labor day coal miner for solidworks tips Last year, SolidSmack riveted the academic community with some mighty fine tips for students success in SolidWorks.

One year later and those measly tips are just not enough. Times are’a changin’ folks and there’s all sorts of things students and ‘the aged’ can do to have more success and more opportunities in 3D CAD and particularly with SolidWorks. So, check out that other post, then tear into these meaty morsels.

The early bird…
I’m in at work 7am most mornings. A lot of others, including VP’s and managers are too. The office manager, secretaries and HR, however, are usually not. That means we’re at the office and we’re answering the phones before them. That means you have direct contact with the people that need good SolidWorks users.

If you came into my office at 7:30am, you would be at the top of my list to be hired the next day. I know others who feel like this too. Not only are you up before anyone else, you’re thinking outside the typical ways of finding a job. Granted, I’ve just told your lazy butt how to do it, but, oh well, knock’em dead.

Interact with others online
In the last post I told you one way to get involved was to start a blog . If you’re not up for that, there’s three sites you can get online and start interacting with other SolidWorks users right away.

You can see all the SolidWorks Users on Twitter and start telling @solidworks what your day is like.

Start a SolidWorks User Group
The SolidWorks User Group Network (SWUGN) is just huge and one of the most well supported user groups I’ve seen for any type of software. Last I knew there’s nothing against students starting and participating in a user group. Leaders get free admission to SolidWorks World and a free Certified SolidWorks Professional Exam (CSWP). Not too mention, you’ll have some great credential when you get out of school. At the very least get involved. Email to find out more.

Record Video of your classes
You know how to get in good with the teacher? Reduce the amount of work he has to do. What if you recorded your classes, uploaded them to, linked them up on “Your University engineering and design blog” and then made some DVD’s for the teacher to hand out with the syllabus? This also give you an opportunity to learn some video production and provides material for you to use after school.

Fun huh. Do you have any other ideas for unusual ways to get more out of SolidWorks. Could these work for people that already work?


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.