On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, the SWUGN Summit show made a stop in Troy, Michigan (just outside of Detroit) and I hope the pleasure of attending and presenting.
As always, Richard Doyle did an outstanding job lining everything from the facility, to the food, to the presenters up. The event was held at The San Marino Club and was well attended with around 90 users or so registered.
The day was chocked full of some AWESOME presentations as well and the list of presenters was nothing short of a who’s who in the SolidWorks universe. The presenters in Detroit were:
- Richard Doyle – DS SolidWorks
- Darin Grosser – DASI Solutions
- Avelino Rochino – DS SolidWorks
- Mike Garvelink – Gentex Corporation
- Lars Christensen – CADimensions
- Ken LaVictor – Fisher / Unitech
- Michael Beem – FANUC Robotics
- Jeff Cope – Extensible CAD Technologies
- Glen Desmier – Inductoheat, Inc.
- Elton Smith – DS SolidWorks
The hard part about any Summit or SolidWorks World day is that usually you want to be able to be in multiple places at one time. This day was no different. I decided to attend the following sessions and I was not disappointed.
- 8:45am – 10:00am – Using Advanced Mates in Assemblies (Darin Grosser)
- 10:15am – 11:30am – DUMB Solids: Making Them Your Friend (Lars Christensen)
- 12:30pm – 1:45pm – Working with Macros and the API (Michael Beem)
- 2:00pm – 3:15pm – Preparing Drawings for Inspection (Jeff Cope)
Needless to say, looking at that list of presenters, these presentations were awesome. However, I was disappointed that I missed out on a session called “SolidWorks Admin “Stuff”: The Things SolidWorks Doesn’t Tell You to Do!” which was done by Mike Garvelink. This was a presentation that Mike did at our user group meeting in July and was AWESOME! If Mike does, and he should, submit this for SolidWorks World and gets his abstract approved, you WILL NOT want to miss this presentation.
Mike also was gracious enough to post his outline on his blog (see link above) which he created not to long ago. This is a great idea which I am going to steal from him and do that with the presentation that I did as well which was titled “Using SolidWorks in Sales & Marketing”. Stay tuned early next week for a series of posts that relate to my presentation.
All in all, the Detroit SWUGN Summit was a huge success in my eyes. As long as Richard is in charge of these, they will continue to be great events and you should make a point to attend one if it happens to be in your area.