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SolidWorks Tutorial:Import Diagnostics…
[Lars:My friend Alin Vargatu from Javelin does a fantastic job explaining this great SolidWorks tool]
Ten Inspiring Quotes On Design and Creativity…
[Lars:Simon Martin posted this great and fun article on one of my favorite website, Solidsmack ]
Mastercam launches 2014 Innovator of the future competition…
[Lars:I love getting the youth involved and their creativity going. High five to CNC Software for sponsoring this ]
Full Size Lego Car running on air…
[Lars:Most amazing video :-) Totally inspiring]
Grabcad’s Top 5 Features you might have missed…
[Lars:Known for the best CAD file sharing site Grabcad has more up their sleeve. Workbench is a feature you should check out if you haven’t yet]

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SolidWorks 2014 Style Spline…
[Lars:Charles Culp from does an awesome job showing this tool. You should take the time to watch this!!]
Autodesk introducing CAM 360…
[Lars:Cloud based solution for CAM is here! Is this the future?…]
Do you need to convert your .DWG file to an earlier format?…
[Lars:This could be a trick to keep handy]
Ready to see awesome Ducati rendering done in Keyshot…
[Lars:Just looks Awesome…Stunning…Fabulous…Just check it out]
Stealth Design, just in time for Christmas shopping…
[Lars:It is just a bunch of triangles]
European space craft to attempt first-ever comet landing…
[Lars:You just got to love technology]
Recent blog posts on cadcamstuff…
Get going with SolidWorks Sheet Metal Gauge Tables
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SolidWorks Drawing tips and Workarounds

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SolidWorks SP1.0 available for download…
[Lars:If your company is paying for subscription it might be fun to test this release out. Do not forget you can run it side by side with an older version of SolidWorks. If your company pay for subscription they also pay for you to get support from you local SolidWorks reseller. Use them!]
Dassault to Acquire RTT, Best Known for Automotive Visualization…
[Lars:Just take a minute and check out the link above. This kind of technology is amazing looking. Come on Dassault, this would be a great Christmas present for SolidWorks users…I’m dreaming of a RTT add-on :-)]
ANSYS 15.0 Released…
[Lars:New releases normally means that the developers have been hard at work. Sure this powerful simulation software is more powerful than ever]
Stratasys Offers FDM Nylon 12 for 3D Printing…
[Lars:3D printing is just getting better and better, and with this new materials being developed the use of this technology is super exciting]
7 Things You Didn’t Know About 3D Printing…
[Lars:Well, I did not know either]
The World’s Largest Ship Inches Closer to Completion…
[Lars:Awesome story on Does size matter?]
Recent blog posts on cadcamstuff…
[Lars:Check out one of the following blog posts you might have missed]
SolidWorks Drawing Tips and Workarounds
Use SolidWorks Costing to find the right price
Let the SpaceMouse navigate your 3D creation
And in the end a little “The Rock” advice…

Coolest CAD Guy Eveeeer!

No need for words other than, Meet Richie Parker…Coolest CAD Guy Eveeeer

Engineering Technology, The year 1999

Fifth leg of the DE Desktop Engineering magazine inspired walk down CAD/CAM and engineering historie lane.
Check out 1995 and/or 1996 and/or 1997 and/or 1998.

Intel launches Pentium III

I am absolutely no hardware geek, but with a cool codename as Katmai, and containing 9.5 million transistors within dimensions of 12.3 mm by 10.4 mm Intel closed out the 90’s with this product.

Autodesk launches Inventor

No doubt this company made its biggest mark with its fabulous 2D AutoCAD, but after some stumbling in the 3D world 1999 was the year AutoDesk could join the table with the product Inventor. Codename=Mustang, did you know that when it comes to codename’s Inventor really cruises? Version2 Codename=Thunderbird, Version3=Camaro, Version4=Corvette and Version5=Durango.
Graebert launches PowerCAD CE

CAD in your hand! Graebert, a recently team player with Dassualt in creating DraftSight launching PowerCAD CE to run on Windows CE platform. PowerCAD is a mutation of Graebert’s FelixCAD.
NVidia launches first GPU in the Geforce 256

How big was this? well check out the article I found on nvnews from back in late 1999

“What makes NVIDIA’s GeForce 256 so revolutionary? For starters, it’s the first consumer based graphics controller chip that contains a Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU. A GPU can be thought of like a special processor”

What else…
The year 2000 problem known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug was the most important thing on most companies minds in 1999.
My Space was officially introduced to the Internet.
Bluetooth announced.
The initial release of Napster
And 1999 The worlds population exceeds Six Billion.

Engineering Technology, The year 1998

We are on the fourth leg of the DE Desktop Engineering magazine inspired walk down CAD/CAM and engineering historie lane.
Check out 1995 and/or 1996 and/or 1997.

Google is officialy founded

Strange to think that there actually was a time we did not have this company around, but more amazingly that a company that makes its money locating stuff for us on the internet can have a revenue above 23.651 billion.

