The Tri-Valley SolidWorks User Group Sept 10th meeting is one of those inspirational events that (upon reflection) seems bigger than perhaps any of us knew at the moment. We had a productive face to face discussion with SolidWorks developers that really seemed to humanize the often corporate SolidWorks Corp. Many topics were covered in this personable exchange. In the end, I had the impression that these guys understand our needs and seem eager to fulfill our expectations. Was I snowed? Well, maybe, but I doubt it. I will break up the discussion about this meeting in to several articles. Stay tuned.
The next quarterly meeting for the Tri-Valley SolidWorks User Group is on Sept 10, 2008 at 6:30pm, held in the Holiday Inn Express (6275 Dublin Blvd., Dublin CA 94568). If any SolidWorks users are within any kind of driving distance at all, I recommend they attend this event! It will start out with Kenneth Barrentine’s presentation on weldments, deconstructing a vacuum cleaner and tube frames.
After that, Kenneth offers us a rare treat in the form of a SolidWorks Developer Round Table (hosted by Richard Doyle), where users will be face to face with SolidWorks developers. Topics to be addressed include discussion about surfacing and free-form consumer product modelling, geometric editing, SolidWorks functionality that is nice but just not good enough, and areas where SolidWorks seems to be of lower quality and reliability. I’m sure they will be open to other discussions as well, time allowing. This is your time (as the user) to rant at them to let them know what bugs you the most about SolidWorks. Of course, I’m also sure they will respond well to any raves you might have about SolidWorks as well.
This is one of those events you’ll not want to miss. Even if you don’t have any rants or raves, you’ll get a chance to rub elbows with SolidWorks developers and Richard Doyle. My thanks goes to Kenneth Barrentine, who selflessly puts these User Group meetings together.