MCAD Tech News #201

14 Feb, 2007 By: Jeffrey Rowe

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My Time With Woz

Steve Wozniak believes that having fun and being the best at what you do are incentives enough.

I just returned from the SolidWorks World 2007 user conference in New Orleans. As usual, the company put together a conference that was well worth attending, and it afforded me the opportunity to meet with SolidWorks executives, developers, partners and users. The conference also provided me a chance to meet and chat briefly with Steve Wozniak, formerly known as "the other Steve" who cofounded Apple Computer, but now is recognized as a man of many of talents, interests and possibilities.

For those of you who don't know or know of Wozniak, he possesses a rare combination of intelligence, passion and a sense of mischief, and he showed all of these personality traits at SolidWorks World, both at a private press dinner and during his keynote speech the next morning.

Over the years Wozniak has had several nicknames, including The Woz and Wizard of Woz. WoZ (Wheels of Zeus) is also the name of a GPS company Wozniak founded. He also developed, in four days, the initial prototype of the classic Atari game Breakout. Although Wozniak supposedly is known for his introverted character, he seemed very personable to me, and I noted that, although he finds his level of celebrity somewhat annoying, he puts up with it gracefully.

Steve Wozniak has had a unique career that began as a computer engineer who later turned teacher and philanthropist. As an educator for eight years, he taught 10-to-13-year-olds, and his goal was to make learning fun. Contributing to the fun part were his use of animation and 3D tools in his classes.Read more>>

First Look Review: KOMPAS-3D v8

By Ron LaFon

KOMPAS-3D v8 is a capable and sophisticated 3D mechanical design application that provides a framework for 3D parametric solid modeling. Developed by the ASCON Group in Saint Petersburg, Russia, KOMPAS-3D previously was available only in a Russian-language version, but Cadalyst got its hands on the relatively new English version. With the depth of features offered by KOMPAS-3D, this review can serve only as an introduction. Read more>>

Mark Your Calendar: MCAD Events

Webcast: Introduction to NVIDIA Visual Computing Solutions
March 5, 2007
Hosted by NVIDIA product and industry experts, this webcast will give you in-depth insight into the latest NVIDIA professional solutions and the features that enable you to create, develop, and visualize. Read more

NAFEMS World Congress 2007
May 22 - 25, 2007
Vancouver, Canada
NAFEMS, The International Association for the Engineering Analysis Community, has opened registration for its 11th International Congress. The congress will bring together leading industrial practitioners, consultancies, academic researchers and software developers with a common interest in engineering analysis. Read more

PLM Road Map 2007
September 19 - 20, 2007
Plymouth, Michigan
At PLM Road Map 2007, sponsored by CPD Associates, Donald H. Brown, industry analysts from CPDA, key industry players and front-line implementation experts will discuss their experiences in addressing strategic PLM topics. Read more

For Cadalyst's full calendar of events, click here.

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