SolidMap – Coming Soon!!

Posted on February 26th, 2007. Posted In Software Review

Want a way to view interdependencies between features and parts in SolidWorks? Well, SolidMap claims to be able to do just that, including showing circular references! We’ll just have to see about that, won’t we?

I have the software, now I’m going to take it for a spin around the block a time or two. Watch this blog for the review…

Strange Goings On

Posted on February 24th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Now, I realize that this blog is supposed to be about SolidWorks and its associated hardware and software, but I feel the need to vent a little bit.

I’ve recently begun receiving emails from someone who shall remain anonymous. These emails are, essentially, bulk emails as I’ve been added to this person’s ‘press release’ group. I didn’t ask to be added, nor do I know how they got my work email address. While it falls short of being an invasion of privacy, it is really annoying. Why you might ask? Because the person in question has, from what I’ve heard, a low opinion of bloggers. Having actually met this individual, I don’t think too highly of them on a personal level. Professionally, they are well respected in their community and very knowledgeable. Why they feel the need to include me on their press release without asking is beyond me. Frankly, I have yet to see anything in these "press releases" that interests me. They don’t pertain to my passion (that being SolidWorks).

Here are my questions to you, my loyal reader, do I continue to accept these "press releases", or do I email the individual and ask to be removed? How would you feel if in my position? Am I needlessly whining?

Don’t be afraid to be honest, I can handle it.

It’s Friday…Go fly a plane!!

Posted on February 23rd, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

You have to try this! Go to Design your own paper airplane and see how well it flies. Sure, you’re productivity will go down but, hey, it’s Friday!!


Posted on February 21st, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

For those of you who don’t read Matt Lombard’s blog (which is really a HUGE mistake on your part), you should, at the very least, check out his latest post regarding Vista and SolidWorks. Click here to get to it.

3DConnexion and Acrobat 3D

Posted on February 21st, 2007. Posted In Software Review

I received and email from 3DConnexion this morning announcing support for Adobe Acrobat 3D. While it will require you to download a new driver, available here, I suspect it will be a great experience for those of you who use Acrobat 3D. You’ll be able to control both the document and the model with your device.

For those of you unaware of Acrobat 3D, you really should check it out, it’s pretty cool. At least that’s what I’ve been told. I’ve seen a couple of demos, too. It’s a slick way to show your models to customers/vendors without them needing anything more than Acrobat Reader. I’m not knocking eDrawings here, it’s just that some people don’t want to download the program and this provides an option outside of SolidWorks…

I’m still waiting (hoping, actually) for a demo copy so that I can see for myself how cool it really is and then let all of you, my loyal readers, know as well.

Long time, no post

Posted on February 18th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and to you, my loyal reader, I apologize. Work has been overly hectic and things became rather tenuous with the sudden departure of my boss. I was completely caught off guard by the turn of events, as was everyone else in engineering. My boss, the VP of engineering was, by far and away, the best boss I’ve ever had the pleasure of working for and with. He was a great leader and mentor, and taught me so much in the 18 months we worked together. Thankfully, I work for a small company and those of us in engineering have been assured that we will have a strong say in who our new boss will be.

I plan on contacting the power-that-be at a couple of vendors to line up some new stuff to review this week, so you should be seeing some review starting to pop up in the coming weeks. Remember, patience is a virtue. Don’t give up on me yet!

SWW – Mardi Gras World Party

Posted on February 7th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Here’s a picture of the bloggers at the user party tonight at Mardi Gras World. From left to right:

Rob Rodriguez, Anna Wood, Ricky Jordan, me, Ben Eadie, Matt Lombard and Lenny Kikstra.


Everyone else arrived a while before I did and they were all in a really good mood when I got there. Mardi Gras World is where they create the floats for the parade every year. There was plenty of food and drink, live music and a huge variety of games. You could also wander around and see all the various figures used for the floats:

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While wandering around, I happened upon John McEleny, CEO of SolidWorks, and introduced myself. As I expected, he was a very down to Earth guy. He graciously spent a few minutes chatting with me which, given the fact that there were a lot of people there, I’m very appreciative of.

Tomorrow is the last day. I, for one, am already looking forward to next year’s SolidWorks World!

SWW – Tuesday

Posted on February 6th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Ahh, Tuesday…

The day started off with a 20 oz mocha. No breakfast as I had to attend a vendor partner meeting. I was introduced to the attendees so that, when I hit them up for demos, they’d know who I was. It worked out well later in the day…more about that a few paragraphs down.

The general session was good. Jeff Ray talked about the education initiative taking place in Norway. The country has purchased 30,000 seats of the student edition to help get the kids interested in math. They’re also hoping that it will foster an interest in engineering. Apparently, Norway is short on engineers.

