SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:50:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Student Summer Edition 2017 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/student-summer-edition-2017.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/student-summer-edition-2017.html#respond Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:41:58 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=9011
For students and educators, summer is meant for relaxation and time away from school. However, that means time away from SOLIDWORKS as well. This summer students and educators have an opportunity to get free access to SOLIDWORKS all summer with

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For students and educators, summer is meant for relaxation and time away from school. However, that means time away from SOLIDWORKS as well. This summer students and educators have an opportunity to get free access to SOLIDWORKS all summer with the SOLIDWORKS Student Summer Edition!

We are offering a free 60 day license of the SOLIDWORKS Summer Edition, which includes the following features to enhance your designing and learning experience:

  • SOLIDWORKS Premium (3D CAD software)
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium (FEA tools)
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (CFD tools)
  • SOLIDWORKS Motion (kinematics analysis)
  • SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium (part and mold filling analysis)
  • SOLIDWORKS Sustainability (environmental impact tools)
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (electrical systems design tools)
  • SOLIDWORKS Model Base Definition (define, organize, and publish 3D PMI)
  • SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional (develop rich, photo quality content)
  • MySolidWorks for Students (resource for all things SOLIDWORKS)
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer (technical documentation tools)

Follow the instructions below to get your summer edition:

  1. Go to SolidWorks.com/sek.
  2. Enter promo code XSEK12 for the SEK-ID.
  3. Choose 2017-2018 Version.
  4. Select Request Download.
  5. Install the software.
  6. When the email states contact your professor,  ‘Follow’ us on Facebook (@SOLIDWORKSEducation) , Instagram (SOLIDWORKSEdu) or Twitter (@SOLIDWORKSEdu) and through the apps direct message us to get your serial number.
  7. Enter serial number.

An amazing benefit to this offer is access to MySolidWorks for Students! Get access to:

  • Hundreds of product tutorial videos
  • CSWA prep courses
  • Download free 2D and 3D CAD models
  • Easily view and share your designs with online storage services

You can join MySolidWorks here.

Last date for summer edition activation is September 30th, 2017. Don’t miss out!

Note: You must be a registered student or educator for this offer. United States Export Compliance Required.

 

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SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur: ARION the Next-Generation of Running Wearables http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-entrepreneur-arion-next-generation-running-wearables.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-entrepreneur-arion-next-generation-running-wearables.html#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:00:38 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8993   ARION is changing the future of wearable fitness technology to transform the way you run. This entrepreneurial team is making a breakthrough in automated coaching; helping to reduce risk of injury, improve performance, and enhance the running experience. ARION

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ARION is changing the future of wearable fitness technology to transform the way you run. This entrepreneurial team is making a breakthrough in automated coaching; helping to reduce risk of injury, improve performance, and enhance the running experience.

How does ARION work?

ARION works with top level coaches and runners such as Andrea van Lieshout, Jonathan Mutebwa and Laurens Groenendijk. Van Lieshout, as a Dutch world championship OCR runner and trail runner, sees ARION as a tool that can set the bar even higher for her. A Dutch national champion and personal trainer, Mutebwa uses ARION to track his own progress and to see details in his running technique that he was not able to see before. Groenendijk is the Netherlands national trail running team coach who has found that ARION is able to bring more insight in training methods, and ultimately helping runners reach their goals.

 

Inserts with sensors

 

ARION’s ultra-thin insoles slip neatly underneath your existing running shoe insoles. The eight different sensors accurately measure runners’ interaction between their feet and the ground. ARION has been able to utilize the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurship Program to develop most of the plastic enclosures and to help with mold designs.

I got a chance to converse with the Marketing Manager, Matthijs de Deugd and Co-founder and CTO, Jurgen van den Berg about their experience with the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurship Program. “We knew SOLIDWORKS as a powerful tool for 3D design and, we knew we needed it for our business,” Jurgen explained. “We wish we could stay in the program longer.”

ARION team

ARION is currently working on bringing their product to the public’s attention. They are already accepting pre-orders at a limited discount with plans to ship orders in September.

 

Thank you to Matthijs de Deugd, Jurgen van Berg and the team behind ARION for being a SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur and sharing with our community.

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SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids Print It for Young Makers http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-apps-kids-print-young-makers.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-apps-kids-print-young-makers.html#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:33:22 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8991
The SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids team is busy.  Time to visit Maker Faires and summer camps. It’s also time to explore the new App – “Print It“.  I love the Print It app!  You can print to a 2D printer

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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The SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids team is busy.  Time to visit Maker Faires and summer camps.

It’s also time to explore the new App – “Print It“.  I love the Print It app!  You can print to a 2D printer and to a 3D printer.

In 2D, you can print your Shape It model with “cube print” providing the Front, Top, Right, Back, Bottom, Left views of your shape.  Cut out the shape.  Fold. Tape/Glue.

With the Sindoh 3DWOX DP201 3D Printer – you can make your SOLIDWORKS  Apps for Kids prints – cloud ready.

With access to a 3D Printer, you can save an STL file and 3D print your shape.

 

Sign up for SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids design – make tools, Shape It, Capture It, Style It, Mech It and Print It.

Have fun with SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids at home, in school, in a Fab Lab or maker space.  Just Shape It, Style It, and now, Print It.  Marie

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SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur HEMAV, S.L. Takes the Use for Drones to the Next Level http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-entrepreneur-hemav-s-l-takes-use-drones-next-level.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-entrepreneur-hemav-s-l-takes-use-drones-next-level.html#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 15:21:26 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8976   Hemav, combines their data processing capabilities and drone technology to design and market high added value solutions for the industry. They are mainly an operating company of UAV. Thanks to a highly qualified and motivated multidisciplinary engineering team, Hemav

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Hemav, combines their data processing capabilities and drone technology to design and market high added value solutions for the industry. They are mainly an operating company of UAV. Thanks to a highly qualified and motivated multidisciplinary engineering team, Hemav specializes in the processing of data, images and pioneers in aeronautical and operational development of drone technology.

Teledetección Agrícola Hemav Video

 

Hemav Drone

 

Hemav collaborated with Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)  for one of their newest projects, Ranger Drone. Hemav has a strong relationship with the young university students from UPC. Their team recently traveled to Dubai and was one of the finalists in Drones for Good. The purpose of this project is to help nature parks around the world fight poaching, track the park’s land and obtain other environmental data at real time. Ranger Drone can go beyond helping nature parks for potential users like supervising oil pipelines or gas pipelines.

Ranger Drone Project Video

 

Hemav has been able to utilize SOLIDWORKS for rapid prototyping. They use a variety of add-ons for different aspects of the drones. I got in touch with Hemav’s Technical Engineering Manager, Antoni Mas to ask him about Hemav’s experience with the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurship Program, “Hemav chose SOLIDWORKS because we recognized the effort SOLIDWORKS is making to help out startups.”

Hemav’s Team

 

Nowadays, Hemav and its team is part of the ESA BIC, an incubator near to Barcelona of European Space Agency (ESA).

Thank you to Antoni Mas and Hemav S.L. for being SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurs and sharing with our community.

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SOLIDWORKS Apps For Kids Goes to AL-Kindy Primary School http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-apps-kids-goes-al-kindy-primary-school.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-apps-kids-goes-al-kindy-primary-school.html#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:48:13 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8954
It’s Tech Day for kids at the AL-Kindy Primary School! Engineer and CSWE, Hassen Koulak, president of Fusionesprit, took SOLIDWORKS Apps For Kids to the AL-Kindy Primary School in Tunisia for a day of fun using a collection of software

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It’s Tech Day for kids at the AL-Kindy Primary School!

Engineer and CSWE, Hassen Koulak, president of Fusionesprit, took SOLIDWORKS Apps For Kids to the AL-Kindy Primary School in Tunisia for a day of fun using a collection of software applications created just for kids.

The kids quickly used the Shape-It app, creating their own characters.

They placed Shape-It models into different scenes and shared new ideas.

The Style-It app allows kids to add colors and draw directly on the model and add stickers.

Kids can also “riff” off of other designs and give credit to the original creator.

These students proudly displayed their accomplishments!

With the help of the engineering club from ESPRIT, Engineering School Tunisia, kids got to experience their first design workshop with SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids.

Thank you Hassen for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community and new SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids community.

SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids is available for all kids by signing up at http://www.swappsforkids.com/.  You can check out Shape-It, Style-It, Mech-It and Print-It (2D & 3D).

If you have a class, STEM camp, or just want to have fun with your kids this summer – try SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids.  Marie

 

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TUFTS Racing Team at the Formula Hybrid International Competition http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/tufts-racing-team-formula-hybrid-international-competition.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/tufts-racing-team-formula-hybrid-international-competition.html#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 14:38:53 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8939
Today we are featuring the Tufts Racing Team, a team of highly motivated engineering students from Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts) who are perennial competitors in the Formula-Hybrid electric car competition. Since the year 2009 the Tufts Racing Team, composed of 25 to

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Constance is a student at HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is keen to explore the dynamics of how entrepreneurs and makers are consistently re-shaping the world we live in. Passionate about sailing.

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Today we are featuring the Tufts Racing Team, a team of highly motivated engineering students from Tufts University (Medford, Massachusetts) who are perennial competitors in the Formula-Hybrid electric car competition.

Since the year 2009 the Tufts Racing Team, composed of 25 to 40 students, has participated in the Formula Hybrid Competition in May in New Hampshire.   They compete in the All Electric division that requires the design of the entire car, electric drive system, controls, safety systems, and more.

This year at the Formula Hybrid event, 21 teams were involved in the completion with 12 hybrids and 9 all electric vehicles to the test.

The competition is composed of 2 parts:

The Off-Track Technical events: First, a design presentation is required, where the students need to explain their design and how it benefits to their car. Next is the business preparation test, where the students have to describe the structure of their team and how they have organized their work. And finally, a complete technical inspection of the car is conducted, involving electrical inspection, mechanical inspection and safety inspection.

On-Track events:  After passing all the off-track technical exams the team is allowed to move to the next events which are held on the track. These are composed of three evaluations on the road course: acceleration, autocross and endurance (only 3 or 4 teams have ever finished the endurance evaluation on the track).

To develop their car for competition, the Tufts Racing team uses many different tools. The first  is their work with SOLIDWORKS, primarily in the mechanical area.

 “We have an assembly of the frame in SOLIDWORKS that consists of all the individuals parts  that we modeled ourselves”
– Catherine Gao, Tufts Racing Captain

According to Catherine Gao, some of their big challenges involve the overall design of the frame to efficiently package batteries, and other major subsystems and then create the tightly fitting tubes segments (including tube coping) for the frame. SOLIDWORKS is used to complete all this design work.

SOLIDWORKS enable teams to design in many details to guide the manufacturing of car components.  This is particularly true of Formula-Hybrid car frame structures, which can involve machining or laser cutting methods or more traditional template based, hand-building methods.  SOLIDWORKS can support either approach.

“The process consists in taking the tubes designed in SOLIDWORKS, looking at the individual aspects of the tube. Next we create the weldments, then wrap sheet metal as needed in to complete the structure, and then flatten the sheet metal to create flat patterns. Templates are then created to guide hand-crafting of the tube segments (including coping) along with sheet metal components for the frame.” 

This year, the Tufts Racing Team finished in 5th position in the all-electric category.

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Constance is a student at HEC Lausanne (Switzerland) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is keen to explore the dynamics of how entrepreneurs and makers are consistently re-shaping the world we live in. Passionate about sailing.

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SOLIDWORKS in Student Design Competitions http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-student-design-competitions.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/06/solidworks-student-design-competitions.html#respond Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:13:05 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8924 Today student competitions can range from underwater to first reaches of space and everywhere in between.  Students in these events get a chance to work with a fantastic range of technologies.  A team can be made up students involved with

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Today student competitions can range from underwater to first reaches of space and everywhere in between.  Students in these events get a chance to work with a fantastic range of technologies.  A team can be made up students involved with disciplines such as mechanical, electrical, electronic, simulation, software development.  Tasks involve activities including logging telemetry data after a test run flight, etc. and performing an FEA run on a structural frame design for a robot or Formula SAE car.

All these new technologies and tasks are creating an ever-increasing treasure trove of critical design data that typically is used to refine the design and the students to the next level of project performance.

2017 RIT Formula-Hybrid Team car returning to the pits after a test run.
The first task is to download the telemetry data to their laptop from the track session.

 

As the data grows, the challenges grow with safely storing the data in such a way that it can be easily accessed by those on the team that need it.  Additional tasks typically include both managing the data and ensuring the right data is reviewed and approved (if acceptable) by those responsible for final decisions before parts are ordered or made to ensure safety, performance, cost control and other objectives are achieved.

FIRST Robotics FRC league robots are examples of complex electro-mechanical systems designed and built by students that involve electronics, electrical systems, pneumatics, kinematic analysis and lots of engineering.

 

Various solutions are available to help store, manage, and collaborate using this data.  Most solutions however tend to focus on partial solutions to the overall challenge.  Some are web-based, such as Dropbox, Box.com, GrabCAD, and others.  Others enable storage at the school, on team servers, (aka, on premise solutions).  Some of these solutions enable formal management of the work flows associated with the student product design.  Examples include:  managing & approving the mechanical and structural design of the car frame; managing and signoff of customer PCB designs; managing and signoff of all safety systems, and many more.  One of example of a comprehensive solution for storing and managing your data and controlling workflows is SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional.  You can learn more about this industrial-strength data & workflow management tool that is now available to student teams at LINK to PDM Professional.

FEEDBACK from YOUR TEAM:

The SOLIDWORKS EDU Team would like to learn more about your needs for dataflow and workflow management that you use to help ensure the correct versions of parts are designed, tested, and ordered for your Student competition.

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SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur Alpha Proto Making Companies Ideas a Reality http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/solidworks-entrepreneur-alpha-proto-making-companies-ideas-reality.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/solidworks-entrepreneur-alpha-proto-making-companies-ideas-reality.html#respond Wed, 31 May 2017 13:03:54 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8910 Alpha Proto dedicates their time to taking people’s and companies’ ideas from concept to reality. This entrepreneurial team has brought a company’s engineering team to the next level. The result is a team of mechanical, electrical and software experienced individuals

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Alpha Proto
dedicates their time to taking people’s and companies’ ideas from concept to reality. This entrepreneurial team has brought a company’s engineering team to the next level. The result is a team of mechanical, electrical and software experienced individuals who can help develop a business’s product for proof of concept.

(Discloser: Team featured above is SegAna not Alpha Proto)

Alpha Proto recently worked with another startup, SegAna, that works out of the UCF Incubator to help design a simulator that actuated the breathing of the 3D printed lung. Because of the fantastic work that Alpha Proto provided for SegAna, the Orlando Sentinel wrote an article on SegAna that Alpha Proto is referred to for building the prototypes.

 

They have worked with other notable companies such as St. Johns Optical Systems, Primal Innovation, Saikou Optics, Blue Whale Skimmers and Rabbit Hole Escape Games. Alpha Proto looks forward to their next project working alongside The University of Central Florida (UCF).

Plastic Injection Mold Design using SOLIDWORKS

Many of the prototypes, like the one featured above of a plastic injection mold design, are designed in SOLIDWORKS. During its time in the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurship Program, Alpha Proto took advantage of the multiple add-ins that are available to participants in the program.

 

I had a chance to sit down and talk with Senior Mechanical Engineer and CMO, Scott Stickler, over the phone. “I had not used SOLIDWORKS for seven years prior to working at the company I worked at for two and a half years before we started Alpha Proto. I went with what I knew. It was easy to start using SOLIDWORKS again. The SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurship Program allowed us to have access to a more advanced SOLIDWORKS license then we would have been able to afford at the time. When we graduated out of the Entrepreneurship Program, we knew the value of SOLIDWORKS CAD and bought a license.”

(From left to right, Senior Electrical Engineer and CEO Richard Andres, Senior Mechanical Engineer and CMO Scott Stickler, Senior Software Engineer and CFO PhD Gary Stein)

Alpha Proto is currently working out of the UCF incubator to further strengthen their company.

Thank you to Alpha Proto and Scott for being a SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur and sharing your story with our community.

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What’s New in SOLIDWORKS EDU 2017-2018 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/whats-new-solidworks-edu-2017-2018.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/whats-new-solidworks-edu-2017-2018.html#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 19:45:58 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8901
SOLIDWORKS® Education Edition 2017-2018 is here and packed with power and performance. Our mission is to provide students with the tools and skills they need to get the job of their dreams.  With the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition, educators and students have

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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SOLIDWORKS® Education Edition 2017-2018 is here and packed with power and performance. Our mission is to provide students with the tools and skills they need to get the job of their dreams.  With the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition, educators and students have access to the same 3D development tools used by millions of engineering and design professionals around the world, so they can focus on what’s really important—fostering new ideas, solving problems, teamwork, and innovation.

Check out our product matrix to view our detailed list of product offerings.
Here is a sampling of the new key features in the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2017-2018.

  • INNOVATE – New capabilities to help you incorporate emerging technologies
  • DESIGN – More core power and performance to get your job done faster
  • VALIDATE – Greater design ideas that lead to breakthrough innovations
  • COLLABORATE – Unlock any 3D model to work with SOLIDWORKS
  • BUILD & MANAGE – Data integration from concept to manufacturing

Visit our launch site to view the videos to check out the new features in SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2017-2018.

With over 240,000 certified SOLIDWORKS users, by adopting SOLIDWORKS in your classroom, you can give your students the industry recognized credentials and job-ready skills. Explore our certification program.

MySolidWorks for Students provides educators and students the perfect opportunity to master their SOLIDWORKS skills.  Access hundreds of product tutorial videos covering a broad range of SOLIDWORKS topics, including the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) exam prep course.

Thank you SOLIDWORKS Team for creating a great release for students!  Marie

 

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SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur Marion Surgical Virtually Removes Kidney Stone http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/solidworks-entrepreneur-marion-surgical-virtually-removes-kidney-stone.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/solidworks-entrepreneur-marion-surgical-virtually-removes-kidney-stone.html#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 13:24:21 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8887
Marion Surgical’s mission is to capture and share the worlds’ surgical knowledge to improve patient outcomes. This entrepreneur team has built a virtual reality surgical simulator for urologists.  The results are connecting to big data. Marion Surgical early Product Demo from

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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Marion Surgical’s mission is to capture and share the worlds’ surgical knowledge to improve patient outcomes. This entrepreneur team has built a virtual reality surgical simulator for urologists.  The results are connecting to big data.

Marion Surgical early Product Demo from ben sainsbury on Vimeo.

Marian Surgical will be showing off their kidney stone removal prototype at the American Urology Conference (#aua17) in Boston from May 13-14th.

You can conduct surgery in the virtual environment with Dr. Rajiv K. Singal, Urologic Surgeon.

The entire hardware system was designed in SOLIDWORKS.  Marion Surgical is managing files with SOLIDWORKS PDM, using eDrawings for communications and SOLIDWORKS Simulation for Finite Element Analysis.

I caught up with one of the enthusiastic founder & CEO,  Ben Sainsbury before the conference, “We chose SOLIDWORKS because it is the market leader, all of our vendors are using it and the learning curve was a breeze for our engineers. The SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneurship program has allowed us to kit our team out with the very best tools so that we can build our company and products the right way out of the gate.”

In March, Marion Surgical team, Jessica Henry, Maciej Bartosz Lacki, & Ben, were assisted by Shawn Hall from our Value Aided Reseller, CADimensions, that introduced Ben to the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur Program for innovative young hardware start-ups.

You can visit with Marion Surgical in the Cook Medical 2024 booth at the American Urology Conference next week in Boston and see how virtual surgery gives surgeons a real operating experience,  or find out more information about Marion Surgical on their website, www.marionsurgical.com.

Thank you Ben for being a SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur and sharing this innovative technology with our community.  Marie

 

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SOLIDWORKS FIRST Family http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/solidworks-first-family.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/05/solidworks-first-family.html#respond Fri, 05 May 2017 16:16:48 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8881
SOLIDWORKS has been a consistent supporter of FIRST competitions, where students from all across the globe showcase their talents in robotics. However, that is not the extent of our association. We take immense pride our very own FIRST Family at

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SOLIDWORKS has been a consistent supporter of FIRST competitions, where students from all across the globe showcase their talents in robotics. However, that is not the extent of our association. We take immense pride our very own FIRST Family at SOLIDWORKS, where we recently spoke with Nirali Jain who told us more about their involvement in this joyride.

Nirali is the Safety Captain for her team STORMGEARS , that recently enjoyed her stint at the FIRST Robotics World Competition. Nirali goes to 11th grade at Acton Boxborough Regional High School, and enjoys photography among her other interests. “One of my many interests is photography, I love taking pictures wherever I go and always have my camera with me. My pictures have been displayed at a Boston Museum for Youth Art Month and for the Hosmer House Project in Acton”, she told us. Besides school, robotics, and photography, Nirali also works with Asha who works towards raising funds to support child education in countries such as India.

We asked her how she became involved in FIRST and she told, “Mom wanted to put my brothers in a robotics program, when she found about STORMGEARS”. The team was founded three years ago, and currently comprises of 55 high school level students from Massachusetts. They compete during the season, where qualification for next stage depends on overall points accumulated in each round. STORMGEARS gave a spectacular performance at the NE District Granite State Event in Windham, NH, that was held from March 3 to 5, 2017, and won the Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. They also bagged this award at the NE District Hartford Event in Hartford, CT, held from March 31 to April 2, 2017, and won the 2nd place at the New England District Championship at UNH, that began on April 5, 2017.

We asked Nirali about her role as a Safety Captain to which she explained, “I am trained in first aid, AED, CPR, and bloodborne pathogen. I train all team members on first aid and safety before they are allowed to work on the robot, regulate safety during build season and on competitions, document all injuries and near misses to make corrective actions prevent future injuries, and document a Safety Data Sheet for each material/chemical we use on the robot and have document basic safety procedures”. She continues, “Besides these, I handle the outreach efforts – goto girls steam events to explain safety, make blogs on our website, meet other safety captains and handout brochures and sample first aid kits”.

Her twin brothers, Arjun and Kunal, who go to 9th grade, work in the mechanical engineering group, and her parents are mentors for the team. Kanan Jain, is a mentor for the Safety group, and Suchit Jain, VP Strategy and Business Development at SOLIDWORKS, is a mentor for the team overall.

