Review: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

My Surface Pro 3, with all accessories, running Autodesk Fusion 360

While the recently announced Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, both from Microsoft, may be the latest chatter in the media right now, I’ve had a bit of time to switch to the Surface Pro 3 as my main computer.  And, I have some real life anecdotes to share. Surface Pro 3 Configuration Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover Intel Core i7 1.7 GHz 512GB storage 8GB RAM I knew going into this purchase that …

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My Office Has Moved!

Home Office (1)

A New Office Means New Opportunities Rather, my family and I moved.  The business address remains the same.  None the less, what this means for you is that I now have a dedicated workspace that will allow me to be better organized and more efficient, providing mechanical design and engineering services to my valued customers. Line/Shape/Space Back in late October, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Erin Hanson for Line/Shape/Space.  What an honor. …

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Solid Edge University 2014

Solid Edge University, the annual user gathering of Solid Edge users, resellers, and developers meets this year in Atlanta, GA the week of May 12-14, 2014 at the newly renovated Westin Peachtree Plaza. Surrounding the event are two special events for niche users: FEMAP Symposium and Developer Day.  Both are great extensions for the analyst and coder in your Solid Edge team.  New to the event this year is another special session, the Design Management …

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Autodesk 123D Design Challenge Grand Prize Winner

When I was 16 years old, my dreams were focused more on my first car and the pending freedoms that come with accessible travel.  Although my decision to pursue a career in engineering had already been solidified in my mind, it wasn’t something that occupied every waking moment.  Even my hobbies focused more on non-engineering things like sports, music, and girls – in no particular order.  I had outgrown LEGO, plastic model building wasn’t cool, …

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Speculation Regarding the Alibre Acquisition

In the usual circles of media, gurus, and other CAD aficionados, much speculation exists as to why 3D Systems (DDD) purchased Alibre, Inc (official press release).  It may be as simple as 3D Systems insatiable appetite to gobble up as many businesses as possible (3D print related companies first, software companies now, who knows in the near future) or it may be to position themselves at the head of burgeoning maker movement. The maker movement …

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What is Synchronous Technology?

I was requested to present at the Phoenix area Solid Edge User Group meeting yesterday afternoon.  The topic I was requested to present was “What is Synchronous Technology?.” This task proved harder than I expected.  Considering that Synchronous Technology has been around for about three years, I still didn’t have a clear way of describing it to an audience of existing Solid Edge users and spent a week staring at a blank presentation unable to …

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Alibre Acquired by 3D Systems

The timeliness of this post is not breaking news.  The official announcement was two days ago, on July 19, 2011.  And, the many paths of information have already mentioned this news: twitter, solidsmack.com, deelip.com, Dezignstuff.com, and there is even some speculation on the future of Alibre by Scott Sweeney of Kubotek. If you haven’t seen the press release or got the memos from Alibre or 3D Systems, I have copied them here for reference. The …

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Solid Edge ST4 Node-Locked Licensing

For those who haven’t heard, Siemens is changing its licensing beginning with ST4 due to be released shortly now that the excellent Launch Event has completed.  So far, the licensing change only effects node-locked subscribers.  Floating or network licensed (FlexLM) subscribers are not affected. Siemens has published a 14 page document (webkey required) describing the how-to’s with pre-registering your hardware to get a composite Host ID, from which the new license will be generated. This …

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Changing the Default Graphics Card Setting

For those that use Solid Edge on a regular basis, you are probably familiar with the graphics card options of: Software Driven Backing Store Graphics Card Driven (Basic) Graphics Card Driven (Advanced) Graphics Card Driven (Direct3D) What you may not know, and what may make your 3D view manipulations better is that there is a way to hack the default setting. Why would have to hack the setting?  Well, one reason that I just recently …

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