At Graphics Systems, we are great believers in “giving it back” to our communities and have actively pursued many opportunities to help students learn our field and its corresponding tools of the trade. For instance, we’ve recently been named members of, and are facilitating an ongoing series of presentations for the TMA (Technology and Manufacturing Association) and its tool & die apprenticeship program. Similarly, we were recently invited to join the Simulation Prototyping Consortium for Business and Government at Marmion Academy. The students there are not only learning SOLIDWORKS but applying its analysis and simulation tools to real world problems in concert with local businesses. (Perhaps you saw my recent tweet on one of their projects.) I was recently asked to “guest-teach” a SOLIDWORKS CAD class there, and it was a wonderfully enjoyable experience. Much of our conversation revolved around foundational topics, and I must say I’ve never met such an attentive, interested group of students who wanted to learn not only the software but many of its best practices.
It is encouraging to see this groundswell of home grown design and manufacturing capabilities as we continue to adapt to a worldwide business climate. So, thank you, TMA and Marmion Academy, for we have learned from you as much as you have learned from us.
By: Sam Hochberg, Applications Engineer