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 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.
Over 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.
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.
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.
SOLIDWORKS Simulation is powerful. Using this tool, I will demonstrate the correlation between SOLIDWORKS Simulation FEA and the solution of a theoretical equation through the analysis of a guitar string.
In this setup, a single guitar string is restrained on both ends. Restraining the string allows it to reach fundamental frequency, which is 1 half wavelength along the length of the string.
The setup will utilize beam elements for the string as it is long and thin. One end will be fixed in the radial, axial, and circumferential directions, while the other end is fixed in only the radial and circumferential directions. On the free end, a variable force will be applied to observe the change in fundamental frequency on the string.
2015 flew by like a flash! Looking back, we created articles that helped inspire great designs and encourage innovation. Here is a list of top 10 blog posts viewed by readers like you! Stories include quick tips, new features in SOLIDWORKS 2016, 3D printing projects and so much more. Check them out and tell us what you think.
In this issue, we will talk about the main methods of installation deployment; manual vs. an Admin Image. Also included are some key steps, cautionary notes, and advice from a guy that has been down this road many times. Let my mistakes be your successes!
Key Step #1- Determining Which Method of Deployment:
It might seem simple, but deciding on the best method of deployment for your installation is a key step. Typically, the method of deployment is determined by the number of users and their locations.
If you are dealing with a handful of users in the same location, a manual deployment is more than adequate but involves you walking around and touching every workstation.
If you are dealing with 10+ users or multiple locations, then creating an Admin Image is the preferred method.
Peter Jensen’s son, Josiah, has always been a curious child, asking many questions. However, when he started asking his dad, “Hey, Dad, what’ya do at work today?” on regular basis is when Peter remembered feeling a little higher on his son’s totem pole of things that matter to a 12 year old boy.
When Peter worked in the aerospace industry, he would bring home posters and little gadgets that fascinated Josiah. To this day, Josiah still has an ATK F-22 poster hanging above his bed. Josiah had a myriad of questions for Peter when he walked through the door; “Was the work you did top-secret? Did you get to work on planes? Can I do that when I’m big? Did you bring me anything from work today?”
Today, Peter works at GoEngineer, the questions are different, but Josiah’s curiosity remains. “He has always asked me about 3D software, and when I explained different software and what my job entailed, it seemed he couldn’t get enough,” says Peter.
Since purchasing my Ducati in 1996, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with it. When the weather is right, the motorcycle is freshly detailed, and the engine mechanics are in complete adjustment, there is no better feeling in the world like aggressively shifting through gears at wide-open throttle cresting an apex of a turn while dragging knee on a back country road.
The downside to Ducati ownership is the required frequent maintenance:
Incessant wear and tear of a racing dry clutch
Multiple cold start attempts due to having racing carburetors
Endless adjustments of the desmodromic valve assembly
Replacement of the fragile camshaft belts
Enter 3D Print Technology
I have a soft spot for spending countless hours creating tangible items from blocks or rounds of metal in a machine shop. However, when reducing time-to-market, minimizing cost, or more importantly, returning my Ducati motorcycle to road-worthy condition, 3D Print Technology is the “go-to” additive manufacturing process to create parts, assemblies and tooling in many industries.