The team made it to the FIRST world competition in St.Louis, Missouri, this year. “It was a great experience, but unfortunately we did not make the finals. Our robot had a tough time at the start and as the competition, but as we went on our performance was better ultimately ending with a rank of 31 out of 68”, says Nirali. With so much on her plate already, Nirali and her family have been managing the time for their involvement in FIRST robotics with enthusiasm and more to look forward to.

Thank you Nirali for sharing your story with us! SOLIDWORKS is very happy to sponsor STORMGEARS, and takes pride in our association with the FIRST Family. Keep up the excellent work!    

 

 

 

 

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Meeting Melodie Yashar, Co-founder of SEArch+ http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/meeting-melodie-yashar-co-founder-search.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/meeting-melodie-yashar-co-founder-search.html#respond Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:00:31 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8867
Winners of the NASA Centennial Challenges 3D Printed Habitat Competition, SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) is a group dedicated to developing human-supporting concepts for space exploration. The design of their winning submission, Mars Ice House, was inspired by NASA’s  “follow the

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Winners of the NASA Centennial Challenges 3D Printed Habitat Competition, SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) is a group dedicated to developing human-supporting concepts for space exploration. The design of their winning submission, Mars Ice House, was inspired by NASA’s  “follow the water” into a magnificent 3D- Printed Habitat made of water-ice.

The vertical multi-level dwelling for four is situated at the center of double-printed ice shells against an outermost layer of transparent EFTE, and with the lander core—defining the pressure-volume and serving as a radiation barrier for the human and plant life within. Mars Ice House celebrates the human presence as luminous and light-filled beacon on the shallow northern slopes of Mars’s Alba Mons. SEArch+ collaborated with Clouds AO to NASA’s Phase 1 Centennial Challenge for a 3D-Printed Habitat on Mars. Fifteen leading space and technology subject-matter experts (SMEs) consulted on the project, including scientists, geophysicists, ice experts, structural engineers, roboticists, and 3D-printing engineers. The design process was iterative and constantly informed by feedback from relevant consultants and advisors.

SOLIDWORKS spoke with Melodie Yashar, co-founder and member of SEArch+, about their accomplishments, the team, and more. Melodie is currently leading SEArch+ in efforts to develop functional technologies for 3D-printing human habitats on Mars. She is a designer and researcher originally from Los Angeles, and based in New York. While her main talents and interests lie in spatial design, Melodie’s work operates at the intersection of experiential, narrative, and interaction design practices. She prides herself in being a conceptual designer capable o­­­­­f developing a project from its schematic phases to final realization and fabrication.

Melodie received an M. Arch from Columbia University, studied Environmental and Product Design at Art Center College of Design, and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. She is also co-founder of the media collective Sonic Platforms. A combined interest in architecture and industrial design has refined a special interest in the design of interior systems considering the corporeality of the human body, user experience, and user interface design.

With over a decade long association with NASA’s Johnson Space Center’s Human Habitability Division and Langley Research Center, the mission of SEArch+ (Space Exploration Architecture) is to conceive, investigate, and produce innovative “human–centered” designs which will enable and support manned habitats not only to live but, to thrive in space environments beyond Earth.

Originally founded as SEARC in 1996 at New York City’s Columbia University by the late architect and professor Yoshiko Sato, SEArch+ seeks to honor her pioneering legacy of teaching and passion for space and design with the active pursuit of projects in collaboration with leading aerospace and robotic experts, astronauts, scientists, and engineers and so many others to make visions into reality. SEArch+ is currently comprised of Christina Ciardullo, Kelsey Lents, Michael Morris, Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, and Melodie Yashar.

When asked about the team’s interested in SOLIDWORKS, Melodie tells us, “I learned SOLIDWORKS while studying industrial design at Art Center College of Design, several years ago. We are currently using research licenses to develop and conceive prototypes of print-heads nozzles for 3D-printing. At the moment, we are investigating a range of materials suitable for 3D-printing human habitats on Mars, and intend to derive an adequate material combination that might approximate indigenous regolith (Martian soil) conditions”.

She continues, “This work is being done in collaboration with a number of material scientists and consultants, and together we’ve assembled a team for engineering our new material. The materials research goes hand-in-hand with the development of the print-head nozzle we are developing in SOLIDWORKS. We are eager and excited to test our prototypes and materials as the development of our project advances”. 

Thank you Melodie and SEArch+ for sharing your wonderful story with the SOLIDWORKS Community! We wish you all the best!

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24 Hours – SOLIDWORKS Day 2017 in Tunisia http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/24-hours-solidworks-day-2017-tunisia.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/24-hours-solidworks-day-2017-tunisia.html#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:58:32 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8848
SOLIDWORKS DAY’17 is the event in Tunisia with 24 hours filled with technical training, SOLIDWORKS certification, SOLIDWORKS design competitions, and networking. This is the second year of the SOLIDWORKS DAY initiative. held in ENIT, Tunisia on April 8 & 9,  2017. Our Value Added

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SOLIDWORKS DAY’17 is the event in Tunisia with 24 hours filled with technical training, SOLIDWORKS certification, SOLIDWORKS design competitions, and networking.

This is the second year of the SOLIDWORKS DAY initiative. held in ENIT, Tunisia on April 8 & 9,  2017.

Our Value Added Reseller ElectroMagnetic Works (EMWorks) also hosted a SOLIDWORKS Certification Event for Tunisia.

185 students participated,

with the help of 12 instructors,

and the assistance of 16 companies,

You can review the event on YouTube here.

 

Thank you Ahmed Braham, from EMWorks for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community,  Marie

 

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TU-Berlin, Engineering Innovation http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/tu-berlin-engineering-innovation.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/tu-berlin-engineering-innovation.html#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:25:44 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8843
As one of the leading research universities in world, TU-Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin) engineering laboratories are impressive. Members of the SOLIDWORKS Education and Research team and our Value Added Resellers were honored to take a tour with Dr.-Ing. Christian Navid Nayeri, Chief

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As one of the leading research universities in world, TU-Berlin (Technische Universität Berlin) engineering laboratories are impressive. Members of the SOLIDWORKS Education and Research team and our Value Added Resellers were honored to take a tour with Dr.-Ing. Christian Navid Nayeri, Chief Engineer and deputy head of chair.

Our first stop could not be missed. As one of the largest water tanks in the world for testing ships, propellers and hulls, the bright pink and blue structure towered over the campus.

Our next stop took us to one of the largest continuous water tanks in the world. Through innovative structures and monitoring methods, this tank is used by the TU-Berlin research team, Olympic German Rowing team, and in collaboration with industrial global companies.

We spoke with the PhD candidates of fluid mechanics and technical acoustics.    The historic conference room was filled with awards from AIAA, ASME and other organizations along with engineering dissertations over 100 years old providing us the technology that we use everyday.  The students explained how the SOLIDWORKS Student Engineering Kit (SEK) can be distributed to all students through the TU-Berlin web portal for free, providing CAD, FEM and CFD software tools.

With SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation, students took us through their award winning research presentations such as ” Sweeping Jet from a Fluidic Oscillator in Crossflow.” by Florian Ostermann, Hermann-Föttinger-Institut.

Our lab visits to Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik (Institute for fluid mechanic and technical acoustic) &  FG Experimentelle Strömungsmechanik (Group of Experimental Fluid Mechanics) were also hosted by Farrokh Mostufi, doctoral student.

The innovative equipment, TU-Berlin students design and manufacture to conduct their research in combustion and acoustics, continues to impress.

Thank you Ulf Stendahl, 3D EduWorks, our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, for arranging this amazing visit.

Thank you too Christian Navid NayeriFarrokh Mostufi, & TU-Berlin research team for hosting SOLIDWORKS.  Marie

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SOLIDWORKS Supports FIRST Robotics Competition http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/solidworks-supports-first-robotics-competition.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/solidworks-supports-first-robotics-competition.html#respond Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:38:39 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8830
For the next two weeks, high school students will compete in the FIRST ROBOTICS Championships, STEAMWORKS.  SOLIDWORKS is a FIRST Crown Supplier in Houston & St. Louis.  We are supporting a record number of 1200+ FIRST teams this season. For the

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FRC STORMGEARS

For the next two weeks, high school students will compete in the FIRST ROBOTICS Championships, STEAMWORKS.  SOLIDWORKS is a FIRST Crown Supplier in Houston & St. Louis.  We are supporting a record number of 1200+ FIRST teams this season.

FRC STORMGEARS Safety Award

For the local teams, sponsorship includes our own employees as engineering mentors. Suchit Jain, mentors STORMGEARS FRC 5422 that won the New England District Granite State Event Safety Award and are on their way to the Championship in St Louis.

FRC Ayer-Shirley Andromeda One

For the past 4 years, Earl Hasz mentors Andromeda One FRC 4905 Ayer-Shirley MA.  By winning the Chairman’s Award they are on their way to the Championship. Their community outreach with team motto “Let’s build something amazing” has inspired even younger kids in the areas of STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math).

MVHS FRC

Students use SOLIDWORKS to help design and manufacture components for their robots.

Andy Mark FRC Supplier and Mentor

SOLIDWORKS customer AndyMark mentors their own teams and supplies thousands of components to FIRST teams around the world.

SOLIDWORKS WORLD Marie on Stage with Don Hutson, Mark Devitz, Paul Ventimiglia

SOLIDWORKS customers Don HutsonMark Devitz, Paul Ventimiglia are great mentors too.

SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, CADMES, Team Rembrandts, FRC 4481 Netherlands can make their robot “fly”.

FRC 5839 Blue Whales China

SOLIDWORKS China VAR, SAHZE supports Nanjing FRC 5839 Blue Whales.
Thank you to our employees, customers, and VARS that mentor our FIRST teams.  Thank you FIRST teams for using SOLIDWORKS.

I will be in St Louis with SOLIDWORKS user advocacy manager, Rachel York.  Hope to see you there!  Marie

 

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INEGI Promotes Technological Innovation In Portugal Using SOLIDWORKS http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/inegi-promotes-technological-innovation-portugal-using-solidworks.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/inegi-promotes-technological-innovation-portugal-using-solidworks.html#respond Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:07 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8817
INEGI, aka Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is one of the most prestigious engineering institutes in Portugal, with 30 years of experience in bringing forth new technologies in the field of research and development. It positions

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INEGI, aka Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, is one of the most prestigious engineering institutes in Portugal, with 30 years of experience in bringing forth new technologies in the field of research and development. It positions technological innovation right at the interface between industries and universities. INEGI promotes research, technology-based innovations, and transfer of technology oriented towards the industrial sector.

It currently employs 200 designers and engineers, and assumes the role of an active agent in development and consolidation of a competitive model, based on knowledge and innovation of technological products and processes.

At the institute, they use SOLIDWORKS design and simulation tools supplied by Sqédio to meet its complex 3D CAD design requirements. They hire in volumes from the University of Porto, FEUP, whose students are well-versed with advanced knowledge of SOLIDWORKS software.

Watch this video to learn more about how Inegi solves its research and engineering challenges using SOLIDWORKS design and simulation tools, its advanced 3D visualization capabilities, and much more, that has resulted in cutting time and monetary costs associated with iterative testing.

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SAE AERO Design West Competition in TEXAS with SOLIDWORKS http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/sae-aero-design-west-competition-texas-solidworks.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/sae-aero-design-west-competition-texas-solidworks.html#respond Fri, 14 Apr 2017 15:34:20 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8807
This year’s SAE AERO Design West competition took place in the heart of the USA, nestled right in Fort Worth Texas. Students from all around the world and from different walks of life, filled the hotel lobby with propellers, DC motors, and aerodynamic fuselages,

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This year’s SAE AERO Design West competition took place in the heart of the USA, nestled right in Fort Worth Texas.

Students from all around the world and from different walks of life, filled the hotel lobby with propellers, DC motors, and aerodynamic fuselages, as they marched their planes in and out of the judges’ arena.

Day 1 of the event was all about technical qualifications.

A warm Texas morning welcomed the teams to the Thunderbird Field that hosted the Day 2’s agenda: Flight.

With team members flying in and out of their pit areas, changing parts, drives, wings, props, cargo, etc., basically whatever it took to get them off the ground.

Some of the teams soared, some crashed; nevertheless EVERYONE there was smiling and having fun.

With a spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, SOLIDWORKS was proud to sponsor and attend this year’s SAE AERO Design West event, and fully encourage students to just get out there and fly!

Watch this video to catch a glimpse of the excitement ->

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Tim Ackaway on SOLIDWORKS Certification – All I want is my CSWE! http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/tim-ackaway-solidworks-certification-want-cswe.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/04/tim-ackaway-solidworks-certification-want-cswe.html#respond Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:32:04 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8793
Tim Ackaway, student at Braden River High School, has a passion for SOLIDWORKS.    He started with SOLIDWORKS in Middle School.  Tim is inspired by his instructor Gil Burlew.  Two weeks ago, he contacted SOLIDWORKS Certification Manager, Mike Puckett with the message below.

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Tim Ackaway, student at Braden River High School, has a passion for SOLIDWORKS.    He started with SOLIDWORKS in Middle School.  Tim is inspired by his instructor Gil Burlew.  Two weeks ago, he contacted SOLIDWORKS Certification Manager, Mike Puckett with the message below.

 

Hi Mike,

 

My passion for SolidWorks, started when I was a sixth grader in middle school.

The first Solidworks project I worked on was building a basic trebuchet. My teacher showed the class the basics of SolidWorks, and then set us free. I was the only one in the 45 minute class time that was able to successfully build all the components. On the second day of class, I came in and was ready to learn how to assemble the trebuchet in SolidWorks. After assembling it, I was excited to see all that one can do inside of this program. From that day on, I knew that I wanted to continue using SolidWorks. I used it throughout the year, and one day I got an idea to design an iPhone. I wanted to do it all on my own with no tutorial or assistance. The project started off quite bumpy, as I was inexperienced with the program. However, after messing around with a couple of features, I started to get the hang of it. About a week in, I had the overall shape of the phone, with all the buttons and the screen. This experience enabled me to help kids out with their projects for the rest of the year. Toward the end of my eighth grade year, my teacher mentioned a certification that students could take that would showcase their experience in SolidWorks. I started looking up practice tests, and I saw them as a fun challenge. On the last day of my eighth grade year, my teacher gave me the test, and I was very nervous. I passed, missing only one question in the entire test. I was ecstatic when I saw my results pop up on the screen! My hard work from the last three years had finally paid off.

My freshman year in high school, my engineering teacher gave the class a simple SolidWorks project – a pair of scissors – to evaluate where everyone was at. I failed majorly on this project, and was upset about it for a while. From there, I was determined to get better at SolidWorks. I watched a variety of YouTube videos about random features in the program. Halfway through the year, my teacher talked about the CSWP. I had never heard about the CSWP and was interested in it. I talked to my teacher, and he said that no freshman at our school had ever passed this exam before. At that moment, I had a new goal. I studied some practice exams online, and felt confident to take the first part, which I passed with a perfect score. When it came time to take the second segment of the CSWP, I had failed it by one question. I went back and studied counting down the days until I could take it again. Once my 14 day cool down expired, I retested and managed to fail again. I was very discouraged by this, but I knew I could not give up this far in. I spent some more time studying and watching more videos. At the end of my second 14 day cool down, I felt confident. My resilience paid off, this time I passed, I had finally conquered part two of this test. The last remaining part was the assemblies, something which I felt very confident in doing. I took that one about a week later and passed with a perfect score.

My sophomore year, I focused more on academics, but toward the end of the year I made time for SolidWorks and passed the CSWPA-DT. I studied over the summer, and got the CSWPA-WD. At the beginning of this year, my junior year, I got my CSWPA-SM.  I was determined to get the prerequisites for the CSWE. Halfway through the year, I got the CSWPA-MT.

The CSWE for me is a goal that I’ve been trying to achieve since I’ve heard about it. The CSWE would showcase the hard work that I’ve been putting in for the last 6 years. I highly encourage anyone to work toward the CSWE, as there is a lot to be learned through the exams, and that knowledge can help with many of the projects that are done in SolidWorks. In retrospect, SolidWorks has helped me become a better leader, as well as preparing me for the industry that I plan on going into.

 

The best conclusion to this story is Tim’s success.  He passed the CSWE this weekend.  There are less than 3000 CSWE’s in the world.

For more information about the SOLIDWORKS Certification program go to www.solidworks.com/certification.

Thank you Tim, Mike for sharing this story,  Marie

 

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Yannick Lammen, a mechanical engineer, and Jan Drennel, an undergraduate student, at the University of Stuttgart in Germany talk to SOLIDWORKS about their work for the SOFIA project. Also find link to video here. SOFIA. the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, is a

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Yannick Lammen, a mechanical engineer, and Jan Drennel, an undergraduate student, at the University of Stuttgart in Germany talk to SOLIDWORKS about their work for the SOFIA project.

Also find link to video here.

SOFIA. the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy, is a 2.5 meter in diameter telescope mounted in the fuselage of a modified 747SP aircraft. The University of Stuttgart chose SOLIDWORKS Research Edition to design various parts and assemblies for the project because most of the industry partners used the software, and also, for students it is a very easy-to-use and a powerful tool.

“SOLIDWORKS is used to modify the parts, to research the parts”, explains Yannick, “the simulation toolbox to simulate assemblies and also to do stress analysis”. He continues, “It was quite a challenging task but with programs like SOLIDWORKS, it is easy to design those kind of assemblies”.

One of the major design issues they face with the project are the differences in temperatures which, Jan explains, was made easy using SOLIDWORKS because the parts could be designed and the immediately simulated, It eliminated the need to use multiple software or to convert files to various formats. “Can just do it all in one software”, says Jan who is currently doing an internship for SOFIA project in California.

He adds, “we are able to validate our designs with SOLIDWORKS with simulating the parts and doing the thermal simulations and motion simulations”.

These talented scientists enjoy their work on the project. “There have been a lot of breakthroughs already”. It has been an amazing experience of solving many design challenges and new problems everyday.

“For me, it’s like a dream job”, wraps up Yannick.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with the SOLIDWORKS.

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Like Father Like Son – Hernan Malleret And His 11 Year Old, Tomas http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/03/like-father-like-son-meet-hernan-malleret-11-year-old-tomas.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/03/like-father-like-son-meet-hernan-malleret-11-year-old-tomas.html#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:46:50 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8768
Hernan Malleret, an industrial designer from Buenos Aires in Argentina, is a self taught SOLIDWORKS user. He started using the software in 1997 and was able to self-learn the program because of its user-friendly interface he says. Starting with designing

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Hernan Malleret, an industrial designer from Buenos Aires in Argentina, is a self taught SOLIDWORKS user. He started using the software in 1997 and was able to self-learn the program because of its user-friendly interface he says. Starting with designing plastic pieces, Hernan discovered how SOLIDWORKS allowed him to develop his work in a more precise manner. “It is very intuitive”, he tells us.

He lives in the outskirts of the city of Concepcion del Uruguay in Entre Rios with his wife and four children. Tomas, now 11 years old, would watch Hernan use SOLIDWORKS, and fixated on what transpired on the screen. Otherwise a fan of playing ball, Tomas insisted on wanting to learn SOLIDWORKS. His parents wondered if the 10 year old was ready to learn such a complex professional program, and could handle the frustration associated with failure to accomplish a goal.

Hernan ensures to provide the means to his children to “forge their own paths”. So, he decided to allow his curious 10 year old to use SOLIDWORKS for playing purposes. “Tomas started using the program intuitively”, Hernan recalls. “I actually think that kids use SOLIDWORKS in a different way than adults do”.

When asked about his experience, Tomas shares, “It was fun when I started although difficult until I learnt the tools”. He began exploring on his own. “What I like about SOLIDWORKS is that you can give life and form to a simple drawing,” says Tomas. “I like that because all the imagination you have, you can make real.”

Tomas is currently designing a solar-powered lawn mower using SOLIDWORKS. He believes that this knowledge will help him in his adult life as he wants to follow his father’s footsteps and grow up to become an industrial designer.

SOLIDWORKS is proud to be part of such success stories in the making, and shall continue to inspire and support the youngest of designers.

Watch this short video to hear from Hernan and Tomas.

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Caroline Dee, Top Sales Representative Of The Year http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/03/caroline-dee-top-sales-representative-year.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/03/caroline-dee-top-sales-representative-year.html#respond Sun, 05 Mar 2017 14:55:24 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8758
Winner of the Top Sales Representative award at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017, Caroline Dee tells us about her journey from starting as a saleswoman-by-chance to becoming the best in the field. Youngest of six brothers and sisters, Caroline grew up

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Winner of the Top Sales Representative award at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017, Caroline Dee tells us about her journey from starting as a saleswoman-by-chance to becoming the best in the field.

Youngest of six brothers and sisters, Caroline grew up in Natick MA, and now lives in Sudbury, MA, with her husband and her dog. She is a proud mother of two talented college-going daughters. She majored in business studies at UMass Amherst with a focus in marketing, and eventually fell into a job in Sales.

An introvert by nature, sales seemed like the last career she would have chosen for herself. Her first job was with a small company in the technology space that sold Project Management and 2D CAD software. While learning the ways of the field and the technology, she always wondered about working for a larger firm. Why not?

The company ended operations in a year after which Caroline went on to work with McDonnell Douglas, a much bigger firm in the CAD space back then. “I went ahead and cold called them about a job. They were pleasantly surprised”, she chuckles. Here she trained for a year in CAD software sales and continued to refine her knowledge and skillset.

She explains, “Customer and prospects were divided into 3 buckets – small, big, and large. I was assigned into the small/prospect bucket, which I was not too happy with in the beginning”. However, determined to excel, she continued to meet her targets, one after another, from one region to another. “Rise to the occasion, because the other option is to quit”, she says.

Her decision to buckle down and give sales her best effort was largely influenced by the Dale Carnegie book, “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” which basically says to accept worst case and think about how that would look versus focusing on the fear of a bad outcome (in this case failing in her role working with the small prospects).

Unsure about how long she could last slogging her way through, she recalls her back-up plans. “I bought a house in my 20’s. I planned to sell it off, and use the money to either travel around the world or go to law school”. Nonetheless, she was going to “HIT THE NUMBERS”, and she did every time. However, soon she started to realize the pros of working with startups, “I could speak directly with the president of the company. I would listen to them, try my best to understand their needs, help to identify their challenges, and then offer solutions that would make them successful”.

She continues, “Back in the 1980’s, sales was a male dominated profession. It was not easy to be accepted as a woman in the engineering field, having to work twice as hard, to earn credibility.” She recalls, “I remember watching Marie Planchard on the stage at SOLIDWORKS World when she said ‘I hope one day there are 50% women in this audience’”.

