Is 2010 the year you go?

Posted on October 30th, 2009. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Well, will it be? You know you want to go; you can almost taste how badly you want to rub elbows with thousands of other SolidWorks users can’t you? Have you seen the lineup of speakers for SolidWorks World 2010 yet? There’s the usual suspects from SolidWorks: Marlon Banta, Joy Garon, Mark Biasotti as well as a slew of others. Then you have the usual, non-employee, power users: Matt Lombard, Devon Sowell, Gerald Davis. Then you have me. Seriously, how can you even think of not going now? Instead of reading the drivel I write, you’ll be able to hear it first-hand!

I could easily see this post starting to sound like a broken record spouting off all the reasons you should go to SolidWorks World. What I want to know is why you don’t want to go. Not why you can’t (money, time off), but why you won’t.  I’m interested to hear.

AMV SteelWorks

Posted on October 29th, 2009. Posted In Software Review

AMV Logo

I’m going to end up having to do a couple of posts on AMV SteelWorks. There’s just a lot to cover on this particular SolidWorks Solution Partner’s software. Frankly, I’m quite excited to be trying out this particular product. After having gone through trying to create a steel-based structure last summer, I’m already wishing we’d had something like SteelWorks.

First, SteelWorks is a direct add-in for SolidWorks. No secondary programs, no import/export, nada. It gets its own tab on the the CommandManager and everything.


Thankfully, it does come with an awesome tutorial. It may be that I’m not well-versed in steel construction, but knowing where to start didn’t come naturally for me. However, by following the detailed instructions, I’ve been able to keep my assembly looking like the one in the tutorial.

I’m still only on the first chapter, but I’m hoping that someone who deals with steel construction reads this and gets in touch. I have some questions I’d like to ask. In the mean time, I’ll be continuing on through the rest of the tutorial. Stay tuned!

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