• 20th Anniversary Meeting!

    We will be celebrating 20 years as a SolidWorks User group on March 15th! If you’d like to join us, just click on the email link under ‘Contact SASPUG’ header on the left to RSVP. Further details below:

    Please join us for SASPUG’s 20th Anniversary meeting! This meeting will be unlike any we’ve had before. No pizza or sandwiches, we’ll be having an actual meal. I’m also working on procuring what I hope will be some epic giveaways, there will be special guests and we’ll even have a couple of awesome presentations too!

    I can’t stress this enough, you must RSVP by March 8th if you plan on eating. People who show up without having RSVP’d will have to wait until those who have RSVP’d have eaten. To entice you:

    • Bread and butter
    • Caesar Salad
    • Chicken and pork loin with roasted potatoes and grilled vegetables
    • Cake

    Should you plan on attending and require a special meal, please let me know so I can try to accommodate you.

    Date:       March 15th
    Time:       5-8ish
    Location: Renton Technical College
    Bldg. I – Cafeteria
    3000 NE 4th St.
    Renton, WA 98056


    You don’t want to miss this meeting.


    Sponsored by: Renton Technical College
    The Rapid Group
    Lenovo Workstations
    Hawk Ridge Systems


  • November Meeting!

    Please join us for the November SASPUG meeting. This meeting will have two more guests from SolidWorks: Rachel Diane York & Kevin Berni. We’ll also have Mark Lee from MSI Computers. As always, there will be food, drinks and awesome giveaways!

    November 12, 2015

    5-7ish PM

    Lake Washington Tech
    East Building
    Room E144 (by cafeteria)


    MSI Computers – Mark Lee
    Community Projects – Rachel Diane York
    2016 UI Tour – Kevin Bernie
    DriveWorksXpress – Jeff Mirisola (time allowing)


    Mark Lee is the BDM for MSI Computers

    Rachel Diane York is the SolidWorks Community & User Advocacy Manager.

    Rachel was the founding member of the Tech Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group in Albany, NY, and recognized as the 2011 SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader of the Year. She’s taught and provided technical support for SOLIDWORKS as well as presented at many events. She’ll talk about her connection to Richard Doyle and how their roles interact, as well as introduce the group to some of the SOLIDWORKS Community programs she’s organizing.

    Kevin Berni R&D, Senior Manager, User Experience Design
    Kevin is a 6 year veteran of DS SOLIDWORKS and has been working on SOLIDWORKS Desktop software since 2009. Kevin started at SOLIDWORKS organizing and overseeing the user research program, helping users give their feedback and test new features before they made it into the software. He has contributed to the design and workflows of a wide variety of features in SOLIDWORKS, from search in Tools>Options to Routing to breadcrumbs and selection sets.  Kevin now manages the team responsible for the user experience for SOLIDWORKS Desktop products and he is responsible for making sure that the software is efficient to use, easy to learn, and a pleasure to work with.  Kevin will share a look at the user interface for SOLIDWORKS 2016 and give some insight into how the software is researched, designed, and tested with users.

    MSI Computers
    Lake Washington Institute of Technology
    Hawk Ridge
    The Rapid Group

    RSVP: Please respond by November 5th to this email so we can order enough food.

  • The CEO is coming! The CEO is coming!

    Hi all,

    As I’ve mentioned a few time, we’re going to have a combined meeting next month with the South Sound group as we’ll be welcoming Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SolidWorks, and Richard Doyle, Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups. This should be a great meeting that I would expect (hope) will be well attended. As if that wasn’t enough, we’re going to up the ante and have it actually catered. No pizza or sandwiches this time.  Because of this last bit, we’ll need you to be diligent about RSVP’ing so that Francisco and I can ensure there’s enough food for all.

    Also, and this is really important for those of you who attend the meetings at Lake Washington, this meeting is going to be held at Renton Tech. Specifically in the Building C Auditorium. You can find a campus map here.

