SolidWorks:HEARD! - Episode 422 - December Tech News

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December Tech News:

This podcast covers the SolidWorks and CAD-related tech news that broke since mid-November covering the SolidWorks Blog, various tech alerts and other industry tech news. Topics covered:

SolidWorks Blog:
- Tips:
   - Why are some of my dimensions grey and other black?
   - Something Intersecting in SolidWorks 2013: Join Your Parts to Find Volumes
   - Viewing different sheets at the same time
   - Using SolidWorks to Create a Helical Pattern
   - Make A Single Body with Multiple Open Contours in SolidWorks 2013
   - Enterprise PDM: How to Map to Microsoft Office

- SolidWorks World 2013 Partner Profiles:
   - AMD (graphics cards)
   - Software Cradle (CFD software)
   - DriveWorks (design automation)
   - Striker Systems (sheet metal CAD/CAM & nesting software)
   - Hewlet Packard (workstations)
   - Mastercam (CAM software)
   - ATR Soft (Office-EPDM integration and EPDM services)

- Maker Movement Articles:
   - 3D Printers and the Emergence of the Maker Movement
   - Stirring up the Maker Movement with the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer 

Tech Alerts:
- Participate in defining the future of SolidWorks
- SolidWorks Top Ten list idea creation launches
- SolidWorks 2013 SP1 is available for download
- 3DVIA Composer V6R2013x SP0 is available for download
- Enterprise PDM 2013 SP1 is available for download

Support Monthly FAQ:
- Top Questions and Issues:
- New Knowledge Base articles

Industry News:
- TeamPlatorm free version adds teams and API access

December is always a busy month of news in the weeks before SolidWorks World 2013.  For the past few years SolidWorks has done partner profiles on some of the headliners of the Partner Pavilion since it is one of the event's most untapped resources.  So start making your partner hit list and make a plan to spend your time wisely in this year's partner pavillon.   

SolidWorks was also busy pushing out SolidWorks and EPDM 2013 SP1 in addition to launching the new build of 3DVIA Composer (typically on a 6 month release cycle) V6R2013x SP0.  They also opened up the top 10 list, which always is a big part of the 3rd day at SolidWorks World general session.

The excitement behind the Maker Movement is something I believe is in the hearts of every engineer and watching it soar is encouraging.  Improvements in web-based tools for CAD are also on the rise and one of our new favorite players, TeamPlatform is raising the bar in experience and integration (now with free API access). ~Lou

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