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Marie, and her husband David, have done much to help SOLIDWORKS users learn SOLIDWORKS over the years with the books they’ve written. These days, Marie works for SOLIDWORKS, having been there for the last nine years as the Director of Education Community, SOLIDWORKS. If it is a SOLIDWORKS product in virtually any educational institute, then Marie is responsible for the curriculum. And certification. And scholarships. In other words, she’s busy. Prior to coming to SOLIDWORKS, Marie was the Engineering Department Chair at Massachusetts Bay College and was responsible for STEM outreach. Prior to that she worked in robotics at Zymark and at Prime Computer/Computervision. […Read More…]

Mike Puckett

Talking Certification

Anyone who has been a part of the SOLIDWORKS community for any length of time probably knows of Mike. Some of us remember when he was just a humble blogger before he was beamed up to the SOLIDWORKS mothership to join the certification team. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was jealous of this, not that I’m holding a grudge. I mean he deserved it, I guess. It’s not like I was in the running for the position. Hell, I didn’t even know about the position. You’d think, though, that I would have at least been asked if I was interested…oh, look, a butterfly. […Read More…]

As with so many aspects of SOLIDWORKS, there is no one way to go from a blank screen to having a designed solid in it. There are those who will sculpt a part and others who will build it up like a Lego® model. I tend to straddle the fence, utilizing whichever method suits my needs at the time. One thing, though, that I don’t deviate from is how I start the model. […Read More…]

My Favorite Tools

Posted on April 8th, 2014. Posted In Software Review,SolidWorks Community

Every craftsman has his favorite tools and, aside from the fact that I’m no craftsman, I have mine.

First up is my SpacePilot Pro from 3DConnexion. I absolutely love how little I have to use my mouse and the amount of control I have when moving my model around. The there’s the ability to map commands to the buttons at my fingertips, the view buttons that provide me with all 8 standard view quickly and just how cool it looks next to my keyboard. If you have one, you know what I mean. If you don’t, you should look into getting one. If you don’t know what one is, click on the link.  […Read More…]

Templates are the foundation of your SOLIDWORKS design. By having your templates setup correctly, you’ll be able to automate data downstream. It’s amazing how many people, even companies, don’t realize this and fail to leverage the power of templates. Thankfully, you’ve found this post and will be able to rectify a situation you may not have even known that you had. […Read More…]

On an almost weekly basis, I see someone asking what the best way to learn SolidWorks is. The thing is, there’s no blanket answer. There are those who swear by VAR training. Others swear at VAR training and opt for online training. Still others go through the tutorials, then learn as they go along. There are also the ones who learn in a formal classroom with an instructor.
What’s best for you depends on you, your needs and your learning style. […Read More…]

It’s easy to test graphics boards in desktop computers: you pop off the lid, disable the existing board, stick in the new one in a spare slot, reboot the computer, and install the new display drivers. But laptop computers are different, because the graphics circuitry cannot be disabled or replaced. There is no spare slot; you can’t change what’s inside of them. […Read More…]

The Journey from user to CSWE

Posted on January 28th, 2014. Posted In SolidWorks Community

When my journey started, I didn’t know it would end up here. Mostly because “Certified SolidWorks Expert” didn’t exist, but also because, at the time, SolidWorks was simply a means to an end. (Cue “back in time” special effects). […Read More…]

Infinite Skills Learning

Posted on January 3rd, 2014. Posted In Software Review

I’ve often heard people ask about SolidWorks training and what the best path is: VAR, self-learning, technical school, online or on-the-job. They all have their pros and cons, but I’m not going to debate them here, again. I’ve said many times that I think online training is the way to go, and I firmly believe that. However, should you want to hire me to provide you with some customized training… […Read More…]

SolidWorks 2014 Delighters

Posted on October 17th, 2013. Posted In Software Review

No, that’s not a typo, it’s a term that I heard someone at SolidWorks use a couple of years ago and I decided to use it because I think it’s the perfect descriptor for the things I’m going to be talking about in this post. My favorite ‘delighters’, the things in SolidWorks 2014 that make me smile wide. […Read More…]

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