• 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.

  • Teaser

    And to hopefully get you excited, our next meeting will be May 20th at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
    Currently on tap to speak is Hardi Maybaum from GrabCAD and an as yet unkown AE from MCAD who will be showing us SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual.
    This should be a great meeting, so pencil it in and be sure to RSVP when the invite hits your email. If you aren’t on the email list, let me know and I’ll add you.
    Oh, and rumor has it that MCAD has a very cool prize that will be added to the raffle.


  • February Meeting – Coming up quick!

    DATE:                 February 5, 2014

    TIME:                   5-7PM

    LOCATION:        Lake Washington Tech, Room E144 (1st floor, adjacent to the cafeteria)

    PRESENTERS:   Jordan Lemley – ePDM

    Jordan Lemley is a Hawk Ridge Systems Applications Engineer specializing in SolidWorks Enterprise Product Data Management. Before moving from the Midwest to the West Coast, Jordan gained experience with SolidWorks and FEA while working in the fields of energy and design. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Jordan holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SolidWorks Professional and Certified EPDM Professional.

    Ken Brown – SolidWorks World Report

    Ken Brown teaches Engineering Graphics at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Prior to become an instructor, Ken lived in Papua New Guinea where he learned 840 of the the 848 languages listed for the country. He has also been known to wear fuzzy bunny slippers, sleep past 8am and enjoys listening to the soothing sounds of mating Elk. Part of this bio may have been falsified.

    SPONSORS:       SolidWorks     The Rapid Group     Hawk Ridge Systems

    Please RSVP if you’ll be attending by clicking here.

  • November Meeting Announcement!

    Update: We are confirmed for LWIT on November 6th, 5-7 pm. East building, Room E144 (by the cafeteria). If you haven’t RSVP’d, do it! Just send an email.

    Hey all, we’ll be having a meeting on November 6th. While I’m waiting for confirmation, I expect it to be at Lake Washington Tech from 5-7 pm. We have a special guest speaker, courtesy of SolidWorks User Group Network: Neil Custard.

    Neil will be presenting :

    “SolidWorks Tips You Need to Know 2.0”, subtitle – “Covering Parts, Assemblies, Drawings and Misc Tools That Should Be Used But Do Not Get Used Enough”. Presented by Neil Custard, owner of the website “SolidWorks Tips Daily‘”, the Facebook page “SolidWorks Tips Daily”, SolidWorks World Presenter and winner of the “Model Mania” contest at SolidWorks World in 2008, 2010 and first place in 2012”.

    You’re not going to want to miss this meeting!

  • August Meeting

    Please join us for the next SASPUG meeting. Come and learn more about SolidWorks and its partners. As always, there will be food, drinks and giveaways!

    DATE: August 6th, 2013
    TIME: 5-7PM
    LOCATION: Renton Tech
    Bldg. F room F-102

    PRESENTERS: Rich Welch, VP of World Wide Customer Service from SolidWorks
    Glenn Johnson, Mechanical Engineer and Product Development consultant will present:
    Mouseless in Seattle  — Taking command of SWx with alternate input devices
    SPONSORS: Hawk Ridge
    The Rapid Group

    RSVP: By July 25th to rsvp at saspug.com

  • June Wrapup

    What a great meeting we had last night! By my count, there were about 40 people in attendance. Elliot Weber, an AE from Hawk Ridge, did an excellent presentation on SolidWorks Electrical. This was followed up by Adam Ales and Steve Moenaert, from K2 Sports, who talked about how they use SolidWorks to create not only the products they produce, but the tools and presses they use to produce them.

    Big thanks to Lake Washington Institute of Technology for hosting the meeting. Also, thank you to SolidWorks and The Rapid Group for the raffle prizes.