On Saturday Nov.23 2013, Javelin attended the Ontario Professional Engineers Awards Gala (OPEA) held at the Toronto Congress Centre (http://www.ospe.on.ca/events/event_details.asp?id=357660). We realized that we needed something that would attract attention to our area where we would be displaying various 3D printed samples. After some thought, it was decided that we would create a 3D Printed Iron Man bust and paint it to look like the real deal. We managed to get essentially a surface model of the bust but it needed a bunch of work to make it something that could be printed. Thankfully, our co-worker Scott was up to the task and spent a few hours fixing up the model. Here it is:
The task of choosing a favorite to nominate for the SolidWorks World 2014 TenLinks Best in Show Award is not an easy one. Every product showcased in the Partner Pavilion is unique and provides huge benefits to the users in the SolidWorks ecosystem. It is also very hard to use objective criteria, since these products cover so many different areas.
In the end I decided to focus on only two criteria:
- a Partner that shows a product, sample or demonstration that would impress me the most
- a product that is new and fulfils a very important need in the existing user base
Without further ado, these are my two nominations:
Most impressive Product: CGS North America for the incredible 0.004″ needles machined from hard steel
Please watch this short video to understand my reasons for nominating CGS:
My nomination for the Best New Product which will provide the maximum productivity boost to existing SolidWorks Users: ExactFlat
Watch this video to understand how this niche product has the potential to reduce a 2 weeks job to only 4 hours:
Once I have a chance to filter through my notes, pictures and videos I will add more details.
This will be a very short post, mostly because I am extremely tired after a very long day.
The highlight of the day was taking the first glance at the new SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual. I did not see much, but the first impressions are positive.
It seems to do what the name implies, which is creating conceptual models with ease. It has been built around 4 pillars:
My favorite is the instinctive aspect of it. Let’s say you have an idea in your head and you bring it to life in a 3D model. When you start working on the concept, you do not have (and do not want) to waste time trying to think ahead about subassembly distribution or even component separation. If I understood correctly, in SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual there are no separate environments for assemblies, parts or features. You have full flexibility to define and redefine what is a subassembly, what is a part or even what is just a body. Those of you who are using the layout mode in the assembly environment in the traditional SolidWorks might find some aspects of this workflow familiar, but rest assured, there is much more power and versatility in the new product.
The other thing I like a lot about this product is the lack of toolbars. The interface is extremely clean and seems to read your mind. It knows what you need to do, 2 steps before you do it.
I was a bit skeptical about the social aspect of it in the beginning, because as a designer I am mostly focused on creating geometry, not on chatting on Facebook-like networks. After seeing the demonstration in the General Session, I was amazed of how easy it was to communicate and, ultimately, to collaborate securely with different people (other members of your own team, suppliers or customers).
I am looking forward to learning more about this product and trying it live. It will become available for sale on April 2nd, 2014.
The next new product that SolidWorks has in the pipeline is the SolidWorks Industrial Conceptual. It seems to combine the hand-drawn sketches with Sub-D Surfacing, offering complete freedom to any industrial designer during the concept phase. I am really curious to find out how they solved the problem of creating sharp edges in this program, which is the Achilles heel of any Sub-D software, but we will have to wait for more information to become available.
You can read more about this new product in this blog post.
After the General Session, Irfan and I delivered the “How to Teach SolidWorks” presentation to an audience of teachers and instructors at high school, college, university or VAR level. The presentation was focused on the similarities between the real life and the SolidWorks Universe that would help a new user to reach the moment when he or she would exclaim:
Aha. I got it! Now I understand SolidWorks!
. The main analogies we proposed are:
- The Supreme Commander
- The “Drill Sergeant”
- The “Beast Tamer”
- The “Super Hero”
- The “Manufacturing Concept”
- The “IKEA Customer”
The “Mass Replicator” versus “Manual Work”
The “Child’s Mindset”
The “Fabric of the Universe”
If I made you curious about these concepts, just send us your email address and we can send you the presentation. The best compliment came from Colin Evans from Solid Applications in UK:
Thanks mate. This was brilliant!