    Meeting Details:

    DATE:                         August 19, 2015
    TIME                        5-7ish PM
    LOCATION:                Renton Tech Building C Auditorium


    PRESENTATIONS:    What’s Current & New with SolidWorks – Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO

                                          What Else is New in SolidWorks – Richard Doyle



    Gian Paolo Bass brings more than 25 years of experience in 3D, CAD, and PLM industries to Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. As CEO, Gian Paolo spearheads the development of SOLIDWORKS future product and technology strategies designed for the desktop and the cloud, and collaboration with the strong user community. He most recently served as the vice president of research and development, where he was responsible for charting future product and technology strategies, including the development of the SOLIDWORKS cloud applications. Prior to SOLIDWORKS, Gian Paolo was the founder and CTO of RIWEBB where he oversaw the development of new technologies for the Mechanical and Architectural Design Automation industry, collaborating with companies like Dassault Systèmes. Prior to RIWEBB, Gian Paolo served as vice president and CTO of ImpactXoft, where he led the team developing functional modeling and collaboration applications which are now part of CATIA. In this position, he co-invented three of his five patents in functional modeling. He also served in the R&D organizations of companies like Computervision and think3. Gian Paolo holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bologna.


    Richard Doyle is Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups – but most people just call him “The User Group Guy”. He’s been a SolidWorks user since 1997, and was one of the founding members of the SWUGN Committee. Since starting the Central Texas SolidWorks User Group in 1999, his career path has led me to DS SolidWorks and a dream job supporting the SolidWorks User Group Network worldwide.



  • July Meeting Announcement

    Hey all!

    Our next meeting details are below. Please, please, please be sure to RSVP! Also, please pass this invitation on to anyone you think would be interested in joining our group. The more, the merrier!

    Please join us for the July SASPUG meeting. Come and learn about SolidWorks Certification and Model Based Definition from two SolidWorks employees. As always, there will be food, drinks and awesome giveaways!


    DATE:                         July 7, 2015

    TIME                        5-7ish PM

    Lake Washington Tech
    11605 132nd Ave NE
    Kirkland, WA 98034
    East Building – Room E144 (by cafeteria)

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    Model Based Definition – Jenn Oster
    Preparing to take the CSWP Core Exam – Avelino Rochino


    Avelino Rochino is a member of the SOLIDWORKS Certification team responsible for customer and VAR employee testing.  He has 10 years’ experience with SOLIDWORKS and over 20 years’ experience in the CAD sector working with different CAD programs and resellers in an Applications Engineer role.

    Jenn Oster is responsible for the Pacific Northwest as a Territory Technical Manager with SOLIDWORKS, and lives in Vancouver BC.  She has been a part of the SOLIDWORKS community for nearly 18 years, and this spring celebrated her 10-year anniversary working for SOLIDWORKS.  She is a Mechanical Engineer and enjoys sharing her passion for engineering and design with others.

    Lake Washington Institute of Technology
    Hawk Ridge
    The Rapid Group

    Save the date: August 19th for a combined meeting at Renton Tech when Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SolidWorks, and Richard Doyle, Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Groups, will be our special guest presenters!

  • Upcoming Meeting Dates

    Couple of “heads up”:
    Our next meeting will be July 7th at LWIT. Avelino Rochino from SolidWorks will be presenting. If we’re lucky, Rob Rodriguez, of robrodriguez.com, will also be presenting. Naturally, I’ll send out an invite with all the particulars when the meeting gets closer.
    Next, we’ll be having a joint meeting with SASPUG-South at Renton Tech on August 19th. Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO of SolidWorks, and Richard Doyle, SWUGN guru, will be our featured presenters.

    Also, for those of you down south, SASPUG-South will be having their next meeting on June 2nd, 5-7 PM at Renton Tech. Room F102. The agenda:
    4:30pm-5:00pm Registration, meet & greet, networking, food
    5:00pm-5:55pm Vector Magic with SOLIDWORKS Composer by Silas Curfman and Michael Steeves
    5:55pm-6:15pm Break, door prizes drawing, food
    6:15pm-6:55pm Multi-body, table driven, sheet metal design by Silas Curfman, FSI Fabrication Inc.
    6:55pm-7:??pm Q & A, Wrap up, more door prizes drawing, next meeting date.

