Let me know what you think would improve our group weather it be, location, food, networking, presentations, meeting layout, etc... Any feedback will be much appreciated. I am always open for suggetsions and who better to ask than yall.
I like the idea of some hands-on stuff. I would like to see some mini workshop/seminars focusing on tools used for different specific applications. For example: molded part (plastic or metal) design, sheet metal design, machined part design, etc.
I think focusing on specific tool usage and proper model construction, like the proper order of working with sheet metal features or modeling how the outside of something is then gutting it (shell) to add internal features (like case designs), would show some subtle tricks that would allow models to be more streamlined. Some of these ideas seem too simple once one spends time thinking things out, but may not be obvious initially. For instance, instead of creating a chamfer on a rectagular block, extrude the profile with the chamfer built in.
I know that this stuff would probably be covered in a full workshop, but this would allow new users to get up to speed so they don't get information overload at a 3-day class.
Just a disclaimer: As an EE I use SW intensly for 2-4 months, then don't use it for quite a while so I haven't even begun to use the full potential.
Maybe something like "workshops" where a number of computers are setup to allow people to get a type of "mini-training" on certain techniques in SolidWorks. A more "hands-on" approach. I know sometimes it's just nice to go, relax, and listen, but sometimes it seems like it could use something more interactive, get people involved and get insight from others on how to approach a problem.
Hmm... maybe a perfect opportunity to try something with this next presentation...
You know Bruce you might just be on to something. Maybe we could for those meetings call them mini SolidWorks Boot camps. I will toss the idea around to the VARS as well and see if they would be willing to help with this. Or we could even have a central computer that we could have a design challenge night and see how people would handle different models with both design issues as well as creating parts with environmental as well as space constraints, and see who could make it more efficiently with less steps both modeling and manufacturing. Good idea.
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