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Chicago Solidworks Users Group

Welcome to the Chicago SolidWorks Users' Group Website! The Chicago SolidWorks Users' Group provides a forum for learning and information exchange among Chicago area SolidWorks users.

The Chicago SolidWorks Users' Group, (CSUG), is a Not-For-Profit organization for Chicago area professionals involved in the use of SolidWorks.

Our group is composed mostly of engineering and industrial design professionals, but anyone interested in SolidWorks is welcome and encouraged to join.

Next CSUG Meeting May 2, 2017.

president April 27th, 2017

Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the DES PLAINES Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 2816. The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

NOTE: THE ROOM LOCATION IS #2816.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Presentation – The Bronze Doors Project
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
The Bronze Doors Project @ The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL.
Matthew Cummins | Artist in Residence | Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL

Matthew gave this presentation this year at SOLIDWORKS World.

This presentation shows how MSI’s first-ever Artist in Residence, a longtime SOLIDWORKS user, is leveraging original circa 1930s blueprints, 3D scans, additive manufacturing and materials science to resurrect the museum’s historic Bronze Doors for an 85th anniversary celebration.

This presentation aspires to blend technical and inspirational benefits. Attendees will see case studies of several technologies including 3D scanning, industrial-scale additive manufacturing and materials technology. This presentation also showcases STE(A)M innovation within a large educational institution.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting January 24, 2017.

president January 5th, 2017

Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the Des Plaines Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 1610 The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Presentation – Using 3D scan data effectively…
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
Using 3D scan data effectively, and how to model curvy stuff from it.
By Ed Eaton | Sr. Industrial Designer | DiMonte Group Inc.

Ed has presented at SOLIDWORKS World several times.
This is Ed’s SWW2017 presentation.

So you have 3D scan data. Now what???
This session first explores the workflows and decisions required to effectively reference a 3D scan in SOLIDWORKS.
Then the second part uses the “Tucker Torpedo” case study to explore the root principles and best tools for modeling using the scan as your guide.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting Dec. 07, 2016.

president November 23rd, 2016

Chicago SolidWorks User Group will participate in SLUGME.
Come on out and be part of SolidWorks Largest User Group Meeting Ever.

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Skokie Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM P103 The address is 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue,

Skokie, Illinois 60077. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

6:00-6:30PM Sign-in and networking.
6:15-6:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
6:30-7:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
7:00-8:00PM Presentation – Best Practices for Large Assemblies
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
Best Practices for Large Assemblies
By Tom Cote, Applied CAD Solutions

Tom has presented at SOLIDWORKS World several times. Tom currently leads (2) user groups the BANSWUG & CMASWUG, and is an all-around great guy on top of that!
This is being billed as “SOLIDWORKS Largest User Group Meeting Ever”, (SLUGME), and for such a large gathering it is apropos to have the topic be on Large Assemblies.
This presentation is being broadcast over the Internet to facilitate this large gathering of User Groups on one night.
We will log into a Webinar with other User Groups from all over to take part in this first ever SLUGME event.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting October 25, 2016.

president October 17th, 2016

Chicago SolidWorks User Group

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the DES PLAINES Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 1608 The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Presentation – Activate to Automate – DriveWorksXpress
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
Activate to Automate – DriveWorksXpress
By Heather Hasz from DriveWorks

This presentation will cover everything you need to start using DriveWorksXpress. This presentation will lead you through the user interface and workflow. DriveWorksXpress provides entry-level Design Automation inside world-leading, 3D CAD design software, SOLIDWORKS. With this presentation you will see that DriveWorksXpress is ideal for everyday repetitive design tasks.

Heather Hasz is a member of the DriveWorks Business Development team and plays a key part in the DriveWorks SWUGN Sponsorship Program. She works closely with user group leaders to organize DriveWorksXpress presentations across the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network. Heather helps user group leaders to arrange presenters and giveaway prizes. This summer she has been on the road visiting user groups across the country, presenting about DriveWorksXpress – a free tool that sits inside every seat of SOLIDWORKS.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting March 22, 2016.

president March 12th, 2016

Chicago SolidWorks User Group

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the DES PLAINES Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 1610. The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Guest Speaker – SOLIDWORKS Exec. Justin Burton
Presentation – Trickle Down Tools
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Guest Speaker:
SOLIDWORKS Executive Justin Burton

Justin Burton is a member of the SOLIDWORKS Product Management Team. He holds a BEng Honors from Sheffield, and has been a SOLIDWORKS customer, reseller, competitor and employee. He has been geeking out with SOLIDWORKS since 1998.

Justin will be talking about several new initiatives at SOLIDWORKS, including XDrive and XDesign, and how these products will integrate with the existing SOLIDWORKS Portfolio.

