Next Solidworks Usergroup Meeting
Wednesday 5th March 2014 | Invetech
WHEN: 6.30pm – Wednesday 5th March 2014
WHERE: Invetech – Enter via reception at 495 Blackburn Road Mount Waverley near the corner of Ricketts Road
LOCATION: Google maps link http://goo.gl/maps/mRkUn
COST: All meetings for 2014 on wards are now free! – see ‘A Word from your committee’ below:
6.30pm – 6:40pm Meet at Invetech – Welcome
6.45pm – 7:30pm Presentation 1
How Invetech handled a Large Scale SolidWorks Installation and Administration
Andrew Angus (Invetech Mechanical CAD Manager)
7.30pm – 7:45pm Sponsor Presentation
3D Printing – Much more than Prototypes
Matt Minio (Objective3D Managing Director)
7.45pm – 8:15pm Food served, Lucky door prize draw
8.15pm – 8:45pm Presentation 2
Alex Henry (SolidWorks Territory Technical Manager ANZ)
8.45pm – 9:00pm Presentation 3
The future of SolidWorks – Q&A
Alex Henry (SolidWorks Territory Technical Manager ANZ)
9.00pm – 9:30pm Questions and Answers – General Discussion
A Word from your committee:
Welcome to SolidFacts 2014 (SP0.0). A change of year brings a number of exciting changes to the way we host our meetings and we hope you like the direction we’re taking the group.
Firstly, and most importantly, meeting to meeting the location will be moved around Melbourne. In holding our meetings at some of these locations, many of which are to be announced but all of which have ties to SolidWorks or manufacturing, you’ll see where and how SolidWorks is used in a completely new environment. Please ensure you check the agenda prior to the night so you attend the correct address!!
Further to this we’re trying to bring together some of the most knowledgeable SolidWorks users from around Melbourne, Australia and the World. We guarantee that, more than ever, the night will be focused on SolidWorks!
Finally after years of relying on attendees to cover venue/food/drink costs we’ve acquired a number of key sponsors who will kindly cover these for us. As a result, the events are now FREE. our list of sponsors are below:
Onto the meeting details. The first of which is being held at Invetech in Mount Waverley. Invetech, winner of multiple Australian Design Awards, is one of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary design consultancies and services clients such as Ansell, Cadbury Schweppes and Whirlpool. Invetech have one of the largest installations of SolidWorks in Australia and Andrew Angus (Invetech) will be talking about their SolidWorks implementation including centralization of standard templates and other lessons they’ve learnt along the way.
Objective3D, our key sponsor for the night, is a complete 3D Printing Solutions provider and offers Stratasys 3D Printers and RedEye 3D Parts throughout Australia and New Zealand. As well as displaying some of their technology Objective3Ds Managing Director, Matt Minio, will be talking about how 3D printing is being used for a large range of applications beyond traditional prototyping. Together we’ll see how this technology can be applied within your organisation to save time and costs, while improving product quality and protecting your intellectual property.
Closing out the night will be Alex Henry (of SolidWorks ANZ fame). Alex is one of the most knowledgeable people you will meet when it comes to SolidWorks. He’ll be doing a technical presentation on the SolidWorks Costing module including introduction, setup and use. With SolidWorks recently announcing a number of new products (SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual, SolidWorks Industrial Conceptual, SolidWorks Inspection and eDrawings Meetings, just to name a few) he’s also put aside some time for us to interrogate him about these or any other SolidWorks related matters you might have.
Don’t forget to forward this to your friends and work colleagues so they can sign up to our mailing list at and be invited to our future meetings!
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Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 03/04/2014
See you there!
Alby, Duncan & Matt
SolidFacts is proudly supported by:
Attached is the presentation files from the last meeting with Mike Puckett. due to the file sizes, we’ve uploaded them to Google drive. click the links below to download each zip file.
Again, a big thanks to Mike and Alex for presenting to over 40 attendees, the largest number we’ve had in quite some time.
Here’s a couple of photos from the evening as well.
The next user group meeting has been locked in and we have a very special guest from SolidWorks, Michael Puckett.
Michael is the Certification Specialist for SolidWorks, and is going to do a couple of presentations on surface modelling, and will also include a presentation on the SolidWorks Certification Program. Michael has kindly offered a code to take the CSWP for free for anyone in attendance. This course is currently $99USD so its pretty good value, and will also look great on the resume.
Check out the Solidworks Certification details here
This is going to be a great presentation and a good opportunity to meet Michael.
