As the founder of SolidWorks, people often ask me, “What was it like in the early days, what was it like when you were first getting started?” I always answer the same way.
(The following is an excerpt of “The Design Gridlock Manifesto,” Onshape’s eBook exploring the numerous ways how old file-based CAD technology forces the design and manufacturing process to a complete halt – and sometimes even pushes it backwards.)
We’re in great company.Founder Jon Hirschtick and I are excited to welcome Silicon Valley firm Andreessen Horowitz to the Onshape team. The visionary firm has been an early stakeholder in many cloud and mobile game changers such as Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Box, GitHub, Pinterest, Skype and Slack.
I can still hear the words of a few tyrannical high school teachers who warned us that we were not in class to be entertained – that when we entered the workforce, it would not be all fun and games. Balancing out this doom-and-gloom approach was a buffoonish history teacher who tried way too hard to be our friend. Nearly every assignment involved an art project or other creative spin. I kid you not: We spent three weeks building plastic car models so we’d “understand” the Industrial Revolution.
Why are these Onshapers smiling?From left to right, that’s customer support engineer Philip Thomas and Neil Cooke, Director of Technical Marketing, gearing up for the international DEVELOP3D Live conference with CEO Jon Hirschtick last week. In case you were on a remote wilderness expedition, let’s recap Onshape’s exciting announcement about “Design Data Management 2.0” and why it matters to your engineering team.
“I’ve said this my whole life: Engineers change the world, and the rest of us are overhead. People in the engineering discipline have an opportunity to do truly great, game-changing things with their careers, and that’s the way they ought to approach it!”
A huge red flag for us is an engineer who can’t admit to mistakes – either his or her mistake or the team’s mistake. Because that’s all we do. We do iterations. You can call them whatever you’d like, but engineering is all about improving on what you just created the moment before.
If you’re super busy at work – and just keep getting busier – you’re not alone. An astounding 75 percent of manufacturing personnel at machine shops report that they currently perform three or more roles in their organization.
The modern manufacturing industry has to meet two different requirements that pull in opposite directions: