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SEU12 Presentations Available for Download

For all of the people who didn’t get a chance to go to Nashville last week, you can relive part of the glory through both the keynote and technical presentations. I checked it out, and got the OK to share these. They are available from my site both individually and as a single 120+ mb downloadable zip file. Of course I’m hoping that this won’t crash my server, but if it does, that would be good news too, since it will be a sign of a lot of interest. Read more on SEU12 Presentations Available for Download…

SEU12 Assemblies with Art Patrick

Two of the best Solid Edge sessions I attended at SEU12 were done by Art Patrick, who heads up the assemblies product definition area. I spent a good chunk of time talking to Art on Monday night at the reception. He’s a great guy, very funny, and very knowledgeable about many areas of Solid Edge. If you want to talk to someone intimately familiar with several areas of the software, Art would be a great choice. Also if you want to get some functionality added to Solid Edge assemblies, Art would be the main guy. He seemed to have a great grasp of the software from the perspective of an actual end user – it’s not just theory to him. I’m convinced he has an accurate sense of what users need to do with the software.

There is some value knowing who is behind various functions in the software, and talking to these people helps give you a sense of how much work and consideration go into the various steps. From Dan Staples conceptual work, to guys like Art working out the details for functions and interface, the development team coding the various aspects to bring them to life, and the testing to make sure it’s something worth shipping to customers. Read more on SEU12 Assemblies with Art Patrick…

Solid Edge University Day #2

Day 2 of SEU was so full of new information and great stories that I’m going to have to break it up into smaller bits and write about it later. First was two assembly sessions with Art Patrick, a Solid Edge employee and wizard with assemblies. Art is one of the better presenters I’ve seen at conferences like this. Really awesome functionality, cool models, and techniques and tools that just left my jaw hanging. Really. Of course he was using the new ST5, and all I have is ST4.

Billy Oliver (left) teaching Karsten Newbury about the Cloud at Solid Edge University. Susan Cinadr and Jana Puetz drive the tractor.

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Solid Edge University 2012 Day 1

There is simply too much going on here to write about it all at once in detail. Solid Edge is putting on a great show. This is definitely an event for CAD users. The main session today had presentations from Karsten Newbury, Tony Afuso, Dan Staples, Local Motors, and Jim Brown of Tech-Clarity.

I’ve written about Local Motors before. I think this is basically a kit car company, and the main “innovation” is how they manipulate CAD companies and press to give them attention. It’s a cool story and all, but come on, $75k for a car you thrash off-road? That’s not a “car”. At 400+ hp and 22 mpg hwy it’s not green either. Kit cars that you customize are not a new idea by a long shot. It’s cool, yes, but “crowd source” has not produced something I want, need, or would buy,  nor does this prove crowd source a worthy process. Is it worthwhile for Siemens to give away software for this experiment? Probably. This is good for both sides, but the hype on the LM side seems fabricated. Read more on Solid Edge University 2012 Day 1…

Drink From the Firehose

That picture in the last blog post was allegorical, meaning that I wasn’t actually driving to Solid Edge University when the picture was taken. It was taken a couple of years ago, and I didn’t drive until this morning. Just thought some people might need that clarification. Sorry if it seemed misleading.

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Next Stop, Nashville

Matt in Roadtrip mode, top down in the Z

I haven’t hit all the topics I wanted to hit on this blog before Solid Edge University. One post on drawings, and none on assemblies means we spent a lot of time looking at parts, and yet there are a lot of topics that haven’t been addressed, like external references, equations, weldments, programming, 3rd party apps, FEA, rendering, file management, CAD Admin, and on and on…

So anyway, I’m now looking forward to meeting some of you in person in Nashville. How many of you will be there? Just leave a comment and I’ll try to make a point of shaking your hand. These events are very important for putting faces and personalities with the on-line persona. The people you meet often turn into folks you can turn to for ideas later on. The software becomes more valuable to you when it is surrounded by a community of people who support one another. I’m not going to get all mushy on you, but even work relationships are important. Read more on Next Stop, Nashville…

Family of Parts and Simplified Parts

Solid Edge has two separate functions that combine to do the equivalent job of SW Configurations. I’m just figuring this out, so it seems that other SW users probably haven’t seen this yet either. SW users use configurations in a lot of different ways. We use it to simplify parts, and we use it to make variations of a part. Solid Edge can do all of that, it just does it a little differently, and it uses the Simplified Parts and Family of Parts functions to do it.

Let’s start by seeing some of the details of Family of Parts. Read more on Family of Parts and Simplified Parts…

Solid Edge Drawings

If you follow my Dezignstuff blog, you probably know I’m not much for 2D drawings. I tease about charging customers 3X scale for 2d drawings. Plastic parts tend to get critical or inspection dimension drawings, with a few overalls, and maybe a target part weight, and just some notes about fit. First article (off the mold tool) inspections are really the important thing with plastic parts, and from there, if you keep the process and the material the same, you’re not likely to see big changes. Read more on Solid Edge Drawings…

Solid Edge University and Social Media

Last year’s big Solid Edge event didn’t include much press. It was really intended to be a user-only event. This year, Solid Edge wants to get the news out a bit more, so press is invited. I’ve done CAD conventions as press before. I definitely relate better to engineers than keyboard jockeys.

Don't be that guy. If something's happening, be there.

As “press”, I want to cover the SEU event, and to some extent cover it live. I’ve seen groups of people at live events with their heads buried in their cell phones texting or something, and I always thought they were somehow missing the point. If you’re at a live (l ī v e) event, you ought to really be there, not with your head down missing everything. So I don’t want to get so busy covering the event live that I forget to actually be there at the show. Read more on Solid Edge University and Social Media…

Solid Edge University coming quickly

Solid Edge University is less than two weeks away! I’m getting excited about meeting a new bunch of friends using this software. I’ve met a couple of you already. Dave Ault of course, and Luc Poulin from Solid DNA. I’m sure Solid Edge users are going to turn out to have quite a crop of colorful characters, if the forums are any indication. Part of the excitement for me is just to be involved with a product and company that are starting to make some exciting things happen. The introduction of ST5 will likely be one of the highlights in these 3 days. Read more on Solid Edge University coming quickly…

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