Draftsight blog http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight Winning With DraftSight: Real 2D Stories 2DAY Sun, 03 Jun 2012 14:14:52 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 May the 2D CAD Force Be With You… http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/may-the-2d-cad-force-be-with-you/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/may-the-2d-cad-force-be-with-you/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:02:49 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=1000 Continue reading ]]> We always love to hear about novel and unexpected uses for DraftSight, the professional-grade 2D CAD product (and free download) from Dassault Systèmes.

Architectural technician Neil Warren, from Totnes, England, regularly uses DraftSight for work assignments, but he recently called in the program for extra special duty.

DraftSight fan Neil Warren is also a fan of actor David Prowse, aka Darth Vader!

Warren, who many of you on the DraftSight Facebook page may recognize as “that Stormtrooper guy,” recently visited London’s Estree Film Studios for a special gathering of Star Wars actors, directors and prop masters.

Meeting Darth Vader and director Gary Kurtz — and scoring their autographs on Star Wars artwork — is surely worthy of commemorating.

Warren is laser etching the Star Wars logo and celebrities’ names on a metal plaque to go along with his framed memorabilia. We’re proud that DraftSight is playing a role in preserving such great memories!

Neil Warren's customized Star Wars plaque was designed in DraftSight (click to enlarge).

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Join the Crowd: DraftSight passes 150,000 fans on Facebook http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/draftsight-passes-150000-fans-on-facebook/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/draftsight-passes-150000-fans-on-facebook/#comments Thu, 31 May 2012 12:57:51 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=993  

Special thanks to our DraftSight Facebook fans for pushing our total past 150,000 likes. That’s enough CAD users to almost fill London’s Wembley Stadium twice!

Come join in the conversation here…

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So there IS such a thing as a good value http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/computer-storage/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/computer-storage/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 14:41:33 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=986 Continue reading ]]> You know how many of us wish that the price of bread, milk and cars were the same as they were 30 years ago?  That’s just not the case with computer storage (as with most consumer electronics).

Check out this vintage print ad from the early 1980s and how it compares to a random flash drive purchase on Amazon:

Of course, we’re also witnessing historic savings in 2D CAD. Whether you opt for the free version for individual users, or the Premium Pack for companies or educational institutions, DraftSight can have an amazing impact on your bottom line!

See what you can save with the DraftSight ROI Calculator.

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Women in Construction: History of a Pipe Dream http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/women-in-construction-careers/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/women-in-construction-careers/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 21:52:16 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=973 Continue reading ]]> There are plenty of educational programs out there to get school girls more interested in math, science and engineering — and it’s now far more common to see women working in a company’s CAD department. Though that challenge is far from over.

The construction industry, however, remains a man’s world.

Wyoming native Susan Miller has worked the past 27 years as pipefitter in industrial construction. She’s a rare sight, but gets great career satisfaction out of her chosen profession. Susan has previously worked as a nurse’s aide, a florist and cocktail waitress, but pipefitting gives her more of a sense of daily accomplishment.

She shares her life story and encounters with workplace discrimination in a new memoir, “History of Pipe Dream.”  Winning With DraftSight recently caught up with her for a candid Q & A exchange…

DRAFTSIGHT: Why is it so unusual for a woman to be a pipefitter?  When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

SUSAN: There are very few women in the field of industrial construction probably because they have been told it is hard work and not a good place for women. I am a woman who always felt I could do anything I wanted to if I applied myself. Pipefitting is a demanding job, but the gratification I get from looking at a pipe system that I put in that will be there long after I am gone does not compare to anything else I have ever done.

I grew up on a farm and worked hard as a young child. I really did not know what I wanted to be. I knew in junior high that I did not want a career that kept me indoors in an office nor did I want to work with the same people for the rest of my life. I remember when I was in my home education class that I really wanted to be in the welding class with my brother, but women were not allowed to take that course. When I found construction, it just seemed to be a perfect fit.

DRAFTSIGHT: When and where was your first pipefitting job?  Did you experience any discrimination, prejudice, name-calling or resistance at that job or over the years?

SUSAN: My first job was in Seminole, Texas at a Co2 plant. I stood outside the gate for three weeks waiting for the guy that did the hiring to call my name. I was so naïve then, thinking that I was going to be hired because women’s liberation had made us equal to men. I experienced a lot of resentment on the job because I was a woman, but that only made me want to be the best I could be so I would be accepted as an equal.


DRAFTSIGHT: What do you specifically love about pipefitting?  How does it give you more job satisfaction than other jobs you’ve worked at?

SUSAN: I love the freedom that pipefitting gives me. I can pick a state that I have never been to and go to work there. I like to meet people from all over the United States and get to know their cultures. I enjoy building different plants like paper mills, refineries, power plants, solar fields, fertilizer plants and chemical plants. It is interesting to see how they all work. Building one of those plants is an awesome and gratifying event and it makes me proud that I can read all the prints and build them the way the client wants it built.

DRAFTSIGHT: What is your proudest achievement?

