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YSWUG News (updated 04/01/2015):                Back to the Top

Job Openings: None lately, please check back. 

Our Recent WINTER MEETING: We had a fun and informative meeting recently with about 15 people in attendance to hear our own Silas Curfman, of FSI Fabricators, and Michael Steeves, from Quest Integration, co-present their recent SolidWorks World 2015 presentation on a case study on the application of “SolidWorks Composer” titled: “Vector Magic with SOLIDWORKS Composer”.  We also had a fun slide show of the various happenings from SolidWorks World conference.  The evening was wrapped up with a look at a few different approaches to the SolidWorks World Model Mania contest including a demonstration of the Delete Face and Move Face commands as was demonstrated by Mark Schneider, from SolidWorks, at the conference.  Pizza and pop were served for dinner.  Winter Meeting 2015

Thinking about future meetings,  If you want to present to the group on any topic related to SolidWorks let me know, we would love to have you.  Please contact Chris Scarlett.

NEXT MEETING, THE SPRING MEETING:                        Back to the Top

Our NEXT MEETING is set for Thursday, May 14th 2015 at Yakima Maker Space between 6 and 8pm.  This will be an all inclusive night dedicated to SolidWorks Sheet Metal with presentations from Kyle Bedinger from the Rapid Group  giving his GoToMeeting presentation on: “Reduce Sheet Metal Costs by Designing for Manufacturing: Tips & Tricks”.  Plus, David Torick of Hawk Ridge Systems on Sheet Metal from the beginner to more advanced methods.  Plus all of the goodies that come with each meeting.

Kyle Bedinger has been working as a Project Engineer at Rapid Sheet Metal for two years. Kyle’s primary role is providing RapidQuote’s for sheet metal prototype customers as well as programming prototype parts for the manufacturing floor. 
David Torick is a Simulation Applications Specialist at Hawk Ridge Systems in Bothell.  He helps clients, prospects, and customers understand the power of SOIDWORKS products for design, simulation, documentation, and data management.

LOCATION: Yakima Maker Space, 16 South 1st Street in Yakima.  Please RSVP if plan on attending.  Yakima Maker Space is new in Yakima and provides “workshops and creative outlets for children and adults, a collaborative making environment, and a flexible facility.”  According to the founders John and Wendy, Wednesday’s are their “Open Hardware Night” so they may be able to talk a bit and give us a tour.  If you are at all curious about the maker environment and 3D printers you won’t want to miss this meeting.

SOLIDWORKS CLINIC: Don’t forget to send me any problematic SolidWorks files or design issues for submission to our SolidWorks Clinic.  I will make these available in upcoming meeting notices so we can work out a solution before the meeting.  We can then share the results at the end of our meeting.

RAFFLE: A raffle drawing will be held at the end of the meeting with various prizes from our meeting sponsors including: The Rapid Group which will be providing various $25 gift certificates and other fun prizes.  Some really cool gifts from the SolidWorks Users Group Network including, notepads, pens, flash drives, some well-designed foldable pocket “mice”, collapsible umbrellas and 2 black mugs that magically reveal some SolidWorks logos when hot beverages are involved.  Plus some ball caps provided by SigmaNEST.    

DINNER: will be pizza and pop - served at the beginning of the meeting and available all evening. 

SOCIAL MEDIA: Please consider joining us on Facebook and LinkedIn and stay in touch with group happenings.

SPONSORS: Please consider the Rapid Group, one of our meeting sponsors, for "Quick Turn Metal Prototypes - 24 Hour Quotes - 48 Hour Expedites - 1-2 Week Standard Ship - ITAR Registered".   The Rapid Group will be providing some generous $25 gift cards for raffle prizes at the end of the meeting.  

FUTURE MEETINGS:                                         Back to the Top

Wednesday July 8th - it looks like we will be having Avelino Rochino who is a Certification Program Specialist at DS SolidWorks, who will present on the SolidWorks Certification Program.  He will also be providing vouchers for the various certification exams starting with the Associate (CSWA), to the various Professional exams (CSWP), all the way up to the expert exam (CSWE).  We may also have one of SolidWorks Gurus, Rob Rodriguez from Axis CAD Solutions presenting on his recent SolidWorks World presentation on “Photoview 360, Tips and Tricks”.  You don’t want to miss this meeting!
Monday August 17th  - a potential visit from some of SolidWorks executives including SolidWorks new CEO Gian Paolo Bassi.  This is a great way to hear about the happenings at SolidWorks including news on future products and enhancements to existing ones.  You won’t hear information like this anywhere else!
Stay tuned for Additional information.

HOSTING FUTURE MEETINGS:  If your firm is willing to host and give us tour of your facilities that would be most welcome.  Please let me know if you can help here by emailing Chris Scarlett.  One additional advantage to hosting is that it provides some additional funds (that would normally go to renting a room) that we can use to serve a more interesting and compelling dinner fare.

PRESENTERS:  If you have a suggestion on a speaker or topic for any meeting or if you would like to present, please contact Chris Scarlett.

    Chris Scarlett, Clem See, John Walden - The YSWUG Team.


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