I suppose you could call me a power user, anyway. I’ve been using SolidWorks for 18 years, I’m a CSWE and I use it day in and day out. I run the Seattle Area SolidWorks Power User Group, I’ve presented at user groups, SolidWorks World and at a SWUGN Summit. I’ve been writing this blog since 2006 and I’ve even written a few articles for industry magazines. I guess you could say I’ve gotten around a bit. […Read More…]

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…]

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…]

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…]

SOLIDWORKS Certification – 2015 update

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


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…]

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