie