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A lot of you were probably awed by the incredibly weak video I grabbed of the SolidWorks World General Session Intro Animation. Fortunately, someone from SolidWorks saw it, became sick to their stomach and posted the actual animation. I immediately downloaded it, ripped it to Vimeo, and have posted it below. Why’s it Rockin’? It…

If you’re really peeved that 4700 SolidWorks users have an iPod Nano and you don’t, take it out on your nearest cubicle mate and prepare for next year. SolidWorks World is heading for Orlando. The one in Florida. Where that scary mouse and his minions live. SolidWorks World 2009 February 8-11th, 2009 The Walt Disney…

I dunno? A bit too strong, ya think? At SolidWorks World the most anticipated moments are sleeping and the presentation of features on the next release. SolidWorks 2009 is set to launch the third quarter of 2008 and the development crew has some very pretty functionality they’re cooking up. Do you want SolidWorks to perform…

I’m Irish pubbin’ it out at the DFW terminal trying to recuperate from the last three days. Tired, exhausted, can’t wait to get home but what a blast. I have 78 different things across 7 categories I’ve started compiling. That’s way to many. If there’s something about world you’re particularly interested in, hit the comments,…

Bellissimo! You lika the ipod nano, yes? It is like cute puppy, yes? Today, all the attendees at SolidWorks World got an ipod nano. 4,699 ipod nanos prepackaged with the goodness of SolidWorks marketing material to show your mama and your papa. This is all part of the new Real Solutions campaign to generate some…

Right now I’m wishing I could start this blog post out the way SolidWorks started out their first General Session of the Conference. It, as well as the entire session, was nothing short of incredible. I’ve been to MLM (multi-level marketing) conferences where no expense is spared for those deals, and they didn’t compare. First,…

A question… How Many SolidWorks Users Does It Take to Change A Dangling Relation I’m gonna venture out and say, oh… 699,999. That’s (apparently) how many other people like you… use SolidWorks… and are driving decisions at SolidWorks HQ. Driving the decisions? Really? Then why…(loud tire screech) Now, I know. If you’re sitting at your…

For the love of pete, the convention center escalator is mighty tall. 30 stories at least. maybe just three. I think some people disappeared on it. These steps are on the way to the convention center. This is a perfect 8-set, if you were a skateboarder and into that kind of stuff.

The 2nd Service Pack for SolidWorks 2008 has been pushed out today. If your doing a new installation you’ll need a 3.8 GB Net to hold the fish, so you might need to uninstall Call of Duty if you don’t have enough space. Changes? SP2.0 EV (Early Visibility) was a nightmare for me with constant…

Top Commentators for 2007 Bruce Buck (45) Devon T. Sowell (27) Kyle Mason Albert Whatmough Rod Uding Making it Fun Patrick Cook – Podcast man and Internet Marketing Specialist at SolidWorks. Tony DeYoung – Acrobat3D and digital marketing guru at the Acrobat Community. Al Dean – For the great comments and great conversation. Ben Eadie…

Well, it hasn’t been a full years, but it’s been a full 6.5 months of slamming the door open and closed in the SolidWorks scene. In 251 post with 477 comments, here’s the 10 most popular one’s of 2007. How to Make your Own Custom Background for SolidWorks 14 SolidWorks Video Tips to Get You…

Wondering what John McEleney has been up to since leaving SolidWorks?… Yeah, me neither, really, but it’s kinda interesting that he just got elected to the the BoD at Stratasys. Beside’s having a cool sounding name that makes you want to keep repeating S’s’ss’ss’ssss, they are the “leading provider of 3D prototyping technology.” He can…

I imagine software upgrades like vaccines. I’m one of those people that don’t get them just because they tell me I’ll die if I don’t. I check it out first. Sometimes it’s unnecessary, contains mercury, arsenic and just the right amount of recombinant mouse DNA to give your body a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. SolidWorks Legions…

You may have seen the news about Dassault’s poor earnings yesterday. Well, as suspected, PTC (Proe/E, MathCAD) is reporting higher earnings. But, that’s not the interesting part. PTC also announced they are acquiring Germany-based CoCreate, another 3D CAD System, for…get this… 250 million. That’s about $2500 per seat CoCreate reports having. not too shabby. Why…

If you think your Tuesday was bad, how would like to get 36% of your revenue taken for taxes. That’s exactly what happen to Dassualt Systemes (SolidWorks, Catia) today as they reported their Q3 earnings. Their net income fell 24% over the last 3 months due to the higher tax rates and the weak US…

