Fall is a time when we are all used to going back to school. Kids from kindergarten to college make preparations to get back to learning and growing with the new school year. But what about the rest of us?
SOLIDWORKS, more than most software, is an ever-evolving tool. Every fall, SOLIDWORKS gives us a new version with hundreds of new commands, enhancements, and other beneficial changes that are largely driven by customer requests.
There’s a saying: “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.” Continuing education is important in all facets of our work lives, and it’s especially important when it comes to SOLIDWORKS. What is your plan for learning more about the tool you use every day? Or, if you use SOLIDWORKS a few times a week, how can you sharpen your skills to make the most of the time you are using the tool?
Expand your skillset! Sure, you know how to get the job done, but are there better ways to do it? What about when something comes across your desk that’s a bit out of the norm? How do you even tackle that model? By coming to class, you’ll expand your skillset, learn new and better ways to accomplish tasks you may do every day, and have the tools to take on the projects that come to you a bit out of left field.
Luckily, Graphics Systems is THE Training Reseller. We offer the full complement of SOLIDWORKS courses throughout the year, and if a class isn’t currently on the schedule, call us and we’ll put one together. You can take a look at our full course outlines here: http://www.gxsc.com/training/about/overview.html
When you come to a class taught by Graphics Systems, you get much more than just what’s in the book. We add our own notes on topics that range beyond the book, based on our experiences with our users over nearly twenty years. You get the benefit of a real expert who is leading you through hands-on learning with the software, in real time, both during the lectures and labs. You also have the benefit of being able to ask questions and get your answers immediately, directly, and with context. You can even ask questions beyond the class and we’ll be happy to address them. This direct, in-person approach is the best way to ensure the highest retention, and allows a personal touch to every class that focuses on your needs, something you just can’t get from an over-the-wire canned experience.
Want an example? In a recent class, someone asked how to make a point at the intersection of two non-connecting lines separated by an arc. I was able to simply answer the question on the spot by showing him how to make a virtual sharp in a sketch using the point command, like this:
1. Select the two lines that you want the intersection of
2. Select the Point command (Command Manager or menu: Tools… Sketch Entities… Point)
3. Viola! A virtual sharp is created.
The ability to answer questions organically, run outside the book as necessary, and be an immediate resource are some of the elements that to me are at the essence of teaching.
Fired up to go back to school? Just give us a call at 1-800-454-2233 or visit our website at www.gxsc.com and we’ll see you in class soon!
By: John Setzer, Training Coordinator