In the afternoon I delivered my second presentation of the day, trying to prove how you can save time or even “save the day” using Boolean Operations in SolidWorks. I was extremely pleased with the feedback from the attendees, especially in regards to the capabilities of the Intersect tool.
I spent the first part of the evening in the Partner’s Pavilion in the search of candidates to nominate for the Best of Show SolidWorks World 2014 Award.
The day was not over until I visited the Petco Park during the CSWE event. Many thanks again to the SolidWorks Certification team for organizing another great get-together for all the SolidWorks Experts attending SolidWorks World.
Tomorrow Irfan and I will deliver a hands on lab on Custom Properties. More exactly, what is the fastest way to add custom properties to all components of an assembly, regardless of how many sub-assembly levels are in it. We will provide manuals for all attendees.
Let me finish by congratulating Jeff, Jordan, Bill and the other friends from 3DVision for getting the SWUGN Reseller of the Year Award! Great job, guys!
Talk to you tomorrow. Good night from San Diego.
The Sunday before the official start of the SolidWorks World was actually a very busy day. The registration booths opened at 7 am and people were already lining up to get their badges, agendas, back packs and T-Shirts.
Most of the users attended the CAD Managers’ Boot Camp for exploring a wide range of topics and issues, enabling them to effectively deploy and manage SolidWorks in order to reduce the total cost of ownership and maximize their company’s investment in the software. A lot of people took advantage of the complimentary SolidWorks Certification Exams also.
In my case, I was involved in workshops dedicated to delivering quality SolidWorks Training. One of the best news I can share with you is the availability of the new training manuals in the electronic format. When you come to our training class next time, you will get both the physical book and the option to load it on your tablet or your computer.
The Partner Pavilion opened in the afternoon. Even though I spent 3 hours visiting various booths, I barely covered one third of them all! The explanation is simple: the products are extremely interesting and the exhibitors are very well prepared and eager to demonstrate the capabilities of their products. I was really impressed with the 3D Printed skis from the Stratasys’ booth.
I also had the chance to see the new Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-Material 3D Printer in action. The Objet500 Connex3 is the only 3D Printer that enables colour 3D printing with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent materials as well as digital materials – in a single print run.
In the evening I went to the SolidWorks World Tweet-up along with fellow SolidWorks Expert Irfan Zardadkhan, and Javelin owners John Carlan and Ted Lee. The great thing about this mini-event is the chance to meet the Who’s Who of the SolidWorks Community. I had the pleasure to meet Anna Wood again (SolidMuse), Deepak Gupta (the most active member of the SolidWorks forums and owner of the Boxer’s CAD-CAM blog), my good friend Lars Christensen (owner of cadcamstuff.com), Richard Doyle (the User Group guy), Bertrand Sicot (CSWP and CEO of SolidWorks) and Roopinder Tara (TenLinks).
This year Roopinder and TenLinks started a Top Ten SolidWorks Blogger Award to recognize the valuable contribution of the blogger community.
I am extremely happy to report that the Javelin Blog Authors won 8 out of the 10 awards on the VAR’s section: Irfan, Adam, Andrew, Chris, Jim, Joe, Scott and I. Thanks to all the readers of the Javelin blog who voted for our articles!
Tomorrow, the show really starts. After the General Session, Irfan and I will deliver our first presentation, followed by a second one in the afternoon. Wish us luck.
More news, tomorrow evening. Good night for now!
The first 3 weeks of October were quite busy here at Javelin! On October 1st we kicked off our first of nine SolidWorks 2014 Launch Events in Cambridge Ontario and Calgary Alberta. We continued our journey across Canada hosting events in Edmonton, Vaughan, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Burnaby and Langley right up until Thursday October 17th.
During each event, our guests learned what’s new in SolidWorks 2014 for sketching, parts, sheet metal, weldments, assemblies and drawings. Our presenters provided demos of SolidWorks add-in solutions for Simulation, Data Management, Technical Communication and Documentation, and Electrical Design. SolidWorks enthusiasts also learned the benefits of creating prototypes of their designs using SolidWorks and a Stratasys 3D Printer. We did take a few breaks throughout the day to enjoy a great lunch and networking with other guests.