It is necessary to ask the hard questions to be a good salesperson. It is important to hear the truth, and be prepared for a rejection. There is no room for ego in this profession.

After ten years into the job, she was invited to head the largest account for a startup company. She decided to accept the offer as it was time to change the environment for further exposure.

During the course of three years here, she was married and soon had her first baby. Her personal life now demanded more of her time which made it all the more difficult to keep up with the unforgiving demands of the profession. However, as a boon in disguise, the company was soon acquired and Caroline made her way into an advertising company. Here she handled sales of Market Research Reports focused on data from the customer experience. Impressed by her knowledge, hard-work, and effectiveness, the management loved her work. She recalls, “It was after 9/11 happened. I was still working this job, but I missed walking through the manufacturing facilities and learning the process of how things were made. I felt like a piece was missing. I wanted to move back to CAD!”

She met a woman in town (mother of one of her daughter’s friends) who suggested that Caroline apply for a sales role at SOLIDWORKS, which distributes via value added reseller sales channel. Therefore, Caroline now joined CADD Edge, one of SOLIDWORKS’ largest 3rd party resellers. Due to the complexity of the software, and the massive outreach, she found the job very challenging at first. However, she went on just the way had in the past. “I actually cried when I won the #1 SOLIDWORKS Salesperson Worldwide award. It is a huge accomplishment for me”, she smiles.

She continues, “I started with very challenging territories; however, my manager would constantly reassure me, hang in there! Over time, both the regions and my abilities improved, and overall things started to get better. I talked to the customers, who inspired and kept me going”. She continued to build and grow her client network through working with startups, believing in them, and enjoying the process.

I love to listen to the customers, to get to know them, and help them find a solution.

One sale she is most proud of was helping a woman who had left her mechanical engineering career to raise her twin daughters. She wanted to re-enter the work force but had no idea how to begin. She had heard SOLIDWORKS was the best tool so she wanted to learn it. “I shared my advice with her and helped her network to land her first job after thirteen years out. She was feeling very insecure and really appreciated me advising her on a step by step approach. She has earned her way as an engineering project leader at a large robotics company and thanks me all the time for helping her. That is rewarding”.

Work hard, believe and love what you do. Good things will come.

 

“I truly enjoy my job. Embracing the community at SOLIDWORKS, I formed great new relationships. The people, the management, the partners, and the customers here have made me love every moment spent on the job. I TRULY ENJOY my job”, she wraps up.

Thank you Caroline for sharing your story with the SOLIDWORKS Community, and for being an inspiration to all.

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SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2017 Are You Ready? http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/02/solidworks-world-2017-ready.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/02/solidworks-world-2017-ready.html#respond Sun, 05 Feb 2017 15:36:16 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8739
It’s calm Sunday morning before #SWW17.  But in a few hours, 1000’s of SOLIDWORKS customers, value added resellers and partners will be here.  So too will come the researchers, educators, and students.  If you are new to SOLIDWORKS WORLD, there is

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It’s calm Sunday morning before #SWW17.  But in a few hours, 1000’s of SOLIDWORKS customers, value added resellers and partners will be here.  So too will come the researchers, educators, and students.  If you are new to SOLIDWORKS WORLD, there is an education track just for you.

First download the SWW17 Mobile App so you can find  your schedule, events and maps. The SOLIDWORKS World Mobile App is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices.

On Sunday afternoon, come to the Tailgate party (yes Go Pats! but it will be fun for everyone).  Then move into the Product Showcase and the Partner Pavilion where the party will continue.

I’ll be with students from UCLA Baja and FSAE teams on Sunday night in the product showcase.

There will also be students from the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy and the National Robotics League with student teams Bad Kitty,  Beaumonsters, Fast Electric Robots and Least Worst Robotics.

You will see Robo Rumble a live battle of combat robots highlighting engineering design and manufacturing right on stage at General Session Day 2.

SOLIDWORKS World is fortunate to feature great educators from all disciplines and grade levels speaking at the breakout sessions, like Cynthia Jourgensen, CSWP, presenting on the methods she developed to make education simpler and faster. Just select “Education” as the category on your SWW17 Mobile App. There are talks on curriculum, SOLIDWORKS Academic certification, job ready skills and more.

Session ID Title Speaker Institution
4047 Project-Based Learning with SOLIDWORKS Elise Moss Laney College
4282 Experiential Learning: Engaging Students in SOLIDWORKS Design Projects Rudy Ottway Murray State University
4348 How educator’s can develop designers Jennifer Miles WALKER VALLEY High School
4447 The Bronze Doors Project @ The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Matthew Cummins The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
4671 Speak your mind! What needs to change with CAD education? Jeremy Clark IRTC
4696 CSWA- Improving Student Success Rates Cynthia L Jourgensen Solano Community College
4717 Incorporating SOLIDWORKS into a 9-12 STEAM Curriculum Paul Clinton Cherokee Trail High School
4843 SOLIDWORKS for Large Scale Collaborative Design Amir Abo-Shaeer Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy
4846 Develop your own tutorials: learning approaches for engineering education David Nobes University of Alberta

 

Check out the learning paths in IOT, Additive Manufacturing, and Subtracting Manufacturing for continuing education certificates.

Tuesday afternoon it is all about entrepreneurs join us for the National Hardware Cup West Coast Regional February 7 at 4:00 pm PST. During the competition, six hardware startups will pitch to local venture capitalists and investors live in front of attendees for a spot to compete in the National Finals for a $50,000 grand prize investment. Get the scoop here.

And of course there is SOLIDWORKS Student Day on Wednesday for local area students to see the latest in innovation and technology.

Of course Network.Network. Network all while learning about SOLIDWORKS and having fun.  There are SOLIDWORKS User Group Leaders here from you community to help you too.

If you can’t come this time don’t worry, General Session is streaming live all three days.  Register here!

 

Hope to see you soon.  Marie

 

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Cynthia Jourgensen, CSWP, Speaker at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/cynthia-jourgensen-cswp-speaker-solidworks-world-2017.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/cynthia-jourgensen-cswp-speaker-solidworks-world-2017.html#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2017 02:22:34 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8726
“I love to be able to take a person’s dream and write it down in pictures for them to see. With SOLIDWORKS they can see all aspects of their design and have a video to show how to use it.

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“I love to be able to take a person’s dream and write it down in pictures for them to see. With SOLIDWORKS they can see all aspects of their design and have a video to show how to use it.  I have learned so much about the versatility and the expansive ability in creating all sorts of models in SOLIDWORKS. It truly is an amazing program.”

Cynthia Jourgensen is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) instructor. She also owns a contract business, at the San Francisco Bay Area in California, which she started in the year 2008 while learning SOLIDWORKS as a student, and continues to work with inventors with new product designs or inventions till date. She will be speaking at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 conference in LA, on February 7 2017, where she will be presenting the methods she has developed to make education simpler and faster. A mother of 2, she paints, designs jewelry, works in stained glass, and basically loves creativity.

“I am a lifelong learner”, she says, “I have been in and out of school most of my life. My focus has been mostly in the vocational programs like Psychiatric Technology, and registered Nursing. Thinking I would become a doctor, I transferred from community college life into UC Berkeley to study Biochemistry as a pre-med major. This was during the time when plans were being made to map the human genome. It was an exciting time indeed, to be entering this field. However, life happened. I got married after getting my bachelors degree and began a family. When my children were in high school, I tried to go back into nursing and found that it would take a lot of re-training after being away from it for so long. I began to look at other options. I did some landscaping layouts for my yard and some interior space designs. I thought it would be easier if I could do this on a computer, and enrolled in the drafting program at Solano Community College in Fairfield, CA, in 2006.

It was the first time that I felt completely at home in an academic setting. I excelled at all my drafting classes and loved working in an environment creating whatever I could dream up. I credit my instructor, Karen Cook, for her inspiring way of teaching. She has a relaxed manner in the classroom that allows students to explore the possibilities of what can be modeled in the CAD environment. One of the classes I struggled with was the SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling class. It was an online course which I loved because I could go at my own pace, and explore ways to use SOLIDWORKS. 

Well, in the beginning I really struggled with trying to figure out where to start. It took me 15 hours to make a simple part such as a nut. One sketch and 3 features. I was only able to complete the model after I collaborated with some other students. Fortunately, I had figured out how to model a different problem and so we all benefited from each other’s learning. This was the moment, as I sat there in front of my computer, mystified with how to use SOLIDWORKS, that I decided that if I ever figured out how to create stuff in SOLIDWORKS, I would teach anyone who wanted to learn.”

This semester, Cynthia created a reverse engineered model of an apple peeler/corer kitchen appliance. She spent 6 months (more than 600 hours) working on it, when she also discovered how to create animation in SOLIDWORKS. “I was so captivated with the possibility of making movies of how things worked that I often had my kids come in and ask what’s for dinner? I had been working on my SOLIDWORKS project for over 12 hours and had lost track of time. We had pizza for dinner!” The finished project was submitted to the California State Fair, where Cynthia won the Best of Show award.

When asked about what inspired her to pursue a career in academia, she shares, “After graduating from Solano Community College, it was difficult to find a job due to the downturn in the economy in 2009-2010. So I took on a 2D CAD job just to get drafting experience. I also enrolled in graduate school to get a Master’s in Education with a focus on Instructional Technology. I had a dream and a promise to keep. I was going to teach SOLIDWORKS!”

She continues, “The first step was to get certified in SOLIDWORKS. So, thinking I knew a lot about modeling in SOLIDWORKS, I took the test and scored 20 points.”

This was a reality check for Cynthia, and she realized she needed to learn more about CAD modelling. She continued to research, practice and learn a lot more than she had expected. “One concept that mystified me was the Design Intent of a model. It took me several years before I clearly understood what Design Intent was and how to apply that to a model. It is such an important concept that I started to introduce it from day one in my classes”, she tells us.

In 2012, Cynthia was hired at the Solano Community College to teach SOLIDWORKS in the Spring of 2013. She recalls, “It was a struggle at first, trying to figure out how to teach students the vast amount of information about how to model in SOLIDWORKS in just 18 weeks. During this process of learning I discovered that our school could become a SOLIDWORKS testing site, and that the students could take the exam for free. I saw how important this one benefit of our SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription was, and its potential to unlock employment opportunities at higher salaries for our students.”

It has been quite a process in achieving an average 85% success rate of their students clearing the CSWA with 16 weeks of training. A lot of research, time and effort has been put in to refine the pedagogy, and the struggle she exclaims with excitement, “is so worth it when I see our students getting employed in quality jobs right here in Solano County.”

Cynthia visualizes a future where the current rapid learning method can be translated into the business learning sector. “Many sectors of industry use SOLIDWORKS, but from what I have seen, the biggest impediment to full productivity in those businesses is having a workforce trained in not just how to make a part but how to make a part with design intent. Modeling with design intent from the conception of a part will save hours of time when a model needs to be revised or updated”. She continues, “Another aspect to focus on is when there is a changeover in staff and that means new employees will need to get up to speed quickly in order to maintain profitable productivity. This is an exciting challenge that just may revolutionize how education and business collaborate to create a new level of productivity in the manufacturing industry.”

Cynthia will be presenting her methods at SOLIDWORKS World 2017, where she would go into the details of concepts covered, sequence of topics, sample assignments, design intent, the importance of drawing analysis, configurations, and more, at the SOLIDWORKS training program at her school. She would further talk about how a school can become a SOLIDWORKS testing site, and share links and resources to many sites relating to teaching SOLIDWORKS. Find the conference agenda here.

“There truly is nothing like living your dream and helping others to live theirs. Hope to see you all in Los Angeles at SolidWorks World 2017!” – Cynthia

Thank you Cynthia for sharing your story with the SOLIDWORKS Community! We wish you all the best as you continue along your path to refining teaching methods, and sharing your knowledge with the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

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SOLIDWORKS – CROWN Sponsor for FIRST Robotics Competition http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/solidworks-crown-sponsor-first-robotics-competition.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/solidworks-crown-sponsor-first-robotics-competition.html#respond Fri, 27 Jan 2017 17:07:44 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8716
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) 2017 is here! January 7, 2017 marked the kickoff of the exciting design and build competition season. SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor. To all teams that apply for sponsorship at www.solidworks.com/FIRST, SOLIDWORKS will provide the

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FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) 2017 is here!

Shared by SOLIDWORKS mentor, Earl Hasz

January 7, 2017 marked the kickoff of the exciting design and build competition season. SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor. To all teams that apply for sponsorship at www.solidworks.com/FIRST, SOLIDWORKS will provide the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite of software tools.

In order to apply for the sponsorship, follow these two simple steps:

The zip files are separated by components and kits.

We are proud to have sponsored thousands of teams through this program, and be a part of many success stories. It is a pleasure watching students innovate and compete, and reading stories about their creative journeys.

Shared by FIRST team mentor, Andy Mark

We want to thank all the teams and their mentors for writing to us. It is wonderful to learn about your accomplishments, through newsletters or thank you notes, which keep us motivated and informed. Your stories with the cards, letters, buttons, t-shirts and photos are our emotional paycheck! Feel free to share your teams progress with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Cheers to FIRST for the continuing success! As FIRST grows, SOLIDWORKS will be there to support students, mentors and our customers.

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Meet Richard Williams a.k.a. Corporal Willy III – From Ideas To Creation http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/meet-richard-williams-k-corporal-willy-iii-ideas-creation.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/meet-richard-williams-k-corporal-willy-iii-ideas-creation.html#respond Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:00:43 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8685
“Simple things seem to derive the most pleasure from everyone” – Corporal Willy   The very first time we tried doing a 3D carving, we took just two pieces of scrap wood and glued them together. I looked for two

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“Simple things seem to derive the most pleasure from everyone” – Corporal Willy

Corporal Willy with a Epilog 120 Watt Laser

 

The very first time we tried doing a 3D carving, we took just two pieces of scrap wood and glued them together.

I looked for two pieces that were not cracked or had any knots or other irregular surface features to them. However, as the machine finished the carving, a knot showed up right at the end of the Wolf’s nose.

Rob made this one on a laser machine for a friend’s wedding.

Back in South Florida, we were still learning how to run the machines properly. Our neighbors wanted to see if this could be done, and this is what we came up with. 

This was the very first job I did with the CNC Mill Router. I made three of these for the shop as we were always losing pencils.

A priest friend of mine complained that he was getting too fat. So I made him this carving of a place setting to use when he ate his meals. I guaranteed him that if he used these, he would lose weight. 

Picture taken immediately after carving; yet to be sanded and then painted

 

I made different sets of pulleys to teach mechanical advantages in their use to lift heavy weights.

I programmed two wooden pendulum clocks on one sheet of plywood. They did not work but someday I will learn how to make them!

My shop in the backyard and things are always ready for me to be creative with!

Richard’s cardboard stool that went on to set a world record, weighed only 9.25 ounces.

He made four of these one of which held up an incredible static force at the UNLV’s laboratory of 1,113 lbs. Two others failed at more than 1,000 lbs, and one failed at 974 lbs. Until the tests, he had expected these to hold up to 200-300 hundred lbs each. “Wow, was I surprised! That might be a world record and I challenged schools and kids to beat that documented static weight test”, he recalls.

Another simple project he undertook, to make use of his CNC machine, was an arch bridge with no fasteners! 

“No, it wasn’t my creation but some guy called Da Vinci during the middle ages came up with it. Uncle Vinnie came up with the idea and I used it. I don’t think he will mind and the kids just love it”, he smiles. With steady hands, these interlocks are simple to construct. 

With a few assistants, it can be assembled into a complete circle.     

Certainly a fun project for everyone!

Professors as well as students love it.

            

Below is a picture of Richard’s workshop in the backyard of his home. In the center is a cage for his parrot, Lexie, who loves to watch him work.

Thank you Richard for sharing the stories, about your life and about the wonderful work you have been doing, with the SOLIDWORKS Community.

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Meet Richard Williams a.k.a. Corporal Willy II – Some Projects http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/meet-richard-williams-k-corporal-willy-ii.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2017/01/meet-richard-williams-k-corporal-willy-ii.html#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:31:10 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8673
Richard first came up with the idea of constructing a bridge using fettuccine pasta, while pushing a shopping cart alongside his wife, Carmy, at a supermarket. As Carla stopped in the aisle stacked with a variety of pastas, Richard carefully observed the different

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Fettuccine Pasta Bridge

Richard first came up with the idea of constructing a bridge using fettuccine pasta, while pushing a shopping cart alongside his wife, Carmy, at a supermarket. As Carla stopped in the aisle stacked with a variety of pastas, Richard carefully observed the different types of pastas, appreciating the uniformity inside of the packaging.

He recalls thinking, “To try and make something like that would be very difficult to say the least. I could not wait to get SOLIDWORKS up and running when I got back home”.

He started with a box of Barilla fettuccine pasta, where he measured some of the struts with a micrometer. He noted that they were very close in dimensions to each other. Next, he started to model those struts. During the process, he realized that these struts were very brittle and broke rather easily. However, he also knew that they were not meant to be used as building materials.

Richard knew that in order to teach the basics of architectural design and build, some of the local schools were making use of very expensive balsa wood. He wanted to come up with a much cheaper option of a building material, especially because of limited budgets at these schools,

About 2 ½ months later, Richard had designed and constructed a 32 inches long by 16 inches high and 6 inches wide bridge made of pasta, consisting of three struts in an I-Beam configuration, and glued together with Elmer’s Wood Glue. He remarks, “when fettuccine pasta and Elmer’s Wood Glue are used (sparingly), the pasta becomes really very strong. This I-Beam configuration made the Fettuccine Pasta Bridge very possible”.

This closeup shows the little I-Beams

His article received much acclaim on the internet, and he received requests from various universities around the world to share more information about use of pasta in his design. A PhD in mechanical engineering, in Switzerland, ran an Finite Element Analysis (FEA) study on the data and bridge design shared by Richard, and inferred that the bridge could support about 7 lbs. of weight at mid span. “Remember this is Pasta which is very brittle and breaks easily. Needless to say I was elated over this news”, Richard exclaims.

Eventually, he donated the bridge to the engineering museum at the local university upon request.  

He shares, “I’ve made big bridges that I actually climbed on top of and they were so popular I had to make 4 of them to date”.

Each of these bridges is 26 feet long, 8′ 2″ high and 34″ wide, and made with lumber, weighing 154 lbs including hardware. In this picture, Richard is sitting on a seat supported at mid span, adding 177 lbs in weight. Find detailed article here.

“I have one of these pictures hung up on the wall of my classroom at the College of Southern Nevada to show my students and any visitors that come in.”, he continues, “I cannot estimate how many hours of sleep I have lost over the years since the SolidWorks Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts allowed me to use their program to learn with. In particular, Mrs. Marie Planchard, the World Wide Educational Director of the company believed in me. Since that trust was placed in me, I seem to get most of my ideas late at night while in bed when I should be sleeping. That idea won’t let me fall asleep until I get up, turn on my computer and digitize my dream“.

Continue to read the multiple part blog series to learn more about the projects by Richard Williams.

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Meet Richard Williams a.k.a. Corporal Willy I – Where It All Started http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/12/meet-richard-williams-a-k-a-corporal-willy.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/12/meet-richard-williams-a-k-a-corporal-willy.html#respond Thu, 29 Dec 2016 03:34:22 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8639
We know him as Corporal Willy – Richard Williams, who is an engineer by passion and has dedicated his life to teaching in STEM education. From creating a bridge with fettuccine pasta and Elmer’s Wood Glue, to building a 9.25

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We know him as Corporal Willy – Richard Williams, who is an engineer by passion and has dedicated his life to teaching in STEM education.

From creating a bridge with fettuccine pasta and Elmer’s Wood Glue, to building a 9.25 ounces stool out of cardboard that went on to set a new world record that was tested at UNLV’s Labs, Richard makes science fun and exciting for children to pique their interests in engineering, architecture and other technologies. Besides being a SolidWorks instructor at College of Southern Nevada (CSN), when needed Richard writes technology related articles for Engineering.com and for SOLIDWORKS Teacher official blog. He is a writer for and member of the SOLIDWORKS blog squad.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richard went to schools in Queens, and on Long Island, in Hempstead. After completing high school, he decided to enter the military as a US Marine to fulfill his military obligation in effect at the time. He served in the military for six years, then he was discharged at the rank of Corporal E4 and eligible for Sergeant E5. Besides achieving this rank, he had to have a top secret clearance before heading to his final duty station – Key West, Florida – during the Cuban Crisis era.

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After being honorably discharged, Richard went to work for the Grumman Aircraft Corporation at Bethpage, Long Island, where he had few close encounters with the Landing Excursion Module (LEM) that landed on the moon. Richard worked as a maintenance electrician there. He got an opportunity to further his career as an electrician and decided to enter a four year long apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Upon graduation, he was qualified to work at all levels and capacities in electrical construction and installation. He explains, “My experiences range from High Voltage splicing to installing Neutron Radiation Monitoring cables under the nuclear powerhouse reactor vessels. I did maintenance and new construction work in Hospitals, Federal Courthouses, Mom & Pop card stores, Shopping Centers, Universities, Industrial Centers and Traffic Signal and Lighting. I also did control work and with the advent of computers used in industry, I did a lot of data cabling to hook computers up to the rest of the world with intranet and internet access”.

In 1998, Richard met with an accident at his job which forced him into an early retirement. Discontent and restless, he continued to seek avenues where he could fulfill his passion for engineering and education. He smirks, “I always liked drafting, but was not so great at it”. He was introduced to CAD when it came out in the stores, and the rest is history.

He reflects, “Because of bad times in the construction industry I moved to South Florida to get away from the high taxes and cost of living on Long Island, especially when you are not working.  We were in our smaller home in Florida for about 14 years and I started doing volunteer work for the schools there”. He continually strived to support teachers that were teaching technical subjects and spent about 8 years working with the local schools there.

Around the year 2004, there were four back-to-back hurricanes in South Florida and around the same time, his son Rob got a job as a Cath Lab Manager at Sunrise Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada. Therefore, the family decided to move to the desert and have been there ever since.

Richard with his wife Carmy on their 51st wedding anniversary

“It is hot out here in the summer months but there is a genuine need for community partners to come together and help our schools out. That is the main reason for my building of School Science Projects to help bring another dimension of learning into the classrooms”, he said.

He continues, “The Clark County School District is ranked at the very bottom in the school rankings across the US” and by using his fine skills in mathematics, he found out that the school district can only go up in the rankings at some future point in time”.

