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06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks World 2010 – That’s a wrap…dammit!
It's like it's the day after Christmas; all the toys have been played with, food and drink consumed and the relatives have left. Now, I just have this weird empty feeling. Not as bad as losing your best friend, though....
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
I've Moved!
My blog has moved. Please go to www.jeffmirisola.com for all my latest news and posts! If you've subscribed to this blog, please be sure to subscribe to my new one. Also, due to spam problems, I've closed comments on this...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Kerri Dunne - The brains behind SWW
I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Kerri Dunne during SWW '09 and spend some time interviewing her. Kerri is, by many accounts, the brains behind SolidWorks World. As the manager of the events team, she oversees all...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Let's talk about Vuuch
Vuuch (pronounced vooch), is a great new tool out there to make collaboration easier. I first heard of Vuuch through Chris Williams via Twitter (you do know what Twitter is, right?). I finally got to meet Chris, and the rest...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Off-topic Soapbox Rant
A warning: This post will have absolutely nothing to do with SolidWorks, or CAD for that matter. Why do people feel that part numbers need to represent anything? Too often I've seen "smart" part numbers end up being so convoluted...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Jeremy Luchini – Mr. Certification
I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Jeremy Luchini on Tuesday, Day two of SolidWorks World. Jeremy is in charge of certification for SolidWorks. Whether you're going for your CSWP, CSWA, CSWI or any other CSW*, Jeremy...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks World 2009 – The Finale
I had planned on telling you about all the new functionality in SolidWorks 2010, but the "new" technology I was using failed me. I had downloaded a voice recorder for my iPhone so I could just record what was said...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks World – The Final Day
Wow, I can't believe it's day 3. It's amazing how slowly SolidWorks World comes, compared with how quickly it ends. Now we have to wait almost one more year until SolidWorks World 2010 in Anaheim, California. That's right, we're heading...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks World – The real Day 1
I don't know that I've ever said this, but I truly love being a blogger for SolidWorks. It's provided me with some wonderful opportunities, both professionally and personally. Take today, for instance. As a blogger, I wasn't subjected to the...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks World 2009
It's Sunday and SolidWorks World has has almost started. There are a ton of people here, with more arriving by the minute. I've been here since Thursday night and I'm glad things are starting to kick into high gear. I've...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Flying to Orlando
I started writing this yesterday while flying to Dallas. Unfortunately, the TypePad application on my iPhone crapped out on me, so I'm just now posting it. The upside of it is I added to the original text, making it an...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
What a week!
It's only Tuesday, and I'm already having a great week. I received a job offer yesterday that is going to simply rock. I'll be working at http://www.ultimatesurvival.com/, doing a multitude of things: designing, redesigning, 2D to 3D conversion, line improvement,...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Yakima SWUG
Last night I had the honor of presenting at the first meeting of the Yakima SolidWorks User Group. Jeff, John and George did a great job putting it together and they had a great turnout for their first meeting. 22...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Design for the Future
My good friend and Geek-in-Charge at The SolidWorks Geek, Alex Ruiz, is throwing his weight (notice I'm leaving out the obvious cheap-shot) behind Design For The Future, a charity drive for under-privledged kids at the Orangewood Children's Home in Orange,...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks Certification exams for free...ugh.
So SolidWorks has extended their "get certified for free" deal until, effectively, the end of 2009. Ugh. I don't know why this bugs me, but it does. Maybe it's because when I originally took the CSWP exam, it was ~$500...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SW 2009 - First Impressions
As I mentioned in a post last week, I finally have SolidWorks 2009 on my desktop. Unfortunately, the project I've been working on all these months just got shelved, so I was only able to mess around with the files...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Going Green with SolidWorks
Using SolidWorks, companies are helping out the environment. There's the BigBelly® trash bin, a solar powered trash compactor. Trojan Technologies has come up with water disinfection system using UV-light. Greentec Systems has the Reee chair, made from recycled video games....
