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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Nerd You Love, Even if it’s Yourself.

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

It’s hard to shop for a gadget-y, tech-savvy person, but here’s a good gift guide for the nerd you love. In my family, I’m the nerd I love.

If you feel the urge to send me any of these items below, the address is 2033 Chennault Dr., Carrollton, TX 75006.

1.     Anoto’s Livescribe Smartpen, $119.99

I write lists. On paper. With a pen.  Writing helps me remember, while typing with my thumbs on an itty bitty screen does not.  Then I struggle to coexist between a paper and paperless world. But Livescribe solves that. It’s a Smartpen that houses an infrared camera, ARM processor, Bluetooth Smart chipset, flash memory and lithium ion battery all work together to bring your notes to life on your tablet or smartphone. Android and iOS friendly.

2.     Misen Knife, $65

It’s so pretty!! AND AND AND – it was designed in SOLIDWORKS! Misen – don’t you think it’s time to just give me a knife? The blue one. I’ve been telling the world about you for a couple of years now.

3.     Nespresso Vertuoline, $110.00

I’m kind of anti single-serve coffee makers that use pods or capsules because of the unrecyclable plastic waste, but Nespresso pods are made of aluminum, not plastic, so these pods at least have a chance of being recycled. Aside my environmental rant, the drool-worth feature is the ability for this machine to simulate a true espresso/coffee crema via 7,000rpm of centrifugal force. Also note that it uses laser technology to ID each coffee blend, so you don’t need to manually change settings.

4.     Ventana Lanterns, $10 – $20

Serious sheet metal envy. And kind of genius.

5.     Bluetooth Necklace with integrated earbuds, $19

My favorite thing on this list. Also the least expensive thing on this list. Look how happy and youthful she is. I need this. Again, the address is 2033 Chennault Dr., Carrollton, TX 75006

6.     Atari Flashback 6, $50.00 (preloaded with 100 games)

So my first question is “where are the other 5??” But seriously, if you are concerned about getting along with your family during the holidays, this is a great way to derail the drama…play video games. Otherwise, you’ll end up…talking. Ugh.

7.     Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker, $22

I have one of these, but this is a sore spot for me. Someone in our house put mine in the dishwasher, and it’s kind of ruined now. It is still yet to be determined whether it was myself or my husband … or one of our twin 2-year olds. Other than it not being dishwasher-safe, this is amazing and iconic. Everyone needs one of these!

8.     Star Wars Death Star Perplexus 3D Puzzle, $21

There are non-star-wars versions of this 3D puzzle, but if you’re going to go nerd, why hold back?

9.     VicTsing Bluetooth Shower Speaker, $19 – $25

For those of you who are ultra-connected, bring your phone calls into the shower. Or, just listen to music and go off the grid for a whole 15 minutes. Isn’t that liberating?

10.  Vodeson Wallet/Key Finder, $26

This is the gift that gives back. Why? Because when someone loses their wallet or keys, everyone else has to drop what they’re doing and help them find it.

11.  YETI Coolers Rambler Tumbler, $30

I go to the microwave about 4 times a day to reheat my coffee, because I take 3 hours to drink it.  The YETI tumbler is a great gift to maintain beverage temperature. YETI uses SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS Simulation to design and validate their superior products. Yasssssss!

12.  Fossil Q Hybrid Smartwatch in Rose Gold, $146

This is great if she’s a closet geek. Not me. I’m geeky all out in the open. This smartwatch looks like a real watch, but has all the features like built-in activity tracking, music control, etc. Fossil also uses SOLIDWORKS to design their products.

13.  Hackerboxes Subscription, $44/month

Monthly Boxes for DIY Electronics: subscriptions are a great last minute gift!!

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5 Myths about your SOLIDWORKS Network License Manager

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

solidworks network licenseLet’s talk about your SOLIDWORKS network license and debunk those myths with facts. Which one of these 5 are you guilty of believing?

You accidentally received extra licenses (yassss!).

Not true.  Only once in 5 years have I seen SOLIDWORKS write an incorrect license file.  The way licenses are listed in the SNL can be misleading.  Suppose you have a network license containing 1 Professional License and 1 Standard license.  The SNL will show 1 Professional License and 2 Standard Licenses. Why?  Because when you are pulling a Professional license, the license manager is releasing a Standard license and the Professional ADD-INS.  So really the license manager listing should read “Professional ADDINS”, rather than “Professional”.  You cannot pull a Professional or Premium license without pulling a Standard license.