SUSAN: There is one moment that particularly stands out. I was waiting to be laid off from a shutdown at the Unocal refinery in Long Beach, California when one of the top men at Unocal came up to me and told me that I did a good job on the pipe, while he handed me a Unocal hat pin. He told me he just wanted me to have something that would remind me of the job. I still have that hat pin. It meant a lot to me.

DRAFTSIGHT: What has been your most challenging assignment?

SUSAN: Every job is challenging. That’s what I love about my career. I always have the challenge of reading the prints right and working with people who I do not know.

DRAFTSIGHT: Describe the hazards of your job — ever been injured?

SUSAN: There are many hazards that go with the job due to the preparation of the pipe. There are potential back injuries from lifting, eye injuries from grinding a bevel on the pipe, back injuries from lifting, skin burns and eye burns form welding, but if you do your job right and follow the safety rules, you will not be hurt. In the 27 years I have been pipefitting, I have never been hurt.

DRAFTSIGHT: What’s your ultimate career goal?

SUSAN: When I first started my career, I had dreams of being a superintendent or a project manager and I worked hard to learn the prints and everything I could know about pipefitting. I have had a wonderful time learning and working with men from all walks of life. I will turn 56 on June 5th and know that because I am a woman I will never move up any further than foreman. That is just the way it is. I have always worked in a male-dominated job and the men will always dominate even though I have more experience than the supervision above me.

DRAFTSIGHT: Any advice for girls who want to pursue construction careers when they are older?

SUSAN: There is not a job in construction that a woman cannot do. The work is hard and sometimes demanding but the gratification one gets from it is priceless. The pay is great, but you have to be willing to move around the country to different jobs. The construction industry is booming right now and there is a demand for new workers. Unfortunately, the U.S. does not have the work force to meet the demands so the companies have to hire people with visas from other countries. I feel that now is a good time for women and men to pursue a career in the high-paying jobs that industrial construction has to offer!

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The Scale of the Universe from a teenager’s perspective http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/the-scale-of-the-universe-from-a-teenagers-perspective/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/the-scale-of-the-universe-from-a-teenagers-perspective/#comments Sat, 26 May 2012 17:37:11 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=963 Continue reading ]]> If there isn’t already a bidding war for the talents of 14-year-old twins Michael and Cary Huang (at right), there will be.

The California high school students have created a mesmerizing flash animation called “Scale of the Universe” that allows you to compare the sizes of the tiniest things and largest things imaginable by dragging a slidebar at the bottom of the screen.

Our eyeballs don’t work this way. We have a limited scope of view, occasionally enhanced with binoculars, telescope or microscope, but there’s still no real sense of scale. Slowly trekking through the Huang brothers‘ animation is like starring in your own science fiction movie where you can control your size with a blink of the eye.

What are the smallest and largest units of measurement that you’ve used in a recent CAD drawing?  DraftSight, the professional-grade free 2D CAD program from Dassault Systèmes, allows numerous options for scaling your drawings:

Check out the Huang Universe view and feel like a towering giant or an inconsequential microbe depending on which direction you slide the toolbar:

You can try tinkering with the “Scale of the Universe” flash presentation yourself here.

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Machines With Personality: How Many of These Famous Robots Can You Name? http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/name-that-robot/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/name-that-robot/#comments Thu, 24 May 2012 13:07:14 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=955 Continue reading ]]> The engineering world is filled with folks who were first inspired by the fantasy gadgets in movies, television and cartoons. A Star Trek convention just might be the highest density of human intelligence on Earth.

So hats off to Hopewell Studios artist Richard Sargent, who created the Greatest Robot Reunion of All-Time, presumably with an open bar serving motor oil cocktails.

On first glance, the characters that immediately jump out at me are the “Lost in Space” Robot (who I believe is just named “Robot”), “Yo Gabba Gabba’s” Plex, C3PO (who looks like he found a new girlfriend), Rosie from “The Jetsons,” the Android mascot, Bender from “Futurama” and Wall-E’s girlfriend, EVE.

Who jumps out at you?

Where's WALL-E? How many robots can you name? (Click the image to enlarge)

You can buy your own copy of the “Where’s WALL-E?” poster here.

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DraftSight can’t give you courage, but here’s what it can promise… http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/draftsight-2d-cad-construction/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/draftsight-2d-cad-construction/#comments Tue, 15 May 2012 14:56:48 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=948 Continue reading ]]> As evidenced above, a splendid profile photo from his Facebook page, Hans Haveel Van Laethem is a sports pilot with an appetite for daring stunts.

He has yet to draw anything in DraftSight while dangling in the clouds, but loves to spring our free 2D CAD program into action whenever he’s grounded.

Hans works as a site manager for a residential construction company in Belgium that builds new houses and apartments and specializes in renovating old ones so they look brand new.

He’s the liaison between the architect and the construction crew, making sure that everything dreamed out on paper is feasible within the budget.

Hans' DraftSight sketch of pre-fabricated concrete beams for his construction crew.

