I would like to take a logical guess that everyone out there reading this post would agree that we have all been fooled by emails that we have gotten at times. They were either out right lies, fakes or completely off from being accurate to put it kindly. I also have been fooled like that at times, But I tend to learn fast enough when the aphorism kicks in about "Fool me once shame on you, but fool me twice shame on me." The internet is filled with these half truths or fakes.
What is even more interesting is the fact that teachers here in America are very good at teaching our youngsters. They have the advantage of knowing how important their work is that puts our youngsters in positions to have good lives and be productive citizens. To just say that their work is important is an understatement. I've dedicated my retirement life to helping them succeed in doing this. I try hard to unite industry into the classroom and to let teachers know about things then can use. An awful lot do not hear me when I let them know.
Something that I do not understand is the reluctance of educational professionals to resist change. We all complain about cut backs in education and it hurts us very badly. I am an adjunct teacher at the College of Southen Nevada. Those cut backs have put an end to my advanced classes in SolidWorks, at least until further notice. I don't teach for the money. I teach for the good of our country because we need a qualified work force. I try very hard to advise the real educators out there about things that can help them even when severe cut backs in educational funding are felt like we have here in Nevada. But when someone tells me about something that is FREE or would cost so very little for a network license that I can use in my courses, well that gets my attention real quick. So why is it that when costs for drafting software from vendors is going out of sight, we see that the FREE DraftSight is not being jumped upon as one might expect? There has been over 2 million downloads so far. This program is fully compatible with DWG File Formats so you do not lose the importability of these file formats no matter what program created them. Furthermore, if a network license is needed; just a small charge can get you that license and you get curriculum and support thrown in with it. A big savings all around and you can continue teaching that course. This could save all of our schools a lot of money Is it time to change from what you have been using to something you could be using? If programs are beomg cut out because of the high priced ones you have been using, then it is time to change to something else and my advise is to check out DraftSight. It is FREE, so why not take a test drive for yourself at: (copy and paste) http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/free-cad-software/
aka Corporal Willy
Has 2D CAD software gotten too expensive for high school and community college drafting and engineering graphics programs to survive? A community college professor came up to me last week at SolidWorks World and stated that he can no longer afford his 2D CAD software used in drafting classes. Another high school teacher told me their entire county is dropping half of their technical education drafting classes because their software is too expensive and sticking just with SolidWorks.
Although I can really appreciate every SolidWorkscustomer, I know there are hundredsof community college and high school instructors that have very vibrant CAD programs that utilize 2D drawing and sketching. These educators teach orthographic projection, mechanical drawing and architectural layouts. We just announced 2 million downloads of DraftSight at SolidWorks World. DraftSight is professional software used to create, view and edit 2D drawings in .dwg format. Even our new building layout was done in DraftSight.
After teaching Autocad for 10 years at Mass Bay Community College, with DraftSight, you can still use your existing lessons and projects - even the ones with relative coordinates and absolute coodinates - my students always found this challenging.
If you need a network license for your school there is a small fee, but that also gets you CAD curriculum and technical support. Licenses come in two flavors: 45 network or 200 network. DraftSight does not stop working in your school if you don't pay subscription. I got shut off teaching architectural drawing when my school did not receive funding from the state. Now I am in a position to work with software engineers so that this action will never happen to our teachers in a classroom.
The 2D CAD software is free to download at www.DraftSight.com. Over 2 million designers, engineers, architects, educators and students have downloaded DraftSight. Anyone can try it out. There are video tutorials on the DraftSight webpage and community support.
If you teach engineering drawing and drafting skills, you can try out DraftSight before your 2D CAD costs too much and your program closes.
It's been a busy week. Congratulations to Bay Path Regional Vocational High School who won the National Robotics League Brawl at the Mall competition last Saturday. The students from Assabet Valley did a great job to set up the ring and run the event. Thank you to all the SolidWorks employees and customers that attended the event to cheer on amazing robots. It was a special treat to see Geoffrey Howe of Howe and Howe Tech give out the awards and to cheer on so many teams. Howe and Howe begins its second second on the Discovery Channel on Monday Dec 13. I can't wait to see what they will design next.
Luckily my husband, David and I get to go on great dates to robot competitions and design contests. He really helps me out. When one of the students came up and asked how to change templates from millimeters to inches, I was jet-lagged so David said he would post it on his Tips and Tricks web section. In the world, most designers use millimeters and first angle projection in drawings. But in the US we use either millimeters or inches and third angle projection. Depending on what you select at the beginning of SolidWorks installation will determine your templates, however, you can change them.
ACTE stands for the Association of Career and Technical Educators. This year's annual conference was in Las Vegas - I didn't gamble once. It was great to see so many robots designed with SolidWorks at the show, Gears Educational Systems had a 1ft square robot platform that you could stand on. Vex, also designed in SolidWorks, had a game to play, Fanuc, showed their industrial robot for classroom use, you can find a Fanuc robot model on www.3DContentCentral.com and the newest robot NAO, a humanoid, made a great impression with its dancing and programming talents.
But the show was far more than robots, it was all about education and incorporating the latest in technology, sustainable design, and job-ready skills for the 21st century. SolidWorks Sustainability presentation filled a room with teachers that now have to introduce Life Cycle Assessment concepts into their classroom.
SolidWorks introduced our 3rd revision of the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam CSWA. You can view the CSWA sample exam. The CSWA tests fundamental engineering graphics competencies. It is the same exam we give to our commerical customers and schools can apply to be a CSWA provider. This is very helpful in states that apply for Perkins grant money and need to prove a connection to industry. The CSWA exam is given worldwide in 10 languages. We have over 30,000 SolidWorks certified users. Now instructors can track students progress on each question and where students need additional practice to be successful. Exams are automatically graded and we keep track of students throughout their career. SolidWorks also displayed how our Student Access Initiative can provide home/dorm access to your students for both on the ground and online classes. Contact your local SolidWorks EDU reseller for more information.
Another big hit at ACTE was DraftSight, our free 2D drafting software to create, edit and save .dwg files. Let's face it, schools have tight bugets today. Having a free tool to teach drafting with tutorials for students is just a great idea. Anyone, anywhere can download DraftSight. Students can use it at home and in school. Be certain to join the DraftSight community to receive free tutorials for your classroom for a no cost CAD solution.
Thank you to all the teachers and students that stopped by. Marie