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I am active in many online social communities such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, WordPress, and various podcasting collectives. I work for a small company where the lines of responsibility are often blurry. In addition to part modeling and creating assembly drawings, I also maintain bills of materials, our Intranet, and assembly procedures. I see the design process from several sides from the beginning to the end to provide the right tools for various employees within the company to do their job. We do not always have the budget to simply purchase third party tools to do the job, so I am often tasked with creating projects that stretch the limits of what SolidWorks can do for us. Examples of some of my current projects are: Part Number Generation Plug-in This is needed so that engineers can request new part numbers from my department without ever leaving the SolidWorks environment. We currently request new part numbers through our Intranet. The request form on the Intranet requires the engineer to describe the part using codes within the parts database. Ideally, this new project would be smart enough to pull those details from SolidWorks using document properties to save the engineer from the headache of having to figure out the database's codes AND duplicate work that was already done within SolidWorks. Intranet Integration We use Sharepoint (a Microsoft Office product) for our company Intranet. One of the main features of Sharepoint is document management. Since we are using Sharepoint to provide full-text search of our procedures, we would also like to link our SolidWorks parts, assemblies, and drawings into that same search engine. This would allow us to tie a lot of information together for the user that might otherwise be time consuming to track down in the various repositories. Machine Shop Purchase Orders Plug-in We have our own in-house machine shop that mainly handles prototype parts, jigs and fixtures, and modifications of existing parts. We have a special purchase order system to drive the in-house shop. Much like part number generation, the engineer has to leave SolidWorks to take out a purchase order for a part he or she is designing. The form for the shop POs also has its own quirks that require the engineer to duplicate many of the details already in SolidWorks. By providing a plug-in to handle the PO, productivity is increased and the engineer can focus on more important tasks. As you can see, I am involved with SolidWorks in many ways beyond just designing. Because I have to interact with many different employees of varying technical backgrounds to make these projects happen, I can provide a well-rounded view of SolidWorks World 2011. I have the technical background to speak to the engineering crowd while being able to deliver in a manner that the non-techincal user can understand. Being a web designer, I like to keep myself up-to-date with social networking trends, and I am quite active in many of the popular communites such as: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and WordPress.
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Nov 18, 2010