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…]

Rachel York – SolidWorks’ New Voice

Posted on July 8th, 2015. Posted In Interview

Rachel and her Dad


In today’s post we’ll become better acquainted with Rachel York, SolidWorks’ newest voice. She is the Community and User Advocacy Manager for SolidWorks or, perhaps more aptly put, the face of SolidWorks. Rather than trying to paraphrase everything, I’ll just let Rachel do the talking: […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…]

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…]

Onshape – A New Way to CAD

Posted on March 9th, 2015. Posted In Interview

Though it took a few tries between the two of us, I was able to talk with Jon Hirschtick over the weekend to find out what I could about his latest venture, Onshape. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about it at least a little bit. For those of you who have been under a rock, here’s how Onshape describes Onshape:

“Onshape is the first and only full-cloud 3D CAD system that lets everyone on a design team work together using any web browser, phone, or tablet.”

While I’m still not 100% sold on cloud computing, I know that it is only going to get better as time goes on. Obviously, Jon and his team feel that the time is now. […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…]

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