    So mark your calendars and get ready for some excellent meetings this summer!

  • April Meeting

    Please join us for the Q1-2 SASPUG meeting. Come and learn more about CAD collaboration and direct editing! As always, there will be food, drinks and awesome giveaways!

    DATE: April 9, 2015
    TIME: 5-7ish PM
    LOCATION: Lake Washington Tech
    East Building
    Room E144 (by cafeteria)

    PRESENTATIONS: Enabling Cross-site CAD Collaboration with the Cloud Dan Boggs
    Direct Editing in SOLIDWORKS – Ryan Navarro

    PRESENTERS: Dan Boggs has over 18 years of experience in the Enterprise Storage market spanning positions in Product Management, Marketing and Engineering across a broad range of product categories and technologies including SAN, NAS, Virtualization and Cloud. In his current role Dan is contributing to Panzura’s efforts to deliver cloud-integrated local NAS capabilities to a globally distributed enterprise. He has a BS-EE&E from Cal. State-Sacramento, and an MBA from UC-Davis.

    Ryan Navarro – Ryan is an Applications Engineer from the Hawk Ridge Systems Bothell, WA office and specializes in CAMWorks and SOLIDWORKS Simulation. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Daniel Webster College. In his free time you’ll find him exploring the Pacific Northwest.

    SPONSORS: Lake Washington Institute of Technology
    Hawk Ridge
    The Rapid Group

    RSVP: Please respond by April 5th to rsvp(at)saspug(dot)com so we can order enough food

  • November Meetings Roundup

    November 2014 was a good month for the SOLIDWORKS users in the greater Seattle area as we had two meeting this month!

    The first one was held by SASPUG-South on November 6th, who hosted Phil Sluder. For those of you who don’t know Phil, he has presented at every SOLIDWORKS World, is the leader of the San Diego user group, owns Triaxial Design and is also the Western SWUGN representative. He’s also an all-around good guy and very knowledgeable about SOLIDWORKS. He presented a Tips & Tricks session that was very well received. It was actually his third user group meeting in as many days. He also presented at the Yakima group and the Portland group. Thanks, Phil!



    The following week on the 13th, SASPUG had its meeting at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (thanks, Ken!). On the agenda was a presentation by Rapid Sheet Metal and a ‘What’s New in 2015’ by MCAD. Imagine my dismay when both speakers had to bow out that day! While Rapid had a backup in place, I was scrambling to figure out what to do for the second slot and settled upon having a crowd-sourced solution session. I sent out an email letting people know that the agenda had changed and to bring in their problem files. Suddenly, Hawk Ridge emailed me and said they could do a 20 minutes ‘What’s New’ session if needed. Phew!

    In the end, we had an excellent presentation by Rapid Sheet Metal and Hawk Ridge. Thankfully they were able to step in because no one apparently got my email about problem files.



    A big thanks to all who support both groups!

    If you don’t know what SOLIDWORKS World is all about, click on the picture below:


  • November Meeting!

    Our next meeting will be November 13th at Lake Washington Tech (as usual) 5-7pm.

    MCAD will be showing us some of what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2015 and Rapid Sheet metal is going to show us how their product can make sheet metal design easier.
    Be watching your in box for your invite!

  • Next Meeting: August 14th!

    Hey all!
    Our next meeting will be August 14th at Lake Washington Institute of Technology from 5-7pm-ish.

    On tap:

    Tips and Tricks to Prep for SOLIDWORKS Simulation Certifications (CSWA-S and CSWP – S)

    Presenter: Annie Cheung, Senior Knowledge Consultant SOLIDWORKS Certification

    Bio: Annie recently joined the SOLIDWORKS Certification team supporting certifications for the user and reseller community with a focus on Simulation and Data Management. Prior to joining the SOLIDWORKS certification team, she worked as a Senior Application Engineer for 8+ years at a SOLIDWORKS reseller providing support, training, and consultation services. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

    Title: Rediscover the all new DraftSight!

