I want to start by thanking everyone who came to the March meeting. I think we all had a great time and learned alot. A big Thank You goes out to E-man and all the people at Tri-Mech, Rapid Sheet Metal, Busch, and everyone else who assisted with the meeting.
SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package:
I’ve had several users ask me aboutgetting a copy of SolidWorks to use and learn with at home. There are several ways to accomplish this –
- SolidWorks “Home Use” License – SolidWorks has a provision for CAD professionals to utilize SolidWorks on their home computers as well as at work. Below is an excerpt from the SolidWorks License agreement pertaining to this:
At the time of registration (see Article 9 below) you must inform us of the maximum number of potential users of the licenses you purchase. We recommend you also inform us of the names of all potential users so that we can notify them of upcoming updates and other pertinent information. If the Software is permanently installed on the hard disk or other storage device of a computer (other than a network server) and one person uses that computer more than 80% of the time it is in use, then that person may also use the Software on a portable or home computer while the original copy is not in use. You will keep accurate and up-to-date records of the numbers and locations of all copies of the Software, will supervise and control the use of the Software in accordance with the terms of this Agreement and will provide copies of such records to SolidWorks upon reasonable request.
Whether your company will allow you to install the software on a personal computer is another matter. Check with your CAD administrator at your workplace for details.
- SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package – This is a great program that (unfortunately) is ending soon. See the description below from SolidWorks’ Website:
The SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package provides free SolidWorks 3D CAD software to engineers seeking to develop, upgrade, or refresh the valuable 3D CAD skills that employers need. In addition to the software, you get self-support, free training materials, free certification, and job leads.
I do not know when the program will be ending, but if you act quickly, you may be able to get your foot in the door before it closes. Follow the link below to get to the ESP:
- SHRUG Meetings – Very soon, SHRUG will be working to put together a study group for certification. More on this in the future.
SolidWorks User Group Network Technical Summit
The Raleigh/Durham SWUGN Technical Summit features presentations by SolidWorks Product Managers and local SolidWorks expert users. User registration is $40.00 and includes meals and giveaways. Join fellow SolidWorks users from all over North Carolina for a full day of learning and networking, and of course, a little fun. For more information, please follow the link below:
There is a link for registration at the bottom of the page. You must register in order to attend!
I will be heading down to Raleigh on the evening of the 19th to attend, and driving back after the summit. If anyone is interested in carpooling, please contact me and let me know.
Next SHRUG Meeting –
Planning for the next SHRUG meeting is underway! We’re aiming for the first or second week in May. If the timing works out, there will be another close on it’s heels. Our next meeting will include a profile about how the design department at Busch leverages SolidWorks to design vacuum pump systems, and a presentation focused on using design tables to create multiple configurations of parts & assemblies.
Invitations will be sent once our dates have been confirmed.
Please contact me with any questions, comments, or suggestions.
SHRUG Group Leader