As my Onshape colleague Alex Arevalo notes, whenever you gather a bunch of passionate mechanical engineers and product designers in a room, the conversations are fantastic. Innovation and creativity, of course, span across industries and it can be inspiring to hear firsthand how colleagues are overcoming challenges and exploring new technologies and processes.
That kind of contagious energy in the room just can’t be duplicated in online forums or through social media. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what genuine eye contact feels like outside of a video conference call.
PTC Onshape User Groups are now forming across North America. They are a casual way to improve your design skills, network with industry peers, learn best practices from innovative companies and just enjoy some food and drink with new friends.
Hosting a user group is a smart way for your company to get its name and products in front of potential new partners or recruits – or to float new ideas in front of like-minded professionals. At the recent Toronto meeting, for example, user group members had a chance to check out KitchenMate’s Smart Cooker devices that use conduction and steam to cook pre-prepared nutritious meals perfectly.
In the spirit of infusing some new faces into PTC Onshape User Groups in 2020, here’s a quick introduction to some of the group leaders, what they like to do when they’re not immersed in CAD, and their top pizza picks...
Group Leader: Ty Tremblay
Occupation: Lead Applications Engineer at Realtime Robotics
Favorite Non-CAD Activities: Mentors high school robotics teams, and founder of the RoboSports Network, a media channel that covers robotics competitions with NFL-style commentary, instant replay and analysis.
Group Meeting Place: Rotating venues. “It can take an hour to get across Boston by public transportation, so we’ll move the meetings around to spread out the inconvenience.”
Contact Info: ty.tremblay(at)gmail(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Regina Pizzeria
Group Leader: Drew Marschner
Occupation: Senior Mechanical Engineer at Impossible Objects
Favorite Non-CAD Activities: Lifting weights, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels.
Group Meeting Place: mHUB Chicago
Contact Info: andrew.marschner(at)gmail(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Pequod’s Pizza – Chicago’s Best Deep Dish Pizza
Group Leader: Chris McCormack
Occupation: Technical Trainer at PTC University
Favorite Non-CAD Activities: Playing online Dungeons and Dragons, watching owls in his backyard.
Group Meeting Place: Rotating venues
Contact Info: ChrisMacCormack(at)outlook(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Double Dave’s Pizzaworks in Denton, TX
Group Leader: Jeffrey Rowe
Favorite Non-CAD Activity: Drinking single malt scotch while playing banjo.
Group Meeting Place: 3D Printing Store, Englewood, CO
Contact Info: 719jrowe(at)gmail(at)com
Top Pizza Pick: Blue Pan Pizza (Detroit style)
Group Leader: Marcus Bernstein
Occupation: Product design student at Drexel University
Favorite Non-CAD Activity: Playing classic video games (Pokemon and Madden) from my childhood.
Group Meeting Place: Drexel University
Contact Info: marcusbernstein(at)gmail(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Ed’s Buffalo Wings and Pizza
Salt Lake City
Group Leader: Chad Clarke
Occupation: Senior Designer at Edwards Lifesciences
Favorite Non-CAD Activities: Quad camping and ice hockey
Group Meeting Place: Edwards Lifesciences
Contact Info: chad_clarke(at)edwards(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: The Pie Pizzeria
Group Leader: Bill Campbell
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer at Dexcom
Favorite Non-CAD Activity: Riding his motorcycle on far away roads and feeling like he’s traveling through “heaven.”
Group Meeting Place: Rotating venues
Contact Info: billc(at)rustyshed(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Meadows Deli Market in Escondido
Group Leader: Bill Schnoebelen
Occupation: President of Circuit Case Engineering
Favorite Non-CAD Activities: Walking dogs and riding motorcycles.
Group Meeting Place: To Be Determined
Contact Info: bill(at)circuitcase(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Fox and Lion Bread Company
Group Leader: David Parker
Occupation: Sr. Technical Designer at Dillon Works
Favorite Non-CAD Activity: Grows orchids.
Group Meeting Place: SnoCo Makerspace
Contact Info: seattleoug(at)gmail(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Brooklyn Bros. Pizzeria in Everett
Group Leader: Sean Blanchard
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer at Applied Materials
Favorite Non-CAD Activity: Enjoys watching video game experts play Madden and wrestling games on YouTube.
Group Meeting Place: Hacker Dojo in Santa Clara
Contact Info: sv.onshape.ug(at)gmail(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Mountain Mike’s Pizza
Group Leader: Anthony Marino
Occupation: Director of Hardware Development at KitchenMate
Favorite Non-CAD Activity: Makes his own sourdough bread and pizza dough.
Group Meeting Place: KitchenMate and rotating venues
Contact Info: anthony(at)kitchenmate(dot)com
Top Pizza Pick: Maker Pizza Avenue
New PTC Onshape User Groups will be forming in other cities in 2020. Don’t see your community listed here? Get in touch with liaison Richard Doyle at email@example.com to explore the possibility of launching your own User Group!