SolidWorks:Heard! - Episode 392 - June Tech News

June Tech News:

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

SolidWorks Blog:

- Making $$ Sense of EPDM (Eric van Essen at Javelin Technologies)

- Exporting DXF for MFG (Art Woodbury at CAPINC)

- Every trick in Hide vs. Suppressed (Darin Grosser at DASI Solutions)

- Why materials matter in Simulation (Bill Reuss at 3DVision Technologies)

- Zoom to fit no more! (Matt Lorano at SolidWorks)

- Pushing Configuration Publisher (Josh Altergott at CATI)

- Job Board Forum launches

- Complex mating (Duncan Crofts at TMS CAD Centre)

- Sketches, Design Intent and Proportion (Keith Pedersen at CAPINC)

- Angled holes with ease (Jeff Setzer at Graphics Systems)

- Building Library features with Reference Axes (Brian VanderPloeg at Fisher/Unitech)

- eDrawings for iPad gets an UPDATE

Tech Alerts:

- 3DVIA Composer V6R2013 SP0 ships

- SolidWorks APIs are now easy to find on the web!

- 2012 SolidWorks customer satisfaction survey is out!

- SolidWorks 2012 SP4 Early Visibility is available for download

SolidWorks Support Monthly FAQs:

- Not out for over a month (bummer!)

- Did get a notice about SolidWorks Beta coming soon!  Make sure your registered...

Industry News:

- To3D briefly launches web-based CAD (from WorldCAD Access by Ralph Grabowski)

- How SSDs really work (from Ars Technica by Lee Hutchison) (long but awesome)

- Google Blockly - Graphical programming

- Apple launches 2880x1800 resolution MacBook Pro (That's a lot of pixels!)

With SolidWorks bringing on more and more guest bloggers from the application engineers across the world, the quality of content has boomed and the posts are deep!  It is a welcome change to see so many posts that are beneficial to customers and real users of the software.  From someone who has been critical of the marketing fluff, hats off to SolidWorks for responding BIG!

We are starting to move into Beta season so it will not be a surprise if we start to see more activity building to the release of Beta 1.  There are also more rumblings with cad in a browser, obviously early stages and viewers but steps in that direction non the less.  I am interested to see what will transpire over the coming 12 months and what advancements will be available to the general public.  There are a lot of concepts and ideas but no products that make me want to drop what I use today.

Local hardware still is very appealing especailly with the speeds of SSD and high resolutions screens that are hitting the market.  As much as I love my 17" notebook, I don't really enjoy carrying it around.  Apple introducing a 15" notebok at 4.5lb with the resolution of a 30" high resolution monitor is interesting.  Wonder how that will work for CAD and the horsepower needed on the graphics card! Time will tell.  ~Lou

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