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Finally, 2009 is loaded!
I've been waiting since it was released to get my hands on SolidWorks 2009. Yesterday, the waiting was over. I'd gone back to my apartment for the day when I got a call from the boss-man informing me that IT...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Interested in Selling your Designs?
Shapeways now has an online store for you to make money on all those designs you've been saving. You have heard of Shapeways, right? The online store to bring your designs to life? Well, not only can you get 3D...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Enhancement Requests - Submit yours or Vote on your favorite!
SolidWorks has created a new site for enhancement requests. Login (you have to be on subscription) and submit your enhancement request or vote on others. You can also join in on discussions about the various requests. The Top 10 requests...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Backwards Compatibility - A user's perspective
*I apologize for the formatting, or lack thereof. Copy/paste doesn't play well with TypePad.* I posted a teaser about backwards compatibility in SolidWorks about 6 weeks ago (see it here). In response to that post, Ken Fields of purCAB/Seralyn, Inc....
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
More on SWW '09
Yes, I know I just posted about SolidWorks World '09 but there's some other posts out there that I wanted to bring to your attention 'cause they're important. First, Richard Doyle is looking for your 1st time story. If it's...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks World 2009 - It's getting close!
By my math, which can be iffy at times, there's only 53 more days until SolidWorks World 2009 begins in Orlando. That means there's only 51 more days until I fly down there. I was honored to receive an invitation...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Project Update
Where I just imported the latest iteration of the building, I thought I give you all a quick project update. Currently, the upper level assembly has 4550 parts in it and 10,500 bodies (I need to dig into the assembly...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Dealing with imported data
This will be a short post but, hopefully, a useful one. Have you ever imported a non-native SolidWorks file only to see errors? If you right click on one of those errors, you'll see an option called 'Import Diagnostics'. Choosing...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
New Tools for you!
First, let's talk about SolidJott. The brainchild of our Canadian friend, Ben Eadie (of SolidMentor.com fame), SolidJott has quickly transformed from a helpful website to a full-blown SolidWorks add-in. Think about it, you're stuck on some problem and all you...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Working with large assemblies
First, an apology. I've been absolutely slammed at work lately and just haven't been able to put the time aside to write. I'm sorry. On to the subject of this post, though the title may be a bit misleading. I...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Who should I interview? What to ask?
SolidWorks World 2009 is just around the corner and I can't wait. I'll not get on the "why you should go" soapbox this time. You've heard it plenty of times I'm sure. This year, I have the opportunity to interview...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks + Microsoft = Robots
SolidWorks and Microsoft joined forces to create a new software to enable engineers to simulate robots working before they're actually put to work. Rather than regurgitating what I've read, here's the press release from SolidWorks: Microsoft and DS SolidWorks Enhance...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Wanna win free software?
Read the press release below from Novedge... Novedge and QuadriSpace Sponsor A New Contest for the SpaceClaiming Online Community San Francisco, CA – November 19, 2008 – Novedge LLC, the leading online graphics and design store, today announces a new...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks Success Stories
A couple of years ago, I visited SolidWorks headquarters in Concord, MA. I'd just started writing this blog and went to meet with some of the people who worked with Partner companies. One of the things that stands out from...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks and Architecture
I've talk, briefly, about the project I'm working on in past posts. I don't know how much detail I actually got into (and I'm too lazy to go and look), but I wanted to talk about the architectural aspect of...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
This just in: Trojan Technologies purifies water
A Greener Recipe for Clean Drinking Water Trojan Technologies uses SolidWorks 3D CAD and Simulation Software to Develop Disinfection Systems Based on UV Light CONCORD, Mass., USA, Nov. 10, 2008 – Which would you prefer in your drinking water: bleach...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Just Getting Started with SolidWorks?
