What are they thinking?

Posted on August 5th, 2015. Posted In Rant,SolidWorks Community

It’s no secret that I am a SolidWorks fan-boy. I’ve been using it for close to 17 years and, were it not for SolidWorks, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I run the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power User Group. Also, more often than not, I’ll defend SolidWorks when it comes under fire. Today, however, I find myself as the one pointing the gun, though more at Dassault than SolidWorks. […Read More…]

    SOLIDWORKS’ New Subscription Policy

    Posted on August 2nd, 2015. Posted In Rant,SolidWorks Community

    This seems to be flying under the radar a bit, but I’m not sure why. Effective January 1, 2016, the current subscription policy will change for SolidWorks customers. From the TPM blog: […Read More…]

      Rachel York – SolidWorks’ New Voice

      Posted on July 8th, 2015. Posted In Interview

      Rachel and her Dad

       

      In today’s post we’ll become better acquainted with Rachel York, SolidWorks’ newest voice. She is the Community and User Advocacy Manager for SolidWorks or, perhaps more aptly put, the face of SolidWorks. Rather than trying to paraphrase everything, I’ll just let Rachel do the talking: […Read More…]

        While I’ve been using SolidWorks for what seems like forever, I’ve never really messed with Composer until this year. I remember seeing it at a SolidWorks World many years ago (6? 7?), and thinking how cool it would be to have for tech pubs manuals, but that was as far as it went. […Read More…]

          CadMouse – The Review

          Posted on May 26th, 2015. Posted In Hardware Review

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          I’m going to fess up here: I’ve been putting off writing this review. Why? Because 3DConnexion is a favorite company of mine and I have to write some not-so-nice things about their latest offering, the CadMouse. […Read More…]

            Well, this is a first for me. This post was authored by Tony Glockler of SolidProfessor. I agreed to a guest post because what he wrote aligns with how I feel when it comes to classroom learning and, I’ve been a bit too busy to write anything in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy!

            How were you taught growing up? If your education was like mine, you sat in a classroom with other students (and maybe a class clown or two) being taught by an instructor. And what did you learn? Likely, your education focused on the three “R”s: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Most of what you learned in these classes probably wasn’t very different from what your parents learned, or their parents before them. These are topics that do evolve over time, but slowly, over generations. […Read More…]

              SolidProfessor – Catching Up

              Posted on March 12th, 2015. Posted In Interview,SolidWorks Community

              SolidProfessor-Logo

              At SolidWorks World 2015, I had the distinct pleasure to be able to sit down and talk with Tony Glockler, one of the founders of SolidProfessor to find out what was new with with them as all I’ve ever done in the past was test out their software. […Read More…]

                Onshape – A New Way to CAD

                Posted on March 9th, 2015. Posted In Interview

                Though it took a few tries between the two of us, I was able to talk with Jon Hirschtick over the weekend to find out what I could about his latest venture, Onshape. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about it at least a little bit. For those of you who have been under a rock, here’s how Onshape describes Onshape:

                “Onshape is the first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet.”

                While I’m still not 100% sold on cloud computing, I know that it is only going to get better as time goes on. Obviously, Jon and his team feel that the time is now. […Read More…]

                  MCOR – Improving on a Good Thing

                  Posted on March 2nd, 2015. Posted In Hardware Review

                  Dateline – SOLIDWORKS World 2015, Phoenix, AZ.

                  One of my goals at SOLIDWORKS World 2015 was to check out all the tech that was there, old and new. Mcor isn’t old tech per se, but it’s not quite new either.

                  Started back in 2005 by the brothers MacCormack, Connor and Fintan, Mcor is currently the only 3D printer on the market that uses paper as its medium. The ultimate goal for Mcor is to bring 3D printing to all and to make 3D printing as easy as printing on paper, and they’re slowly making their way to that goal. […Read More…]

                    SOLIDWORKS Certification – 2015 update

                    Posted on February 16th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

                    SW-Certification-Logo

                    I realize that some people don’t care about the SOLIDWORKS certifications that are out there, some calling them money grabs and other such things. For users like me, however, they help to lend a little validation to our resumes. With that being said, let’s get a quick update on where the certification program is in 2015. […Read More…]

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