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April 2012


Hawk Ridge Systems awarded #1 Worldwide SolidWorks Reseller at SolidWorks World
With your support, Hawk Ridge Systems was recognized as the #1 Worldwide SolidWorks Reseller at SolidWorks World 2012. We are extremely proud of this honor and thank each of our valued customers for helping us achieve this award. We strive to bring you innovation, excellence and the best engineering support in the 3D Engineering Community. With 14 offices on the West Coast of the United States and Canada, we continue to invest in our training and service offerings to be your go-to provider for all of your engineering needs.
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The Switch is On…Pro/E Customers Move to SolidWorks
From Fortune 500 companies with large assemblies to small independent engineering shops, we are witnessing a significant switch from Pro/E over to SolidWorks. All of these customers expressed common reasons for their decision to switch to SolidWorks:
  • The pool of new hire candidates is experienced with SolidWorks - few know Pro/E
  • Creo has been on the market for over 9 months and is a known entity
  • SolidWorks is the dominant file format customers and suppliers/partners use
  • SolidWorks provides greater innovation and superior user productivity
  • SolidWorks Simulation and Enterprise PDM are easier and faster to use
  • Total cost of ownership is lower with SolidWorks than with Pro/E
We are consistently hearing this from our own customer base, so if you are still using Pro/E and are confused by Creo, you are not alone. SolidWorks now has over 1.7 million users and is gaining momentum every day. If you are ready to make the switch, and want to explore if SolidWorks is the right tool for you, let us know and we will provide a customized needs assessment for you and your team.

New - SolidWorks Plastics 2012
SolidWorks Plastics brings injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds. You can evaluate the manufacturability of your parts and molds at the same time you design for form, fit and function.
Take your First Look at SolidWorks Plastics
Upcoming Events

SolidWorks Seminar & Lunch Series – Simulation and 3DVIA Composer
Learn how best-in-class companies use design validation early in the development process to optimize their products and compress design cycles with SolidWorks Simulation. You will also discover how companies are leveraging their 3D CAD data to improve their technical communications with 3DVIA Composer.
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File Management Workshops & Lunch Series
Join SolidWorks PDM Product Manager, John Peros, for a networking workshop to discuss the challenges and solutions with file management. This informal networking workshop is designed for users who do not have PDM and are looking for a better way to manage their engineering files.
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SolidWorks Solutions Day
Throughout the year, our engineering team will be traveling throughout the West Coast of Canada and the US offering demonstrations of SolidWorks Simulation and 3DVIA Composer for technical documentation. Coming to a city near you soon.
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SolidWorks Hands-on Test Drive
Join us for an expert-led Hands-on Test Drive and discover why SolidWorks is the most adopted 3D CAD Design Solution used by industry professionals today.
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Upcoming Webinars

SolidWorks Simulation: May is Simulation Month at the Ridge
Join us for a series of weekly webinars on FEA stress analysis, CFD fluid flow analysis and more. Every Friday in May a new topic will be covered by Simulation Product Manager, Glenn Whyte. Join us on Friday for Fluid, Flow, & FEA!
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Webinar Wednesday™
Celebrating our first year anniversary, delivering over 100 eLearning and eDemo webinars and viewed by over 6000 SolidWorks users, Webinar Wednesday continues to be the cornerstone for delivering training and demonstrations.
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Hawk Ridge Systems Launches New Webstore!

The New & Improved Store includes:
  • 6 new online training courses available – starting at $199
  • Easy to purchase SolidWorks training courses
  • Free SolidWorks Downloads, including our new HawkWare™ Tools
Check it out , literally.
Customer Corner: IGT Switches to SolidWorks  
IGT IGT, International Gaming Technology, is the world's largest gaming machine manufacturer, with a product portfolio that includes traditional reel slot machines, video slots and video poker, and progressive payout machines. They chose to replace Pro/Engineer and WindChill with 46 licenses of SolidWorks and 58 licenses of EPDM.

IGT made the decision to choose SolidWorks even though they are deeply entrenched with Pro/Engineer legacy data. The reason for a SolidWorks decision was based on a Cost of Ownership comparison of SolidWorks and Pro/Engineer. New innovations in SolidWorks 2012 clearly made an impact with enhancements in Sheet Metal and Costing . We are proud to welcome IGT to the Hawk Ridge Systems Community of SolidWorks Users.


New Online SolidWorks Training Courses We will be adding more courses every month, so look for updates. Learn More

New Simulation Services Consulting
Hawk Ridge Systems is now offering a broad range of analysis consulting services for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with SolidWorks Simulation, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) with SolidWorks Flow Simulation and Kinematic Motion Analysis with SolidWorks Motion. We offer:
  • Analysis Consulting
  • One-on-one Software Application Training
Led by Jared Conway P.Eng., the Hawk Ridge Systems Engineering Team is available to help you leverage your investment in SolidWorks Simulation. Learn More

Customer Support Survey…and the Winner is?
Thank you to over 200 subscription service customers who responded to our online survey with feedback on our technical support services. You told us, and we listened. As a result of your input, we are now developing more comprehensive tools for the SolidWorks Customer Portal so that we continue to exceed your highest expectations. As promised, we held a drawing for the 3DConnexion SpaceMouse Pro…our winner is Hawk Ridge Systems customer, Wenzel Wu from Laxco Inc. in Bothell, Washington. Congratulations Wenzel! Visit Support

Hawk Ridge Systems Facebook – "Like Us" and Enter to Win $400 in Free SolidWorks Training
We joined the frenzy on Facebook, with the new Business-oriented TimeLine. It was actually a very enlightening experience to track our history back to 1996 when we started in parametric modeling. Time Line, Time Warp. We welcome you to time travel with us, and hopefully you will "like us". Enter the drawing for $400 of free SolidWorks Training from Hawk Ridge Systems. Like Us

Check out the Hawk Ridge Systems Blog!
Our SolidWorks Product Managers and Applications Engineers offer tips and tricks and more on our Hawk Ridge Systems Blog.
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