You don’t have the ability to use SOLIDWORKS on your home computer.

Not true.  Office homework is on the rise.  What you can do is…

  1. Borrow a license for a period of 30 days or less from the license manager on any client/user machine.  This is just as long as your machine is connected to the server at the ‘moment of borrowing’.  Then you can disconnect.  Borrowing a license removes that license/seat from the available pool of licenses.  So, make sure you check with your team so you don’t leave someone licenseless.  (Yeah, that’s a word now.  Merriam Webster and I are bros)
  2. Request a Home Use License from your reseller.  This doesn’t cost anything. It does however, have a few rules to follow.  Additionally, you get as many Home Use Licenses as there are seats on your network.  For example, if you have a combination of 5 Standard, Professional, and Premium seats on the SNL, then you get up to 5 HULs.  What that means is, everyone can work from home!!!  Just what we all need – more homework.  The HUL is independent of your SNL so using your HUL would NOT remove seats from the SNL.

SOLIDWORKS Licenses are first come, first serve.

Not true.  You can control which license is being pulled.  The license required is dependent on a few things:

  • What Addins are turned on.  (thus, perhaps requiring a higher license)
  • License Order in the License manager on any user machine.  The license order dictates the sequence your machine follows to choose the license. Again, this is also dependent on AddIns.  Each user can have a different license order.
  • Whether you have an Options File selected.  An options file is much more sophisticated with who can use what kind of license.  You can specify groups, include and exclude certain users.  It’s the doctrine of coolness.

You Can’t Customize the Installations with a Network License

You can customize by serial number, addins, etc, and you can deploy them all at once, with the customized settings per user using our Admin Image creation tool.5-myths-snl

You Can’t Spy on People

True. You can’t spy on people.  But, you CAN spy on their machines!  Included with SOLIDWORKS subscription is a CAD Admin dashboard.  With this dashboard, you can monitor a variety of things, including:

  • Whose machines are crashing
  • Who has which versions installed
  • Who has outdated graphics cards
  • Compare System Options settings between machines and set a default or “baseline” machine.
  • Track and compare general performance issues. This means if a user claims their program crashed 8 times today, you can come back with real facts and say, “mmmmkay.  It actually crashed once.”

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Custom Motorcycle Windscreen Brackets with SOLIDWORKS & Stratasys 3D Print Technology

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Motorcycle Riding – 2010 KTM SMT

For me, riding my motorcycle is having the freedom of the open road and traveling with the wind in my hair!  Sounds great, right?  Well, after any extended period of riding in the weather elements; physical and mental fatigue takes over, leaving the operation of a motorcycle quite dangerous.

On my quest to create comfort and extend my riding to a long haul, I decided to improve the stock windshield (or windscreen) of my KTM SM-T. This is where aftermarket parts, SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing technology takes over.

Motorcycle Windscreen: Stock vs Touring

Take a look at the stock windscreen below. It looks ergonomically ‘sporty’ but doesn’t provide much protection from the weather elements.

morotcycle-comfortIn comparison, you will see a touring windscreen below. This version is significantly taller but still does not provide the necessary protection from the weather elements.

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How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Plastic Part Design – A Career

Injection-molded plastic part design is a  job thet tends to fall into your lap.  You have zero qualifications, and yet, you are supposed to do it perfectly while blindfolded. It’s difficult to lunge forward with confidence when you are building on a poor foundation.

The result is that you proceed with the project with a “learn-as-you-go” approach. Even so, there’s still opportunity to avoid common mistakes, make smart decisions, and release a smart, young, well-prepared injection-molded part into the universe, ready to make a big impact and change the world.

Read on to learn How to Successfully Design Plastic Parts.

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Olympic Weightlifting Gets Drop Tested with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Ever wonder why rubber weights are used in Olympic weightlifting, but iron plates in most gyms?

We did. So, we looked into it.

The World’s greatest athletes demonstrate what it means to push the boundaries of human potential at each Olympic Games. In Olympic weightlifting, for example, new records are being set every year. Much is said about the athletes and how they challenge their limits to achieve new heights, but what about the equipment?

