You say potato, Engineers say a starchy, tuberous crop.

@Grabcad says they now have 18,181 registered CAD engineers. What makes them all engineers? I know it’s just semantics, but are we all really engineers now because we know how to use CAD software? I’ve heard a lot of discussions lately on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ as to what defines an engineer as an engineer, what makes a designer a designer and what are we supposed to call those people who just know how to use the software. There tends to be plenty of gray areas nowadays with CAD software being so easy to use with built in tools that make those once difficult design decisions fairly easy to make.

The official definition from most dictionaries of an engineer is rather lame:

One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.

So if you read into the Wikipedia definition of an engineer, it really could apply to anyone:

An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical and practical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, safety and cost.The word engineer is derived from the Latin root ingenium, meaning “cleverness”

This is a subject I’m going to be posting more about in the future. Consider this post my warm up. I would really like to hear from you all as to how your companies operate and how they classify engineers, designers, modelers, drafters, etc.

 

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SolidSmack my integrated Space Pilot & keyboard solution

I can’t write much more about this. Josh Mings (@JoshMings) covered it in a nutshell on his website, SolidSmack.com. You can read about my interim solution for integrating a 3Dconnexion (@3DConnexion) Space Pilot with a standard keyboard here:
http://www.solidsmack.com/rockin-cool-stuff/3dconnexion-3d-mouse-mod/

Of course, if you all want to help me out and design it yourself you can enter the 3Dconnexion design challenge: http://www.3dconnexion.com/challenge or vote for the integrated designs already posted to the 3DConnexion Facebook page.

Design your ultimate 3D mouse – no holds barred!! The only criteria is to ensure your design integrates 3Dconnexion’s existing controller cap. After all, it’s the heart of a 3D mouse, so look after it!

Thanks again @JoshMings, @SolidSmack, @3DConnexion as well as @InventorTopixJD (Jamie pointed me in the right direction for the already submitted designs.)

 

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Engineer Vs. Designer

This is just pure entertainment: http://evd1.tv/. A new weekly podcast series from Josh Mings from SolidSmack.com and Adam O’Hern from CadJunkie.com, with guest Al Dean from Develop 3D magazine is sure to to keep you glued to your speakers. The first podcast is an intro to Engineer Vs. Designer where they cover some very un-CAD related subjects and get Al’s insight into the CAD industry. If they keep up this pace, I’ll be sure to listen every week. Listen for yourself and let them know what you think.

Follow them on Twitter at @evd1

 

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Where do you go for help?

Quick poll of the week. If you select other, add a comment to this post. I’m guessing most people who vote for this poll are going to vote for online forums and social networks. How else would you have found this poll?

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