He is highly involved in the local high school technical academies, and is continuously working towards making school subjects more interesting by bringing technology into the classrooms.

“A backyard solar experiment with my homemade sun angle instrument” – Richard

Richard wears many hats at his job at the Northwest Career Technical Academy.  He was a part of the curriculum committee and is the longest community partner to have been asked to serve on the Academy of Engineering (AOE) board there. He provides technical assistance, creates designs using SOLIDWORKS and builds different types of engineering focused projects, which he then gives to the schools with the aim of promoting STEM education and careers. He is also a member of the Professionals and Youth Building a Commitment (PAYBAC) group of community people that encourages students to stay in school and to consider the technology courses, that the Clark County School District (CCSD) offers.  Richard has been funding most of his work from personal savings to promote an enhanced quality of education at each level.

In 2009, he and his son finished off the inside of an 1120 sq. ft. high-tech hobby workshop in the backyard at Richard’s home.

Richard’s High-Tech hobby workshop in his backyard

They equipped it with devices including a Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine, Laguna 3 Axis Mill Router, and a 120 Watt Epilog Laser, engraving machine. They built the shop and bought the machines and tools with the aim of helping students and teachers and to inspire and motivate young learners to pursue technical careers or technical manufacturing related fields.

In his words, “As I am constantly learning, I am constantly teaching what I know. I do take college level courses on line and recently finished taking a Physics course from the University of Virginia, with Dr. Lou Bloomfield as my Professor”.

Richard has developed many creative and exciting projects, many of which have been highly acclaimed, and are being using at schools.

We asked him to tell us about the ‘Pegs and Gears system’ he designed amongst his other works.

“It was quite a while ago when I came up with the idea to design and build a gear set that could be used as a game and or a teaching aid for teachers. I had been creating such projects in the past, for the schools and even for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and even the University of Nevada (UNLV) in Las Vegas.

ASME Award winner in the year 2013

Our schools need these “hands on projects” to use in the classroom. Reading and studying from a book is a very important step in someone’s education, but for a better understanding of the theory, put something into the hands of students that they can actually touch and use that to reinforce the learning session to better understand it.

Center Pegs keep that gear in place on the backboard.  Using other gears to mesh with another gear is accomplished by using another center peg in that gear and finding a hole that will allow it to mesh properly with that other gear.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers wanted one of these sets for their annual displays that they put together for inspiring young children. They found that even the adults liked to play with these sets.

All the gears were cut out of MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), which is a composite of glue and sawdust.  It is very uniform in texture, relatively cheap and a whole sheet of it fits perfectly on my CNC mill router. I program all the tool-paths to be cut with a CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) program that works with the SOLIDWORKS 3D modeling program, transfer it to a thumb drive and plug it into the USB port on my big Laguna Swift 3 Axis Mill Router and run the program that cuts out the parts. Smaller pegs are used to make ‘compound gear sets where one gear can be mounted on top of the other with just one or more pegs.

These are pictures of an unpainted set ready to be delivered to a school –

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Many different types of gear sets or trains can be created using the different gears in each set I send out to the teachers.

You can actually see the young minds working here and not only the kids.

For the more complex assemblies of ‘gear trains’, I made a bigger board that allows more room and a greater number of possibilities for teachers. Gear Ratios can be assigned to see if students can assemble the correct gears.

These gear sets can be used to try out various configurations to inspire new ideas. These sets work very well with the STEM initiative in our schools.

The SolidWorks 3D Modeling Program is my very best tool in being creative enough to bring some great hands on’ STEM projects into the schools. Thanks to 3DS for believing in me and allowing me to use their program to help me teach our youngsters”.

Continue to read the multiple part blog series to learn more about the projects by Richard Williams.

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  Egypt’s Masoura University Formula Student racing team, under the direction of faculty mentor, Dr Mohammed Awad, use their engineering skills both in and out of the classroom to compete on a world-wide stage. In their senior capstone design project, students

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Egypt’s Masoura University Formula Student racing team, under the direction of faculty mentor, Dr Mohammed Awad, use their engineering skills both in and out of the classroom to compete on a world-wide stage.

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In their senior capstone design project, students not only analyzed their vehicle’s engine, with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation,  but also learned from these CFD results to improve design through iterations and to successfully compete as a Formula Student racing team.

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Mansoura Formula Student racing team was founded in 2013 with a goal to compete in a Formula Student competition by 2016 – a goal that they achieved this year. Engineering students from Mansoura competed at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers,  Formula Student UK, collegiate event, on a high performance stage with some of the best student Formula teams in the world.

As a young team, they divided into 6 sub-groups, with a goal to build an efficient, low cost, and high performance FSAE car with given available resources.

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Technically, the team focused on reducing weight and applying aerodynamics. They made trade-off decisions between content and cost depending on performance. Through the design process, Mansoura Formula Student racing team always seeks to maximize the performance of each sub-system.

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Here are the statistics about the Mansoura:

Length, width, height, wheelbase 2900mm / 1400mm / 1200mm / 1575mm
Track (front/rear) 1200mm /1100mm
Weight of car (no driver) 240 kg
Weight distribution including 68kg driver (front/rear) 138.6 kg/169.4 kg
Suspension (front/rear) Double unequal length A-Arm. Push rod actuated spring and damper.
Tyres (front/rear) 521 x 178-330 R25B Hoosier
Wheels (front/rear) 165 mm wide, 1 pc Al Rim
Brakes (front/rear) Mild Steel, hub mounted, 220 mm dia. Drilled
Chassis construction One piece tubular spaceframe
Engine (Electric motor for alternatively fuelled vehicles) 2008 / Honda CRB600RR four stroke in line four
Bore/stroke/cylinders/cc (Electric motor spec for alternatively fuelled vehicles) 67mm bore / 42.5mm stroke / 4 cylinder / 599 cc
Fuel (Type of Energy Storage for alternatively fuelled vehicles) 95 RON unleaded
Fuel system (Accumulator Spec for alternatively fuelled vehicles) Honda multi point fuel injection
Max power/max torque 76 kW @ 13,500rpm / 60 Nm @ 11,250rpm
Transmission Single 520 chain
Differential Quaife automatic torque biasing differential
Final drive 3.8 : 1

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Recently honored by his efforts with new Formula Student team leader, Mohammed Sharaf. we thank Dr Awad, the faculty of engineering, Mansoura University, and his Formula Student team for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community,  Marie

 

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Internal Beta for SOLIDWORKS’ Apps for Kids http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/12/internal-beta-solidworks-apps-kids.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/12/internal-beta-solidworks-apps-kids.html#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:39:33 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8581
Apps for Kids inspires young thinkers to turn their wildest creations into reality. On November 11th, 24 children from ages 10 to 13 years gathered at the training center, at SOLIDWORKS Waltham Campus. They had been invited to use the

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Apps for Kids inspires young thinkers to turn their wildest creations into reality.

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On November 11th, 24 children from ages 10 to 13 years gathered at the training center, at SOLIDWORKS Waltham Campus. They had been invited to use the beta version of Shape It and Mech It features of SOLIDWORK’s new Apps for Kids, and share their feedback.

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The kids were greeted with refreshing drinks, an activity packet with riddles and games, and toys to play with.

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Once all were seated, the day started with the Find Your Partner ice-breaker.

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The kids were then assembled to a computer room where their faces lit up with amazement as they opened their pop-up desktops.

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Hari Padmanabhan and Sal Lama, who work in R&D department of the Product Definition group at SOLIDWORKS, gave the children a demonstration of the Mech It app. They walked the kids through the application, explaining standard features using simplified terminology. They also explained to them what a Spirograph meant, how it works, and demonstrated it using a toy. This was going to be their first task; design a Spirograph!

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It was fascinating to watch the shallow learning curves of these 10+ year olds. They started by joining random pieces together at first, and soon began to understand the mechanics of it. As they started to put their wild imaginations to paper, they were creating amazing geometric drawings on Mech It. Soon they wanted to own them, name them, and then share them with everyone.

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Hari gave them more design challenges to the kids, and rewarded them with star stickers for accomplishing each until lunch time. After lunch, they were invited to a well-deserved ice-cream break.

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During second half of the day, Sal introduced Shape It to the children. A process similar to Mech It was followed. The kids were encouraged to switch between Mech It and Shape It, and share their feedback.

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Many SOLIDWORKS employees were volunteering this afternoon who provided assistance to the children, answered questions, collected feedback, and ensured that the children were enjoying themselves.

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Each session was followed by a group discussion where SOLIDWORKS’ team encouraged the kids to share what they liked, what they disliked, innovative ideas, changes they would recommend, and challenges they faced.

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“You can create your own design”, and “use it for science projects”, were few of the comments made by the young group.

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We thank all the SOLIDWORKS employees who encouraged their children to participate, all volunteers who helped, and to an amazing group of kids who made the event a success.

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An Entrepreneur In The Making, Erin Winick, Founder & CEO, Sci Chic http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/11/entrepreneur-making-erin-winick-founder-ceo-sci-chic.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/11/entrepreneur-making-erin-winick-founder-ceo-sci-chic.html#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:00:48 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8531
Erin Winick, Founder and CEO of Sci Chic, talked to SOLIDWORKS about her startup business, where she creates and sells 3D printed science and engineering inspired jewelry made of plastics and/or metals. Erin will be graduating this December from the University

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Erin Winick, Founder and CEO of Sci Chic, talked to SOLIDWORKS about her startup business, where she creates and sells 3D printed science and engineering inspired jewelry made of plastics and/or metals. Erin will be graduating this December from the University of Florida with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She has had 4 internships, namely – Bracken Engineering, Solar Turbines, John Deere and Keysight Technologies. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Erin always enjoyed fashion and science. Besides these, she has a passion for 3D printing, sewing, writing and hiking.

We asked her about conception of the idea behind Sci Chic, to which she replied, “When I was president of the Society of Women Engineers chapter at UF my junior year, we held the first 3D printing outreach day for the organization. I saw the impact that this event had on all of the girls that came onto campus for the event and was motivated to bring this to a larger scale. I have always had a passion for fashion, so combining the two with my love for science was an exciting prospect. Creating 3D printed science and engineering inspired jewelry has been a blast for me and shown me the reach that a company like this can have”.

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She launched Sci Chic at an Art in Engineering event at a local art museum, and officially started selling products in October 2015.

Currently a team of 2, Sci Chic operates at an incubator space in Gainesville called the Selling Factory, about which she remarked, “We have fantastic support from the incubator we are located in”. Alex Anthony, the Communications Officer at Sci Chic, joined the company in December 2015. He helps manage the graphics design, copy editing, and everything from social media graphics to retail packaging.

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“When we started out it was just my printer I purchased with my own money making plastic jewelry. We have expanded adding more printers and producing metal pieces as well through an outside supplier”, she added. She funded her business from bootstrapping, including a small amount of seed money from her savings during summer internship at John Deere. “Money from sales can be a powerful thing”, she chuckled.

Erin started by making designs in SOLIDWORKS, after she would return home from working at her summer job (John Deere), in Augusta, GA. As a science enthusiast, she turned this inspiration into 3D CAD designs in SOLIDWORKS ready for printing. Later that fall, she purchased a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer, and started printing the initial pieces. She shared how over time, Sci Chic has improved the quality of its products, and increased its product offerings. “It is awesome to look back and see where we have come in a year”. During its early stages, Sci Chic sold jewelry on Etsy or to Erin’s personal network. Now, Sci Chic has its own ecommerce site, has entered retail, and will be launching subscription box service by the end of November 2016.

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Erin has been using SOLIDWORKS since her freshman year at the University of Florida. She learned SOLIDWORKS in her engineering courses, and continued to build upon her knowledge of the software throughout her college career. She explained, “I started out learning the basic tools in SOLIDWORKS in Computer Aided Graphics and Design Class. Later I learned more about Finite Element Analysis and motion analysis in my classes.

The University of Florida provides its students with licenses to use, so I have used this resource in doing most of my designs. I have used everything from SOLIDWORKS 2012-2013 to the 2016-2017 editions during my time in school. My favorite parts of the software to use for my business are the spline tool, properties analysis for densities and weights, and the high definition rendering options available. They are great for creating high quality images to show clients and show my followers previews of what is coming”.

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The product cycle at Sci Chic, from inception to design to product/prototype, is a fascinating journey. It usually starts out as an inspiration related to science, in school or elsewhere, which Erin then translates into a sketch in the margins of her class notes. She then starts sketching it in SOLIDWORKS 2D, convert to 3D, decide on the scale, and make an initial .stl file.

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Then, the design goes through its first stage of print test in PLA plastic on one of their in-house plastic 3D printers.

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This is followed by multiple iterations, and testing, along with feedback from people in the field or from followers. Erin pointed out, “Going to in person events and getting feedback has been very beneficial”. Once design has been finalized, collaborative design making between Sci Chic and its metal 3D printing supplier about compatible materials follows. This too entails multiple iterations.

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Then, test prints of the metals are ordered and high quality renderings are created. Lastly, initial prints are assembled onto their hooks and chains for photographs.

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The buyers of this high-tech fashion jewelry range from 11 year old girls to college professors to other fashionistas. “Since we print our pieces in a range of materials, they appeal to a wide market. Kids love our glow-in-the-dark and bright color plastic jewelry, and our most popular pieces with adults are printed in stainless steel. Individuals buy off of our website and museum gift stores and other retail shops buy from us wholesale as well”, she added.

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Purchases can be made directly via their website. The website is hosted through Shopify which handles the postage. Products are then shipped through USPS. Email notifications are sent out to the buyer with USPS tracking information as soon as the order is fulfilled. Retailers generally contact through the website contact form or direct email. Sci Chic then sends to them its wholesale line sheet, and order form to proceed with next steps. Some purchases are also made through other online retailers namely, Svahausa, Shapeways, and Etsy.

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Sci Chic does all of the plastic printing internally, and outsources the metal printing. Outsourcing has allowed them the flexibility to offer a variety in type of metals at lower costs; however, it increases the time to delivery to customers. “We like to print our items to order to be able to create the most customized piece possible for our customer, so this increased production time can lengthen shipping. However, creating a bond with another company and manufacturer is great. It is a wonderful business relationship and you can help promote each other”, she added.

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Erin foresees a bright future for Sci Chic. She reasoned, “Eventually we are going to need to stock up more inventory and do printing to order less frequently. We are also open to using other manufacturing options other than 3D printing if needed, but no matter what we use we want to make it accessible to our customer and give them a behind the scenes look at how their items are made”. Continual innovation and new designs all the time will be the key drivers of the business into the future. Sci Chic is also collaborating with women in STEM from around the world to make new pieces from all different areas of science and donating a portion of the proceeds to a charity of donor’s choice.

Sci Chic is launching its new monthly subscription boxes that pair science inspired fashion with educational information expressing the science inspirations behind all of the pieces on November 25th 2016.

Sci Chic Kids will give kids the chance to interact with science in a fun and wearable way for just $19.99/month. Each box will contain everything from 3D printed jewelry and accessories to a range of STEM inspired wearables ranging from BFF Necklaces and t-shirts to glow-in-the-dark rings and iron-on patches. Kids will also have access to behind-the-scenes videos showing the 3D printing of some of that month’s items and educational materials about that month’s science topic.

Sci Chic Kids subscription box is a great way to spark every day conversations about science and encourage young girls to explore the creativity and fun in science in a new and inventive way.

Sci Chic Monthly will provide a high end science fashion experience for $39.99/month, containing high quality 3D printed metal jewelry, notebooks, scarves, hair accessories and more.

Each month box will have a different science topic theme, matching that month’s announced overall area of science. For example, February’s Space box will contain items relating to celestial objects like the moon, galaxies, satellites or the solar system, etc.

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Erin is a promising entrepreneur who has been able to pursue her interests, as a full-time career, by acquiring the design skills in SOLIDWORKS, and by taking careful steps into the business world.

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Heartiest Congratulations on completing a successful 1st year of Sci Chic, and best wishes for many more to come. Thank you Erin for sharing your story with the SOLIDWORKS community!

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Charlie Hahs, US Veteran – Back to School at 86 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/11/charlie-hahs-us-veteran-back-school-86.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/11/charlie-hahs-us-veteran-back-school-86.html#respond Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:00:55 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8501
  A mechanical engineer from the University of Missouri of Science and Technology in Rolla Mo, Charlie started learning 3D software designing at the age of 86 years. His university education was interrupted when he spent two years in the

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Charlie, with a big smile, showing off his new computer on the first day of school

Charlie, with a big smile, showing off his new computer on the first day of school

 

A mechanical engineer from the University of Missouri of Science and Technology in Rolla Mo, Charlie started learning 3D software designing at the age of 86 years. His university education was interrupted when he spent two years in the Army. He spent the last year of the Korean War in the 984 Engineer Field Maintenance Company. During that time he was a machinist; he repaired sniper scopes and mine detectors. His company supported the troops on the front line.

During Christmas vacation in the year 2014, Charlie’s granddaughter Phoebe was showing him how she used SOLIDWORKS on her computer at the University of Tennessee. Charlie was so impressed with the quality of 3D design capabilities in SOLIDWORKS that he wanted to try it out. He found that as a US Veteran, he could get a copy of the software for $20. However, he faced some technical issues during the download, and submitted a service request to SOLIDWORKS technical support. Larry Zolla, Senior Technical Customer Support Engineer, SOLIDWORKS, spotted this service request, an 86 year old man going “Back to School” to learn 3D CAD, and reached out to Marie Planchard, Director of Education and Early Engagement at SOLIDWORKS. Marie was intrigued, and decided to encourage Charlie by gifting him a computer with a pre installed copy of SOLIDWORKS.

During our chat, Charlie pointed out how he never really liked 3D capabilities in his previous CAD software, while he found “SOLIDWORKS 3D very exciting. It was very different from 2D, and one could rotate the parts in space to look at them”. Charlie was hooked, and is now a regular user of SOLIDWORKS 3D. He studied SOLIDWORKS at the Pellissippi State Community College.

Charlie with his SOLIDWORKS teacher, Ramzi Ghezaw, on the last day of school

Charlie with his SOLIDWORKS teacher, Ramzi Ghezaw, on the last day of school

 

Charlie and Gerry (formerly, Gerry Neal), now married for 62 years, they started their life together in Rolla, Mo. Gerry taught home economics in Rolla, and they lived in a small house near the university.

After graduation, Charlie accepted a job with the St. Joseph lead company in Bonne Terre, Mo. “This was nice because it was closer to home in Sikeston, Mo”, he says. During this time, he designed equipment for the refinery in Herculaneum Mo mills in Flat River Mo, and mining equipment in the then largest underground machine shop in the USA. He used slide rule and drafting table for all the design work back then. His last job role with St. Joseph was that of a Supervisor.

In 1960, Charlie was invited to join the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Engineering Department. There he designed special equipment for the trans uranium processing facility, and other nuclear related equipment.

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Hahs Designs Dispenser

 

Quoting Charlie, “Oak Ridge Tennessee, ‘The Secret City’ is fortunate to serve our country in many ways”.

A newspaper clipping celebrating the end of the war

A newspaper clipping celebrating the end of the war

 

He adds, “Besides the weapons produced here, the same facility made many contributions to the space program by supporting NASA. The ‘Rock Box’ that was manufactured in the Y-12 Plant utilized the first CNC machines from tapes formulated from engineering drawings. Managers from the Y-12 Plant called on the ORNL Engineering Division to design the special equipment that was needed to bring back uncontaminated rock samples from the moon.

Rock Box being manufactured at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge

Rock Box being manufactured at the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge

 

Harrison Schmidt, who was a geology graduate, and an astronaut on APOLLO 15 consulted with the designers to ensure that the hardware was designed in accordance with the requirements laid down by NASA”.

Images of a 35 Bag Dispenser

Images of a 35 Bag Dispenser

 

The 35 Bag Dispensers were used on all Apollo Missions to bring back rocks in Teflon bags designed to ensure no hydrocarbons contaminated the samples. The APOLLO missions proved that there were no hydrocarbons on the moon.”

The 35 bag dispenser on the moon

The 35 bag dispenser on the moon

 

Charlie went to Houston and asked astronaut Buzz Aldrin to fill a bag with sand while he was in his space suit and in the Pogo Room. This was necessary because the space suit gloves make it difficult to manipulate small parts.

The 20 Bag Dispenser being used by two astronauts

The 20 Bag Dispenser being used by two astronauts

 

An astronaut using a 35 Bag Dispenser on the moon

An astronaut using a 35 Bag Dispenser on the moon

 

The special Geneses Rock Bag, was designed with special knitted padding to protect special delicate rocks during the trip back to earth. Charlie designed all of these bags. The drafting board and slide rule were the main tools for this work.

Special Geneses Rock Bag

Special Geneses Rock Bag

 

After the APOLLO program ended, Charlie was asked to support the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama in an effort to study the properties of metal that solidified while it was suspended in space. Special towers were first used to capture this process; however, to study metals like Niobium which melts around 4000 F, a new approach was needed; experiments in the Zero-gravity of space seemed promising.

Charlie and Richard Fox, both in the ORNL I&C division, designed  a very small Radio Frequency coil assembly that could levitate 5 mm spherical samples of metal, hold the samples in position, and melt the sample without the use of the shuttle.

Radio Frequency Levitation of Silver ball

Radio Frequency Levitation of Silver ball

A picture of Charlie, Joe and Linda in the Zero Gravity Boeing KC-135 air craft doing the first Zero Gravity experiments

Charlie, Joe and Linda in the Zero Gravity Boeing KC-135 air craft doing the first Zero Gravity experiments

 

During one day’s work, the KC-135 would climb to about 25,000 to 35,000 feet, and then tip over to experience the micro-gravity; and repeat this parabolic flight procedure 40 times. “For about 26 seconds we experienced Zero gravity. Linda was second in command of the Zero G program in Houston Texas.

Charlie and Linda experiencing zero gravity at KC-135

Charlie and Linda experiencing zero gravity at KC-135

 

As it turned out, it was possible to do these under-cooling experiments in the laboratory and the shuttle was not needed”, he told.

Later, Charlie requested a transfer to the Gas Centrifuge Development program at the K-25 Plant in Oak Ridge. He was given the job to develop special valves needed for the Gas Centrifuge plant. After the development, his company purchased valves for the first plant for 50 million USD.

When the Gas Centrifuge Development program was closed, Charlie asked to be transferred to the Instrument and Control Division of ORNL. He was given the task of learning computer drafting at the local college, and then teaching it to the division drafting personal. He started to learn CAD to make the drawings here. After this program, Charlie was asked to contact NASA to find suitable projects for the I&C division, where he developed the RF Levitator for the Marshall Space Flight Center.