Hans says he especially appreciates DraftSight’s portability.

“DraftSight is so easy to use and allows me to draw a fast sketch of how I see things, print them out and hand them over to my builders on the site,” he says. “It’s perfect for taking details from architectural or technical drawings and transforming them into understandable drawings.”

(How do YOU use DraftSight?  Drop us a line at draftsight.news@gmail.com)

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Spaghetti Suspension: Barilla applauds engineer’s pasta bridges http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/spaghetti-suspension-barilla-applauds-engineers-pasta-bridges/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/spaghetti-suspension-barilla-applauds-engineers-pasta-bridges/#comments Fri, 11 May 2012 14:06:34 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=931 Continue reading ]]> You remember the fun story about DraftSight enthusiast Richard Williams, a.k.a. “Corporal Willy,” and his pasta bridge project in the Nevada schools?

Well, the Barilla pasta company was so tickled by this engineer’s passion for education that they just sent him a complimentary case of Barilla Fettuccine!

Corporal Willy made the above photo with Photoshop to celebrate his continued leverage of noodles to teach kids about the world of civil engineering. There aren’t THAT many boxes in a case.

If your life depended on getting across this pasta bridge, wouldn't YOU prefer Fettuccine over Angel Hair or plain Spaghetti?

The Corporal, a retired U.S. Marine and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) electrician, is a dedicated volunteer in the Las Vegas public schools –  a system that has been devastated by a series of massive budget cuts. He’s been an enthusiastic advocate of teachers adopting DraftSight, our free professional-grade 2D CAD tool, to get kids excited about design.

“The doorbell rang while I was in the shower and my wife received a gift from the Barilla company,” says Williams. “Can you imagine what I can build with this much Fettuccine?”

Barilla naturally gets plenty of inquiries about recipes and coupons, but it isn’t often that they hear about such an innovative application of their products.

“Ciao Richard,” the company wrote. “We were inspired by your passion and creative efforts to overcome the budget challenge in your teaching community so that you could continue to teach students about engineering. Encouraging kids to be creative and solve problems is a value that will live with them for a lifetime.

Although it is a small token of our gratitude for what you continue to support and accomplish, we hope that this case of Barilla Fettuccine will help some of your students build unbreakable bridges.”

“Wait till you see what comes next,” says Williams. “Bon Appetite!”

We can’t wait, Corporal!

And thanks, Barilla, for supporting this inspiring idea that can be replicated in other schools, too.

 

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What happens when you tie a kite to a boat? http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/what-happens-when-you-tie-a-kite-to-a-boat/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/what-happens-when-you-tie-a-kite-to-a-boat/#comments Thu, 10 May 2012 18:56:35 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=916 Continue reading ]]> When SkySails CEO Stephan Wrage was boy in Germany, he loved to fly kites. And as kids’ minds tend to wander into the whimsical world of “What if…,” he wondered what would happen if he tied a giant kite to a real boat.  Would the wind be strong enough to tow it?

Wrage, who grew up to study industrial engineering at the Technical University of Dresden, held on to that fantasy.

Based in Hamburg, his SkySails company is now a world pioneer in creating wind propulsion systems for ships.  The sails, which they call “kites,” look a bit like parachutes and they tap into the high-energy potential of high-altitude winds.

SkySails reduces fuel costs for cargo ships, consequentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The company designs its kites with SolidWorks, the 3D CAD cousin of DraftSight, which also plays a vital role.

SkySails uses DraftSight, a free professional-grade 2D CAD tool from Dassault Systèmes, to import manufacturing drawings of new cargo ships.

DraftSight is used by the company to import manufacturing drawings from various cargo ship companies to check if the wind sail components will fit properly.

Estimated fuel savings are between 10-15 percent.

We recently caught up with some of the brains behind SkySails at SolidWorks World.  Take a look for yourself at what could become the future of commerce!

 

 

 

 

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Breaking News: You can now take your 2D CAD designs on the go with your iPad! http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/2d-cad-design-software-ipad/ http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/2d-cad-design-software-ipad/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 15:07:45 +0000 Darren http://www.3ds.com/blog/draftsight/?p=908 Continue reading ]]> This just in from our CAD cousins over at SolidWorks…

You’re constantly on the go, and the process of making sure you and your customers can understand and see what’s happening with a project hasn’t always been easy–up until now. In an effort to give you what you need, when/where you need it, we’re happy to announce the availability of eDrawings for iPad, an application that lets you bring your 2D and 3D files to a customer’s site, or to a sales meeting, and share the design concepts quickly and easily.

eDrawings® for iPad allows you to view and review native eDrawings® files, DraftSight® files, SolidWorks® parts, assemblies and drawings files, making it easy for engineers and non-engineers to interpret and understand 2D and 3D design using multi-touch gestures.

You can download eDrawings® for iPad today from the Apple store , and you can learn more about the features and functionality on the SolidWorks website.

How will you use eDrawings® for iPad? What files are you most looking forward to sharing? We welcome your thoughts below!

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