    Presenter: Mark S. Lyons, DraftSight Product Manager

    Bio: Mark is responsible for the day to day operation of DraftSight. His responsibilities include driving the direction of the product for the future. Mark was hired to lead the training initiative for DraftSight. Most recently Mark was the Lead Teacher in the Drafting Department at a local technical high school. He has over 15 years’ experience in the classroom teaching CAD. Mark is the voice behind our training videos and here to help you get the most out of DraftSight.

    Prior to teaching, Mark was employed in various positions in the design and drafting industry, working for companies like Bose Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Mark began his career as a draftsman creating his drawings by hand. His first exposure to CAD was in 1983 at Digital using Unigraphics. Since then he has used a myriad of CAD packages; 2D as well as 3D. Mark’s experience with 2D drafting coupled with his teaching background made him an excellent choice for this position. Mark also spent time working as a Golf Professional both in Massachusetts and Naples, FL.

    Title: These are a few of my favorite things: A look at some of the hidden and not so hidden gems that makes SOLIDWORKS an extra fun software to use.

    Presenter: Jeremiah Davis, SOLIDWORKS PDM Training Specialist

    Bio: A seasoned SOLIDWORKS user and former AE, Jeremiah is a member of the SOLIDWORKS training team specializing in the PDM products. Before joining the training team, he was an AE at a reseller in the Nashville, TN area, supporting many automotive and industrial machine companies. Prior to that, he designed industrial and commercial refrigeration valves in the Nashville area. Jeremiah really enjoys presenting and teaching and has done so for over 6 years. During this time, he has presented to many user groups including North Alabama, Chattanooga, Nashville and Western Mass. He has also presented at 3 SOLIDWORKS worlds.

  • May Meeting!

    Please join us for the Q2 SASPUG meeting. Come and learn more about GrabCAD, 3DConnexion and SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual. As always, there will be food, drinks and awesome giveaways (beer & 3D Mice)!


    DATE:                          May 20th, 2014

    TIME:                           5-7ishPM

    LOCATION:                  Lake Washington Tech

    East Building

    Room E144 (by cafeteria)


    PRESENTATIONS:       Hardi Meybaum – GrabCAD

    Rick Lando – 3DConnexion

    Alex Worsford – SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual


    PRESENTERS:             Hardi Meybaum – Hardi’s background is a somewhat unique combination of engineering, process automation and IT. After graduating from the Tallinn University of Technology with a Masters in Production Development (Mechanical Engineering), Hardi worked as a Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), for Saku Metall where he also implemented Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and ERP systems, before eventually becoming CIO of the company. After Saku, Hardi spent two years at Columbus IT implementing ERP systems before starting his first company, Futeq, to help manufacturers get products to market faster. While running Futeq Hardi saw the opportunity to help use open, web-based systems to accelerate the design process, and started GrabCAD to help that movement.


    Rick Lando – Rick is a Sales Manager for 3Dconnexion. Rick has been with 3Dconnexion for over 11 years working with end users, reseller partners and certainly SolidWorks User Groups!

    3Dconnexion manufactures the popular series of devices known as 3D Mice which works in conjunction with a regular mouse.  This 2-handed workflow provides an intuitive, balanced and cooperative work style that results in increased productivity, improvements in creativity and enhanced comfort.

    Rick asks that you spend a minute trying one!


    Alex Worsford – Alex is an AE for MCAD. He spent time as a Blue Whale wrangler, Ostrich masseuse and shallow sea diver before discovering his true passion: SOLIDWORKS. Since then, he has done nothing but hone his skills. As of today, he is one of three certified SOLIDWORKS Ninjas.




    SPONSORS:                 MCAD              Aerotek

    3DConnexion    Rapid Group



    RSVP:                          Please email rsvp(at)saspug(dot)com by May 15th so we can order enough food.