The Oak Ridge newspaper clipping, tells the story of Charlie’s work with NASA

The Oak Ridge newspaper clipping, tells the story of Charlie’s work with NASA

 

Charlie retired in the year 1992, and now enjoys his time fishing, gardening and in his words has “a great life”.

Charlie and a 22 inch trout

Charlie and a 22 inch trout

 

However, once an engineer, always an engineer! He now has a machine shop in his basement to make things he designs using the SOLIDWORKS. Charlie now lives in Oak Ridge TN with his wife of 63 years. Charlie and Gerry together have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Charlie with his wife, children, and grandchildren

Charlie with his wife, children, and grandchildren

 

Dan, their eldest son is an electrical engineer, working in the area of nonlinear dynamics in Huntsville, Al. Dan’s 9 year old son Silas is a great student and likes Minecraft. Their second son Chuck is a mechanical engineer who worked for IBM and Motorola in Boca Raton FL before moving to Poland. In 1992 at Motorola, Chuck introduced, using 3D scans for comparison of a 3D model with the actual fabricated part, a concept he named as Computer Aided Verification (CAV). He is now working for a German Company in Wroclaw Poland. Chuck and his wife Teresa, who is an English professor at the University of Wroclaw in Poland, have a 10 year old daughter Carla, and a 14 year old son, Filip. Filip has been using SOLIDWORKS in designing computer cooling blocks and is now designing a small boat. Charlie’s daughter Carolyn is a mechanical engineer, and works for a Government contractor in Oak Ridge, TN. Carolyn and her husband Bruce, have a daughter Phoebe, who is also a mechanical engineer and works at the Savanah River Plant in Aiken SC.

Charlie with his wife, and children

Charlie with his wife, and children

 

Last February, the dove on Charlie’s shoulder in the picture below, came to the bird feeder, as he was filling it with sunflower seed.

Charlie with his new friend

Charlie with his new friend, Skipper

 

Skipper, as he calls her with love, seems to have adopted Charlie and has been hanging out with him for over 9 months. Skipper rides on his “Kabota”, and visits him in his garden.

Thank you Charlie, for sharing your amazing story with us! You are an asset, and an inspiration to the SOLIDWORKS Community.

 

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You have a design project due in a few weeks.  How do you explain your ideas to your instructor, classmates, and be successful? SOLIDWORKS can help.  You heard about SOLIDWORKS for other students – but how do you start to learn

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You have a design project due in a few weeks.  How do you explain your ideas to your instructor, classmates, and be successful? SOLIDWORKS can help.  You heard about SOLIDWORKS for other students – but how do you start to learn on your own – if you have no time to take a SOLIDWORKS class.

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The answer is MySolidWorks for Students!  MySolidWorks helps you learn about SOLIDWORKS on your own, so your project will stand out.  Students use SOLIDWORKS to design all sorts of projects such as: robots, vehicles, prosthetic devices, electro-mechanical assemblies, and art.

MySolidWorks for Students – provides access to over 320 product tutorial videos and the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) preparation course materials, helping students gain the skills they need to work faster and smarter with SOLIDWORKS.  Also included are online storage services for sharing designs, and a worldwide network of manufacturers who can help bring designs to life.

We created four blog posts to help you navigate MySolidWorks and get the learning tutorials needed for quick results.

What is MySolidWorks and how do I use it? 

How do I create a MySolidWorks Student Account?

I’m a new SOLIDWORKS Student How do I start? 

How can my SOLIDWORKS prepare me for certification?

How do you get SOLIDWORKS software?  Schools on subscription have free home use licenses for their students – so check with your school’s IT department or instructor.  Students that are part of a regional, national or international competitive team such as VEX Robotics, Formula Student, Baja SAE,  can apply for sponsorship here.

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If you are graduating this year and are looking for a job, you will want to take the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) exam.  Your school can offer the CSWA exam for free to its students in a proctored setting.  Your instructor or school’s testing administrator can apply to be a SOLIDWORKS Academic Provider.  MySolidWorks contains tutorials to help you be successful and get certified.

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Be certain to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more tips about using SOLIDWORKS.  Have fun designing in SOLIDWORKS and send us your images and stories through Facebook SOLIDWORKS Education!    Marie

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Introducing Unical Reparto Corse, a team of 30 highly motivated engineers from the University of Calabria (South of Italy). The team has been participating at the Formula SAE competitions since the year 2006. During this time, they realized 5 cars.

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Introducing Unical Reparto Corse, a team of 30 highly motivated engineers from the University of Calabria (South of Italy).

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The team has been participating at the Formula SAE competitions since the year 2006. During this time, they realized 5 cars. Limited budget did not keep this group from constantly innovating and creating. Most parts of their cars are created in their laboratories.

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This year, at the Italian round of Formula SAE in Varano de Melegari, the team realized their best car “Aetos”.

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They successfully completed all tests for the first time in their personal history resulting in a final score of 723/1000 points (an improvement by 300+ points since previous year when they scored 414/1000 points). They secured 4th position in the competition overall [Test specific ranks – 3rd position in Design, 6th position in Skid pad, 4th position in Acceleration, 7th position in Autocross, and 4th position in Endurance].

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Giuseppe, team’s CAD specialist, talks about their design efforts in the making of this car –

“We have used a Bottom up method. We divided the car in different macro areas: Dynamics, Frame and cockpit, Engine and drivetrain, Electronics, and Aerodynamics.

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During the first months we have designed and simulated all the parts in SOLIDWORKS 2015-2016. Then I worked on the final assembly. I realized it using a specific nomenclature. To have an ordered CAD, I created a nomenclature for each macro area of the car. The use of this code helped us to identify every single part of car; with this code I created a book with all car parts.

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At the end, to have a realistic and accurate CAD, I have introduced appearances and decals. Finished the CAD, we have realized our car, called ‘Aetos’ a Greek word meaning ‘an eagle’.”

This year, the team has introduced several innovations. Some are given below:

  1. Homemade sintered parts integrated in frame
  2. Electro pneumatic shift
  3. New sintered intake system
  4. Renewed cooling system

Unical Reparto Corse team was sponsored by SOLIDWORKS in the year 2014 whence they started learning the software.

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We wish Unical Reparto Corse team at the University of Calabria all the best for a great future. Thank you for sharing your story with the SOLIDWORKS Community.

Follow the team on –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnicalRepartoCorse/?ref=page_internal

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/UnicalRepartoCo

Website:   http://unicalrepartocorse.it/

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IIS Perlasca challenges students’ passion for Design with their own version of the SOLIDWORKS Model mania contest.  IIS Perlasca students recently achieved Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) and Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) as part of our SOLIDWORKS academic certification program. Teachers decided

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IIS Perlasca challenges students’ passion for Design with their own version of the SOLIDWORKS Model mania contest.  IIS Perlasca students recently achieved Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) and Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) as part of our SOLIDWORKS academic certification program. Teachers decided to further challenge their students by organizing their own SOLIDWORKS Model Mania Contest.

The idea behind the contest is to stimulate students to push their SOLIDWORKS competencies even further and have some fun with a friendly competition.

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Teachers were inspired by the SOLIDWORKS World Model mania contest and used 2015 Edition parts for their contest. Prof. Simone Orio developed custom software for the test that would show part drawings to the student, keep track of modeling time, and validate 3D model correctness on the basis of part weight,  input by the student. You can have a look at the interface here:

Professor Orio software application came in very handy because students participated in the contest at different times (some were involved in classes, some in sport competition finals like football (soccer) or volleyball.

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The aim of the contest was modeling the part in the shortest time.
First place went to Mario Zanetti (15-minute time), second place Alex Badini (19,5 minutes), third place to Enrico Zanetti (22,3 minutes).
This  video shows Prof. Simone Orio and the three students.
Simone commented: “I had so much fun looking at how students were challenged: I can understand how much work there’s behind Model Mania parts because they’re made to have users think about strategy to use and design intent. It’s not easy: some students took 1 hour to finish the part.  Ten (10) students belonging to two different classes participated in the contest and I was amazed by the results: some students that performed well in SOLIDWORKS certifications took very long time to finish the part, while others that scored less in certifications did very well in the contest. In this case probably students with good speed of thought were more advantaged respect to those that were more academic and best in modeling the part.”
You can have a look at the solution of the original SOLIDWORKS Model mania contest here.

Most of the students were challenged by the three central cuts with fillets. I found out that a winning strategy was dis-sectioning the part in small feature rather than using fewer features with complex sketches.

 

Thank you, Ing. Alessandro Tornincasa, from SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, Nuovamacut and Professor Orio for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

 

 

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European Rover Challenge 2016 – The Biggest Space-Robotics Event in Europe http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/10/european-rover-challenge-2016-biggest-space-robotics-event-europe.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/10/european-rover-challenge-2016-biggest-space-robotics-event-europe.html#respond Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:35:43 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=8439
    European Rover Challenge is Europe’s largest space and robotic featuring science, business, new-technology sector, and the general public. Held in Jasionka, Poland, last month, students, researchers, and industry professionals participated in the Martian robot competition and exhibition. Over 60

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European Rover Challenge is Europe’s largest space and robotic featuring science, business, new-technology sector, and the general public. Held in Jasionka, Poland, last month, students, researchers, and industry professionals participated in the Martian robot competition and exhibition.

Over 60 student teams took part from 12 countries, including Canada, Italy, Peru, Australia and U.S. Poland, with the largest participation, 17 teams, engaged the crowd in this exciting engineering competition.

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Through the SOLIDWORKS Student Team sponsorship program and support from SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller DPS Software Poland, SOLIDWORKS 3D design tools and SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools,  allowed the teams to design complicated rovers to complete four tasks:

  • Geological – obtaining samples of “Martian Soil”
  • Maintenance – operating electrical rack units where several switches and other electrical components are mounted
  • Assistance – performing a delivery task
  • Navigation – approaching locations on the field with limited or without supervision

Rovers are remotely controlled. They weight up to 50 kilograms and drive with 3 km/h speed in rough terrain. That demands complicated chassis with advanced suspension. Here SOLIDWORKS also comes to help out early in the design process. The SOLIDWORKS Motion Analysis tool can verify the entire assembly, preventing construction errors.

DPS Software, a partner of ERC 2016, conducted SOLIDWORKS 3D design workshops at the event and on-line webinars for the teams.  Take a look at these great designs by students.

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MAGMA from Białystok University of Technology

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Project IMPULS, Kielce University of Technology,  Adrian Czapla

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PCZ Rover Team,

Thank you Adrian CzaplaDPS Software, Poland for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.   Marie

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Innovation in robotic technology is expanding all over the world.  Sogang University, department of mechanical engineering, researchers and students create the wearable robot, ANGELEGS and the WalkON Suit.  Last week, Kenneth CLAYTON, Senior VP of Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS and Chulsoo

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Innovation in robotic technology is expanding all over the world.  Sogang University, department of mechanical engineering, researchers and students create the wearable robot, ANGELEGS and the WalkON Suit.  Last week, Kenneth CLAYTON, Senior VP of Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS and Chulsoo LEE, Dean of Mechanical Engineering, Sogang University, participated in the MOU ceremony for the advancement of wearable robot development in Korea.

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Professor Kyungchul KONG of Sogang University and his research team have developed various wearable robots with SOLIDWORKS to support physically challenged people who are unable to walk.

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ANGELEGS, the wearable robot, is for patients or older people who have weak muscular strength.

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The WalkON Suit is a wearable robot helping completely paralyzed  people to walk with sensing the user’s intention and moving switches and motors according to the sensed intention.

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Dassault Systemes and Sogang University will collaborate for the future development of wearable robots and young talent.

Prof KONG’s team is preparing to participate in ‘Cybathlon’, Robot Olympics, Switzerland, for complete paralysis walking with wearing robots in the advancement of assistive technologies.

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Prof KONG explains “Wearable robots have many variables to consider as it should be used with real humans. With using intuitive solutions of DS SOLIDWORKS, I could conveniently proceed with design, verification, communication, data management and more. With collaboration with Dassault Systemes, I will accelerate research on wearable robots not only for medical purpose but also for older people”

Innovative researchers around the world use SOLIDWORKS Research for innovative product develop. We love to share your stories.

Ken, Myoungjoo and SOLIDWORKS Korean team – thank you for sharing with our community about your experience with these talented researchers and students at Sogang University.  Their innovation in Korea’s wearable robot industry is amazing  Marie

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Michael Mojica and Joe Brown are outdoor enthusiasts, dedicated to their families, and SOLIDWORKS customers.   So when they created a new company, Outdoor Element, Mike applied for the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program.  The result is their innovative product, The Firebiner.  The Firebiner

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Michael Mojica and Joe Brown are outdoor enthusiasts, dedicated to their families, and SOLIDWORKS customers.   So when they created a new company, Outdoor Element, Mike applied for the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program.  The result is their innovative product, The Firebiner.  The Firebiner provides the “spark” when you need it most.

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When someone asks me, ” What do I love about SOLIDWORKS?”,  my response is our “SOLIDWORKS Community”  – students, educators, users, SOLIDWORKS user group leaders SWUGN, partners, vars, customers – everything, the synergy between helping out a fellow designer with one thing in common, “SOLIDWORKS”.

During my SWUGN visit to Albuquerque, I was introduced to Mike by SWUGN user group leader, William Radigan.  I quickly saw how Mike was supported by his engineering colleagues where he uses SOLIDWORKS during the day and was dreaming of going off on his own.  William learned about the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program from Richard Doyle during a past visit to NM.  I got to talk with Mike and he applied!

SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur Firebiner Outdoor Element

The company was founded in 2013 by Mike when he designed The Kodiak, a fire-starting true survival paracord bracelet, and launched it on Kickstarter.

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In 2015, Mike decided to get a little more serious about the company and brought on Joe as a partner.  Since then we have been developing several products.  Mike and Joe are ready for this next adventure and launched the Firebiner on Kickstarter this week.

 

Thank you Mike and Joe for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community and being part of the SOLIDWORKS Enterpreneur program – we wish you the best.  Thank you William, Richard and the SWUGN network for the connections.  Marie

 

 

 

 

 

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Millions of students and educators have gone back to school!  We put together helpful videos to describe what’s new in the SOLIDWORKS EDUCATION Edition Academic Year 2016-2017. If you are teaching SOLIDWORKS – take a look.  We have expanded the SOLIDWORKS academic certification

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Millions of students and educators have gone back to school!  We put together helpful videos to describe what’s new in the SOLIDWORKS EDUCATION Edition Academic Year 2016-2017. If you are teaching SOLIDWORKS – take a look.  We have expanded the SOLIDWORKS academic certification program to provide you the final exams for your students that promotes life-long learning and job-ready skills in design, finite element analysis, sustainability, engineering drawings, & Model Base Definition (MBD). With the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017, students also receive free student licensing for home use.

SOLIDWORKS® Education Edition 2016-2017 includes more value than ever before! SOLIDWORKS Education Edition now includes SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional. It’s easier than ever to teach design, mechatronics, and robotics all in one simple interface. In addition we’ve included SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Visualize, world-class documentation and rendering are at your fingertips. Also, you and your students can now access over 400 videos and connect to our worldwide user community through MySolidWorks. Allowing you to get started and learn new capabilities quickly and easily.

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We’ve expanded our student certification program even further. Now your students can become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional-Academic (CSWP-Academic). With the CSWP-Academic certification students can prove to potential employers that they are not only proficient with SOLIDWORKS, they know how to design using industry-standard best practices as well.

Explore SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017! Learn how it can help you and your students work smarter, create innovative products faster, and stay focused on design!

CONTACT ACADEMIC SALES and learn more about What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Education.  Watch new videos.

Now students go design great things with SOLIDWORKS!  Marie

 

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To help design students understand the skills needed to get the best jobs and compete globally, our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, INTELLIGY created the “Intelligy Tour”.  Since 2012, the Intelligy Tour is a free event for students from all engineering careers to

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To help design students understand the skills needed to get the best jobs and compete globally, our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, INTELLIGY created the “Intelligy Tour”.  Since 2012, the Intelligy Tour is a free event for students from all engineering careers to learn about new trends in 3D technology and industrial applications.

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The Intelligy Tour is provided to INTELLIGY’s educational institutional customers on subscription by the INTELLIGY Education Team. Carolina Alvarez, Christina Gonzalez and INTELLIGY Education team members, worked with over 2800 students, from 21 universities and technical institutions.

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Students learn about the SOLIDWORKS innovation platform and 3D Printing Technology with a focus on 3D technology industry impact and 3D printing future manufacturing.  Students also learn about the SOLIDWORKS Certification with over 200,000 certified SOLIDWORKS users.  Mexico is the 4th largest population of Certified SOLIDWORKS Associates.

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The Intelligy Tour covered many kilometers in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora, and Baja California.  INTELLIGY also has a YouTube channel with technical videos to help their customers.

Thank you Janette Olivas and the INTELLIGY team for supporting students and sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  Marie

 

 

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When WPI faculty member John “Jack” Hall received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1962,  he began a career in vibration analysis and soil mechanics.  Jack has a drive for continuous learning.  After learning SOLIDWORKS during this summer, Jack earned his Certified

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Jack Hall CSWA WPI

When WPI faculty member John “Jack” Hall received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1962,  he began a career in vibration analysis and soil mechanics.  Jack has a drive for continuous learning.  After learning SOLIDWORKS during this summer, Jack earned his Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA).

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Jack is also co-advisor to the WPI Formula SAE team.

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As a fisherman, pilot and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) member, Jack is experimenting with many new ways to use SOLIDWORKS.  Jack teaches Structural Engineering, Dynamics & Signal Analysis, Engineering Experimentation, and advises senior design Master Qualifying Projects (MQPs).

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Since finding out about SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Jack is working to incorporate examples into classes and student projects.

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Jack is an active ASTM Member, winning the C.A. Hogentogler Award (2014) and Richard S. Ladd Standards Development Award (2015, 2016).

Congratulations Jack on achieving CSWA and sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  Marie

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Makers from over 60 countries come to Shenzhen Fab12 this week to celebrate Fab Labs and explore the future of Fabrication at the 12th Fab Lab Conference and Symposium.    The city of Shenzhen is quite the host in a city filled with

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Makers from over 60 countries come to Shenzhen Fab12 this week to celebrate Fab Labs and explore the future of Fabrication at the 12th Fab Lab Conference and Symposium.  Shenzhen outside Sheraton  The city of Shenzhen is quite the host in a city filled with Incubators and Makers, there is no shortage of design,  fabrication and creation.

“Fab Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory is a digital design and fabrication prototyping platform that enables anyone, anywhere to make almost anything they can imagine.”

Fab Lab was started by Neil Gershenfeld, Director of Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT.  Today there are over 1000 Fab Labs around the world.

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Director Sherry Lassiter explains Fab Labs as .org, .com, and .edu, community, entrepreneurship and education, all coming together in one creative space.

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SOLIDWORKS is connected with Fab Labs on multiple levels.  Today, I am fortunate to present on Fab Lab Rwanda, the first Fab Lab in central Africa, that opened in May with the help of SOLIDWORKS, JICA, Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of Education.

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SOLIDWORKS also supports Fab Labs around the world to promote new business by providing SOLIDWORKS software through our value added resellers.

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SOLIDWORKS R&D is working with Neil and MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms to develop a new SOLIDWORKS Add In to MODS, the ability to directly interface with fabrication equipment inside the Fab Lab.

Sindoh at Fab12

Happy to see Thomas Kim from Sindoh here, the 3DWox is making its debut at Fab12.

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers and the People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality for making Fab12 an event of innovation. Thank you Neil, Sherry, and Fabbers for a great event!  Marie

 

 

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Marty by Robotical  is a little walking robot designed to be an easy to use and friendly introduction to the world of robotics, as well as a great platform for makers and educators. WiFi enabled, programmable in commonly used languages

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Marty Programming

Marty by Robotical  is a little walking robot designed to be an easy to use and friendly introduction to the world of robotics, as well as a great platform for makers and educators. WiFi enabled, programmable in commonly used languages including Scratch and Python, and even can be customized with 3D printed parts.

Marty provides an engaging way to get into engineering and programming. Developed by Alexander Enoch as a side project during his PhD, Marty has a unique leg design which reduces the number of motors required to make a robot that can walk, turn, dance, and even kick a ball.

The Field with Marty and Robotics

This makes Marty lower cost, easier to use, and his battery last longer. He’s also got an expressive face thanks to his moving eyebrows!

SOLIDWORKS and Marty

Alexander used SOLIDWORKS during his Masters at Heriot-Watt University, and then extensively throughout his PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  While preforming research in designing and building walking robots, Alexander began developing Marty for his nieces and nephews.

You can find out more about Robotical, Marty, and Alexander here.  Marty has just launched a Indiegogo campaign.

Robotical is part of the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program.  Marie

 

 

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As an educator, you play a vital role in shaping the next generation of engineering and design professionals. SOLIDWORKS® can help you build your teaching skills for this critical role. SOLIDWORKS offers an exam and certification for educators — the

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As an educator, you play a vital role in shaping the next generation of engineering and design professionals. SOLIDWORKS® can help you build your teaching skills for this critical role.

SOLIDWORKS offers an exam and certification for educators — the SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator Exam. This certification will:

  • Increase your technical proficiency in classroom instruction for 3D CAD, simulation, and sustainability
  • Recognize your skills in teaching SOLIDWORKS software with a professional development credential

Become a SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator today and demonstrate your expertise in SOLIDWORKS 3D solid modeling, design concepts, and sustainable design, as well as your commitment to professional development.

As we reach 200,000 certified SOLIDWORKS users, please review more information on the SOLIDWORKS Certification program for you and your students, We have certifications in design, sustainability, and industry standards like MBD, and SOLIDWORKS STEM-based skills.

CONTACT ACADEMIC SALES to turn learn more about SOLIDWORKS certification.

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Passion for aviation and education.  You can feel it this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the Experimental Aircraft Association  (EAA) AirVenture, the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer. We see passion for design in the SOLIDWORKS User Community. Now

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Passion for aviation and education.  You can feel it this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the Experimental Aircraft Association  (EAA) AirVenture, the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer.

Dave at Membership EAA booth

We see passion for design in the SOLIDWORKS User Community. Now EAA members  will have access to SOLIDWORKS Student Design Kit – EAA Maker Edition, access to MySolidWorks online video tutorials, and MySolidWorks Manufacturing Network,  for designing and building their own personal aircraft.

