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A Great Week on the Road for DriveWorks’ Heather

Last week, Heather from the DriveWorks team was on the road completing a SWUGN tour of the South and Southwest USA. She’s back in the office after a busy week and we caught up with her to find out more about her tour.

Fort Worth SOLIDWORKS User Group

“On Monday morning, I boarded the first of many flights as I headed out to Dallas/Fort Worth for the first stop on my trip. That evening, I had the pleasure of presenting at the Fort Worth Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group. The meeting was well attended and there was a great mix of both seasoned SOLIDWORKS users and students, which made for a great meeting.

I presented to the group about DriveWorksXpress and everyone was able to see how simple it is to automate their designs in SOLIDWORKS.

After my presentation, Amee Meghani from GoEngineer gave a great presentation.  Her “30 Tips and Tricks in 30 minutes” gave users important tools and insight to help with their everyday design work.

Craig Gilbreath was a great host and the Fort Worth SWUG meeting was a great kick-off to my week!”

North Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group

“Next up was a visit with Christie Buresh and the North Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group. The meeting location was the Dallas Makerspace and it was an awesome venue for a SWUG meeting. The Dallas Makerspace is unique as it’s the largest user funded and volunteer run makerspace in the U.S.

There are times when on the road you run into folks you have met before and this time was no exception. While at the North Texas SOLIDWORKS User Group, I ran into Rick McDonald. Rick works at GL Automation in Dallas. He had been in the Boston area in August and attended the Boston Area North SOLIDWORKS User Group where we met. It was great to run into him again in Texas – the SOLIDWORKS user group community is everywhere!”

New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group

“When first planning this trip, group leader William Radigan informed me that the week of their October user group meeting would coincide with the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.  As my airplane descended into the area, I could see in the early morning horizon the balloons taking off– it was magnificent!

That evening I presented at the New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group. William Radigan, group leader, was great host that evening.

The evening was full of great content with two presentations on the agenda.  After dinner, I presented on DriveWorksXpress and the DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification Program. After a short break, Dr. Reza Tabatabai from SOLIDWORKS presented on the different modules available in the SOLIDWORKS Simulation Suite.

At the end of the evening, William presented me with a Certificate of Appreciation. Thanks William, it was truly a pleasure to present at the New Mexico SOLIDWORKS User Group.”

Chattanooga SOLIDWORKS User Group

“The last stop on my tour was in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Did you know that it is also home to the “Little Debbie” brand of baked goods and snack cakes? Well, the Chattanooga SOLIDWORKS User Group held their meeting at McKee Foods – the home of Little Debbie!

Nicole runs a great meeting and she encourages group members to take an active role in the meeting. She engages with them to work together to develop future agenda topics. Nicole’s leadership is strong and the members love her.

After dinner and opening remarks, Nicole introduced me to the group. Over the course of an hour, we worked through the steps to set up and run a ‘bracket weldment’ project in DriveWorksXpress. This exercise gives users a chance to see the simple steps to design automation inside DriveWorksXpress. We discussed the new DriveWorksXpress Training and Certification Program. Upon return from my trip, I’ve already seen one person from this group become certified. Congratulations!”

“Special thanks to Craig Gilbreath, Christie Buresh, William Radigan and Nicole Walden. This was a great week spent on the road and I really enjoyed visiting your groups.

We look forward to seeing you all again at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 in LA! – Heather”