SOLIDWORKS 2016 – It’s almost here

Posted on October 5th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

The official release of SOLIDWORKS 2016 is just around the corner and I, for one, am excited for it. While I was a bit taken aback by the UI change, I didn’t have the negative reaction to it that some have had. Much of the uproar reminds me of the last UI change back in 2008, but I’m sure the detractors will come around just as they did then.

While I plan on posting about some of my favorite changes over the next couple of weeks, this post is strictly for two bits of information for you, my loyal reader. One, if you haven’t seen SOLIDWORKS 2016 yet, where have you been? You need to get your butt to a reseller event to see all the “what’s new” demos. There are a few things in there that should put a really big smile on your face. You can go here to find a list of events in your area. Two, I’m sure you’ve heard about SOLIDWORKS World before. How about getting your conference pass paid for? SOLIDWORKS is giving away three passes to the three top vote getters in their T-Shirt Contest. You can get all the details here.

    SOLIDWORKS 2016 Rollout

    Posted on September 30th, 2015. Posted In Software Review,SolidWorks Community

    On September 22nd, I had the opportunity to be at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston to get a first-hand look at some of the new stuff coming out in SOLIDWORKS 2016. (A quick aside here–if you get the chance to be in Boston, check out the institute, it’s pretty cool.) This rollout was different than ones I’d been to in the past at SOLIDWORKS HQ. […Read More…]

      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


              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


                  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…]

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