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With the support of our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, GSC (Graphics Systems), members will also receive additional training and design resources.

EAA Announcement SOLIDWORKS

EAA CEO/Chairman, Jack Pelton, made the announcement on Monday, ““Since its humble beginnings in Paul and Audrey’s basement, EAA has inspired, enabled, and defended our members’ right to take a dream sketched on a napkin at the dinner table to first flight and beyond,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO/Chairman. “SOLIDWORKS is the industry standard for computer-aided design. Aircraft and kit manufacturers from Cirrus to Zenith are designing today’s aircraft in SOLIDWORKS, and now EAA members can get free access to this powerful tool.”

SOLIDWORKS and EAA How it Began

Suchit Jain, VP of Business Strategy and Community, and I, got to visit with Cirrus, Zenith Aircraft , and so many other SOLIDWORKS customers that use SOLIDWORKS for their “day job”  and want to use SOLIDWORKS at night and on the weekends to design their own plane.  It was SOLIDWORKS user from Nvidia and EAA member,  Fedor Fomichev that connected me with Cory Puuri at EAA.

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We also toured the field with EAA membership manager, Cory Puuri, we visited with Zenith Aircraft’s, “one week plane”, a plane that was built in a week!  I met the new “Wright Brothers”  Sebastien and Matt, that are sharing their SOLIDWORKS models with the EAA community, making to modifications to their airplanes.   Zenith Air works with Able Flight too.  I also had lunch with Purdue’s Aviation Able Flight pilot Johnny Ragland and his classmates getting their pilot wings at the Boeing Plaza.

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GSC president, Dave Kasinskas, also gave us a introduction to so many SOLIDWORKS customers – I lost count, then looked up into the sky to see the most amazing airshow!

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My love of planes started when I was young and I used to build model aircraft with my dad.

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Thank you EAA members for an experience I will never forget.  EAA SOLIDWORKS resource center is available through their website, www.EAA.org/SOLIDWORKS.  Marie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My name is Colleen Gallagher and I am an Electrical Engineering Major entering my fourth year at Northeastern University. I am currently an intern on the SOLIDWORKS Education team and I have to say, my favorite part about this job

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My name is Colleen Gallagher and I am an Electrical Engineering Major entering my fourth year at Northeastern University. I am currently an intern on the SOLIDWORKS Education team and I have to say, my favorite part about this job is the 3D printing! This post is all about modeling and 3D printing various versions of an alligator pin using Sindoh’s 3DWOX.

 

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The 3DWox Printer

The 3DWOX uses a 3D printing method knowns as FFF, which stands for “Fused Filament Fabrication”. This method is essentially the same as Makerbot’s Replicator, which uses FDM printer or rather “Fused Deposition Modeling”. This is an additive form of printing, involving the heating of filament to its melting point and then extruding it layer by layer. The printer starts building from the bottom to the top of the model.

 

Alligator Pin: Version 1

This is another cute yet functional project! This version of the alligator pin includes a video tutorial is and it is considered the simpler of the two versions. The video shows how to make the SOLIDWORKS model through a series of sketches (lines and arcs) and two features. These features include extruded boss/base as well as extruded cut. The uses for this model include holding paper (as shown in the pictures) or keeping bags closed. The link for the video is located here.

 

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Alligator Pin: Version 2

This version of the alligator pin has a the body that  when pinched, the mouth will open wider. It is more difficult than the first version and it has more functionality as a result. The SOLIDWORKS model creation involves more complicated sketching and extruded cuts. It is important to note that because the body is meant to be pinched, you need to make sure that the body is modeled thick enough. This is so the model can handle the stress without breaking.
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PS: Thank you Colleen for giving us your creativity and inspiration as part of the SOLIDWORKS Education team.

Colleen Gallagher with Sindoh 3d Print

You will be missed.  Marie

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With beautiful summer days ahead, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our newest SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur, Pakayak.  Pakayak is a patented high-performance sectional 14-foot sea/touring kayak made of hard plastic just like a traditional kayak so it paddles just the

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With beautiful summer days ahead, it gives me great pleasure to introduce our newest SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur, Pakayak.  Pakayak is a patented high-performance sectional 14-foot sea/touring kayak made of hard plastic just like a traditional kayak so it paddles just the same. It is easy to assemble & disassemble. It is easy to transport by one person.

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The individual pieces fit inside each other to minimize the storage footprint.
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When packed, it is 3 1/2 feet long.

Pakayak nested

It is easy to transport in an elevator/cab/subway/ferry/plane/car trunk.

Pakayak carry on back
Assembles in under 5 minutes.

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The sections are held together with our extremely strong unique clamping system to create a watertight seal.
Two large watertight hatches are designed for storage.

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Similar to most sea/touring kayaks, two bulkheads keep fore and aft compartments watertight for safety when flipped or swamped, allowing the boat to stay afloat.

Here are the Specs:

Assembled Dimensions: 168”L x 24”W x 16”H
Nested Dimensions: 42”L x 24”W x 16”H
Cockpit: 18” x 34”
Weight: 55 pounds
Material: plastic resin specifically formulated for kayaks
Max Capacity: 300 pounds
Made in the U.S.A.
Pakayak Team

Giving back, Pakayak is helping the planet. According to Team Pakayak, Doug Mackro, Zinelle Mackro, Phil Miller and Day Moore, “We think it’s nearly impossible to enjoy paddling and not want to see the water and the things in it preserved. We are dedicating the company toward giving back to help preserve and clean up our oceans and waterways. From the beginning, a portion of our profits will be donated to preservation projects. It is our hope that through knowledge and awareness of the state of our oceans will come support for preservation.

Pakayak nesting kayak

To that end, each Pakayak model will be named after an endangered marine animal or fish with a percentage of profit from each sale going toward efforts to save that particular species. Each Pakayak owner will receive information regarding the status of the named species and a way to follow its progress. We also intend to join the member companies of 1% for the planet in the future.”

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Pakayak is a member of the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program. They utilized SOLIDWORKS and our simulation tools to design and analyze the Pakayak.

Pakayak successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign and we wish them the best in their next adventure.

Thank you Zinelle and Team Pakayak for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  Marie

 

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My name is Colleen Gallagher and I am an Electrical Engineering Major entering my fourth year at Northeastern University. This post will discuss three different videos, produced by me, covering how to model and 3D print various items using a Makerbot Replicator. These items include an elephant phone holder, a personalized dog tag and a racecar.

First off, what kind of 3D printer is a Makerbot Replicator? A Makerbot is classified as an FDM printer or rather Fused Deposition Modeling. This technique involves heating filament to its melting point and then extruding it layer by layer, building from bottom to top. It is the most common type of 3D printer. This method is very similar to that of FFF or Fused Filament Fabrication. Specifically, the Makerbot Replicator is a 3D printer meant for hobby-ists and small businesses rather than full scale production at huge companies. This is because of its small size, relatively low price tag, and user friendly interface. Therefore, it is perfect for students and educators of all ages!

Elephant Phone Holder

Not only is this project adorable, it is also very functional! This project was separated into 4 short videos to show all of the steps including sketching, adding features such as extrude and extrude cut, and printing. The most difficult part is sketching the initial shape, making sure that the trunk will be able to hold the cellphone in place. In addition, this video shows the potential for design changes. For example, you could add another extruded cut within the trunk to create an opening for a cellphone charger.

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Race Car

For this next project, the model can be found within the SOLIDWORKS Design Library, specifically the Educator Curriculum 2015 file named “RaceCar Project”. In this video, I explain the importance of adding supports to 3D print more complex models such as the racecar. This video also shows how to make changes to the tail and how those changes affect the resulting 3D print.

 

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Personalized Dog Tag

This last project has your name written all over it! It is split up into 3 videos for the 3 main steps involved: the base, the lettering, and the printing. This project incorporates the most features (fillet, hole wizard, shell, extrude) but because of its size, it is the quickest 3D print! After you have spelled your name correctly, you want to make sure that the modeling of the letters are thick enough. If the letters are too thin, the resulting 3D print will not be as legible or as neat as pictured below.

 

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Video Links

You can find these videos on the SOLIDWORKS Youtube page or click on the links provided.

Elephant Phone Holder:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Racecar

Personalized Dog Tag:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

 

Do you have any cool or fun projects that you modeled in SOLIDWORKS and printed using a Makerbot? Let us know! Show us pictures of your 3D prints in the comment section below. For other cool models to 3D print, check out Makerbot’s Thingiverse.

 

 

Colleen Gallagher

Electrical Engineering

Northeastern University Class of 2018

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Students from all across the United States of America gather for the InvenTeams Showcase at the 2016 EurekaFest Dozens of high school students in matching powder blue polo shirts excitedly set up their projects one week ago on Friday, June

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Students from all across the United States of America gather for the InvenTeams Showcase at the 2016 EurekaFest

Dozens of high school students in matching powder blue polo shirts excitedly set up their projects one week ago on Friday, June 17th, 2016, at the tenth annual Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest. The EurekaFest is` a two-day event celebrating youths who are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). The main exhibit of the EeurekaFest is the InvenTeams Showcase, which features the finalists of the InvenTeams competition.

For those of you who don’t know, the InvenTeams competition is meant to encourage students from grades 7-12 with an interest in STEM to come together and invent unique solutions to real world problems in their communities. The competition is nation-wide, with 15 InvenTeams participating in the final round.

So who are these brilliant students, and where did they come from? The first Inventeam came from The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California. This all-girl team designed a kitchen faucet attachment which measures how much water you use and provides you with information about how you can adjust your water consumption. The device includes adapters allowing the product to fit most faucets. Team members Alex Feldman and Anabel Robertson even went so far as to become Certified Sustainable Design Associates (CSDA)!

InvenTeams Showcase: Archer School for Girls; Los Angeles, CA

The second InvenTeam came from Berlin High School in Cherry Plain, New York. This team created a lever launch and retrieve system for physical therapy patients bound to wheelchairs. The idea is that the user will be able to gain more independence by being able to throw with a mechanical arm. The robotic arm has five degrees of freedom, so the device has a large range of motion.

Berlin High School collage

Third in the InvenTeams Showcase was the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences team from Santa Monica, California. They created a device for the monitoring of real-time home water use through a mobile application. The monitoring device itself is a camera linked to a micro-controller that sends image files to the app where the data is processed and presented in an easy-to-read graphical format. The app also provides badge awards to reward reductions in water use.

Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences collage

Next in the InvenTeams Showcase is the Gulfport High School team from Gulfport, Mississippi.These students produced a wheelchair lift to assist disabled veterans board boats. The lift is self-explanatory and highly effective; the prototype at the InvenTeams Showcase could hold 500 lbs. The team stated that their goal for the final product is to be able to lift 1500 lbs. The lift can also be used to move heavy cargo. We were also lucky enough to acquire a video of the lift in motion, which I have provided in a downloadable format here.

Gulfport High School collage

Team five came from KIPP Sunnyside High School in Houston, Texas. This group invented a semi-autonomous robot and novel material system in order to repair the many potholes in their hometown. The robot is able to patch holes in the road with an asphalt compound which lasts longer than conventional patches. The process itself is considerably less disruptive than traditional roadwork involving large work crews.

InvenTeams Showcase: KIPP Sunnyside High School; Houston, Texas

The InvenTeam from Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts devised a planting system for eelgrass. The team noticed that the amount of eelgrass on the ocean floor has been receding, which is a great environmental problem. Eelgrass has a hand in “carbon sequestration,” which is the process of removing carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in a solid or liquid form. The team developed a set of biodegradable disks with eelgrass seedlings which will protect the plants as they take root as well as a system for which the disks are to be planted off the coast of Cape Ann.

Landmark School collage

The seventh Inventeam came from McMinnville High School in McMinnville, Oregon. They developed a raised platform for use as a temporary emergency shelter. Oriented toward natural disasters, the platform can be folded and carried by first responders with ease. The platform is large enough to support a medium-sized tent and can be created with any type of local material.

McMinnville High School collage

InvenTem number eight from Norwood High School in Norwood, Massachusetts created an autonomous snow-clearing awning to help with snow removal during Massachusetts winters. The awning was invented with their school in mind, which had 10-foot snow drifts on top of the roof last winter. In practice, the snow would accumulate on top of the awning and the device would be able to sense it. The device would then raise the awning at an angle so that the snow would slide off the roof and onto the ground. The final product is intended to be 30 times the size of the prototype, so that it can cover the whole roof.

Norwood High School collage

Next up came the InvenTeam from Riverpoint Academy in Spokane, Washington. This team designed a clean, power-generating stove to reduce indoor air pollution. The stove has a thermoelectric generator, which allows homes in rural Uganda to have access to electricity. Their prototype is capable of fully charging two basic cell phones each day.

Riverpoint Academy collage

The tenth InvenTeam came from Stockbridge High School in Stockbridge, Michigan. These students invented a water quality monitoring system to investigate the habitat of invasive lamprey in the St. Clair River. The device is able to be placed up to 100 meters underwater where it can record for 36 hours in both infrared and visible light. The data collected by the device can help scientists combat the lamprey to save the native fish species from being eaten by the lamprey, which will help the fishermen in the area as well. Madison Howard, the team’s sustainability lead, earned her CSDA as well.

Stockbridge High School collage

Despite being number eleven on the list, the Sturgis Charter Public School team from Hyannis, Massachusetts was the first team we met. They designed a marine mammal transporter which can quickly weigh and carry stranded dolphins and small whales. Their design is based off of a similar carrier the team created for the 2013 EurekaFest, but with many improvements. The Sturgis Carrier, as the product is called, is currently ready for field testing. The team already has a partnership with both the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The refinements to the Sturgis Carrier were made with the help of SOLIDWORKS, which the team taught themselves how to use and were very excited to share with my colleagues and I. According to IFAW, Cape Cod is one of the few places in the world where dolphins and whales frequently beach themselves, which makes a fast and efficient rescue carrier an invaluable tool. The Sturgis Carrier can support up to 600 lbs and be carried by two people at this time.

Sturgis Charter Public School collage

Team twelve came from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, and they created an automatic precise tourniquet for emergency responders. Referred to as the APT, the automatic precise tourniquet inflates in fewer than 45 seconds to a sufficient pressure for preventing a wounded person from bleeding out before medical help can be reached. The APT weights fewer than five pounds and is easily portable.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology collage

Inventors of an exoskeleton for a hand to aid in physical therapy, InvenTeam number thirteem came from Ulster BOCES in New Paltz, New York. Targeted towards people who have lost proper motor skills due to suffering a stroke or another form of brain damage, this exoskeleton aims to help these individuals regain the use of their hands. The device bends and flexes in unique ways to help users relearn different hand movements.

Ulster BOCES collage

The West Salem High School team from Salem, Oregon, was second to last in the lineup.  These students engineered a clip-on cell phone charger for biomass stoves. Dubbed the KAJI clip, this tool is designed to be able to attach to biomass stoves in Malawi to convert heat energy into electrical energy via thermoelectric generators. A biomass stove is simply a stove which is heated by burning some kind of biological fuel such as wood, charcoal, or animal dung. The idea is that the heat generated by the stove is enough to produce electricity able to charge a basic cell phone in four hours.

West Salem High School collage

The final InvenTeam of the InvenTeams Showcase came from Williamston High School in Williamston, Michigan. They developed an automatic school lock opening device to help students with autism or neurodevelopmental disabilities open their lockers. Oftentimes, students with such disabilities are provided with open cubbies instead of lockers. While the cubbies are easier to access, their belongings are barely protected from theft, which is why lockers lock in the first place. The device created by this team would be programmed with a student’s locker combination and can be held up to the lock. The device will turn the combination and unlock the locker, allowing for the student to keep all of their belongings in a secure place as well as have the ability to retrieve them later.

Williamston High School collage

I would like to congratulate all of the finalists on a job well done. In an astounding array of intellectual prowess, these high schoolers (and even some middle schoolers!) were able to invent and engineer working devices that really do help solve some real-world problems. I’m so glad to have met all of you and I really hope that you all continue to work hard and create great things! Good job!

Rachael Naoum

Mechanical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Class of 2018

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It’s that time of year again.  FREE SOLIDWORKS Summer Edition 2016-2017 3D CAD Software for Students and for Educators!   This Summer we bring to all Students and Educators an opportunity to get hands-on practice on SOLIDWORKS. We are offering a

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SolidWorks Summer Blog Post 2016

It’s that time of year again.  FREE SOLIDWORKS Summer Edition 2016-2017 3D CAD Software for Students and for Educators!

 

This Summer we bring to all Students and Educators an opportunity to get hands-on practice on SOLIDWORKS. We are offering a 60 day FREE license of the SOLIDWORKS Summer Edition, which includes following features to enhance your designing and learning experience:
•SOLIDWORKS Premium (3D CAD software)
•SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium (FEA tools)
•SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (CFD tools)
•SOLIDWORKS Motion (kinematics analysis)
•SOLIDWORKS Plastics (part and mold filling analysis)
•SOLIDWORKS Sustainability (environmental impact tools)
•SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (electrical systems design tools)
•SOLIDWORKS Model Base Definition (define, organize, and publish 3D PMI)

All you need to do is, follow the instructions:

  1. Go to SolidWorks.com/sek.
  2. Enter promo code XSEK12 for the SEK-ID.
  3. Choose 2016-2017 Version.
  4. Press Request Download.
  5. Install the software.
  6. When the email states contact your professor, ‘Like’ us on Facebook (facebook.com/solidworkseducation) and message us to get your serial number.
  7. Enter serial number.
  8. Last date for activation is September 30th, 2016. So hurry up!

Note: You must be a registered student or educator for this offer. United States Export Compliance Required.

 

 

Once installed, explore SOLIDWORKS resources:

1. Click Help>SolidWorks Tutorials from the Main menu to access to free step-by-step tutorials.

2. Go to MySolidWorks  to register for MySolidWorks for Students.  MySolidWorks for Students provides free product tutorial videos, certification exam prep materials and everything about SOLIDWORKS.  Information on how to create a MySolidWorks for Students account is here.

3. Go to www.youtube.com/SOLIDWORKS for additional tutorials and tips.

 

 

Have fun this summer learning SOLIDWORKS!  Marie

 

 

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Think Like a Girl: Engineering Kits is a subscription service of packages for young girls, ages 6 to 12+, that teach about engineering topics and industries through activities that are marketed towards girls’ interests and taught using proven methods in which girls learn best. The three co-founders, who are mechanical engineering students from South Jersey, launched their Kickstarter last week.

Think Like a Girl CEO and Co-Founder, Gabrielle Rochino, never knew any female engineers until she began college. “Now that I know some amazing female engineers, I look up to them as real role models,” Gabrielle says.  According to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers,  ASME, only 14% of engineers in the United States are female. This percentage is not expected to increase dramatically in the next decade.

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Gabrielle originally came up with the Think Like a Girl for her Entrepreneurship & Innovation class, a required course in her mechanical engineering program at Rowan University. Although she never once thought that being a female limited her abilities, she still felt self-doubt as she pursued her major. She used what she was feeling in her program to fuel the idea for Think Like a Girl to ensure that “no girl ever feels limitations on her abilities based on her gender or background.”

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Gabrielle is joined by Alexis Basantis, CCO and Co-Founder, and Megan DeGeorge, COO and Co-Founder,  in development of the product and business. The team has extensively researched why girls lose interest in STEM, the how girls typically learn best, and they have performed numerous focus groups and outreach events.

The team is aiming to raise $40,000 through Kickstarter.

What sets Think Like a Girl apart is their focus on the main reasons why girls do not go into engineering and then the incorporation of proven methods in which girls learn best. The kits expose girls to real, sustainable engineering applications, real female engineer role models, and also encourage creativity and design.

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Gabrielle began learning SOLIDWORKS in high school and despite feeling hesitation about being one of the few girls in her CAD class, she went on to excel as one of the top students. She combined these learned skills with her passion for art and began majoring in mechanical engineering. Gabrielle has interned at Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS in Technical Support, Education, and User Experience. She currently has her CSWP and CSWA certifications.

Want to learn more? Email the team at contact@TLAGengineer.com or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or their Kickstarter.

 

You can help this team empower girls to develop into our world’s problem solvers by joining their Kickstarter campaign!  Thank you Gabrielle for sharing with the DS Community.  Marie

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 A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 4 Welcome back! Alright, you know a few things about using SOLIDWORKS and now you’re thinking about becoming a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) so you can increase your chances of getting a job, but you could

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 A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 4

Welcome back! Alright, you know a few things about using SOLIDWORKS and now you’re thinking about becoming a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) so you can increase your chances of getting a job, but you could use some guidance.

I’ll start off by talking about the exam itself. The CSWA has two segments, each an hour and a half long. The first segment tests your knowledge about part-making and your ability to read drawings. The second segment consists of assemblies and more complicated parts. I know this sounds vague, and that’s why I’m going to tell you the benefits of the CSWA Exam Prep Course on MySolidWorks for Students. For information on MySolidWorks for Students accounts and eligibility click here. To go directly to the MySolidWorks for Students page, click here.

As I said, the exam is about making parts and assemblies from drawings. The prep courses on MySolidWorks have 44 lessons which go into great detail about all of that. According to the SOLIDWORKS web page describing the exam, any of the following items could appear on your test:

  • Sketch entities – lines, rectangles, circles, arcs, ellipses, centerlines
  • Sketch tools – offset, convert, trim
  • Sketch relations
  • Boss and cut features – extrudes, revolves, sweeps, lofts
  • Fillets and chamfers
  • Linear, circular, and fill patterns
  • Dimensions
  • Feature conditions – start and end
  • Mass properties
  • Materials
  • Inserting components
  • Standard mates – coincident, parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric, distance, angle
  • Reference geometry – planes, axis, mate references
  • Drawing views
  • Annotations

Luckily for you, all of these items have tutorial videos and interactive lessons on MySolidWorks. If you are learning how to use SOLIDWORKS in school, that’s even better! With an instructor and probably a textbook to guide you, these online courses are sure to help you succeed.

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Okay, now you’re prepared for the test, but you have no idea how to take it. Depending on what school you are at, the CSWA exam could very well be your final exam. The Introduction to Computer Aided Design course (ES 1310) at WPI is a good example where this is true. If your school also offers the exam in class, you should be able to take it for free. If your school does not currently offer the CSWA exam, your instructor can apply to become an exam provider here.

