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Nashua, NH, United States, 2008/12/15 - Rapid Sheet Metal™, Inc. hosted over 70 members of the New Hampshire Solidworks User Group (NH SWUG) on Tuesday, December 2 - Wwug-NH.org.
After tours of Rapid’s state of the art sheet metal facility dedicated to the ultrafast turnaround of prototype sheet metal parts and a bountiful buffet dinner, the crowd settled in for an evening of discussions on cyber metal bending in the world’s most widely used sheet metal design CAD software, Solidworks.
Jay Patterson, Product Definition Specialist for SolidWorks, reviewed the tools and methodologies of how to design sheet metal parts within Solidworks. Covering the basics as well as expert tips and tricks, Jay demonstrated the power of Solidworks for designing sheet metal. Steve Lynch, Engineering Manager for Rapid Sheet Metal, followed with a presentation on manufacturing considerations for sheet metal design. The audience was shown how a sheet metal shop uses their 3D Solidworks data to make real parts and the impact on manufacturing of certain CAD design features such as bend radii, hemming, offset bends and hardware insertion. Concluding the meeting was a Question and Answer session that many felt had to end too soon.
The User Group meeting was a great way for Solidworks Users to connect with others in the engineering community and refine their sheet metal design skills. “Steve Lynch provided one of the best presentations we have ever seen. Overall, everyone got a lot out of the night and I would consider it our best NH-SWUG meeting yet! Kudos to Rapid Sheet Metal.” commented Cindy Berend, NH-SWUG President.
About NH-SWUG (NH SWUG)
The New Hampshire Chapter of the Solidworks User Group (swug-nh.org) is a forum for users to learn more about Solidworks and Solidworks related products, and better educate themselves on how Solidworks can be used. Meetings allow members to share experiences and technical presentations that can them and their company with valuable, real world techniques and methodologies. Membership in the NH SWUG is open to all levels of Solidworks users. Meetings and technical presentations are free and take place in the Nashua area every other month.
NH-SWUG, Cindy Berend
About Rapid Sheet Metal Inc.
Rapid Sheet Metal (rapidsheetmetal.com) focuses strictly on providing sheet metal prototypes and time sensitive short run fabrications to new product developers and engineers. Typical quote response time is under 24 hours and most parts are shipped in one to two weeks. A 48-hour fast expedite prototype sheet metal service is also available. Parts such as brackets, racks, housings, and enclosures are fabricated to data from SolidWorks, Pro/E, Inventor, KeyCreator/ Cadkey, SpaceClaim and other 3D CAD data sources from stainless steel, cold and hot rolled steel and aluminum material.