I was recently invited to join the Simulation Prototyping Consortium for Business and Government at Marmion Academy. The students there are not only learning SOLIDWORKS but applying its analysis and simulation tools to real world problems in concert with local businesses. (Perhaps you saw my recent tweet on one of their projects.) Every bit as flattering, I was recently asked to “guest-teach” a SOLIDWORKS CAD class there, and it was a wonderfully enjoyable experience. Much of our conversation revolved around foundational topics, and I must say I’ve never met such an attentive, interested group of students who wanted to learn not only the software but many of its best practices. The students also have a 3D printer in the classroom.
It is encouraging to see this groundswell of home grown design and manufacturing capabilities as we continue to adapt to a worldwide business climate.