Come learn what SOLIDWORKS has instore for the future.

Presentation:
Trickle Down Tools: SOLIDWORKS features that have been passed down the product line.
Bob McGaughey, Regional Technical Manager, Computer Aided Technology, LLC

Benefits to users: Learn about the features that have been relocated in the SOLIDWORKS product line to bring better value to the end user. Learn about tools like Scan to 3d, FeatureWorks, CircuitWorks and SOLIDWORKS Visualize.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting January 26, 2016.

president January 25th, 2016

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the DES PLAINES Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 1610. The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Presentation – How Not To Be Wrong…
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
How Not To Be Wrong – Essential Skills That Prevent and Catch Design Errors
Ed Eaton, Senior Industrial Designer, Project Manager, Partner
DiMonte Group Inc.

This session will explore best practices developed over 18 years of using SOLIDWORKS that prevent design errors in the first place, and the SOLIDWORKS tools that uncover what’s wrong in a CAD design before goofs get released and avoidable mistakes become costly to fix.
Attendees will learn from 18+ years of using SOLIDWORKS in multicompany, multiprocess, and multidisciplinary environments the essential modeling tactics and tools that prevent a conversation that starts with, “How come this design is wrong?”

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:00pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting November 17, 2015.

president November 17th, 2015

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the DES PLAINES Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 1550. The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Presentation – SOLIDWORKS Plastics
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
SOLIDWORKS Plastics
Madhav Puppala – Director of Simulation Products and Services – Graphics Systems Corp.

Come learn what SOLIDWORKS Plastics is all about from an industry expert.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting May 4, 2015.

president April 27th, 2015

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for MONDAY, May 4, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm at the SKOKIE Campus of Oakton Community College, also known as the Ray Hartstein Campus in ROOM P103. The address is 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, Illinois 60077. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served, pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM CSUG Business.
6:00-7:30PM Presentation – Mastercam For SOLIDWORKS
7:30-8:00PM Q&A Session, Door Prize Drawing.
8:00PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
A Technical Presentation On Mastercam For SOLIDWORKS.
Matt Sump – ShopWare, Inc.

This will be a technical presentation on the SOLIDWORKS Gold Partner Product “Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS”. Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS is a CAM package that works inside the SOLIDWORKS CAD program by way of an add-in.

The meeting should adjourn around 8:00-8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Next CSUG Meeting March 24, 2015.

president March 4th, 2015

Chicago SOLIDWORKS User Group

Dear CSUG member,

We are planning a CSUG meeting for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 5pm to 8:30pm at the DES PLAINES Campus of Oakton Community College, in ROOM 1550. The address is 1600 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, Illinois 60016. (See map at end of notice or Google the address for a map.)

NOTE: Different room this time.

We will start with a short business meeting followed by the presentation.

AGENDA:

5:00-5:30PM Sign-in and networking.
5:30PM Food served. Pizza & soft drinks.
5:30-6:00PM Short business meeting during pizza time.
6:00-8:00PM Presentation – The Certification Game
8:00-8:30PM Q&A, Door Prize Drawing.
8:30PM Meeting adjourned.

Presentation:
The Certification Game
Rachel Diane York – Advisory Support Engineer – Fisher / Unitech

Rachel presented this at SolidWorks World 2015.
This presentation will cover the entire SOLIDWORKS Certification process, from the right accounts all the way through successfully taking an exam.

Attendees will leave with knowledge of all certifications available as well as how to take them and tips and tricks regarding CSWP-Core Segment 1.

A little bit about Rachel Diane York:
Rachel Diane teaches and provides technical support for SOLIDWORKS software. She is the founding member of the Tech Valley SOLIDWORKS User Group and was the 2011 User Group Leader of the Year.

We will have the usual pizza and soft drinks for refreshments, along with a door prize drawing (if we have prizes to give away).

The meeting should adjourn around 8:30pm.

No RSVP necessary.
We will base the headcount on the average from previous meetings.

Looking forward to seeing the familiar faces along with any new members.

Solidly Yours,
Denny Bahl
CSUG President

Graphics Systems “Engineer 3D! Training and Technology Conference” April 14-15, 2015 Milwaukee, WI

president February 25th, 2015

Graphics Systems will be holding the Engineer 3D! Training and Technology Conference on April 14-15, 2015 in Milwaukee, WI. This event will feature over 80 technical sessions and hands-on workshops for: SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, 3D Printing, Simulation, Data Management, Design Automation, Product Documentation, Electrical Design, and more. Attendees will get weeks of SOLIDWORKS training and tips in just two days! To learn more, you can visit www.gxsc.com/Engineer3D.

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