NextEngine – It’s here, yee-ha!

Posted on June 29th, 2007. Posted In Hardware Review

I walked into my office…ok fine, my cubicle this morning and about killed myself on this box that was on the floor. I’d been told that my demo scanner from NextEngine was on its way but, I wasn’t holding my breath. Other vendors have promised me this or that and I haven’t seen squat. But, Brad from NextEngine came through and my scanner is here. Even as I type this, I’m doing my first scan of a clayman (think snowman made out of clay). It looks like it’s done…guess I better figure out what I’m supposed to do next.
My impression so far? Extremely easy to set up. Takes up a small amount of space. Quiet. I’ll let you know more after I figure out how to get the scan into SolidWorks and all that.

Keeping up with DriveWorks

Posted on June 25th, 2007. Posted In Software Review

Just a quick note for those of you interested in DriveWorks…
There are a couple of blogs specifically about DriveWorks written by the people that created, and work for, DriveWorks:

http://blogs.driveworks.co.uk/maria/
http://blogs.driveworks.co.uk/glen/
http://blog.philipstears.net/
http://blogs.driveworks.co.uk/ian/

They, along with SolidWorks, just won START-IT Magazine’s Power of Partnership Award. Congratulations to both!

SolidWorks 2008!!

Posted on June 18th, 2007. Posted In Software Review

SolidWorks announced the release of SolidWorks 2008 this morning (press release). As Matt mentions in his blog, the "Blog Squad" got some advanced access and info last week to what was coming. Since I alpha tested ’08 back in February at SWW ’07, I’ve been chomping at the bit for ’08 to come out. I was so impressed with the updated UI, graphics and functionality. Granted, I’m easily impressed, but this stuff was just awesome! My biggest regret was not being able to beta test this year. I just had too much on my plate to take the time to give the beta versions its just dues. However, I know that many of my fellow bloggers have beta tested. Their links are on the left side of this page.

The "preview" that I, and the other bloggers, got last week was great. A lot of the advanced functionality I’d seen in alpha testing was still in there. With over 250 user requested enhancements, incredible graphics and improved SWIFT (SolidWorks Intelligent Feature Technology), ’08 is going to make life a lot easier for designers everywhere. The FilletXpert has been vastly improved, as has the DimXpert.

I think one of the coolest things is the ability to reuse existing designs. Basically, you can search your files for pretty much whatever. Once found, Design Clipart dissects the file and then you can drag the sketch, feature, table, etc into your new design.

Another improvement is the addition of DriveWorksXpress in SolidWorks. I talked about this in a previous post, as well as reviewing the product itself…check my archives!

Looks like Lenny has a post up about ’08 as well…

Just a quick note…

Posted on June 14th, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

…to apologize again. Between work, family and coaching, I haven’t had much free time to review the software that I managed to load onto my laptop. It’s there and, as soon as I can, I’ll mess around with it. I promise.
We won 1st place in our league last night and are off to the division tournament this weekend! What a great season it’s been so far.

To all of you who responded to my last post, I thank you all. While I wasn’t as nervous as I seemed to be, your comments and advice are greatly appreciated!

What the heck was I thinking?

Posted on June 1st, 2007. Posted In SolidWorks Community

I really hate it when I make snap decisions without putting a whole lot of thought into them (I suppose that was rather redundant). I volunteered to be a presenter at the Portland SWUGN Summit on July 10th. Now I’m sitting here kicking myself. I’ve never presented before and am now questioning my decision (or sanity). Why am I telling you all this? Because I’d like to hear from those of you who have done public speaking or been a presenter of some sort. I’m going to be presenting on Sheet Metal, so if you’re a SolidWorks user and have some pointers, or some things that you’d like to learn about, let me know. I’m quite comfortable creating sheet metal parts. It was what I chose for the advanced modeling section of the CSWP exam. I just want to make sure that my presentation isn’t boring, y’know? So, please give me some tips. Public speaking isn’t one of my strong points…

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