5th Annual NASWUG Year End Meeting Announcement!

The North Alabama SolidWorks Users Group (NASWUG) is proud to announce our 5th Annual NASWUG Year End meeting! The meeting will be held on Thursday December 10, 2009 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Dynetics Corporate Headquarters Building.

Matt Rece of SolidWorks Corporation will be on hand to present What’s New in SolidWorks 2010! Matt is a Territory Technical Manager for SolidWorks and is one of the most knowledgeable users around!

As a group we normally like to schedule our meetings with a little more notice, but that wasn’t possible this time due to some challenges beyond our control.

Grand Prize giveaways are in the works, so stay tuned to the NASWUG site for the latest information.

Dinner will be provided along with LOTS of Door Prizes to be given away at the end of the meeting.

RSVP for the meeting today by following the link below to sign up on our online registration form.


Don’t miss your opportunity to network with fellow SolidWorks users, gain valuable information, get free food, and pick up some cool prizes!

NASWUG Jun, Aug & Oct 2009 Meeting Notes

Sorry folks about the long delay on the last three meeting notes … but I do have some good reasons. My wife and I were in Australia for our youngest daughter’s wedding when Gary Hall held the June 10th NASWUG-RSA meeting. We then hosted guests from Australia through July 4th weekend. At the June 10th meeting there were 13 in attendance and there were no special presentations just basic Q&A meeting. That being the middle of summer a lot of folks were probably on vacation. Then a power saw incident had my typing ability significantly reduced while a finger healed. I was very lucky to say the least in that I did not lose any digits and the finger is healing very nicely although still sensitive to being bumped.
The August 27th NASWUG meeting was held at our usual location at Dynetics HQ We had about 40 people in attendance (misplaced the attendance) and Mike Puckett was our guest presenter. Ricky Jordan announced the October meeting would be an in-house presentation on What’s New 2010, mentioning that there are over 200 enhancements in SW2010. The CSWP exam covers the basic core modeling specialist. Also available are the Advanced Sheet Metal module, Advance Surfacing module and FEA (simulation). Mike Puckett heads up the SolidWorks certification activities. The online certification testing requires any version of SolidWorks 2008, SP3 or later. Mike Puckett mentioned the online CSWP exam and any SWUGN User Group member in attendance would be eligible for a FREE code to take the test. Now the fun stuff. Mike’s presentation, titled Tips & Tricks (Mish-Mash), was very interesting and as always educational. A big thanks to Mike for sharing his knowledge with us.
This brings us up to the last meeting, NASWUG-RSA on October 1st at the RSA Bowling Alley meeting room. With about 25 in attendance (this attendance list must have taken off with the previous one as well), Gary Hall conducted a general Q&A and demo session. Some of the more interesting points covered were use of fillet expert, use of pattern of points to equally divide a curve and then use of a hole table to extract the coordinate points. The ModernTech Mechanical What’s New in SolidWorks 2010 rollout will be in Huntsville on Oct. 20th from 8-12. All active subscribers should have an email on this but if not you can get the details from the their website. http://www.moderntechmech.com/ Ricky Jordan then presented a mini What’s New 2010 touching on the highlights of what to expect. The main areas to expect include, mouse gestures, reference planes, multi-body sheet metal, multi-body materials assignment, diplay states in parts and drawings, assembly visualization, drawings dimensioning, mirror components, virtual componenets and display states in parts. Ricky mentioned there had been a delay in the CSWP exam codes for last months and this months attendees but he would follow up with an email to everyone soon. As of this writing everyone eligible should have received an email from Ricky to which a response is required to get the codes. Everyone agreed that the meeting room location at the bowling alley worked out very well.

NASWUG-RSA February 26 Meeting Notes

What a great location for SolidWorks World 2009.  Orlando weather was fantastic and as always too much to do in too little time.  It really is hard to decide between what presentations and what events to attend.  Unfortunately we are all back to the daily grind I expect but at least with renewed enthusiasm.  We held our 2nd  meeting of the year with our NASWUG-RSA group at Redstone Arsenal with 28 in attendance.  Ricky Jordan began the meeting with announcements then covered Twitter and who in the group is using it followed by a detailed “Sneak Peak” at SolidWorks 2010.  Here is a link to Ricky’s blog and the 2010 quicklist  http://www.rickyjordan.com/2009/02/solidworks-2010-the-quick-list.html  For those that have attended the SWUGN Technical Summit in Nashville the past two years, it will be held in Atlanta this year.  Watch Ricky’s blog and the NASWUG website for upcoming details.
Gary Gall, president of NASWUG-RSA took over with a presentation on DimXpert and GD&T with respect to manufacturing drawings.  DimXpert differs from Autodimension in that it recognizes patterns and countersink holes and it produces predictable results.  For example with Autodimension you typically get unwanted dimensions that have to be selectively deleted.  Whereas with DimXpert when you select an edge only the feature represented by the edge is dimensioned.  A word of caution with patterns: if a hole pattern was not created as a pattern of Hole Wizard holes then any changes made to the model do not update the hole callout.  DimXpert is not just for native SolidWorks parts.  Gary walked through his example using an imported model, selecting specific datums and then applying DimXpert.  This is a great tool for those that have a need to produce manufacturing drawings.  Thanks Gary for a great presentation.

February 2009 NASWUG-Redstone Arsenal Meeting Announcement!

It’s been a while since our last NASWUG-RSA meeting but I’m happy to report we are back and better than ever

The North Alabama SolidWorks Users Group (NASWUG) would like to announce our February 2009 NASWUG-RSA meeting. The meeting will be held on Thursday February 26, 2009 from 11:00am to 12:50pm on the grounds of the Redstone Arsenal. The meeting will be held at the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF) located just behind Building 5400 off Martin Road.

NASWUG-RSA President Gary Hall will be on hand to give a presentation on the SolidWorks DimXpert and its uses with GD&T. Also included will be a look at the MANY benefits of Mate References.

The meeting is open to all SolidWorks users who have their own pass to get on the grounds of the Arsenal.

Lunch and door prizes will be provided.

To RSVP, click on the link below and fill the form. Don’t forget to hit “Submit” when you are done!


You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon submitting your RSVP.

Don’t miss your opportunity to network with fellow SolidWorks users, gain valuable information, get free food, and pick up some cool prizes!  See you there!