not-crazy-3d.jpgYou’ve probably been there – tease and ridiculed for organizing other people’s features, “accidentally” fixing someone else’s sketches or finding the last keyboard combination for a shortcut. It’s a condition that use to be treated with humidifiers and Malox, but that made the affect and smell even worse.

So, I’ll just list some of these things to watch out for. And if you see someone going a little overboard, pretend you’re going to give them a nice hard slap and then just throw your head back and laugh.

Creating Macros for everything from loading files to adding mates while they carrying on a conversation with you. “yuhuh… yeah, (coincident) I know, I told her that *hahaw*, (concentric, coincident) but she was like, you are still ugly (parallel)…”

Derived-Configuration mayhem
So many levels of derived configurations that you need the original product manual to find the configuration you want to use. “I’ve created a configuration for everything in the entire world, including soup. My life is complete.”

Making Backgrounds
Ya know, because cool backgrounds are so useful and help you design. Actually, it’s enough to get strange looks from co-workers when you’re sporting a new background. “Is that a new version of SolidWorks?”… (hmmm)…”Yes.”

BOM Overuse
Modeling and Using a BOM (Bill of Material) to make a grocery list and keep tasks. “Ok, uhhhm, hun, can we get the macaroni next week, I don’t have a model yet… ok, ok… I know… I’m wierd, but… what?… you’re taking the kids too… I don’t have models of them, SORRY, that slipped…hun?”

I don’t want to go into specifics. Don’t worry, this one is not hereditary.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.