We also had several guest speaker presentations from our sponsors including; In-House Solutions, OneCad, HP, Stratasys and MentorWorks.
Of course, there were many great prizes and several lucky winners! Prizes included SolidWorks Training vouchers, iPad Mini, $100 Keg gift certificates, $50 gas cards, iTunes, Home Depot, Javelin swag and more! Congratulations to all of the recipients of these great prizes!
The events were a huge success this year and there are many people to thank. Everyone at Javelin contributed to the coordination of each event, but these events would not be successful without the attendance of our customers and SolidWorks users. Thank you to everyone who participated in each event.
For more information on the topics covered during the SolidWorks 2014 Launch events, and for a chance to win a $250 gift card, please visit: http://www.javelin-tech.com/solution/launch_event/solidworks2014/
SOLIDWORKS 2014 ONLINE LAUNCH PRESENTATIONS
If you weren’t able to come out to a launch event, or if you would like to catch some of the SolidWorks 2014 highlights again, Javelin is hosting a series of 4 online SolidWorks 2014 webinars in the first week of November. Register Today!
SolidWorks 2014: What’s New with Parts and Sketching
Tuesday November 5th 12:00PM to 1:00PM EST
Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/817736089
SolidWorks 2014 – What’s New with Assemblies and Drawings
Wednesday November 6th 12:00PM to 1:00PM EST
Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/367260464
SolidWorks 2014 – What’s New with the SolidWorks Solution
Thursday November 7th 12:00PM to 1:00PM EST
Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/261704105
What’s New with SolidWorks Electrical 2014
Friday November 8th 12:00PM to 1:00PM EST
Registration Link: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/344615593
What is so special about these meetings, other than the fact that we get a delicious free dinner, free training, door prizes and get to talk to other SolidWorks users?This time, the keynote speaker comes directly from SolidWorks. Mike Puckett is the head of the Certification Group at SolidWorks and he will deliver very interesting presentations on Surface Modeling Tools and/or Advanced Mates (we expect tons of tech tips!!!). I am also sure that he will answer any questions you might have on passing the certification exams.
The first meeting is on Tuesday, June 11th in Mississauga. To register, please write a short email to Chris White, the leader of the Ontario SWUG at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be aware that after Mike’s presentation, we will also have a brainstorming session on the latest enhancements and techniques introduced by SolidWorks 2013.
For more information on the Mississauga meeting CLICK HERE.
The next day, Wednesday, June 12th, Malay Desai will host the Western Ontario SWUG meeting in Waterloo. You can write Malay at email@example.com in order to register for this meeting. I suggest you do not wait too long, because there is a lot of interest in the area for this meeting. CLICK HERE for all the details about this meeting.
Thursday, June 13th, our good friends Michael Fernando and Kelvin Lamport host the Simcoe SWUG meeting in Barrie. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their meeting will be absolutely amazing because they succeeded in convincing Mike to deliver both his presentations!!! So we will learn about Surfaces AND Advanced Mates in the same evening!!! CLICK HERE for more information.
I am looking forward to meeting you next week in Mississauga, Waterloo and Barrie!
Recently the Javelin crew headed up to North Bay, Ontario to celebrate our partnership with Canadore College and iCAMP. iCAMP is an acronym for Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production.
Javelin is very excited to be providing iCAMP with SolidWorks software, 3D Printers and a state of the art 3D theatre which will prepare students at Canadore for the future and provide important resources for technology companies in the area.
Local business leaders gathered at the conference to find out more about the program Canadore College has put together and how the local community will benefit. The Javelin Team was on hand to demonstrate solutions including SolidWorks 3D CAD software, Javelin Reality 3D theatres and 3D Printers for prototyping.
The North Bay Nugget was also there and wrote this very nice story about how Javelin Technologies and other vendors have come together to bring high tech solutions to Canadore College and iCAMP.
At Javelin we applaud Canadore College and other learning institutions that are preparing our workers of the future for highly skilled and creative jobs. Keep up the good work.
If your school is interested in special educational prices and bundles for CAD software, 3D theatre or 3D printers let us know and we’ll be happy to work with you to develop a solution tailored to your needs.