Once you’ve determined how you are going to get the exam, you need to go to the SOLIDWORKS Certification Center. Here you need to make an account, which your instructor will tell you how to do. This account can be connected to your LinkedIn account if you so choose, which is a great way for employers to find you. You can also choose to display your credentials. This puts your name on an international list of certified SOLIDWORKS users.

LOTS of CSWAs worldwide

As you can see, there are over 100K CSWAs in the world. And don’t worry if you don’t want to share, you will only show up on the list if you have a certificate and if you selected the option to share your accomplishment. Now this raises the question of what happens if you fail the CSWA.

Again, don’t panic! Many people fail the first time, usually for a very minor and stupid reason. To make you feel better about yourselves, I’ll tell you that I failed the second segment my first time because I didn’t realize you could zoom in on the diagrams, which made me measure the wrong length. If you fail for whatever reason, you just need to wait 30 days and then you can retake it. For those of you taking the exam in school, the easiest way is to wait until the next round of finals and ask the professor if you can try again.

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Congratulations!!! You’ve passed your CSWA and now you want to pursue higher certifications, like the CSWP. Starting this year, schools which subscribe to SOLIDWORKS and provide CSWA exams can also provide CSWP exams. Be aware that MySolidWorks for Students does not provide CSWP content. You will need a Professional account in order to access that. Also be aware that students must pass their CSWA before they take their CSWP. If you try to skip the CSWA you will not be allowed to take the CSWP through your school.

For those of you who are interested, here is a list of a few other exams which schools can provide:

  • CSWA-SD Certified Sustainable Design Associate
  • CSWA-S  Certified SOLIDWORKS Simulation Associate – FEA
  • CSWP Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional – Core
  • CSWPA-DT Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional – Advanced Drawing Tools

I wish all of you the best of luck getting your certifications and I hope that this article was helpful. Remember, it’s okay to fail the first time. If Thomas Edison can fail 700 times to invent the light bulb and not give up, you can retake the CSWA two or three times and be fine.

Rachael Naoum

Mechanical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Class of 2018

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Rachael Naoum is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 3 Greetings! Before reading this article, please make sure you have at least a Student-level MySolidWorks account. If you don’t, please read my previous article explaining how to make one. Alright! Now that you’ve

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Rachael Naoum is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 3

Greetings! Before reading this article, please make sure you have at least a Student-level MySolidWorks account. If you don’t, please read my previous article explaining how to make one.

Alright! Now that you’ve created your Student account, we can finally get started with some SOLIDWORKS material! Go to the MySolidWorks website and log in.

MySolidWorks home page emphasis on log in_join

Once you have done this, click on the “Training” tab on the menu. Scroll down until you find a small grid of common course options. I imagine you are reading this article because you are brand new to SOLIDWORKS and have no idea where or how to begin. I would recommend that you start by clicking on the “CSWA Exam Prep Course” option. All of the “Sketch Tools” lessons are included in the CSWA prep, as are the “Basic Assembly Modeling” lessons.

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You will be shown a list of 44 courses meant to prepare you for the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) exam, a SOLIDWORKS engineering  exam that tests your knowledge on engineering design fundamentals and your ability to use the software. I know no one likes tests, but trust me here, this is one exam you definitely want to take.

Even though these lessons are exam-oriented, they are very good for teaching you the basics as well. Select the first lesson, “Starting a Sketch on a Plane or Face.”

CSWA training course selection: start learning SOLIDWORKS

Before you can do anything fun and exciting in SOLIDWORKS, you need to be able to make a sketch. This first video goes into detail about how to make a sketch and what types of surfaces you can sketch on. There are also interactive components so you can learn where the buttons are as well as a brief quiz at the end that you can retry as many times as you like.

Starting a Sketch on a Plane or Face

The quiz questions effectively reinforce the material covered in the lesson and there is absolutely no pressure if you get a few things wrong the first time. These lessons are here to help you learn, not judge you for not knowing what you’re doing.lesson completed, progress marked

Once you finish the lesson, a check mark will be placed next to it and its status will be updated to “Completed” Your progress count will also be updated to display the number of lessons you have completed.

So now you can make a sketch, that’s great! Now you’re going to need to know how to say what size your shape is. This process is called dimensioning, and it happens to be the next lesson on the list.

Sketch Smart Dimension

Just keep going through these lessons and you’ll know how to use SOLIDWORKS in no time! If you are a student learning how to use SOLIDWORKS in school, these lessons will be a good tool to reinforce what you do in class. If you are learning how to use SOLIDWORKS on your own, then these lessons are really great for teaching you the basics.

Remember to reach out to us on Twitter @SOLIDWORKSedu or the SOLIDWORKS Forums of you have any questions!

See you next time!

Rachael Naoum

Mechanical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Class of 2018

 

 

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Rachael Naoum is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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Rachael Naoum is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 2

Welcome back, everyone! In my previous post I talked to you about what MySolidWorks for Students is. Today I will walk you through how to make your own account so you can start exploring today!

The first thing you must do is go to the MySolidWorks website. Click on the “Learn More” button on the MySolidWorks for Students banner.

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You will be brought to the following screen where you should click “Create Account.”

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This will bring you to an instructional screen. Scroll down until you see the red “Create Account” button and click on it.

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This will bring you to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal, which will pop up in a separate window. This is so that you will be able to see the instructions while creating your account. Once you have activated your account following the instructions within MySolidWorks, click on the blue “Log in to Register” button next to the red “Create Account” button you clicked earlier.

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You will be taken to the following screen where you need to fill out your school’s information:

Student license registration

You will need your SOLIDWORKS student serial number for this step. If you are at school, you should automatically have a student license. If you bought the software yourself, it might be different. If you don’t know your serial number, it can easily be found within the product itself. Open SOLIDWORKS on your computer; click the “Help” button in the top left menu, then click “About SOLIDWORKS…”

finding serial number step 1

This will bring up a small window that displays all of the information about your specific version of SOLIDWORKS. Click on the blue hyperlink “Show Serial Number,” and your number will be displayed.

finding serial number step 2

The way to know if you have a student license is to look at the first four digits of your serial number. If they are 9020, then you have a student license. If those digits are anything else, you do not have a student license and cannot make a Student account; you will need a Standard account. You are only eligible for a Student account with either a SOLIDWORKS Student Edition or Student Engineering Kit license. A Student Design Kit will not work.

If everything went as it should have, congratulations! You have made your account! That wasn’t too painful now, was it? Now you can start exploring MySolidWorks!

If you had any problems or have questions about creating your account, you can reach out to us on Twitter @SOLIDWORKSedu and someone will respond. You can also try the SOLIDWORKS Forums. Feel free to put your questions in the comment section below as well.

Is this your first SOLIDWORKS class? Are you confused about where to begin? Keep an eye out for my next article, “MySolidWorks 101 — I’m New to SOLIDWORKS, How do I Start?”

Rachael Naoum

Mechanical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Class of 2018

 

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Rachael Naoum is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 1 My name is Rachael Naoum and I am entering my junior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This post is the first in a series which will describe exactly what MySolidWorks is, how you can use

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Rachael Naoum is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a SOLIDWORKS Education intern. She is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional.

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A MySolidWorks for Students Guide: Part 1

My name is Rachael Naoum and I am entering my junior year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. This post is the first in a series which will describe exactly what MySolidWorks is, how you can use it, and how it’s a great tool for students.

So, what is MySolidWorks anyway? MySolidWorks for Students is an online tool meant to connect students with relevant SOLIDWORKS content and services to improve their skills. Students with good SOLIDWORKS skills often get better jobs than those who don’t.

MySolidWorks for Students has CSWA prep courses, links to online storage, a worldwide network of manufacturers, over 320 tutorial videos, and a news space called the Buzz. MySolidWorks is available in English, French, German, and Japanese.

MySolidWorks home screen menu

The first step to understanding MySolidWorks is to know how much content you can access without having an account. From the home screen, users are allowed full access to the Buzz, Manufacturing Network, and Support. Users are also allowed to search through the SOLIDWORKS Forums, as well as view CAD models and SOLIDWORKS courses.

The second step is understanding how much content you can’t access without having an account. Guest users are not allowed access to any of the training videos or manuals. You are only eligible for a Student level account if you have either a SOLIDWORKS Student Edition or Student Engineering Kit license. If you try to watch a video without an account, you will be shown the following error message:MySolidWorks training video login required

Despite this, you are still able to view a list of available training videos as well as the classroom training courses. You are also not allowed to download any of the CAD models; a separate account at 3D ContentCentral is required to do that. Again, you are still allowed to view the list of models.

In my next post, I’ll be walking you through how to make your own account and working through some problems that might come up.

If you want to find out what’s going on in the SOLIDWORKS world, go check out the Buzz!

Rachael Naoum

Mechanical Engineering

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Class of 2018

 

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Our 3 million students are an integral part of the SOLIDWORKS community.  Educators and students asked for more and we have answered. Announcing MySolidWorks for Students to help students boost their SOLIDWORKS skills by connecting them with relevant SOLIDWORKS content and services –

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Our 3 million students are an integral part of the SOLIDWORKS community.  Educators and students asked for more and we have answered.

Announcing MySolidWorks for Students to help students boost their SOLIDWORKS skills by connecting them with relevant SOLIDWORKS content and services – anytime, anywhere, on any device.  Students with the best SOLIDWORKS skills often get the best jobs.

MySolidWorks for Students, provides all things SOLIDWORKS, including:

  • Over 320 product tutorial videos
  • SOLIDWORKS Certified Associate (CSWA) prep course
  • Links to online storage services for sharing designs
  • Worldwide network of manufacturers who can help bring student designs to life
  • MySolidWorks is now available in English, French, German, and Japanese languages
  • Get the Buzz — keep up with what companies, educators and students are doing with SOLIDWORKS worldwide

Availability of MySolidWorks for Students

  • MySolidWorks for Students is available to the Student while their student license is valid
  • Students that purchase the SOLIDWORKS Student Edition also get access to MySolidWorks for Students.
  • Schools with SOLIDWORKS Education Edition licenses on current subscription get free student licensing and free access to MySolidWorks for Students.
    (Schools can also apply to become CSWA Academic providers.)

Easy Access to MySolidWorks for Students, visit:   mysolidworks.com

Qualified schools, on SOLIDWORKS subscription  receive free student licensing for home use, free certification exams, and now access to MySolidWorks for Student.  Students with a Student Engineering Kit (SEK) 2016-2017 serial number or Student Edition 2016-2017 serial number can register to get MySolidWorks for Students.

 

Thank you MySolidWorks team for creating a place for students.  Marie

 

 

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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FAB LAB Rwanda opens this week providing a shared space for education, community, and entrepreneurship. As the first FAB LAB in central Africa, this new initiative is part of our commitment to the designers and makers in Rwanda. The FAB

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FAB LAB Rwanda opens this week providing a shared space for education, community, and entrepreneurship. As the first FAB LAB in central Africa, this new initiative is part of our commitment to the designers and makers in Rwanda.

Neil at Fab Lab Rwanda

The FAB LAB concept was started by Neil Gershenfeld,  Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA). Fab Lab is the educational outreach component of CBA, an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation. A Fab Lab is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship.  There are now ~1000 FAB LABS around the world.

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The operations of the global FAB LAB network is managed by the Fab Foundation Director, Sherry Lassiter.  Sherry’s energy continues to amaze me and provides me the inspiration to connect our work in Rwanda to the FAB LAB at so many levels.

MIT Team

FAB LAB Rwanda is also supported by the MIT Fab Lab Team that worked together with the Rwandan team to design the space with equipment and software to “make almost anything”

FabLab Core Team

We are fortunate to have Mark Neil and team that helped with this great effort.

Tumba technical School Rwanda

We look forward to future stories FAB LAB Rwanda will bring.

Thank you Mark for the photos and sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  Marie

 

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The Tiny Tower is the World’s Smartest Portable Laptop Stand created by The Big Tiny Co in Sydney, Australia.  Last week, The Tiny Tower was launched on Kickstarter. Six months ago co-founders, Matt Cramsie and Anhtai Anhtuan took their passion for design to

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The Tiny Tower is the World’s Smartest Portable Laptop Stand created by The Big Tiny Co in Sydney, Australia.  Last week, The Tiny Tower was launched on Kickstarter.

Six months ago co-founders, Matt Cramsie and Anhtai Anhtuan took their passion for design to solve a problem.   If you work with a laptop, you already know the pressure on your neck can be 60lbs (27kg), causing pain and headaches.

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The Tiny Tower addresses the problem with style and strength in the smallest space possible.

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Six months ago, the Big Tiny Co became the first Australian company to apply for the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program.  Learning SOLIDWORKS at the University of New South Wales in Sidney, these young entrepreneurs had the necessary engineering design skills to follow their dream.

 

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Matt and Anhtai we wish you the best as a SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur and new newest members of the SOLIDWORKS community.  Marie

 

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Director of Education & Early Engagement, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation
Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017 includes more value than ever before! SOLIDWORKS Education Edition now includes SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional. It’s easier than ever to teach design, mechatronics, and robotics all in one simple interface. We’ve included SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Visualize,

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Director of Education & Early Engagement, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation

Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017 includes more value than ever before! SOLIDWORKS Education Edition now includes SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional. It’s easier than ever to teach design, mechatronics, and robotics all in one simple interface. We’ve included SOLIDWORKS Composer and SOLIDWORKS Visualize, world-class documentation and rendering are at your fingertips. Also, you and your students can now access over 300 videos and connect to our worldwide user community through MySolidWorks. Allowing you to get started and learn new capabilities quickly and easily.

SOLIDWORKS is used by over 3 million students to get the best jobs and the best careers. With educator support from our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Resellers, free student home use licensing, and certification exams, it’s no wonder why 30,000 schools use SOLIDWORKS and over 75,000 students have achieved Certified SOLIDWORKS Association (CSWA) Certification.

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New this year, qualified schools on subscription that provide CSWA Academic Certification can now provide Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) exams to their students who achieve CSWA.  Every student has the opportunity to earn both a CSWA and CSWP your academic program.  Students with the best SOLIDWORKS skills get the best jobs.

Students will be able to create accounts in MySolidWorks.  Students using their schools’ free home use licenses will have access to over 300+ videos of learning content to help with learning all areas of the SOLIDWORKS innovation platform.

We have been hard at work all year and are now ready to roll out new, user-requested features in SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017. We’ve added new tools to empower educators and students to innovate better and faster.

Check out this preview of SOLIDWORKS Education Edition enhancements to help you solve complex problems faster and earlier, streamline all parallel design processes, seamlessly connect electrical and mechanical design, and collaborate across multiple disciplines. The result: you can focus on design, not CAD.

With SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017:
• Engage with experts and see how SOLIDWORKS tools empower innovation
• Get skilled on the advanced tools and improved graphical interface
• Look under the hood at automated features that focus you on design
• Gain insight into the industry-specific tools that address your unique needs
• Swap tips & tricks with peers from your local SOLIDWORKS Community

CONTACT ACADEMIC SALES today and take advantage of SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017.

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Thank you to our community of students, educators, commercial users, SWUGN leaders, partners and resellers for #SOLIDWORKSisEverywhere. Marie

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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For Nick Broadbent, Bristol, UK, “a journey is more than getting to your destination, it’s about enjoying the ride” Tailfin is a rack that complements your bike – brilliantly. Nick and team re-designed and re-engineered the bike rack and pannier,

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For Nick Broadbent, Bristol, UK, “a journey is more than getting to your destination, it’s about enjoying the ride” Tailfin is a rack that complements your bike – brilliantly.

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Nick and team re-designed and re-engineered the bike rack and pannier, which has remained unchanged for nearly half a century, to a modern, light, and simple design.

As part of the SOLIDWORKS Entrepreneur program, Nick is able to achieve the product of his dreams and today launch Tailfin through Kickstarter.  You can find out more about Tailfin at www.tailfin.cc and through Kickstarter.

Nick learned SOLIDWORKS as student at the University of Cambridge and University of Glasgow.  As a SOLIDWORKS user for over 15 years, Nick certainly had experience in product design.  Now his passion will take him down a new road.

Thank you Nick for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  We have many cyclists here and wish you the best with Tailfin.  Marie

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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SOLIDWORKS is used by over 3 million students to get the best jobs and the best careers. With educator support from our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Resellers, free student home use licensing, and certification exams, it’s no wonder why 30,000 schools use SOLIDWORKS

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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SOLIDWORKS is used by over 3 million students to get the best jobs and the best careers. With educator support from our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Resellers, free student home use licensing, and certification exams, it’s no wonder why 30,000 schools use SOLIDWORKS and over 75,000 students have achieved Certified SOLIDWORKS Association (CSWA) Certification.

Click SolidWorks Education Edition 2016-2017 to see a preview.

We have been hard at work all year and are now ready to roll out new, user-requested features in SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017. We’ve added new tools to empower educators and students to innovate better and faster.

Check out this preview of SOLIDWORKS Education Edition enhancements to help you solve complex problems faster and earlier, streamline all parallel design processes, seamlessly connect electrical and mechanical design, and collaborate across multiple disciplines. The result: you can focus on design, not CAD.

With SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017:
• Engage with experts and see how SOLIDWORKS tools empower innovation
• Get skilled on the advanced tools and improved graphical interface
• Look under the hood at automated features that focus you on design
• Gain insight into the industry-specific tools that address your unique needs
• Swap tips & tricks with peers from your local SOLIDWORKS Community

CONTACT ACADEMIC SALES today and take advantage of SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2016-2017.

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Thank you to our community of students, educators, commercial users, SWUGN leaders, partners and resellers for #SOLIDWORKSisEverywhere. Marie

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Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.

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The field is challenging at BAJA SAE India. But the students are ready to compete. The crowd gathers at the finals for BAJA SAE India.    This week, the Times of India featured “SOLIDWORKS Bets Big on Make in India” Based on

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The field is challenging at BAJA SAE India.

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But the students are ready to compete.

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The crowd gathers at the finals for BAJA SAE India.    This week, the Times of India featured “SOLIDWORKS Bets Big on Make in India

Based on the engineering talent in India, students are ready to support our growing commercial customers.

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It was great to talk with Team Manipal from Manipal Institute of Technology.

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We also got to talk to the talented women engineers from Team Zenith.

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My colleague,  Kishor Sarvade spent time with engineering students throughout the event.

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Congratulations to all the BAJA SAE India teams.  We thank you for using SOLIDWORKS and sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community. Thank you BAJA SAE INDIA by Mahindra for hosting a “Wicked Hot” event.  Marie

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The UK’s University School of Engineering Warwick Satellite Team (WUSAT) continues to innovate with their development  of a cube-shaped nano satellite, carried into space on a REXUS rocket. . This multi-discipline engineering  team is using SOLIDWORKS to design and manufacture their product to support atmospheric research

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The UK’s University School of Engineering Warwick Satellite Team (WUSAT) continues to innovate with their development  of a cube-shaped nano satellite, carried into space on a REXUS rocket.

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This multi-discipline engineering  team is using SOLIDWORKS to design and manufacture their product to support atmospheric research to establish a method for discovering Earth-like exoplanets.

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Warwick students are not new to space.  In 2006, SOLIDWORKS was proud to share their story with The ‘Warwick ESMO’ team, on the design/build of the electrical power supply system (EPS) for ESA’s Moon Orbiting Satellite.

 

You can find more information on these case studies:

University of Warwick Nano Satellite  Case Study 

University of Warwick ESMO Case Study

Tomorrow the Develop 3d Live conference will be held at University of Warwick.  The conference celebrates design, engineering, and manufacturing technology and how technology brings products to market faster. SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi will be speaking at this event.   I am confident that engineering students from University of Warwick will be part of our future, innovating new products on the ground and in space.

Thank you University of Warwick WASUT team for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

 

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WPI Pioneering Engineering Education, Research, and Community with SOLIDWORKS http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/03/wpi-pioneering-engineering-education-research-and-community.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/03/wpi-pioneering-engineering-education-research-and-community.html#respond Wed, 23 Mar 2016 14:17:41 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=7773
Since 1865, WPI has pioneered innovation in engineering education, research, and community.  In our latest SOLIDWORKS case study with WPI, we interviewed Michael Gennert, Robotics Engineering Program Director at WPI.  WPI was the first college in the USA to offer an

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Since 1865, WPI has pioneered innovation in engineering education, research, and community.  In our latest SOLIDWORKS case study with WPI, we interviewed Michael Gennert, Robotics Engineering Program Director at WPI.  WPI was the first college in the USA to offer an undergraduate degree in Robotics Engineering.   Students can not only model  designs in 3D but also take advantage of integrated motion, analysis, and visualization tools.  Researchers at WPI use SOLIDWORKS as their innovation platform.

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When the case study was written, TJ Watson was a student at WPI.  I caught up with TJ at SOLIDWORKS WORLD.  He is now an engineer with UBER.

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Two years ago, intern, Gabrielle Fanzini used SOLIDWORKS software to create more than 300 models of mechanical and electrical components and assemblies included in the kits that high school students use in conjunction with the FIRST Robotics Competition.  These models are part of the www.solidworks.com/FIRST library in the Kit of Parts.  Gabrielle will attend graduate school in the Fall.

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In addition to education and research, WPI is all about community and projects.  I first met Paul Ventimiglia as a student in the basement of WPI’s Higgins Lab practicing moving dirt for the NASA Robotics Competition which he would go on to win.   Paul now is a major contender in Battlebots, a talented designer, and dedicated mentor.

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WPI professor, researcher and entrepreneur, Eduardo Torres-Jara, developed this Robot Rebuild pod cast with SOLIDWORKS and talks about his company, providing advice to new start-ups.

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Visiting at WPI, students continue to impress me as I see year over year what they have accomplished. Aerospace engineering student, Ruxandra Duca created the SOLIDWORKS drone video series and robotics video series.  Ruxi will be working on her PhD in aerospace engineering.

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Senior Mechanical Engineering students work tirelessly now on projects.  In a few weeks, industry judges will be interviewing students, as they describe in theory and practice, applications of their products.

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A trip to WPI would not be complete without wishing the competitive teams the best in Formula SAE, Aero, Robotic and design competitions.

Thank you WPI for all your new Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate’s (CSWA’s).  Thank you for being an integral part of the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

 

 

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Friday night and another date night to look into 3D Printing.  Thanks to our new SOLIDWORKS partner, Sindoh, it’s time to bring home a bottle of wine and share with my husband, David, a new 3DPrint technology, 3Dwox. Hats off

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Friday night and another date night to look into 3D Printing.  Thanks to our new SOLIDWORKS partner, Sindoh, it’s time to bring home a bottle of wine and share with my husband, David, a new 3DPrint technology, 3Dwox.

