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


    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


          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…]

            SOLIDWORKS World 2015 – Wrap Up

            Posted on February 14th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

            This has been a rough conference. Not sure the cause, but I feel as though I haven’t slept since I got here and no, I haven’t been out partying. […Read More…]

              SolidWorks World 2015 – Tuesday

              Posted on February 11th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

              Holy crap, what a day today was.

              It started off as most days do; breakfast, then the long wait for them to decide to open the doors to the general session. Then comes the stampede as a large portion of the group speed walks/runs to get a good seat. The press corp isn’t immune to this, either. There are a few of us who yearn to be in the front, and will also hustle to satiate that yearning. […Read More…]

                SOLIDWORKS World 2015 – Sunday

                Posted on February 8th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

                After missing last year’s SolidWorks World, I’m excited to be back with my peeps. It’s even more special because a lot of Super Bowl decorations are still up so it feels like I was at the big game. Well, maybe not so much, but it’s still cool to see the stuff.

                As is the norm of a Sunday at SolidWorks World, not a whole lot goes on. Tons of people arriving, registering, getting the lay of the land. I’m still amazed by how many people show up, and how many show up year after year. It’s a beautiful think, man. I hate, though, that I’m sore terrible with names. It’s a bummer to have to try to surreptitiously look at someone’s badge to remember their name. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that it happens to, right?

                The partner pavilion is jammed with oohs and aahs again this year and I’m looking forward to checking it out in more depth in the coming days. I’ve already seen a few things I want to try out and I’m hoping to get my grubby hands on some demo models. There seems to be a fair amount of 3D printers this year, but with how that industry is exploding, it makes complete sense.

                As has become the norm, Twitter will be exploding as the press, and attendees, share what’s being said during the general session. Watch for the #SWW15 tag and follow along with all the comments, snarky and complimentary. I, for one, am hoping that they’ve cut down on the time allotted for the partner commercials. They are always such a downer.

                  Me, an expert?

                  Posted on January 29th, 2015. Posted In Interview

                  I was recently interviewed by Cadalyst as an expert, much to my surprise! Well the article was published today and I’m humbled.

                  An excerpt:
                  Jeff Mirisola has taught countless visitors to his site, Jeff’s Tool Shed, the ins and outs of the SOLIDWORKS environment. Mirisola started the website to explore the limits of his own knowledge and get more involved in the community – all while sharing his knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm along the way.

                  For the rest of the riveting interview, just click here!

                    Lynn Allen – Autodesk’s Supreme Evangelist

                    Posted on January 28th, 2015. Posted In Interview

                    Lynn AllenGo figure, Lynn Allen agreed to do an interview with me without me having to resort to bribery or blackmail. Proof that she is a pretty cool person. Having finished the interview, it’s now up to me to ensure that I do right by her, lest a horde of Autodesk disciples design me out of existence. […Read More…]

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