He then introduced Rwanda’s Minister of Science, Professor Murenzi. Dr. Murenzi spoke about his country’s "One Laptop per Child Initiative". SolidWorks’ involvement has grown over the years to helping support their manufacturing challenges, showing them how to be able to consistently produce quality.

Next, it was time for "The Woz", Steve Wozniak. I had to leave for a while at this point to go to a quick meeting. Upon my return, Mr. Wozniak was still speaking, and was at the point of describing how Apple became a company. While I’m sure there were many around me who found him interesting, I didn’t. It’s nothing against Mr. Wozniak, I simply am not enough of a techno-geek I guess.

Off to my first session of the day, 90 Tips and Tricks in 90 Minutes by Adam Smith of Product Creation Studios. Some of you have probably heard of, and/or seen, Adam. He’s been a mainstay in the SolidWorks Community for many years. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Adam for a number of years as he used to work for my VAR. Anyway, Adam’s presentation was, as usual, entertaining and informative. While he didn’t quite get to all 90 tips in the 90 minutes, he did get through most of them. For every one that I already knew, there were three I didn’t. Just when you think you know everything, along comes someone like Adam…

After lunch, I went to a hands-on session for Electrical Routing by Avelino Rochino of SolidWorks. Excellent presentation! I’ll be able to put what I learned to use immediately.

I also attended a break-out session on Toolbox and how to configure it. Again, I’ll be able to put stuff to use immediately. I figured I didn’t have ours set up quite right…I’ll fix that upon my return to work on Thursday…well, maybe Friday.

Last night, I had the honor of going to the press dinner put on by SolidWorks. Earlier in the day I had met Rachel Dalton-Taggart. It was a pleasure meeting her as I’ve just started reading her blog, PR, Marketing and the Business of CAD, and she’s a great person to talk to. We talked for just a bit, but I must have said something right as she mentioned me, and Anna Wood, in her blog today. I’ve made the big time now! She does mention something about writing more about the press dinner, so hopefully she doesn’t recant what she said about me.

I’m tempted to say something inflammatory here about someone at my table who made some sideways comments about bloggers, but I’m not going to sink to that level. People are entitled to their own opinions, as assinine as they may be.

I did have the pleasure of meeting Tony Lockwood, Editorial Director of Desktop Engineering. I’ve been reading his blurbs that come in my email for a while now, and it was truly a pleasure. I wish I had had more time to converse with him. That being said, I’m sure I would have ended up making a fool of myself, so perhaps it’s a good thing that I didn’t…

Since being here, I’ve seen what SW 2008 is going to look like and I also know where SWW ’08 is going to be held. While one will be announced tomorrow for the world to know, you’ll have to wait until the beta version of ’08 comes out to see what I’ve seen.

Below are just a couple of pictures from today:


Steve Wozniak

Jeff_ray_and_dr_morenzi Jeff Ray and Dr. Morenzi

It looks like I’ll be getting to test drive a scanner from NextEngine. While I don’t know how soon I’ll see it, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one since last year’s SWW. I believe, too, that I’ll be able to test drive some stuff from HP, Adobe and some CAM software in the near future as well. I’m looking forward to it all and anything else that comes my way.

Stay tuned…

SolidWorks World – Monday

Posted on February 5th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Ok, first things first…We have a winner! Two actually.

Gerald Davis caught me outside my hotel this morning and laid claim to the SpaceNavigator and Jeff Arthur found me at 4pm to take the SpaceNavigator. Congratulations to both of you and I hope you enjoy your new toys!

The morning started off with a buffet breakfast. I sat with Gerald Davis and his cohorts. I then made a vain attempt to get into the Vendor Pavillion early but, even with the help of some SW employees, I was shot down. Off to the General Session.

Jef Ray opened things up, getting everyone pumped up. I couldn’t get over how many people were in the room. P2050043

The picture only shows about 1/3 of the crowd. The place was jammed! Ricky Jordan has already talked about what we learned, so go to his blog to get the dirt.

After the General Session, I went back to the Partner Pavillion and looked up some people I’d met only over the phone when I was reviewing their products. John Hilton of Spatial Freedom, Rick Lando of 3Dconnexion, Brian Watson of Desktop EDA and the guys from Pinion Software. I also spoke to a bunch of other partners and they all seemed very receptive to giving me access to their products for review. You should start seeing stuff coming more rapidly in the near future.

More later…

Find me tomorrow to win!

Posted on February 4th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Ok, for those of you who took the survey and are now wondering how to find me, I’m going to give you my schedule for tomorrow. Remember, you’ll need to have the coupon with you to win either the SpaceExplorer or the SpaceNavigator.

Breakfast at 7, followed by the general session. Time allowing, I’ll probably go through the partner pavillion before the general session. After that, I have 4 sessions:

All you need to know about configurations in room 340

Producing Multi-media training material in room 244

Animation as a technical Presentation in room 345

PhotoWorks 101 in room 342

Find me, I’ll have the controllers with me for the first two people!

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