Author Archives: Kristen Wilson
‘Tis the season to load up on fresh fruits here in the Northeast. My diet improves each spring/summer when it’s cheaper and easier to find fresh fruit in the supermarket. So, it got me wondering… how does all that produce... Continued
One of the things I love about working for SOLIDWORKS is our Education Program (I’m a teacher’s kid, so education is something near and dear to my heart). Spring is a busy time for the SOLIDWORKS Education Team. They release... Continued
One of the best parts of my jobs in SOLIDWORKS marketing has always been learning about all the cool things our customers do. We recently published some new customer case stories that are a little more consumer-facing – touching us... Continued
Many SOLIDWORKS customers are passionate about helping people in need. Cincinnati-based, nonprofit organization May We Help designs and creates unique, custom solutions to free individuals with special needs to engage in, and pursue their passions. Founded by Bill Wood, Bill Diemling... Continued
There are many challenges when introducing new technologies to developing countries, and the main one often isn’t cost or distribution—it’s adoption. Think about all the things that you do because your mother or father or another family member showed you... Continued
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has implemented a standard practice called MIL-STD-31000, that requires proper technical documentation to build, repair and maintain critical tools and equipment. I spoke with Rich Eckenrode, president of RECON Services Incorporated, Ed Miller,... Continued
What do Buzz Lightyear, Boba Fett and The Rocketeer all have in common? All three are fictional characters that sport jetpacks and turn into high-flying stars. The characters also helped us dream of a day when mankind can fly without the confines of an airplane or helicopter –- a dream that is now a reality thanks to the Martin Jetpack.
Each year, SolidWorks fans from across the globe convene in one place, for one event – SolidWorks World. In addition to the networking and learning about interesting things their peers are doing with the software, attendees look forward to the swag (stuff we all get), usually a new SolidWorks backpack. People write into SolidWorks forums asking whether they will be getting a new bag; attendees share photos on their blogs; and the Twitter feeds are full of comments about the bags floating around the event’s host city. While the SolidWorks bag might look a little different each year, it has become a recognizable symbol of SolidWorks users. It’s a way for SolidWorks users to spot each other on their way home from and long after the annual event.
Green vehicles were all the rage in 2011, with a heavy focus on reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Consumers are trying hard to be green at every turn – and this doesn’t end when they hit the road.... Continued
I first learned about Jay Kinsinger, professor of engineering at Cedarville University, from the school's VAR, 3D Vision. They told me about how in addition to pushing design to its limits using the tools at hand with his students' projects, he also designs steel-frame bikes on his own time.... Continued
I’ve been thinking about developing a Holiday Gift Guide since the first day I started at SolidWorks. While I’m impressed by all of the products our customers design, I’m most intrigued by the ones that I may have actually purchased... Continued
While drafting today’s press release, we spent time speaking with X-Finger inventor Dan Didrick and learned more about how he got his start helping people. Believe it or not, it was trying to scare the pants off of people. As a child, he loved using materials from his father’s dentist office to make movie-quality monster masks. By seventh grade, the budding special effects artist was selling his instructional video on mask-making through creepy Fangoria magazine.... Continued
I wanted to provide some more information on one of the customers profiled in the press release we issued on 3DVIA Composer V6R2011x. Nebraska-based Allmand Brothers Inc. might not be a household name, like the similar sounding band, but the... Continued
It is teacher appreciation week and a time to reflect on the teachers that have made a difference in so many lives – including my own. First I have to thank my 7th grade math teacher, Sister Mary, who was the best math teacher I ever had. Sister Mary was all about strengthening basic math skills in everything you do. I used to talk in class, instead of the usual “I will not talk in class” 500 times. Sister Mary had you take a 4 digit number and multiple it by itself and then subtract that number until you got down to zero. Funny as your basic math gets stronger so does the algebra – but Sister Mary knew that.... Continued
The Swiss watchmaker, Franck Muller, has established its reputation as a “watchmaking genius” by creating some of the world’s most complicated and sought-after timepieces. The company continues to elevate the state-of-the-art in watchmaking by designing each new model with increasing... Continued