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.
“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.
How did you hear about your first engineering job?
Perhaps you saw a listing at your vocational high school or college career center, found a job listing on-line or responded to an opening you saw on LinkedIn, Facebook or other social media?
Chances are you didn’t get hired as a result of reading comic books.
I just stumbled across this career recruitment advertisement in an early 1970s comic book. Comics have a long history of being embraced by the military, which often involves long periods of downtime. This comic pitch for the Cleveland Institute of Electronics mentions they have been approved for training under the G.I. Bill.
(Click image to enlarge cartoon)
The more times change, the more they stay the same. Here, the allure of the latest technologies comes with the promise of higher pay and “a real future” all while training at home in your spare time.
How quaint that you used to have to mail away for educational materials instead of downloading eBooks (like our free DraftSight Master Series Flipbook with useful tips, tricks and tutorials for professional CAD users).
We hope you’re not dealing with a sarcastic beancounter boss like the one in the cartoon!
Oh, and it looks like the comic book recruitment campaign may have been successful. The Cleveland Institute of Electronics is still around, pushing its motto of “A school of thousands — A class of one since 1934.”
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).
This simple napkin sketch, which has been making the rounds on Facebook, is originally credited to Star Trek actor George Takei’s feed, although it is unclear if he came up with the idea or posted it from elsewhere.
It doesn’t matter: The idea still resonates.
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like people at the top of their industries just naturally gravitated there based on talent and smarts. Of course, any engineer, architect, or CAD manager who’s ever helped usher a product from the idea stage to reality knows better.
If you’re a Star Trek fan, you know that George Takei, a.k.a. Mr. Sulu, overcame all sorts of challenges battling ethnic stereotypes off screen — and on screen, there were tons of dicey moments with aliens.
Tell us about your experience living inside those squiggly lines. What’s been your biggest CAD challenge that you’ve overcome — whether it’s been with DraftSight or not?
…And any lessons you can share with the rest of us?
One of the questions that I am most frequently asked is will DraftSight always be free? Are you going to start charging for DraftSight as soon as it gets popular?
Let me address the last part of that question first. With more than 1.8 million downloads as of December 2011 and users in virtually every corner of the world, DraftSight already is popular!
As for the “free” question, there’s no bait and switch. We are not going to charge for the individual standalone version of your professional-grade 2D CAD program.
However, if your company is thriving with DraftSight now, you’ll be even more effective with the DraftSight Premium Pack — our affordable worldwide technical support and services package that you can subscribe to on an annual basis.
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As any fan of history and architecture knows, ancient engineers didn’t sit around waiting for the introduction of professional-grade free 2D CAD, nor did they have any need for plumbing and electrical diagrams.
Just for fun, here’s a glimpse at two Biblical construction projects where DraftSight could have speeded up the process!
According to the Bible, King Solomon’s Temple, also known as the First Temple, towered over ancient Jerusalem for more than 400 years (832 to 422 BCE) where the Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock now stand.
It’s probably the world’s most contested slab of real estate, and we cautiously stay away from all forms of politics on the DraftSight blog. But needless to say, Solomon’s Temple still captures our imaginations. The inner house of the Temple was 20 cubits high, 20 cubits long and 20 cubits wide.
A cubit is the length of a forearm, which varies from individual. (It should be noted that DraftSight is much more meticulous with its units of measurement, sticking with inches and centimeters, though it does extend to miles and kilometers as well). Using the conservative 18 inch estimate for a cubit, that means the Temple was 30 feet tall.
The interior contained hardwood cedar floors (from the famous Cedars of Lebanon) and the walls were overlaid with gold.
Turns out that Sir Isaac Newton, the English scientist and mathematician credited with “discovering” gravity, was obsessed with the dimensions of the Biblical Temple, believing the geometry was sacred and inspired by God. A recent exhibit at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showcased Newton’s personal manuscripts related to Biblical subjects.
Just as NASA research has been responsible for a plethora of products such as smoke detectors, flat panel TVs, fogless ski goggles and freeze-dried foods, aerospace engineering continues to surface in the most surprising areas.
Based at Weber State University in Ogden, the Utah Center for Aeronautical Innovation & Design (UCAID) searches for industry partners to develop research projects with commercial applications. In Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s State of the State address last year, the university was praised for generating more engineering and technology jobs.
“By focusing on workforce needs in this area, we will develop the talent and innovation necessary to become the premier player in the aerospace industry,” Herbert pledged. “As this happens, Utah becomes more than a place companies would like to be, it becomes a place they need to be.”
Located near Hill Air Force Base, which provides the engineering for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the Minuteman III Intercontinental ballistic missile, UCAID plays a significant role in testing new high-grade materials to make military aircraft components more resistant to corrosion and surface cracking.
But the engineering unit was also instrumental in developing the Wasatch Powder Monkey quick-release bicycle roof rack. The Utah company’s “SmartCrossbars” were aerodynamically designed to reduce wind noise and drag on the top of a vehicle, improving gas mileage. Read More
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