How sweet would it be to soar ABOVE the traffic during your morning commute instead of kissing the bumper in front of you?
The promise of a flying car has been a staple of science fiction novels and kids’ cartoons, but there will soon be one available for your driveway by the end of the year.
The Terrafugia Transition, which looks like a chubby VW Beetle with wings, can transform from plane to car or vice-versa in less than a minute. The prototype for the “roadable aircraft” just passed all its flight and safety tests with flying colors.
The Flying Car has a $279,000 pricetag and there are about 100 of them on back order.
Bragging Rights: It was designed with SolidWorks, the 3D cousin of DraftSight, our professional-grade free 2D CAD product which you can download for $279,000 less!
What’s it like to get in the cockpit/driver’s seat?
In case we missed you at SolidWorks World earlier this month (the DraftSight booth was really hopping!), reality TV star Mike Rowe had some inspiring words about the engineering profession and the role it will continue to play in creating new jobs and expanding the economy.
Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel, is best known for getting himself into unusual occupational situations — jobs that most of us never think about, but which obviously have to get done by somebody. Recent gigs the TV personality has sampled include an Owl Vomit Collector, Sewage Plant Worker, Coal Miner, Elevator Repairman, Toilet Crusher, and Charcoal Factory Worker.
“Dirty Jobs” celebrates the spirit of the American worker (it could apply to any country, of course) and honors people who silently devote a 100 percent effort to tasks that many observers might consider totally thankless.
“I first thought this was a solid waste convention!” Rowe joked with the crowd, making a play on words with SolidWorks.
“We find people who do things over and over again with joy” with jobs “normally associated with drudgery,” the TV personality said, adding that he really enjoys meeting people who solve problems without having to read the instruction manual (which in many cases don’t exist).
Rowe, who is also the voice of the “Deadliest Catch,” said he never rehearses any of the jobs we see him try on the show because he wants to share his first impressions and create the feeling that the viewers are trying the job for the first time with him.
His latest project is mikeroweWORKS.com, a website devoted to boosting enrollment in technical and vocational schools. The site was inspired by the irony of the “Skills Gap,” the fact that despite unemployment numbers being near an all-time high, there remain thousands of technical jobs without enough trained applicants.
"Dirty Jobs" star Mike Rowe is devoted to promoting the economic benefits of vocational schools.
In his talk, Rowe praised a Nevada pig farmer who devised his own machine to process uneaten food from Las Vegas casinos into feed for his animals. “He put it together like McGyver with parts from a junkyard,” he said referring to the classic 1980s secret agent show. “We see this kind of talent all the time.”
“But with all the innovation in the world, whether you put it in a smartphone or a computer, if you don’t have the ability to replicate it, all you’ve done is make a cool prototype,” Rowe said.
He described the engineering profession as occupying a noble space bridging between blue and white collar jobs.
“One of the great fictions that has been at work in our country for decades is this blue and white collar notion. We just love the ‘either-or.’ What do you do? Are you in this camp or in that camp? The real action today in respect to work is what you guys do,” he said.
“(With engineers) it’s neither blue nor white. It’s a willingness to get dirty, to use your brain AND use your hands.”
In the same spirit, Rowe also met backstage with SolidWorks marketing guru Darren Henry for a freewheeling discussion covering the etiquette of vomiting on the job, what it’s like to walk on construction girders in the clouds, and the value of knowing how to identify feces from virtually any animal species.
Eavesdrop on the conversation here:
(Regardless of what color collar you wear, DraftSight, the professional-grade free 2D CAD tool from Dassault Systèmes, makes life easier for engineers, architects, CAD users, teachers and students alike).
Yes, that chatterbox sitting in the cubicle next to you sure can be annoying!
But noise in the workplace can be a much more serious matter. Especially if you’re working with heavy machinery. Or if you are on a pit crew for the Indy 500 or if you’re a roadie for a rock and roll band.
If you’re ever in doubt about potential damage to your hearing, don’t be embarrassed to wear earplugs, says Mike Hartley, a data management coordinator for Ear Technologies, Inc. in Boone, North Carolina.
Ear Technologies conducts annual hearing tests for employees for manufacturing companies on the U.S. East Coast, making sure their job responsibilities don’t cause hearing loss.
“A good rule of thumb is that if you can’t hear someone talking who is an arm’s length away from you, you need to use hearing protection,” Hartley says. “I’ve had to wear ear plugs at church before when the guitars and drums were a little over the top.” Read More
At first glance, comedian Jay Leno’s promotional plug for the American Welding Society seems like a mismatched endorsement. Until you remind yourself that all those antique auto parts piling up in his garage aren’t connected with Elmer’s Glue.
We stumbled across Leno’s kiss to vocational education when we chatted with Bill Malone, the Minnesota machinist who uses DraftSight’s professional-grade, free 2D CAD download to teach troubled teens about career opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
If one CAD drawing is worth 1,000 words, than this celebrity video is worth a million in the classroom:
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