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).
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.
Let’s face it, when Mountain Dew does their thrill-seeker commercials featuring skateboarders, motocross riders, water skiers, snowboarders and rock climbers, it is highly unlikely they’ll be showing footage of a CAD user in action.
Unless you are doing your CAD drawings while using a treadmill desk, it’s also unlikely that your heart is pounding very rapidly during the design process.
But of course, what happens when you step away from the computer is up to you.
Toronto’s Paul Sesto and his 13-year-old son Alex have been designing skimboards with DraftSight, the professional-grade free 2D CAD product from Dassault Systèmes.
Skimboarding is like a combination of skateboarding and surfing, but it’s done from the water’s edge so you don’t need large waves to do tricks. The sport started in Southern California in the 1920s by lifeguards who wanted a quicker way to travel across the beaches. Today, it is a global phenomenon, with international competitions in United States, Mexico and Portugal.
The shoreline sport is particularly popular on beaches where it is considered too dangerous to surf — such as Brazil’s popular Boa Viagem beach in the city of Recife, which has historically been plagued by shark attacks. Read More
So before garbage Dumpsters become grimy, smelly receptacles of stuff we never hope to see again, they start out as pristine metal containers that you could eat from.
Designer and artist Greg Lincoln Kloehn, a direct descendent of the world’s most famous rail splitter and log cabin guy (Abraham Lincoln), put a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, roof deck and even a bar into an ordinary trash bin.
Would you want to live in one? The mortgage payments must be affordable!
DraftSight is headquartered at the Dassault Systèmes’ Boston Campus, where we are naturally surrounded by many historical sites — especially related to the American Revolutionary War.
Paul Revere, of course, was an American patriot and silversmith who definitely would have been intrigued by 2D CAD. He’s more famous for his frantic horse ride through the Massachusetts countryside, warning the Minuteman soldiers that the British Redcoats were on their way.
But enough of our corporate headquarters’ proximity to local history — because I fully realize this is a silly metaphorical stretch. Later this week, we’re headed to Great Britain on much friendlier terms.
Due to popular demand, DraftSight training specialist Mark Lyons is bringing back his free “DraftSight Fundamentals” workshop for beginners. Lyons will guide participants through the most important commands to start creating a drawing. The Webinar will cover most of the commands on the Draw and Modify toolbars.
Sign Up for the “DraftSight Fundamentals” Webinar!
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM BST (British Summer Time)
Of course, it doesn’t matter where YOU are since the Internet is the great equalizer. We’re just happy to mix up the time zones a little bit since DraftSight is now being downloaded from nearly every corner of the Earth!
P.S. And whether you are a beginner or not, check out the free DraftSight Master Series Flipbook, where we’ve bundled a bunch of useful tips, tricks, tutorials and learning resources in one handy place!
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).
As a full-time municipal traffic engineering technician for the city of Ventura, California, Derek Towers is constantly creating patterns that impact the public. He controls where striping divides the streets, how sidewalk curbs are painted, traffic sign placement, and even where red-light enforcement cameras are deployed at busy intersections.
But at the end of his shift, Towers focuses on dramatically different patterns: the kind you find at your local fabric store.
“I recently found out a large number of fellow engineers are into quilting,” says Towers, who dove into the hobby just six months ago. “Quilting has such a similar feel to drafting. It almost feels like drafting on cloth.”
“I like to mess around with geometric shapes and love experimenting with different layouts,” he adds.
Towers first connected with his engineering colleagues, most of them female, on the online Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild forum. He attends monthly “weekend sew” meetings at a Santa Barbara community center to share ideas and learn new techniques.
His recently completed first quilt — nine panels of spirals composed from squares and triangles — was designed in DraftSight, a professional-grade free 2D CAD product from Dassault Systèmes, before the first stitch.
“DraftSight helps me envision the final product better before starting to invest in the materials. I enjoy the precision of it. I must have tried 10 different configurations before making up my mind. On my next project, I’ll mess around a lot more,” Towers says.
DraftSight™ is not just a free 2D CAD product that lets professional CAD users, students and educators create, edit and view DWG files –- it’s much more! DraftSight is a professional-grade product that runs on Microsoft® Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Mac® and Linux®. It’s easy to use and takes just a few minutes to download at DraftSight.com. Plus it includes fee-based, value-added Premium Services for commercial and education users and a free online community that’s loaded with learning resources.