MCAD Tech News (#289)

26 Aug, 2010 By: Cadalyst Staff

User Profile: Revving Up Software Training

Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn is determined to teach 3D modeling techniques in a way that's challenging, accessible — and fun.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn

At just twenty-five years old, Jan-Willem Zuyderduyn has already mastered the finer points of 3D modeling: his sports car designs took third place in both the 2007 SolidWorks Design Contest Benelux and the 2008 SolidWorks 3D Challenge Europe. Zuyderduyn's ambitions don't end with his own career, however; he wants to share his expertise with other designers. Earlier this year, Zuyderduyn launched SolidWorksModel, where beginners and pros alike can purchase his SolidWorks tutorials. As they work through all 15 e-books, users build a glossy, curvaceous motorcycle model — and hone their modeling, assembly, and rendering skills.

Cadalyst: You must have gotten started with CAD at a young age. How did you become interested in the technology?

Zuyderduyn: When I was sixteen, I started at school with Inventor to discover the basics of 3D modeling. I found it fun and challenging to create designs in 3D. I thought it was great to see how an idea and shape in my thoughts was converted to a realistic 3D model.

Why did you choose to work with SolidWorks?

The new ZPrinters also print five to ten times faster than other 3D printing technologies, according to Z Corporation, and can print multiple, stacked models simultaneously. They incorporate automation features first offered in the mid-range ZPrinter 450, including automatic set-up, automatic powder loading, and self-monitoring of materials and print status. They are clean, quiet, and free of hazardous waste.

I began using SolidWorks about six years ago. I was placed in the top three in multiple international car design contests, and during the contests I learned a lot about the software. SolidWorks is very user-friendly, and it's a great package to learn 3D modeling; many design schools are working with it. Read more »

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.


Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events


2010 FLOW-3D World Users Conference
September 23–24, 2010
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
This conference is open to FLOW-3D users and those interested in learning about the software. Training sessions will be held the day before the conference. Read more »

Capture 3D Users Group Conference and 3D Metrology Workshop
October 6–7, 2010
Newport Beach, California
The goal of this fourth biannual conference is to provide tips, techniques, and solutions to improve internal processes in order to maximize return on investment. Topics will include 3D scanning, quality control, inspection, reverse engineering, and more. Read more »

Graphics Systems User Conference & SolidWorks 2011 Premiere
October 6–7, 2010
Delavan, Wisconsin
This event comprises more than 35 training sessions and focuses on SolidWorks solutions. Conference tracks include SolidWorks 3D CAD, Simulation, Data Management, Technical Communication, and Management. Read more »

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