Hats off to the engineers at Sindoh.  This 3D Printer is easy to unpack.  The night got better.  The 3Dwox printer is easy to set up and easy to just start printing  The cartridge filament slides into place. Material comes in PLA and ABS.  Time to put the pizza in the oven.

There are two ways to print – directly through the  Sindoh interface and through the Sindoh 3Dwox SOLIDWORKS Add In.    Currently, the Add In must be downloaded from the Sindoh website and installed on your computer with SOLIDWORKS 2016.  SOLIDWORKS 2016 based Education Edition Academic Year 2016- 2017 will be available in May 2016.

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We found great jewelry – perfect for two mechanical engineers, the Thingiverse snap together heart pendant.  The first step is to print the gears.  The removable bed made it easy to access the gears. The heated plate makes the small gears adhere nicely.

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With a putty knife,  David removed the gears – you need to get under the raft and twist with a bit of force.

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Use needle nose pillars to remove the raft.

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We printed the base and

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assembled the gears and Geneva drive.

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David and I had so much fun with the new Sindoh 3DWox.  We got carried away.  The 3D Printer is accurate and repeatable.

After attending Fab Foundation events, Fab10 Barcelona and Fab11 Boston, I became fascinated with low cost  3D Printing technology and rapid prototype hands. Fab Labs around the world have teamed up to make hands of all sizes for children and adults in need.

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Luckily David and his WPI students have a similar passion – but that story will revolve around another date night.  Marie

 

 

 

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Can your Senior Design Project change the world?  Engineering seniors throughout the US and Canada know this time of year.  Graduation is just around the corner, but first students have to complete the Senior Design Project,  Capstone Project or Master Qualifying Project.

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Can your Senior Design Project change the world?  Engineering seniors throughout the US and Canada know this time of year.  Graduation is just around the corner, but first students have to complete the Senior Design Project,  Capstone Project or Master Qualifying Project.  No matter what you call it, we know there are engineering students that have great ideas to make great design happen.

That is why SOLIDWORKS is proud to sponsor the 2016 Beautiful Solutions Senior Design Project Competition.

Are you building an industry-disrupting product or innovative solution in your Senior Design Project?

The Beautiful Solutions Competition is a start-up competition dedicated to engineers and designers who are completing their Senior Design project and want to win seed money to launch their business.   Over $20,000 in cash and in-kind prizes!  Refer to the application for eligibility requirements.

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But you have to hurry – submissions are from March 1, 2016 to April 29, 2016.  This is more than just a grade, it could be your future.  Marie

 

 

 

 

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VEX ROBOTICS manufactures robot components for classroom instruction and the largest robot competitions in the world.  If you are designing robots, using the Certified Component Supplier library on 3DContentCentral.com can save you time.  You can find the complete VEX ROBOTICS catalog

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VEX ROBOTICS manufactures robot components for classroom instruction and the largest robot competitions in the world.  If you are designing robots, using the Certified Component Supplier library on 3DContentCentral.com can save you time.  You can find the complete VEX ROBOTICS catalog here.

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Component descriptions with thumbnails help you decide on the right component for your robot.

 

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Thanks to advanced web technology, you can manipulate the VEX ROBOTICS component with the embedded eDrawing viewer.  There are three versions of SOLIDWORKS to choose from.  You can also embed the eDrawing into your own web page and share with a friend.

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The VEX ROBOTICS files have been simplified to make assemblies lighter with higher performance.  If you do not have SOLIDWORKS, you can download files in a variety of 3D and 2D formats.

3D ContentCentral now has a new modern look and feel, making it easier for you to browse the website to find CAD models, library features, 2D blocks, and macros. Plus with advanced search capabilities, you can search from a database of hundreds of thousands of CAD models and millions of configurations in just seconds and can filter your search request by Supplier, Content Type, 3D ContentCentral Category, Tags, and Country.

 

We wish you the best in your robot competition and thank you VEX ROBOTICS for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

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When Nitzan Kish was learning to sew from her grandmother, she learned far more than the skills behind sewing straight lines and making flowers from cloth. Nitzan’s grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and in fact taught her granddaughter that she survived thanks

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When Nitzan Kish was learning to sew from her grandmother, she learned far more than the skills behind sewing straight lines and making flowers from cloth. Nitzan’s grandmother was a Holocaust survivor and in fact taught her granddaughter that she survived thanks to sewing. She taught Nitzan to sew and to cut patterns from Burda, but most of all she believed in her granddaughter and gave her the freedom to be who she is today. .

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Nitzan attended at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel in gold smith and fashion studies, under the direction of Daniel Gaffney.  She now inspires younger students as an assistant instructor and creator of the “My, Myself and I” 3D Printed clothing line.  From her experiences, she used her creativity, technological literacy, and design knowledge to solve a women’s survival issue – simply can clothing protect women from assault?

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With SOLIDWORKS as a design tool, 3D Printing has become integrated into the “new sewing machine”

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Cloth can change shape and have reaction to physical forces.

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New materials can be fabricated.

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Materials can be printed to the exact shape for a vest or jacket.

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Color can also be added.

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Dealing with self-defense since she was a child, Nitzan’s father taught the family karate, and she also learned Ninjutsu. Last year, she created jewelry for self-defense, worn directly on the woman’s body. In her final design project, she decided to externalize the defense so that in addition to its functionality, it would create a dialogue on self-defense for women.

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I was fortunate to interview this young designer,  Nitzan stated, “Why do we need it? Why do women have to wear armor when going out in a public sphere? The answer is – at the moment there is no other choice. If we talk about these issues now, maybe we can educate the future generations, and then maybe we would not have self-defense clothing.”

Nitzan went on to say, “I believe that 3D printing enables us to create things that we could not create in any other way.  I think that this is the next industrial revolution, and that it will change the way we think and consume.  I would be happy to create collaborations relating to the project in all sorts of areas – distribution and marketing, new venues of thinking that will match the textile and links I created. My project’s designed in three dimensions allows me to think in new ways and actually come up with a new way to achieve my goals.”

Nitzan thank you for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS community.  Your grandmother would be so proud.  Marie

 

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One of the best parts about going to SOLIDWORKS WORLD is catching up with friends you meet once a year – every year at SOLIDWORKS WORLD.  There will be new faces this year on stage, in breakout sessions, and at

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One of the best parts about going to SOLIDWORKS WORLD is catching up with friends you meet once a year – every year at SOLIDWORKS WORLD.  There will be new faces this year on stage, in breakout sessions, and at the Partner Pavilion. Educators and researchers from all over the world are joining this event.  If you cannot come, you can still attend the live streaming of the event  by registering http://sww16.wavecast.io/

How Fab Labs Go Started

Monday General Session will feature Neil Gershenfeld , director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, physicist, Fab pioneer, explores the boundaries between the digital and physical world.  I was fortunate to work with Neil during the planning of Fab11 Boston last summer.  I know the SOLIDWORKS community will be inspired.

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Tuesday is community packed!  The Education segment will be filled with surprises – you will have to wait.

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The new Entrepreneur program will feature SOLIDWORKS students that have graduated and now have started their own companies.

The Education Breakout sessions show the variety and depth SOLIDWORKS applications provide students of all ages.

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You cannot forget to visit the Partner Pavilion too.

SolidWorks World 2016 SAE Teams

We have students from Baylor University BAJA SAE, University of North Texas Formual SAE, and University of Texas Arlington Formula SAE competitive teams with their vehicles designed in SOLIDWORKS.

Local students from the Dallas area are joining us on Wednesday SOLIDWORKS Student Day.

Hope to see you soon!  Marie

 

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SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2016, DALLAS Texas will bring together 5000+ engineers and designers to celebrate everything SOLIDWORKS.  From January 31, 2016 – February 3, 2016 engineering students will be part of the biggest 3D design celebration. We are fortunate to feature

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SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2016, DALLAS Texas will bring together 5000+ engineers and designers to celebrate everything SOLIDWORKS.  From January 31, 2016 – February 3, 2016 engineering students will be part of the biggest 3D design celebration.

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We are fortunate to feature competitive teams from Texas.  In the Partner Pavilion be certain to visit students to find out how they use SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation to be competitive in SAE events.

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BAYLOR University – mud is fun but students will wash their BAJA vehicle.

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University of North Texas – students will have their car flat on the ground.

 

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University of Texas Arlington – students will remove the gasoline from their vehicle, otherwise the car will be too fast to catch.

 

Thank you students for helping to make an exciting SOLIDWORKS WORLD. See you soon. Marie

 

 

 

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SolidWorks Sponsors FIRST Robotics Competition http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/01/solidworks-sponsors-first-robotics-competition.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2016/01/solidworks-sponsors-first-robotics-competition.html#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:34:31 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=7683
January 9, 2016 marks the FIRST Robotics Competition FRC Kickoff for the new game, FIRST Stronghold(TM). SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor.  To all teams that apply for sponsorship at www.solidworks.com/FIRST, SolidWorks will provide the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite of software tools. We have created a

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January 9, 2016 marks the FIRST Robotics Competition FRC Kickoff for the new game, FIRST Stronghold(TM). SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor.  To all teams that apply for sponsorship at www.solidworks.com/FIRST, SolidWorks will provide the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite of software tools.

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We have created a great Kit of Parts modeled in SOLIDWORKS thanks to AndyMark and other SolidWorks customers, many parts are in native SOLIDWORKS format.  SOLIDWORKS FIRST Web Page

Apply for SOLIDWORKS sponsorship.  Download 2016KOP at www.solidworks.com/FIRST. The zip files are separated by components and kits.

 

3D Content Central VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics is a certified supplier on 3DContentCentral.com providing more robot parts for the competition.

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Thank you to over 1000 teams that have asked for sponsorship already. We appreciate watching you compete and reading all your stories about the competition.  Every week, we get a thank note or news letter from a competitive team. Your stories with the cards, letters, buttons, t-shirts and photos  are our emotional paycheck!  TheSOLIDWORKS – FIRST tasty thank you award goes to the FRC 1868 The Space Cookies.

SOLIDWORKS and our Value Added Resellers are assisting more in the FIRST mission, “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”  No other organization has contributed more to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education and inspiration.

SOLIDWORKS customers are engineers, designers and manufacturers.  As FIRST grows, SOLIDWORKS must be there to support students, mentors, and our customers.

With SOLIDWORKS sponsorship, teams will receive the SolidWorks Robotics Suite featuring:

Software

SolidWorks 3D CAD Software for mechanical, part, assembly, drawings and

  •                Sheet metal and Weldments
  •                Photorealistic Rendering
  •                Animation
  •                Toolbox – fastener library of components
  •                eDrawings for sharing
  •                SolidWorks Costing

SolidWorks Electrical Software  for electro-mechanical, control system design

  •                SolidWorks Electrical 2D Schematic for single line and multiline schematics
  •                SolidWorks Electrical 3D for incorporating into you 3D CAD model, Bill of Material, and cable/wire harness

Schematic in SolidWorks Electrical

SolidWorks Simulation for engineering analysis and simulation – to test your design in a real-world environment

  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium for stress, thermal, fatigue, structural design optimization
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation for flow analysis
  • SolidWorks Motion for kinematic analysis
  • SolidWorks Sustainability for environmental factor simulation – great for this year’s game Recycle Rush!
  • SolidWorks Plastics for manufacturing simulation of injection modeled parts
Displacement Distribution

Displacement on I-beam and support beams, when a uniform load is applied on the I-beam

Workgroup PDM to keep track of design revisions

SolidWorks Composer for technical documentation and animations used to document manufacturing instructions and assembly procedures, for use by marketing, graphic artists and engineers.

 

Tutorials

Through our www.solidworks.com/FIRST web page, teams can access SOLDIWORKS Tutorials for Getting Started and our SOLIDWORKS FRC video tutorial series.  There are 100’s of tutorials inside the software applications.

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After acceptance of the SOLIDWORKS FIRST Robotics application, teams will be emailed serial numbers and a link to SOLIDWORKS robot tutorials created with the help of  our customer, Seabotix Inc. the world leader mini ROV manufacturer.

Now is the time to install SOLIDWORKS software and review basic SOLIDWOKS tutorials – before the build season.

Teams have access to  My SolidWorks, a place to connect, share and discover everything SOLIDWORKS.  Here FIRST teams can link to our parts catalog, 3DContentCentral, SOLIDWORKS forums, and tips about using SOLIDWORKS.  Just create a “Guest” Login account to access My SolidWorks.

Teams can share their models on our SolidWorks Education Facebook page. I am always looking to retweet great SOLIDWORKS models @marieplanchard1.

Apply for SolidWorks sponsorship and get ready for a great season.

For 13 years we have been supporting FIRST team and mentor .  We made the process easier as a FIRST CROWN supplier.

SOLIDWORKS software is based on SOLIDWORKS Premium 2015.  Model files will be watermarked, “for educational use only.”  SOLIDWORKS supports international FRC teams.  Software fulfillment is subject to US export compliance.

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FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Thank you FIRST for giving us so many things to cheer about.  Marie

 

 

 

 

 

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Think. Make. Improve. IIS Perlasca Italy Students Learn By Doing with SOLIDWORKS http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/12/think-make-improve.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/12/think-make-improve.html#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 15:42:06 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=7672
One year ago, IIS Perlasca established a partnership project with Nuovamacut, SOLIDWORKS reseller in Brescia, Italy.  In Brescia and surrounding areas, SOLIDWORKS has a very strong presence with manufacturing companies.  Nuovamacut also works with these companies that require qualified graduates and highly

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One year ago, IIS Perlasca established a partnership project with Nuovamacut, SOLIDWORKS reseller in Brescia, Italy.  In Brescia and surrounding areas, SOLIDWORKS has a very strong presence with manufacturing companies.  Nuovamacut also works with these companies that require qualified graduates and highly skilled employees to design and manufacture the latest SOLIDWORKS-based products in Italy and export throughout the world.

IIS Perlasca was invited to be a featured speaker at this year’s annual SOLIDWORKS Launch event, Nuovamacut Live, which took place on November 3rd 2015 in Bologna.

Alessandro Tornincasa proposed IIS Perlasca to prepare a video for Nuovamacut Live.  Over 1600 SOLIDWORKS users and partners attended the event, that included DS SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi.

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The video, which contains English subtitles,  shows how SOLIDWORKS has positively impacted teaching at IIS Perlasca, which is based on learning by doing, and the concept of Think, Make, Improve and sharing knowledge with others.

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Instructor, Prof. Simone Orio favors communication and exchange between students, allowing them to conceive an idea, make changes to design based on trial and error, and allow students to mutual collaborate in order to correct mistakes.

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Students designed the entire video storyboard, interviewed teachers and fellow 12th grade (final year) students in the classroom and in the manufacturing areas.

The video involved students attending Mechanical Drafting and mechatronics classes, and most importantly graphic design students that created the complete production, including videos, choosing audio,  graphics, and final editing.

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Prof. Fabio Caruccio states “If I had to explain what we can do with SOLIDWORKS in one phrase, I would say that SOLIDWORKS lets the student pass from a passive state to an active state: he doesn’t learn how to answer questions, but he’s the one who is asking questions, and this is the fundamental point and added value given by the SOLIDWORKS Educaton Edition program.  I think being a SOLIDWORKS CSWA Academic provider is important because we can stimulate our students by putting them to the test and having them improve their skills. This area is full of companies using SOLIDWORKS who are looking for skilled users: with CSWA they can stand out of the crowd when sending out their resume”.

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SOLIDWORKS Education Edition program allows us to be current on the last technological trends and improve our teaching as required by the latest regulations in Italy.

Qualified schools on subscription can provide the CSWA credential to prepare students for jobs by applying at www.solidworks.com/cswa-academic

Thank you Alessandro, Professor Caruccio, Professor Orio and IIS Perlasca students for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

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SOLIDWORKS Research Turns the Best Ideas into Big Results for University of Stuttgart http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/12/solidworks-research-turns-the-best-ideas-into-big-results.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/12/solidworks-research-turns-the-best-ideas-into-big-results.html#respond Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:46:40 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=7661
The University of Stuttgart, DSI and NASA uses the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition to design the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to research the development of young stars and planetary systems and the Milky Way. For 20 years, SOLIDWORKS recognizes that the

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The University of Stuttgart, DSI and NASA uses the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition to design the Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to research the development of young stars and planetary systems and the Milky Way.

For 20 years, SOLIDWORKS recognizes that the research of today quickly becomes the commercial technology of tomorrow.

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The SOLIDWORKS Research Info Graphic answers questions about which SOLIDWORKS edition do you require.  Researchers need to select the correct SOLIDWORKS edition early in their design and analysis process.

Watermarks, usage restrictions and version incompatibility limit external collaboration and technology transfer, often forcing researchers to recreate their designs for publications, patents, intellectual property or external project deliverables.

If your research involves developing intellectual property, applying for patents or publishing results from internally or externally funded projects—the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition is the right tool for you; all at preferential research pricing. The full suite of CAD/CAE products available for Research includes:

  • SOLIDWORKS 3DCAD–the industry leading CAD tool
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation–advanced analysis at your fingertips
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation–complex CFD analysis in a simple interface
  • SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM–universal file management and revision control for collaboration
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical–2D schematic linked to 3D modeling tool for electromechanical systems
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer–technical communication, documentation and instruction
  • SOLIDWORKS Visualize–create photo realistic content possible
  • SOLIDWORKS Partner Products–full compatibility with Gold Partner Solutions
  • Special pricing for Research applications
  • Network and Site Licensing Available

Already using SOLIDWORKS Research Edition? Contact us to learn about network and site licensing.

CONTACT RESEARCH SALES to turn your best ideas into big results with the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition.

SOLIDWORKS Researchers are everywhere creating the most amazing products!  Thank you University of Stuttgart, DSI, SOFIA for sharing your story with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

 

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On behalf of the SOLIDWORKS Education and Research team, I want to wish all our customers, students and instructors a Happy Thanksgiving  – a holiday celebrated in the US. The image above was created by two WPI students in 2012,

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On behalf of the SOLIDWORKS Education and Research team, I want to wish all our customers, students and instructors a Happy Thanksgiving  – a holiday celebrated in the US.

The image above was created by two WPI students in 2012, Ian Jutras and Dave Knight.  Ian has gone on to receive his Masters degree from WPI in Fire Protection and achieved CSWE.  Ian works as a design engineer for a SOLIDWORKS customer.  Dave received his BS in mechanical engineering from WPI, achieved CSWP, now works as a mechanical engineer for a SOLIDWORKS customer.

I am thankful for all of our SOLIDWORKS customers, user group leaders, resellers and partners that share amazing stories about using SOLIDWORKS.  You provide our emotional paycheck.

I am also thankful for my colleagues, especially the SOLIDWORKS Education and Research team and Community team that make coming to work every day fun and exciting.

But most of all, I am thankful for my family that have supported me in all my endeavors.  Enjoy time with your friends and family.   Marie

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Manchester UK: From Industrial Revolution to FABLAB Evolution http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/11/manchester-uk-from-industrial-revolution-to-fablab-revolution.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/11/manchester-uk-from-industrial-revolution-to-fablab-revolution.html#respond Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:27:44 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=7641
Manchester, UK, a city known for the Industrial Revolution, now is home to one of the largest revitalization areas of engineering design technology.  FABLAB Manchester UK is a great example of how the Fab Foundation is bringing together .org through community, .edu

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SolidWorks Vists FabLab Manchester Truss by Canel

Manchester, UK, a city known for the Industrial Revolution, now is home to one of the largest revitalization areas of engineering design technology.  FABLAB Manchester UK is a great example of how the Fab Foundation is bringing together .org through community, .edu through education, and .com through entrepreneurship.

FABLAB Manchester & Ellesmere PortUK Manager, Dr David Armson  shared his vision during last month’s visit.  David and I met 2 years ago at FABLAB 10 in Barcelona.   Now Manchester and surrounding communities are benefiting from David’s vision.

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Popular activities include working with wood,

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3D Printing in ABS and other polymers,

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and laser etching in multiple materials.

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David explained how members of FABLAB Manchester have gone on to make a difference.  Six architecture students have developed a “Contemplation Station” prototype structure.

SolidWorks Vists FabLab Manchester David Tour2

On weekends, artists hold classes for younger student designers in 3D Printed  fashion design wearables and learning to use the tools in the FABLAB.  David is also reaching out to teachers to build their skills.

SolidWorks Vists FabLab Manchester Entrepreneur

New ideas are launched from the entrepreneur spirit of the FabLab, for example,  producing a new connector for the MacBook has created a new type of start-up.

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While I was there, a mold designer came in for some advice from Michael and used SOLIDWORKS to illustrate the problem and determine the solution.

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And FABLABS are growing beyond Manchester.  This year, a FABLAB London opened providing more access to design and making.

Thank you David and FABLAB Manchester UK for sharing with the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie

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SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2016 – The Place for SOLIDWORKS Educators and Researchers http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/11/solidworks-world-2016-the-place-for-solidworks-educators-and-researchers.html http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/2015/11/solidworks-world-2016-the-place-for-solidworks-educators-and-researchers.html#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:05:49 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/teacher/?p=7631
If you teach SOLIDWORKS or conduct academic research and are looking to enhance your engineering design knowledge and solve more challenges,  then register to attend SOLIDWORKS World 2016. The world’s largest gathering of SOLIDWORKS users will take place at the

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If you teach SOLIDWORKS or conduct academic research and are looking to enhance your engineering design knowledge and solve more challenges,  then register to attend SOLIDWORKS World 2016. The world’s largest gathering of SOLIDWORKS users will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX, from January 31st to February 3rd in Dallas, TX.  Register now so you can get the special educator discount.

This year’s event will feature 224 tech-savvy, breakout sessions for everyone, whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced user. In these sessions you’ll learn new techniques from SOLIDWORKS experts that will help you take your design skills to the next level. Topics will range from design automation and model-based definition (MBD) to simulation and product data management.

There is a special track just for educators featuring the best examples from middle school, high school, technical vocational institutions, community college, university and university research.  This is the place to learn more about CSWA and CSWP certification academic provider program.

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If you have attended SOLIDWORKS World in the past, you know that the popular, hand-on tech sessions fill up fast. To make it easier for those who are already registered to attend SOLIDWORKS 2016, online session scheduling is now available for full conference registrants. Don’t delay and you’ll get your pick of sessions to attend while at the event.

Click SolidWorks World 2016 to register!  I can’t wait to see you there.  Marie

 

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