SOLIDWORKS Certification – 2015 update

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

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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…]

SolidWorks World 2015 – Tuesday

Posted on February 11th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

Holy crap, what a day today was.

It started off as most days do; breakfast, then the long wait for them to decide to open the doors to the general session. Then comes the stampede as a large portion of the group speed walks/runs to get a good seat. The press corp isn’t immune to this, either. There are a few of us who yearn to be in the front, and will also hustle to satiate that yearning. […Read More…]

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 – Sunday

Posted on February 8th, 2015. Posted In SolidWorks Community

After missing last year’s SolidWorks World, I’m excited to be back with my peeps. It’s even more special because a lot of Super Bowl decorations are still up so it feels like I was at the big game. Well, maybe not so much, but it’s still cool to see the stuff.

As is the norm of a Sunday at SolidWorks World, not a whole lot goes on. Tons of people arriving, registering, getting the lay of the land. I’m still amazed by how many people show up, and how many show up year after year. It’s a beautiful think, man. I hate, though, that I’m sore terrible with names. It’s a bummer to have to try to surreptitiously look at someone’s badge to remember their name. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that it happens to, right?

The partner pavilion is jammed with oohs and aahs again this year and I’m looking forward to checking it out in more depth in the coming days. I’ve already seen a few things I want to try out and I’m hoping to get my grubby hands on some demo models. There seems to be a fair amount of 3D printers this year, but with how that industry is exploding, it makes complete sense.

As has become the norm, Twitter will be exploding as the press, and attendees, share what’s being said during the general session. Watch for the #SWW15 tag and follow along with all the comments, snarky and complimentary. I, for one, am hoping that they’ve cut down on the time allotted for the partner commercials. They are always such a downer.

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Posted on January 7th, 2015. Posted In Personal

As 2014’s flame slowly dims, I thought I’d take a minute and reflect upon all that happened in the past year. Why? Because I haven’t had anything worthwhile to post lately. Please don’t take that as some sort of promise that this post will be worthwhile, I just felt I should end the year with a post. […Read More…]

Asheen Phansey

On a recent trip to Maine, I took a day to head down to Waltham, Massachusetts and sit down with Asheen Phansey to talk sustainability. He and I had talked about it a few years ago, with regards to SOLIDWORKS, but Asheen’s role is now aligned with Dassault Systèmes corporate and I felt that it warranted another sit down. […Read More…]

What’s up with Workgroup PDM?

Posted on September 18th, 2014. Posted In Rant,SolidWorks Community

What’s up with Workgroup PDM? Who knows. SOLIDWORKS is unable, or unwilling, to say what they’re plan is for WPDM and that lack of communication is getting on the nerves of those of us who use it. Honestly, I don’t know why it’s such a difficult topic to address. As a matter of fact, I’ll give you what I think is the best option and exactly what SOLIDWORKS (Dassault) should do with it:
Keep it. You don’t have to improve it. You don’t have to change it. Just keep it compatible with all future versions of SOLIDWORKS. Why? Because there are those of us who don’t need ePDM, or some other over-the-top PDM system, and we have a ton of time and money invested in what we have now. Why would you abandon what I’m assuming is a decent portion of your user base? While the bean counters may see dollar signs, I suspect that showing such disregard would not go over well.
So there’s your answer, SOLIDWORKS. Now, you just need to accept my plan and then let your WPDM users that WPDM’s life will last as long as SOLIDWORKS is around. I believe there are many who will breath a sigh of relief.

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What is your title?
Vice President, User Experience Architecture for Dassault Systemes, SOLIDWORKS R&D

What, exactly, does that mean? […Read More…]

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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…]

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