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March FredSWUG Meeting Recap

Posted by Fred.SWUG on March 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The March 2012 FredSWUG meeting was our best ever! We had a great turnout, a very useful presentation, and a special guest who gave away a unique prize. Thank you to everyone who attended!


We started out with a brief recap of SolidWorks World 2012, which was held in San Diego in mid-February. For a more complete recap, check out these General Session videos (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), the official SolidWorks Blog recap (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), and my "SolidWorks World According to Twitter" posts (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).


We next learned about the new features of SolidWorks 2013 that were revealed on the last day of the conference. There were a lot of positive reactions from the group to many of these upcoming features, especially the promise of previous release interoperability. View the entire list of new features here, or download it in presentation form here.



Next, Marc Weigand of SpaceController took the floor, and demonstrated their impressive new 3D mouse. After a hands-on demonstration of the device, and its unique new features, Marc raffled off a brand new SpaceController to one very lucky group member. Congratulations James!

The main presentation was on working with dumb solids (or imported geometry) in SolidWorks. The presentation was originally given by Lars Christensen at SolidWorks World 2012, and I was lucky enough to be able to present it to the group. The presentation covered best practices for importing, imported file structures, direct editing tools, and Featureworks. You can download the presentation here, and the demo files here.



The next FredSWUG meeting will be on May 16th. Stay tuned for more details!


March FredSWUG Meeting Agenda

Posted by Fred.SWUG on March 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Note your favorite food when you RSVP.

Visit from Marc Weingard of SpaceController

Marc is flying in all the way from Germany to visit his first User Group meeting, and to demo - and give away - their new 3D Mouse.

Recap of SolidWorks World 2012

Videos, tweets, and stories from the conference 

Presentation of SolidWorks 2013 Features

Overview of the innovations coming in SolidWorks 2013, as presented at World

Working with Dumb Solids

A presentation given by Lars Christensen of CADimensions at SolidWorks World


  • Understanding Dumb Solids
  • Using Import Diagnostics
  • Learn which tools can be used to edit dumb solids
  • Understand FeatureWorks, which helps transform imported dumb solids into parametric SolidWorks files.

Special Prizes, Networking, and Wrap-up