Weightlifting Equipment

  • Has it always been the same?
  • What kind of stress occurs when the bar is dropped?
  • How could pushing the boundaries of design enable athletes to achieve more?

At GoEngineer, these are the kinds of questions that keep us up at night.

Here’s what we found;  changing the material of the weights, changed the sport of weightlifting.

See our Simulation FEA Drop Test

Weightlifting has been an Olympic event since the very first Olympics in Athens in 1896. Back then, the bar and the plates were made out of iron. The rules required athletes to gently return the weights to the ground. This obviously wasn’t possible when an athlete was going for a max effort lift, and would miss.

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting a SOLIDWORKS CSWP Certification

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Your marriage to SOLIDWORKS is on a good steady road and then, all of a sudden, either (1) the boss asks you to get SOLIDWORKS CSWP certified or (2) you decide on your own to get certified.  Not all certifications are planned or intentional, but if you find that an exam is on the horizon, you can still take steps to prepare for a healthy full-term certification.

SOLIDWORKS CSWP Certification

SOLIDWORKS Exams are completely paperless, timed exams.  The CSWP exam is broken out into 3 consecutive segments “trimesters”, totaling 3 hrs and 30 minutes of active labor.  Answers are usually not multiple choice.  Testers submit answers by manually entering a value: the volume, weight, or center of mass of your SOLIDWORKS model.  If you’re really good at cheating on tests, you won’t fare well on this exam.  Be aware that you are going to have to give birth to your very own SOLIDWORKS creation starting with not so much as a zygote.

Question 1 starts with something along the lines of “Make this.”

Seems reasonable…until Question 2 slams you with something along the lines of “Change what you just did into this whole other animal.” [insert expletives and panic here]

Just remember that getting a Certification is a beautiful, magical thing.  It’s just as much about the journey as it is the end result.

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Simulate Everything with the Stratasys J750

Monday, June 20th, 2016

3D Printing has a new game-changer. In this recorded webinar, you will learn about the new Stratasys J750 3D Printer, the most advanced plastic 3D printer in the world!

Shape Your World

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Shape Your WorldOver the last few years, GoEngineer hosted a series of technical events in late spring.  During these events, we showcased how our technology platforms work together to produce efficient workflows.  Last year’s event was a little different.  We packed 12 topics into 6 timeslots for a full day of learning.  With over 2100 attendees during the last few events, we want thank you, our client partners, for this huge success!

Shape Your World Is On Its Way!

We are back at it this year with an exciting new project and schedule of topics.  Shape Your World is the place where you can explore technology and learn processes from our experts.  This is the perfect opportunity to catch-up and collaborate with old friends.  You might even find a new one! With 7 time slots available starting at 9AM each day, we allow you to customize your agenda while attending several sessions that best fit your needs.                                              

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Batman v Superman – Scientifically Speaking, Who Would Win?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Batman v Superman – Who will win the battle of the ages?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theatres worldwide.  Previews clearly show Batman holding his own against Superman. As an engineer, I’m a Batman fan at heart. I want to believe that the Caped Crusader will ultimately defeat that Kryptonian. So, let’s take a look at this matchup and use engineering technology, all available to Wayne Enterprises, to devise a plan of attack.

Movie fans and comic geeks will all have their opinion on the battle of the ages. But what does science have to say? Read on…

 (Source: Warner Bros.)


(Source: Warner Bros.)

 

How I Used SOLIDWORKS To Prove My Star Wars Fan Theory

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

The Dilemma:

What Made the Dent in Boba Fett’s Helmet?

Star Wars has a memorable scene where Boba Fett pulls off his iconic helmet from his father’s head. In the space between the third and fourth movies, Boba chooses to keep his father’s helmet. Perhaps it’s a reminder for him or a symbol of the torch passing from one generation to the next. By the time we see the helmet again, Jango’s dents are gone and have been replaced by a new series of battle scars, most notably a circular shaped indentation on the front right of Boba Fett’s temple.

The Star Wars Fan Theory:

We have no way of knowing how it got there, but Star Wars Fans have a few arguments;  it was a door on Slave 1, it occurred during the ship’s crash or that it came from a particularly vicious head-butt. Due to CGI errors during that pivotal scene, we have no true answer.

This Star Wars scene gave me an idea…isn’t the base of a lightsaber about that size?

As I tried to determine if this was possible, I looked into Jango Fett’s dent created during the Kamino Escape.

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