SolidWorks World – February 2, 2010

Posted on February 3rd, 2010. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Wow, what a day its been; not that its actually over yet. I just returned to my room to relax a little bit before heading over to Jon Hirschtick’s room. He was kind enough to invite the Twitterverse over and Im not one to turn down such an invitation.

Right now, this is turning out to be the best SolidWorks World I’ve been to yet. Why? Honestly I can’t put my finger on why. Maybe it’s the venue. Maybe it’s the people. Maybe it’s James Cameron. Maybe
All I know is that I’ve woken up each day raring to go. Looking forward to seeing what the day has in store. Part of it could be the fact that I’ve remained sober every night, but I think that’s a small part of it. I’ve just felt really comfortable this year, almost like I’m at home. Whatever it is, I’m lovin’ it!

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty, shall we? Today was the day for James Cameron. Much like Sir Richard Branson last year, Jim was interviewed instead of just speaking to us. Jon Hirschtick had the honor and did a damn fine job. I was simply amazed at Cameron’s grasp of engineering, among other things. The guy is brilliant. We got to see an 8-minute behind-the-scenes video of the making of Avatar. I was really impressed with the technology they used. Each actor had a small camera, attached to a small boom, recording their every facial move. I remember talking about how realistic the facial expressions where after seeing the movie, now I know why. The innovations that were created before, and during, the making of Avatar will probably change movie-making, as well as TV. I think it will be a good thing. Imagine being able to feel immersed in every show like you did when you saw Avatar. If you haven’t seen it, what the hell are you waiting for?

I spent more time in the vendor pavilion, lining up more products to review for all of you. Coming in the not-too-distant future will be DriveWorks Solo and ElecWorks. Ill be meeting up with SolidNEST tomorrow to, hopefully, line something up with them as well. Ive had conversations with the guys from and will be loading up their software soon as well. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that Dell might be sending toys my way, too. All-in-all, the review cycle looks to be heating up.

My very first solo presentation went well, I believe. I’m optimistic that SolidWorks Crashes & Slowdowns was well received. I was damn nervous at the beginning, and admitted as much to the audience which, by the way, was much larger than I’d thought it would be. The session was also on a live feed, so there were people watching me that I couldnt see. (Hmmm, thats actually kind of creepy when you think about it.)The bonus to it being broadcast is that I’ll get a recording of my session. I’m sure my boys will love watching it with me once I get it. It’ll provide plenty of material for a pick-on-dad session.

Next came Stump the Chumps II. So far, we’ve been hearing nothing but good things so far. However, I’m waiting for Mr. Doyle to weigh in. We’re also thinking of a format change for STC III. It’ll involve coolers of beer and the movie Animal House. I dont want to give up all the details though. Just keep an eye out when they release next year’s agenda.

Every year there’s plenty of shwag to bring home to the kids. I have to say, though, that this year’s haul is the best yet. First, Ill never be short handed again thanks to Solido:

Next, from Julie at Z Corp, is my new friend, Jane:

Today is the last day of SolidWorks World 2010. Bummer.

Coming Soon!

Posted on August 25th, 2009. Posted In Software Review,SolidWorks Community

First, I’m back to work. It was a long two months, but I survived. I’m thankful that I didn’t have to go without employment for as long as so many others. Believe me, I didn’t take my job for granted before and I certainly don’t now.

Just like the previews you see, here are some teasers of upcoming reviews that I’m working on:

  • SimpoeWorks – Easy to use injection molding software from Simpoe, a SolidWorks Gold Partner. It’s actually installing while I write.
  • ElecWorks – Software to help ease the pains of routing. From your friends at TraceParts
  • SteelWorks – This hasn’t even been released yet, and they’re gonna let me get my filthy hands on it!
  • TactonWorks – I’ve been talking, peripherally, about TactonWorks for a long time. You’re familiar with knowledge-based engineering, right? Well, so are they and they claim to really know what they’re doing. Time will tell.
  • Adobe – Acrobat 9 Pro Extended. The full-meal deal. There’s a ton of stuff to mess around with here, so it’ll be a bit on this one.
  • There’s also a couple of things brewing from my (solo) trip to SolidWorks. Unless I was lied to, even my fellow bloggers didn’t see/hear some of this <evil laugh>.

I’ve asked this before, but if there’s some companion software that you’re curious about let me know. I’ll see what I can do about trying it out for you.

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