SEU15 Wrap Up

MLombard
Retired

Wow, what a day. I started out at 8 AM by giving a presentation to an engaged audience on

Synchronous Technology. There were several Sync sessions in the same room, including one

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from Craig Ruchti, and one from Melissa Schultz. Melissa's presentation had maybe the best quote I've seen from a user using Synchronous. She took a big project through the process using Synchronous instead of Ordered Solid Edge. At the end of the project, one of the new Sync users had this to say:

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Wow, so they actually wound up with a better product because they were able to get more done. Her study showed that the more complex the assembly, the more time was saved with Synchronous. Projects ranged from 7x to 2x faster in Synch.

 

Remember that we publish the presentations from SEU in the Knowledge Base area of the community. I'll put out a notice when this year's presentations go up.

 

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This afternoon I attended Richard Funnell's presentations on Keyshot. I didn't get to spend enough time in the What's New for KS6, because I was running around getting community people lined up to receive prizes. Mr. Funnell is one of those guys who really knows his stuff, and can apply it to just about any situation. He does demos and training, He's comfortable with the crazy high end rendering of professional computer graphics guys as well as the more utilitarian stuff that we engineers create.

 

In addition to the free product inside Solid Edge, Keyshot also offers a Pro (paid) version that has more advanced tools. I was really hoping to see the What's New in KS6, but I'll have to catch up with Funnell separately.

 

seu15miller.pngAnd then of course was the Wrap Up session. I have to say that John Miller has earned his stripes. He was walking around, talking to users, and I saw him in some of the technical sessions. This was his first SEU, and some users may not have even been aware that there was a new guy at the helm.

 

The stuff we really wanted to see was Jeff Walker's brief presentation of

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sneak peek of ST9. Unfortunately by the time the end of the day rolled around, my camera was dead, so I'm relying on Twitter for these images. Simon Floyd took the one below. Jeff showed the whole list of stuff in progress in ST9, with about 75% of it blacked out with marker. His dry sense of humor showing through. He was, however, able to talk about several areas, and these are all meat-and-potatoes CAD functions, or stuff directly related to day-to-day file management. Customization portability, Pack and Go, Rev Man 2, blocks in sketch, multibody enhancements, and more of course. The message was that while other CAD companies are boasting about changing their icons, Solid Edge continues to develop stuff that customers are asking for and want/need.

 

John Miller and I presented awards for the Design Better Challenge. First prize went to Craig Hall, who got some very nice 3D Connexion devices, I think a mouse, a spaceball, and a keyboard.

 

seu15community.pngAnd then they had Community awards. Again, I borrow an image, this time from the SEU15 Android app, and Russell Brook. The awards were given out in no particular order to Ken Grundey, Matt Johnson, Tushar Suradkar, Sean Cresswell, Bruce Shand, Imre Szucs, Bob Mileti, Jason Newell, and Craig Hall again.

 

seu15 badge.pngOverall, this was a very successful University, especially for the Community. We made a lot of noise, we had our own special badge banner, and we were always together having a good time. I'm grateful to Solid Edge for bringing over Tushar and Sean from half way around the world, trips that they might not have made on their own. They really added a lot to everything.

 

There was so much more news that will come out over time that came from SEU15, and one blog post would be too crammed with stuff to cover it all. I'll be doing interviews with some of the presenters from SEU breakout sessions and have them go through the highlights, and I will also have to go through some of the announcements like Catchbook in more detail.

 

So until next year, thanks to Solid Edge for the great event, and thanks to all of you for supporting great CAD software!

Comments
Phenom
Hi, I really enjoyed it, met personally with lots of nice guys. Thanks for all! BR,
Retired

Imre,

 

I think you bring the fun with you. It seems to follow you around.

Legend

Rev Man 2? I can't wait!

Esteemed Contributor

What a blast it was, at my first ever SEU [not the last, by any means] ...the items revelaed that are coming in ST9, will be VERY well recieved. [such as mentioned by @lking, the upcoming fully upgraded "Revision Manager 2.0"]

 

The "We're Listening" sessions were amazing, and priceless!...the rooms seemed to come alive, with ways we all want to see the software evolve, and I think the term used in one of @ArtPatrick's sessions, was they were "ENCHANTMENTS" [said to be a little more magical than, Enhancements]  Robot Very Happy

Esteemed Contributor

Oh....and a while I'm here...an additional word of thanks to @JFM [John Miller] for taking the time out to chat, and being so open, receptive and empowering, to the ideas that came about in those meetings. Good to know there is someone going to bat for us, at the level you are.

Phenom

Sean, I think it's safe to say having you, along with Tushar, Imics, etc. who traveled so far to be with us this year... it was truly one of the real highlights.

 

As much as we all come to these events to learn more about SE, the real benefit about this kind of "experience" is getting to talk with so many different people and all the different ways folks are using Solid Edge. So thanks for coming.

 

It was great meeting you in person, and it was wonderful to meet your lovely wife Marie.

 

Bob

Phenom

"Oh....and a while I'm here...an additional word of thanks to @JFM [John Miller] for taking the time out to chat, and being so open, receptive and empowering, to the ideas that came about in those meetings. Good to know there is someone going to bat for us, at the level you are."

 

@SeanCresswell I completely agree with you, buddy! We won with him & good luck Sir!

 

BR,

Phenom

"The message was that while other CAD companies are boasting about changing their icons, Solid Edge continues to develop stuff that customers are asking for and want/need."

 

Matt, you don'tt know the half of it! The UI thread on the SW forum is huge...full of disgrunteled users. I beleive that thread is the second longest right behind the thread talking about their maintenance policy change I beleive that one is around 3,000 comments! Regardless those users are NOT happy.

 

I am happy to hear that the SE users are happy with thiers! Maybe it's time for some  "nah, nah ours is better!"

Retired

Ryan,

 

Yeah, I had to stop following all of that stuff. There's just so much to do over here, can't keep living in the past. The past is just History. Anyway, those users will eventually figure it out, even if they're a few years late.

Legend

 This was my first SEU as well and enjoyed it greatly. It was nice to put a face with many of you guy. I got to talk with Keynote speaker Philip Norman quite a bit at dinner on Wednesday, very nice guy, as well as many of the other Siemens folks. Spent both nights with Nick Rakkar from the UK at a few local bars, great times.

Phenom

Yes, the biggest outcome of this annual gathering is John Miller himself walking over to several community members and inviting their ideas and suggestions on improving the community site.

  

Now that the initiative has been taken, I think community members should proactively take the next step and put forward long pending wish list about improving this community site's user-experience.

 

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