Usually, CAD business can be pretty boring. But occasionally even the most subtle movement and conversation can get interesting. Recently Autodesk had a summit on manufacturing. Sound’s exciting huh? Well, Upfront.eZine posted some highlights that have sparked the fires of speculation. If what AutoDesk says has any merit you’ll be jumping the SolidWorks ship, but…

Microsoft and Dassault Systemes announced Tuesday and Thursday that you can make 3D models inside Microsoft’s Virtual Earth with the 3DVia technology. “This free online application, developed by Dassault Systèmes, allows consumers to imagine and create realistic 3-D models — such as of buildings and structures — then share them through Microsoft Virtual Earth and…

Joel Orr from Cyon Research and COFES.com has some insight to the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) discussion. If you read his interview over at Novedge, you can clearly see he looks and sounds much wiser than me. The interview is great, because it make me think how, yeah, CAD has been around for ages, but…

Some of my blog friends were having a conversation offline about a post at PR, Marketing and the business of CAD that covered the Mechanical Media Summit where Autodesk revealed their new “forward-thinking solution” to do away with PLM. Digital Prototyping. “It is presented as a way to prove a new product, prototype it digitally,…

Dassault Systèmes announce that it has acquired Seemage, a company that develops products for creating 3D interactive product documentation. It imports most CAD formats and allows non-technical users to create a variety of content including assembly manuals, sale presentations, simulations, online product commerce, technical documentation and training media. It has three versions that range in…

I just received an email from Richard Doyle telling about a new show in town. A Cad Show. It kinda got me all unexcited, but I thought I would check it out anyway. It’s called CCNTV, which stands for CAD CAM NET TV. It’s a bi-weekly newscast focused on the CAD business and making some…

Dassault Systemes released their 2nd quarter earnings today. Overall they’re doing well. Although the increases seem small, Dessault continues to grow thier research in technology, in particulalrly web-based technology with 3DVIA product. I would like to see them spend more in R&D than marketing but they are at least spending as much in Research as…

Reading a post over at WorldCAD Access about a recent article makes me realize just how fortunate we are that AutoDESK “finally broke the market open” in 1999 with Inventor and saved us from expensive modeling programs like CATIA. Hmmm. Man, if it wasn’t for the creative talent behind Inventor, I would still be typing…

After being with SolidWorks since 1996 and leading since 2001, John McEleney has stepped down as CEO. Dassault Systèmes has named Jeff Ray as his replacement. He brought vast amounts of knowledge, a friendly face and a well trimmed goatee to SolidWorks. I’m sure he’ll be missed… but not till the end of the year.…

Since their launch in March of 2007, SpaceClaim, out of Concord, Mass. has been making some waves with their new solid modeler. I’m even starting to hear more talk about it amongst the casual uninterested CAD users. Their assertions to a “highly flexible design environment” make some wonder if this is a fresh approach to…

Have you ever been bored with what you do at work or wish you could just model something different? Well, what if you could enhance your 3D skills and maybe even come up with a new product idea. People that keep learning, keep creating opportunities. Hmm. Now isn’t that just a little piece of wisdom.…

Getting SolidWorks into India isn’t anything new, but it seems a push is being made, at least with headlines. A load of articles came out June 12th about SolidWorks in India. What’s interesting to me is the reported amount of license given away. That’s the way to saturate a market segment. Hope they at least…

I was looking into SolidWorks search trends and discovered that cloth diapers had a higher search volume than SolidWorks, so all the post from now on will be about cloth diapers and the best ways to clean cloth diapers. I kid, although I hear baking soda or oxy-clean works wonders, especially if you’re looking for…

Have you ever wondered what people out there do with SolidWorks or what the possibilities are? Well, here’s some kind of unusual ways of making money with SolidWorks that may give you ideas about what you could do or get in to. These are things that I and others have done in the past and…

Matt Lombard always has interesting insight into the nature of design and engineering. It’s exactly one his post that started me thinking again about the future of parametric design. Maybe it’s a cliche and tiring question that everyone has asked, but check this out… Web of Constraint Right now something is parametric in a model…

I read Matt Lombard’s interview over at NOVEdge and agree with just about everything he said, but I do think there’s more than economics being a reason for the slow transition to 3D. Maybe it’s the industry I’m in, but the main issue in all the companies I’ve seen is the insistency to make SolidWorks…