I mentioned in an earlier post that I like infographics. I decided to finish out our May-ker month with a few:
First, an oldie from years ago...
Everyone is noticing our industry:
Welcome to May-ker month. This month, we’ll start a series of posts on the DIY’ers, Makers, Hackers, and Hobbyists. We’ll have our own projects and encourage the CADD Edge Customers out there to tell us about yours.
Makers are getting together, creating cool stuff and having a great time doing it. If you’re proficient in SolidWorks, you’re going to become very handy - an Angel of Competence (Dilbert reference). Even better, you have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor. In Everett Rogers’ book Diffusion of Innovations, he lays out an innovation adoption lifecycle.
We’re in the Early Adopters phase, but it’s moving fast. Even Kindergartner’s are using Doodle and Utilimaker. Just think for a moment - life with 3DP for these kids “just is”. If you thought today’s children have it good, the next generation will have their 3D printing privilges revoked as punishment.
Because of that, this industry is going to change things and change it in more ways than we can imagine. Own Fed-Ex stock? I’ll be able to download a model and print it – no shipping. And that expectation that it is easy to get what I want will reach into everything. “I want these wheels I designed on my new car. Send them to your wheel printer”.
Acceptance and use of the technology spreads via social connections – said another way – word of mouth. A few people get interested, get involved, tell two friends, then they tell two friends, and so on and so on… Right now, there are many more people that haven’t even heard of 3D printing, additive manufacturing, or Makers than have heard of them. There will be new names for it, new technologies, and new business models as the word of mouth spreads. Right now, there are companies making 3D printers, offering basic 3D modeling software, providing service bureaus to print those 3D designs, and companies opening spaces for like-minded Early Adopters to get together and share. But it will be different next week, next month, and next year. So check back often this month to get caught up and maybe learn some new things about the industry.
Josh from our Objet team sent this over.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway park, Objet printed a scaled model of it! Sorry Yankee's fans, you'll just have to wait 99 years for a model. Talk with a Boston fan we can tell you all about waiting.
If you have a second, check out this blog entry from Objet. The benchmark team over at Objet has been working on this project for about a month now. I’m proud to say that Pesky pole was my idea, but unfortunately, that’s all I can take credit for. Pretty impressive what these machines can spit out! This 105 pound model is going to be making it around Boston. Check the post and you can see where it will be!
I just read in the NH SolidWorks User Group newsletter that the New England SolidWorks User Conference will not be happening this year. They are planning its return for next year and have already set a date of September 21, 2012. It has been a great event in the past and I hope it returns better than ever next year.
I guess this means you will have to come down to the Cadd Edge User Conference October 26th and 27th if you want to attend a regional SolidWorks based conference. Because its spread over two days, you get to attend more sessions and learn more great stuff. In addition to training sessions, you can also meet with other SolidWorks Users, 3D Party Vendors, and sit down with a Support Engineer for live 1-on-1 support session. Don't forget to Pre-Register to lock in the discounted rate. The more people that come down the better the event will be.
Everyone is welcome.
We announced back in May that the CADD Edge user group would be returning to the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in October. I have had few details to share since then but I can assure you a lot has been going on in the background. The AEs are hard at work preparing their workshops and our marketing group is taking care of the logistics. If you've attended in the past you know what a great event it is. However, this year we are trying to make it even better with, more sessions and some additional twists on our old format.
I'm glad to share that this morning the pre-registration page went live. Pre-registering will save you $50 dollars on the registration fee and guarantee you are kept up to date on all the details as they are made available.
Also keep watching the blog. Many of the presenters will be sharing content from their presentations. They may also be looking for some guidance from on the direction to take their presentation. What could be better than attending a presentation custom tailored by you?
Pre-register today and we'll see you in October.
I was uploading one of John's SolidWorks Tips videos recently when I got a message from YouTube. The 15 minute time limit on videos no longer applied to our account. We must have hit some level of posting which allows us to post longer videos. I don't think this will drastically change the way we do things as we want to keep our videos short and informative, however it did remind me that I had not yet posted the keynote address from the CADD Edge Road Show.
Back in October we held a series of user events throughout the region. We kicked these events off in New York City with an address by Ben Kaufman, CEO and founder of Quirky. Quirky is a unique product development company that utilizes a strategy of creating products via an open community based approach to gather, refine, and develop ideas for new products. The process is not easy for me to describe in blog format and so I will leave it to Ben. If you haven't already you might hear (sorry) of them when they unveil their new speakers at CES this month. We recorded the address and used it to lead off the other events as well. It was well received and we've received numerous requests to make it available.
So, it's that time for CADD Edge again. We've outgrown our current Londonderry office space and will be moving soon to a new larger office space about 1/4 mile away.
At the moment we're having the contractors tear down walls, rip up carpeting and build out the new Training room. We expect the remodeling and move to be complete by Sept 15th.
Once we move you'll see that we've added a great new 3D Printer to our toolset, the Objet Geometries Connex Printer. I can't wait! We purchased this printer back in March, but have been waiting on the new home to have it delivered. Check out a video of what we're getting.
If you like great technology come on by and check it out. We're setting it up in a nice display area and look forward to showing it off. [We'll be running an Alaris30 and the Connex350 in the same room]
Back to the move - We're moving to 50 Nashua Rd, Suite 111. This move will give us an additional 1200 square feet and will give us access to another 2000 square feet in the future. I suspect that will take about 2-3 years [This is the 3rd time we've moved because we've outgrown the current space - Thank you!] Oh and by the way, I did all the layout work for the new space using the new SolidWorks 2D Design Tool, DraftSight - pretty easy to use if you're already familiar with ACAD 2D...and well worth the price :) I'll cover more on my DraftSight experience in a future post.