Let’s face it. Wednesday’s are not the most interesting day of the week, by a long shot. We all know Monday’s will pass in a haze of trying to get over the mental roadblock of realizing there’s another work week ahead (and rushing home to PVR that new Kevin Bacon TV show). Tuesday has American Idol, Pasta Specials at Boston Pizza and cheap night at your local movie theatre. Thursday (a.k.a. Date-Night Thursday, Lazy Thursday, or for our alcoholic beverage inclined friends, Thirsty Thursday) is so close to the weekend you can practically taste it. And Friday? Well, by the time Friday morning rolls around, you’re practically home free.
Here at Javelin, we want to give you something to look forward to on that dreaded ‘Hump Day’ of the week. Starting Wednesday, March 13th, Javelin is hosting Web Wednesday’s from 9:00 AM EST to 2:00 PM EST.
What is Web Wednesday?
Web Wednesday’s will be Javelin’s little gift to all our engineering friends every Wednesday. Tune in to catch updates & exclusive content on your favourite SolidWorks products like SolidWorks 3D CAD, SolidWorks Simulation & Analysis, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, SolidWorks Composer AND more! Each webinar starts on the hour, and runs approximately 20 minutes with 10 minutes following for questions and discussions with the presenter.
What’s the Web Wednesday Schedule Look Like?
Here’s the schedule for our Web Wednesday sessions
|9:00 AM to 9:30 AM||SolidWorks 3D CAD||EVERY Wednesday|
|10:00 AM to 10:30 AM||SolidWorks Simulation||EVERY Wednesday|
|11:00 AM to 11:30 AM||SolidWorks EPDM||EVERY Wednesday|
|12:00 PM to 12:30 PM||SolidWorks Composer||EVERY Wednesday|
|1:00 PM to 1:30 PM||Electrical||EVERY OTHER Wednesday|
|2:00 PM to 2:30 PM||3D Printing||ONE Wednesday a MONTH|
Why Should I Attend?
Good question. Here’s the Top 3 Reasons you should let Web Wednesday’s be the shining light in the middle of your work week.
- Get access to exclusive content, tips and tricks in a short but sweet 20 minutes
- Have the chance to ask questions & discuss ideas in a 10 minute question period with some of Javelin’s brightest Applications Experts
- How else are you going to get through Wednesday?
So what are you waiting for? Go register for Web Wednesday today! If you’re interested in any of Javelin’s other webinars, click here to look at our upcoming schedule.
With National Engineering Month (and the month of green beer) fast approaching, Javelin’s decided to roll out the red carpet once more to show YOU how SolidWorks 2013 is the definitive release. Application Engineer & SolidWorks Expert Extraordinaire Jake Middleton is back to highlight (in no specific order) the Top 10 Enhancements of SolidWorks 2013. Learn about …
- SolidWorks Electrical
- SolidWorks Plastics
- Previous Release Interoperability
- Conics in Sketcher
- Intersect Feature
- Section View Tool Enhancements
- CAD Administrator Dashboard
- Varying Dimension Pattern Feature
- SolidWorks Costing Enhancements
- Sub-Modeling for Simulation
In true Javelin spirit, we won’t let the month of the Irish pass without paying proper respect. All of our guests are invited to enjoy a beer following the presentation. Beer AND SolidWorks. It may just be because I’m still a University student, but I really don’t think there’s a better combination. If you, a colleague, your mom or the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow are interested in attending, register now for the event nearest you!
WHEN: Thursday, February 21st
WHERE: 10 Morris Drive, Dartmouth NS
TIME: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
WHEN: Wednesday, March 6th
WHERE: 3457 Superior Court, Oakville ON
TIME: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
The National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has been one of the most prolific Canadian Government Funding Organizations with regards to their support of technological innovations within Canada’s Industries. Due to changes to the 2012 Federal Budget, IRAP has been given approximately $110 Million to be allocated to Canadian SMEs through government funding grants for small business, which is projected to continue in the 2013 fiscal year. These programs can help fund a variety of Javelin’s services to increase cash flow, as well as increase the scope and speed at which your company can carry out the project.