SolidWorks:HEARD! - Episode 465 - January Tech News


January Tech News:

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

SolidWorks Tech Blog:

- Can a bicycle be ridden at 112mph?

- Can you ride a Motorbike on water?  You can with SolidWorks

- 3 Things SolidWorks Users Need to Consider When Purchasing a New Computer

- New Sketch Tricks in SolidWorks 2014

- How to Change the Orientation of Imported and Existing SolidWorks Parts

- SolidWorks Tech Tip: Image Quality Properties When Saving as JPG/TIFF

- Taskbar Icons That Behave

- Results Comparison with SolidWorks Simulation Configurations

Tech Alerts:

- SolidWorks 2014 SP2.0 Early Visibility is available for download

Support Monthly News:

- Windows 8.1 Support in 2014 SP1

- Spotlight on Features - Sheet Metal (understanding new and old feature tree

- Solver Performance Boosted in SW Sim 2014

- Noteworthy Solutions from the SWKB

Industry News:

- Google Buys Boston Dynamics (5 best robotic companies owned by Google 

- GitHub and 3D files

- Google Buys Nest

- CES Themes and Noteworthy news (laptop roundup)

SolidWorks World Coverage:

- SolidWorks live blogs

- Sign up for breakout coverage (submit your breakouts here!)

For the past 4 or 5 years I have made one of the first shows of the year focused on talking about the technology that was announced at CES, focusing mostly on those things that impact us, the engineering community.  Understanding that CES is a sounding board for the technology manufacturers to drum up their best, innovative ideas, many of these "ground breaking" products never see the light of day in the consumer market.

I actually had written up a CES show but with a busy week of system upgrades at work and a server rebuild, I have been swamped so I apologize for the delay in the first show of the year.  I am planning on doing live coverage and breakout notes at this year's SolidWorks World so it should be pretty busy.

I am not sure if I will be podcasting at this years event due to my time line but I will be blogging and maybe adding an informal, on the go podcast recorded from where ever I am.  Not sure about that yet.  If you do have breakout sessions you would like to get detailed notes on, hit up the submission form in the above link to send in your selections and we will do our best to cover them.

Although CES was not buzzing about the powerhouse PC, compact power continues to ship today in many of the devices we run CAD on.  I am interested to hear what interesting hardware they will run SolidWorks on this year at SolidWorks World but I am done holding my breath.  So much has changed in the software market and connected devices, cloud platforms and mobile devices have changed the playing field.  We will know soon enough. ~Lou

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