Look forward to seeing you then.
Attached is the presentation from the last user group meeting by Costa Armen from Solidtec.
It was a great presentation and Costa has kindly let us post it onto the website.
For those that are interested, Luxology are coming to Australia to showcase modo 601, a modelling, painting and rendering package.
modo is a true end-to-end solution that includes sculpting tools, animation and network rendering. Come and see why it’s the tool of choice for thousands of artists and designers world-wide in product design, architectural visualisation and visual effects!
Registration is free, but tickets are running out!
The event will be held in Sydney and Melbourne, details can be found here:
Melbourne 5th March 2013 – Introduction to MODO for AEC (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
Sydney 5th March 2013 – Introduction to MODO for AEC (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Safe Holiday/Return to work.
The next user group meeting has been set, and we have a special guest from Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation, Keri Prasky – Community Operations Senior Manager.
There will be a presentation on becoming more productive in SolidWorks and a discussion on the newly released My.SolidWorks
More details to come, so please add this to your diary’s and we’ll see you there!
WHEN: 6.30pm – Wednesday 5th December 2012
WHERE: South Oakleigh Club
1 Victor Rd, East Bentleigh, Melbourne Victoria.
Its that time of year again, the silly season will soon be upon us. We know everyone gets busy this time of year so make sure you take a break and chill out with your pals at the upcoming Solidfacts User Group Meeting. Apprently Alby has sold his Ferrari so is shouting everyone a round.
The next meeting is booked in so put it in your calendar NOW and make sure you have time to attend as we have a great line up of presentations.
So far we have locked in Babak Sanayei from Visual Element to do a stellar presentation on working with Solidworks and modo. Babak has completed work for Kia and Hyundai and his images and animations are nothing short of amazing. If case your not familiar with modo, its an awesome rendering and modelling package which has taken the CG and photorealistic modelling world by storm of the past few years. Photoview 360 is powered by the modo rendering engine and it’s possible to transfer Soldiworks parts and assemblies directly into modo for more advanced renderings and animations. Check out Babak’s website so see what kind of results you can get from modo… Pretty Impressive!
Please also take some time to check out the Luxology website with particular attention paid to the modo cad workflow tools. Also check out the gallery for a further taste of the results from modo. The team at Luxology have been extremely helpful, and have some great offers available to all attendees. Details will be disclosed on the evening so make sure you don’t miss out!
The second presentation is still being finalised, and we will keep you updated.
We’ll also have tips, tricks and industry news from Duncan and Chris. A complete agenda will follow shortly via e-mail and posted on the website.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks to everyone who attended the user group meeting, and for those who missed it, here are the details. Apologies on the delay.
The presentation from Duncan on 3D CAD, Design and Technology for the Augsust User Group meeting.
A big thanks to Matt Coleman on presenting the Component Manager V2.0. the Component Manager is a tool that makes component and assembly numbering, data management and batch printing in SolidWorks a breeze.
please find attached the Features Flyer here:
Also a big thanks to Alex Kok from Intercad on demonstrating animation in SolidWorks.
Here are a few tips that Alex gave:
- Use lower frame rates between 7.5-10 for general animations. The higher frame rate doesn’t make too much of a difference for small screen size other than to increase the file size.
- Unless necessary, leave out the visual eye candy such as real time rendering, shaded with outlines and textures as they can slow things down and also increase file size.
- Avoid creating photo-rendered videos unless you have a certified graphics card that has some decent power and lots of time on your hands.
Alby, Chris and Duncan
WHEN: 6.30pm – Wednesday 22nd August 2012
WHERE: South Oakleigh Club
1 Victor Rd,
East Bentleigh, Melbourne.
6.30pm – 6.40pm: Meet at South Oakleigh Club
6.40pm – 7.20pm: Tips and Tricks
Duncan Gillis – Gilson Design
Component and Assembly File management using SW – API
7.30pm – 8.20pm: Food served, Lucky Prize Draws
8.20pm – 9.00pm: Presentation 2
Using Solidworks for Animations
Alex Kok – Intercad
9.00pm – 9.30pm: Questions and Answers – General Discussion
As promised, We have attached the presentation by Duncan from Wednesday night. right click on the link, and select save link as.
The topics covered were as follows:
1. Leap Motion
2. P3D WordPress plugin
3. SolidWorks training – Infinite Skills
4. eDrawings for the iPad
Thanks again to Edward for his presentation on machining, and Steve on his presentation on Driveworks.
Alby, Chris & Duncan