3DPrint.com recently released an article about a person named Nimi Becza who is such a fan of Game of Thrones that he created his own replica of a weapon wielded by the character Oberyn Martell. After modelling the weapon in SOLIDWORKS, he had it 3D printed (and then posed for the obligatory photos). Check out 3DPrint.com’s article (and photos), Game of Thrones Fan 3D Prints His Very Own Replica of Oberyn Martell’s Blade.
There’s a great story this month about how a former teaching is creating 3D printed prosthetics for people without limbs in order to provide them with greater independence. The angle here is this appropriate quote:
“I only needed a desktop, computer aided design (CAD) software called Solidworks and a 3D printer,” explained Sujana
In addition to this awesome use SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing, a great new enhancement in SOLIDWORKS 2015 is the unique ability to 3D print directly to 3D printers using either 3MF or AMF formats on Windows 8.1 systems. Though the process is more complex than printing to a traditional paper (2D) printer, it is similar in that you no longer have to create intermediate files and switch applications.
In an interview earlier this year, David Copperfield apparently mentions SolidWorks eDrawings iPad app. His comment doesn’t appear in the released edit of the interview video, but it is mentioned in the body of the article about the interview: David Copperfield is looking to tech for new tricks. His interview was at the CES 2015 and also his museum. In the interview, he talks about modern interaction with his fans and how he utilizes social media to add depth to and improve his shows.
After my great Nashville visit, I headed on down to Huntsville, AL last week. I was able to meet with a lot of SOLIDWORKS customers and users. I presented at the April 2015 meeting of the North Alabama SolidWorks User Group (NASWUG) about the topic of Model Based Definition (MBD), how to apply it within SOLIDWORKS. I also demonstrated the new SOLIDWORKS MBD product which streamlines SOLIDWORKS for MBD processes and provides 3D PDF output for non-CAD consumption for the purpose of contributing to Technical Data Packages (TDP).
— NASWUG (@naswug) April 16, 2015
There was a lot of great questions by user group meeting attendees about implementation Model Based Definition, the standards that support Model Based Definition (such as MIL-STD-31000), and Product and Manufacturing Information (PMI) solutions available in SOLIDWORKS, such as DimXpert.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to visit Nashville and Huntsville, along with many SOLIDWORKS customers in these areas. I learned a lot, and I also hope I provided a lot of new information to those interested in MBD and SOLIDWORKS in general.
I made my first trip to Nashville, TN this past week! Thank you to the Nashville SolidWorks User Group (NSWG) for hosting me. While in town, I did have a couple hours of free time to check out the Grand Ole Opry Convention Center.
I was in town visiting several SOLIDWORKS customers and meeting up with local users. On Monday evening, I presented at the April NSWG meeting.
— Rudy Ottway (@rudyredhead) April 13, 2015
My presentation gave a general overview about Model Based Definition, how to apply it within SOLIDWORKS today. My presentation also covered the new SOLIDWORKS MBD product that will streamline MBD processes within SOLIDWORKS and provide an output in the form of a 3D PDF for non-CAD consumption. Attendees asked a lot of great questions about Model Based Definition and Geometry Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T and the industry adoption thereof). Adoption of MBD is being driving the release of the MIL-STD-31000 standard and the desire by industry to reduce cost of product definition, revisions and design communication.
SOLIDWORKS World presentations from past years are now available on Youtube. About four months ago, the SOLIDWORKS World Youtube account/channel started uploading videos of the old presentations. I believe the earliest presentations are from SOLIDWORKS World 2009. Although that doesn’t go back 18 years, it does go back a lot farther than one might expect. My first SOLIDWORKS World was 2008, so they missed that by one year (so far). Here’s my first SOLIDWORKS World presentation from 2011:
Here’s the PowerPoint for the presentation:
I’ll post further presentation videos of mine soon (as they become available). I’ve presented several times for user groups and SWUGN Technical Summits, prior to SOLIDWORKS World 2011. That said, this is my only presentation at SOLIDWORKS World before becoming an employee of DS SolidWorks Corp. (Technically, I was on a panel of Stump the Chumps II at SOLIDWORKS World 2010 too.)