SOLIDWORKS Certification – 2015 update

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

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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…]

              Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

              Posted on January 7th, 2015. Posted In Personal

              As 2014’s flame slowly dims, I thought I’d take a minute and reflect upon all that happened in the past year. Why? Because I haven’t had anything worthwhile to post lately. Please don’t take that as some sort of promise that this post will be worthwhile, I just felt I should end the year with a post. […Read More…]

                Asheen Phansey

                On a recent trip to Maine, I took a day to head down to Waltham, Massachusetts and sit down with Asheen Phansey to talk sustainability. He and I had talked about it a few years ago, with regards to SOLIDWORKS, but Asheen’s role is now aligned with Dassault Systèmes corporate and I felt that it warranted another sit down. […Read More…]

                  What’s up with Workgroup PDM?

                  Posted on September 18th, 2014. Posted In Rant,SolidWorks Community

                  What’s up with Workgroup PDM? Who knows. SOLIDWORKS is unable, or unwilling, to say what they’re plan is for WPDM and that lack of communication is getting on the nerves of those of us who use it. Honestly, I don’t know why it’s such a difficult topic to address. As a matter of fact, I’ll give you what I think is the best option and exactly what SOLIDWORKS (Dassault) should do with it:
                  Keep it. You don’t have to improve it. You don’t have to change it. Just keep it compatible with all future versions of SOLIDWORKS. Why? Because there are those of us who don’t need ePDM, or some other over-the-top PDM system, and we have a ton of time and money invested in what we have now. Why would you abandon what I’m assuming is a decent portion of your user base? While the bean counters may see dollar signs, I suspect that showing such disregard would not go over well.
                  So there’s your answer, SOLIDWORKS. Now, you just need to accept my plan and then let your WPDM users that WPDM’s life will last as long as SOLIDWORKS is around. I believe there are many who will breath a sigh of relief.

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                    Scott Wertel – PE

                    Posted on August 15th, 2014. Posted In Interview

                    I had the pleasure of meeting Scott in person when we shared a ride from the airport to the hotel for the 2013 Solid Edge University. I’d known him previously via Interactions on Twitter over the past few years. I’ve always found him to be intelligent, well spoken and open minded.
                    Because Scott is a well-respected member of the engineering community, I felt it was my duty to subject him to one of my interviews. Not sure why, but he agreed to it. […Read More…]

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