Based on my recent unscientific research, SolidWorks seems like it is an easy application to learn. In one poll, I asked for preference of educational choices for new employees not familiar with SolidWorks. A second poll asked how current users actually learned SolidWorks. The results are a little surprizing.
Of the respondents to the first poll, just slightly over 50% said they would teach SolidWorks to new employees on the job by mentoring them. Just under 50% said they would send their employee to VAR classes.
In the second poll, the overwhelming majority stated that they are self-taught in the use of SolidWorks. Some questions comes to mind. If SolidWorks is so easy to learn, do the VAR classes serve any purpose? Or, is it that the VAR classes are so ineffective that one is forced to learn on their own?
My own experience in sending new employees to VAR taught introductory SolidWorks classes have yielded mixed results. They do not seem effective in many cases. In fact, the VAR classes actually seem to be turning off some individuals to the use of SolidWorks. It may be that there is just too much information crammed into the short 3 to 5 day courses.
SolidWorks is easy enough to learn without classes. Classes should simply be used to provide a head start. Instead, in some cases they seem to have the opposite effect. Maybe the classes need to be broken down a bit. Perhaps the introductory class can take a slower pace and focus on core skills over the 3 days. Then, more complex skills can be taught in an intermediate class over another 3 days. (The current advanced classes offered by VARs would likely remain the same.)
The results are in from my previously posted polls. I have three results from two polls about who’s using 3D mice, and how they got them. How did I get three results from 2 polls?
Well the first result of the polls is that I really dislike the polling site memedex.com. I wish wp-polls would work, but it does not right now for my blog. Oh well.
Ok, with regards to the second poll first, the question was “If you have a 3DConnexion 3D mouse, did you…?”
- …buy it yourself (55 votes)
- …get it through your company (49 votes)
- …win it in a contest (14 votes)
- …receive it as a gift from 3DConnexion (8 votes)
- …steal it (3 votes)
So, it looks like most users either buy own 3d mouse, or their company bought it for them to use. I am surprized at the number of people who have bought these devices for themselves. I guess that says something about the usefulness of such devices.
Something that isn’t really a surprize, but worthy of mention is that 3 people actually admitted to stealing or otherwise obtaining one through some nefarious means. I added this option to the poll almost as a joke, but I knew someone would come forward, so it was a legit option. You 3 thieves! ::shakes fist:: 😉
“Do you use a 3D mouse with your 3D CAD application?” The answers to this poll are skewed. By a wide margin, responders stated they used 3d mice. This was kinda expected since the title of the article naturally drew in such users and likely precluded many of those not interested in 3D mice. Regardless, here are the results.
- Yes, everytime I use 3D CAD. (75 votes)
- No, but I want to. (26 votes)
- I have one, but I rarely use it, if at all. (21 votes)
- No, and I don’t want to. (17 votes)
- Yes, often or sometimes. (12 votes)
- No, what’s a 3D mouse? (9 votes)
I think I know what the next poll will be. I use my SpacePilot PRO with SolidWorks (and Google Earth).Â With what applications are other people using their devices?
The results are in for the SolidWorks Drawing ER Blitz by Dwight Livingston. He listed the results in order of popularity. Here are the topic five.
- 60% Provide hole callouts for holes in non-planar surfaces.
- 59% Greatly reduce drawing user interface delays.
- 55% Provide the ability to item balloon sub assemblies that are inserted after the BOM is created using the Top assembly, ie 3.9 from BOM in a separate sub assembly.
- 54% Provide option in view properties window to add view title and/or view scale to view.
- 54% Create ability to combine multiple identical hole callouts in a single callout with a combined quantity.
It surprizes me a little that the view title/scale issue is in the top five. That’s why we vote, though! The top five seems to be a list that spreads across several difference topics, with a bias towards hole callouts. In general, the list seems to put a higher priority for dimensioning and more ability to control tables. It seems to put a lower priority of symbol functionality and handling. There is a common complaint that broken views cannot be added to detail views. For whatever reason, this appears low on the list.
The list is a bit surprizing. Of particular note, very few items even got a majority vote.