Solid Edge acquired by EDS-Unigraphics

Intergraph and there Solid Edge becomes a part of the EDS family. Solid Edge follows Unigraphics through the UGS name change and into the Siemens adoption.
Microsoft launches Windows 98

Windows 98 codenamed Memphis was the 2nd major release of the computer giant, and packed some great stuff including Network, support and web enhancements.

Rhino 1.0 is released

Rhino specializes in free-form non-uniform (NURBS) modeling. It was originally distributed as a free, closed-source, open beta.

CATIA V5 is released

CATIA…Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application…-~should had known that was what it stood for~. So CATIA is the corner stone of Dassault Systems, created back in the late 70’s and then here in 1998 they released there V5 version, a platform that would shape a lot of 3D worldwide for the next 10 years.

What else…
The FDA approves Viagra for use as a treatment for male impotence, becoming the first pill to be approved to treat this condition in the United States.
Apple Computer unveils the iMac.
BMW buys Rolls-Royce cars for $570 million.
Bill Clinton denies he had “sexual relations” with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky

Engineering Technology, The year 1997

We are on the third leg of the DE Desktop Engineering magazine inspired walk down CAD/CAM and engineering historie lane.
Check out 1995 and/or 1996.

Dassault Systems acquires SolidWorks

A France company that was started Marcel Dassault, he invented a type of aircraft propeller used by the French army during World War I. As a Jew, he was deported to Buchenwald during World War II, refusing collaboration with the German aviation industry.

Alibre was founded

This CAD package has one major goal. To provide a quality product to a price that scares the competition.

ESI Group acquires Framasoft

ESI Group acquires Framasoft, a leading French software publisher and consulting company in mechanical simulation. At this point the ESI Group is already car companies like General Motors and Audi favorite simulation partner. Later down the road ESI Group and Dassualt System will partner up on the Airbus project.

Unigraphics Solutions started as a subsidary of EDS

Unigraphics has done some travel through the years. It changed it name to UGS in 2001 and was acquired by Siemens in 2007, where we now know it as NX.

What else…
Microsoft becomes the worlds most valuable company valued at $261 billion dollars.
Mars Pathfinder lands on the surface of Mars.
Tiger Woods at 21 years old became the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters.
Mike Tyson Bites Evander Holyfield’s ear during a match and is suspended from boxing.

Engineering Technology, The year 1996

Continuing with the DE Desktop Engineering magazine inspired history run, we enter the year 1996. The internet has climbed to 40 million users, and the CAD/CAM world has not stopped moving either.
Geometric launches CAMWorks

Geometric was set up as a division of Godrej and Boyce in 1984, being one of the pioneers of software technology in India.

Steve Jobs returns to Apple

Gil Amelio takes over as CEO at Apple and Steve Jobs is hired as consultant, however only one year later Gil is ousted and Steve Jobs becomes interim CEO.

Autodesk release Mechanical Desktop

I found this in the original press release from that year…
“By providing the flexibility to use 2D or 3D or to start in 2D and move to 3D based on user preference, the Autodesk Mechanical Desktop, is well positioned to become a leading mechanical design software application.”…The product was later replaced by Inventor.
What else…
The name EBay is here.
Do you remember Dolly? the cloned sheep!
IBM’s Deep Blue defeats Chess Champion Gary Kasparov for the first time.
American Pathfinder launched on its 310 million mile mission to Mars.

1996 is at a close, now you have the choice to go back a year 1995, or wait a few days until we jump into 1997

Engineering Technology, The year 1995

One of my favorite engineering magazines DE, Desktop Engineering did a fun thing in there December edition. Listing important Engineering events all the way from 1995 through the year 2010. I have to admit that I have not read all the articles in the December edition, but I have found myself picking the magazine up a couple of times to travel through memory lane and thought it could be a fun project to post pieces of the list and add a few comments and events of my own.

Since I am admitting to steal the idea from DE, and most of the content, I feel it will only be right to start with them.
We will start with the year of 1995. Do you remember what you did that year?

DE Desktop Engineering

As I said, one of my favorite places to go finding what is new and moving in the engineering universe. 1995 was when the 1st issue of this magazine launched. Now these days they are not just a trade magazine that you should subscribe to recieve through the mail, but you should also keep a close eye on DE via cyberspace since they are very informative on what is going on in our field. Desktop Engineering

Windows 95

Oh yeah, that was a beautiful thing. Did you know that Win95 internal codename was “Chicago”? Making the fabulous step from 16 bit to 32 bit, kinda amazing that now 15 year later most people are still running 32 bit.


Jon Hirschtick started this company in 1993, and 2 years later he launched the first version of what now have been 15 years of 3D awesomeness! Admittedly my favorite modeling software.

Solid Edge

Released by Intergraph. Intergraph was founded in 1969 as M&S Computing, Inc., by former IBM engineers who had been working with NASA and the U.S. Army in developing systems that would apply digital computing to real-time missile guidance. Solid Edge itself had a interesting journey ahead of it self, but we will get back to that.


British Delcam release there automated machining for parts on mills, lathes and wire EDM.

What else…
We had about 16 million internet users.
The DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) was developed, holding almost seven times more than the CD.
JavaScript was first introduced and deployed.
Cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in space.

That concludes the first of the series…We will take a 24 hour break before heading into 1996.