You're new to SolidWorks, you've gone through the tutorials and, maybe, some training at your VAR. Yet you still feel that you need more practice. Look around your office (cubicle?) and find something there to reverse engineer. That mouse that...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidProfessor - My Final Thoughts
I can say without a doubt that I wish I'd had SolidProfessor when I first started using SolidWorks way back when. They've done an excellent job of breaking down lessons into easy to understand parts, without making it seem like...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Backwards Compatibility
I heard a rumor, from a reliable source, that SolidWorks is investigating backwards compatibility. Would that help you in your job? If so, how? Also heard that SolidWorks R&D is hard at work on some super-secret stuff. One can hope...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
3Dconnexion announces support for SolidWorks '09
Hot off the presses...well, warm at least: Fremont, Calif. – Nov. 6, 2008 – 3Dconnexion, a Logitech company, today announced its line of 3D mice are supported by SolidWorks® 2009, the newest version of the widely used 3D CAD software....
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Thoughts on SWW
As I sit here at the Tri-Cities airport in Pasco, Washington, waiting to fly back to Seattle for the most expensive breakfast in my life, I find my mind wandering to SolidWorks Worlds gone by while looking forward to SWW...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Who is the SWW '09 Guest Speaker?
Hell, I wish I knew but I don't. However, Matt West does but he's not coughing up the info...yet. He is running a little contest, though. Jump on over to his blog and guess who the speaker is. If you're...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
As Promised: SolidProfessor Pricing
As promised, here is the pricing structure for SolidProfessor's various offerings: SolidProfessor Course List SolidProfessor Bundled Courses: Core Concepts Bundle $299.99 With this course you will learn skills essential to creating SolidWorks Parts, Assemblies and Drawings. The goal of this...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidProfessor - CSWP/CSWA Certification Lesson
What a great lesson this one is. SolidProfessor not only goes over the "how", but the "why". The lesson begins by listing reasons to get certified, whether as a CSWA or CSWP. It then goes on to outline the difference...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SimulationXpress Demo - For free!
SimulationXpress, the new name for COSMOSXpress, comes in every seat of SolidWorks. As many of you know, I did a presentation on COSMOSXpress last month at NESWUC. Well, SolidWorks has posted a video tutorial that far surpasses my meager attempt....
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidProfessor - Part 1
As usual, I'm a bit late with this first part of my SolidProfessor review. For all of you who have been chomping at the bit, I apologize. I do have a great excuse, though. Can you say Red Sox? Ok,...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
NESWUC - The video
While Ed Gebo is no Scorcese, he did take the time to create a video of last month's North East SolidWorks User Conference. If you're interested, you can view it here. For those of you in New England who missed...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Going to SolidWorks World? Who would you like to see?
Matt West, and the SolidWorks events team, is looking for your input on who you'd like to see at World this year. From Leonard Nimoy to Orange County Choppers, SolidWorks has had some great guest speakers over the years. Who...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Coming Soon: SolidProfessor Review
A few weeks ago I was approached by SolidProfessor. They're looking at getting more involved in the SolidWorks community and wanted to get some feedback from users. When I brought up the fact that I'd never used SolidProfessor, they graciously...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Dynamic Mirror
I've been struggling lately trying to come up with some juicy tidbit to write about. Then I had an epiphany of sorts: "There are plenty of new SolidWorks users out there who may read my blog, why not write something...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
SolidWorks 2009 - My Take
I went to a 2009 rollout last Thursday and saw all that I'd heard about, excluding PhotoView 360. I do like everything I saw, but it'll mean so much more when I actually get to use it. SpeedPack looks like...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
Let's Talk Sheetmetal
I really like the Sheetmetal functionality in SolidWorks. I like that it's fairly intuitive and does a nice job of creating your part. There is one aspect of it, however, that many people seem to miss. That would be the...
 

06/26/2017 08:28 PM
North East SolidWorks User Conference
What an excellent job the NESWUG committee did organizing this event. The conference center they chose was excellent, the vendor turnout was great and, most impressively, was the attendance. 180+ users showed up to learn about SolidWorks. The conference started...
 

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