No I have not died and shriveled up but I have been exceedingly busy with things and so the lack of posts for some time now. Getting rid of an accumulation of 10+ years of junk in my shop and getting ready for a new Haas Mill and Lathe. Add to this a rather thankless round of CAM program shopping that seems to bear far to close a resemblance to shopping for used cars in all the wrong places. Before you know it two months can fly right by. But any way, on to the real story.
One of the chief reasons I first decided to look at SE was because of the ability to work on any geometry without fear of how was it created or who created it. the following three years have proven to me that ST is the the correct choice for this and I intend to have a few further examples why in the near future. But in the mean time there is an interesting webinar coming up that will reflect in part directly upon this very topic.
I got a call from Billy Oliver some time back when he was still using SW. For all of the reasons we see so frequently in blogs and posts and user comments he was very unhappy with what was going on and was looking for the exit. He goes back in the CAD world much farther than I do and has a wide variety of experience and I find him to be quite interesting to talk to. We talked about why I liked SE, in particular of course the Synchronous side. Shortly after a trial run for SE the company he works for switched from SW to SE.
My experience with SW is quite limited as the two times I went to see a demo it just never clicked with me. The first time I saw SE before the release of ST1 it just made more sense in the logic of it’s workflow to me plus of course Synchronous and SW never had another chance. So the comments of those who really have been on both sides of the fence are of great interest to me. If you are one of the many with question marks about the wisdom of staying with a company like DS/SW that seems determined to do bad things to you like the cloud, gamification of cad, [can I ask what moron thought that up as a desirable idea!! ] and the insanity of a kernal change inflicted on a pretty mature product. You all know this is not conjecture as the leadership of DS and SW both are telling you this is the way it will be. When Jeff Death Ray spoke it was not an idle jest and the power supply is being hooked up to the Ray Gun right now.
Billy will be part of an upcoming webinar with the title ” Hear why Helena Labs ensured the future of its core CAD data” and the article is in it’s entirety below. I should think it would be of interest to many of you. I will be there and hope you will to.
Free Webinar: Hear why Helena Labs ensured the future of its core CAD data- Nov 8,2011 2 PM EST
Solid Edge Webinar
Event Date: 11/08/2011
02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
At the core of your mechanical CAD software is the modeling kernel, an often overlooked tool. The kernel is key to your ability to compute 3D shapes and models and output 2D drawings from 3D geometry. In this webcast, learn the basics about kernels and what impacts a change in this core code can have on your company’s existing and future design data. Dan Staples, development director for Solid Edge at Siemens PLM Software, is joined by medical device designer Billy Oliver from Helena Laboratories to explore the issues facing hundreds of thousands designers and millions of CAD files.
• The math inside your feature tree
• Real-world lessons learned in changing kernels
• Modeling loss, data protection, and reuse risks
• Impact on hundreds of thousands designers and millions of CAD files
• Case study: Helena Laboratories ensures data protection