January 2013 Newsletter

solidThinking Expands Team in 2013, Adding New Faces

Happy 2013! We’ve kicked off the year with some exciting changes to the solidThinking team. Jim Hassberger, who has been with solidThinking for 5 years, is now at the helm as president. In this role, Jim will provide strategic direction for solidThinking.

In addition to Jim’s new role, we have two new members of the solidThinking team. Tony Norton is now vice president, marketing and business development; and Jason Napolitano joins as executive vice president, global sales. Both Tony and Jason bring broad expertise to these roles and will help us better communicate with and expand the solidThinking user community.

Passionate About the Automotive Industry? Share Your Take on Steering Wheel Design for a Chance to Win solidThinking Inspire!

We’re proud to share that we’ve sponsored a challenge to the GrabCAD community: create a steering wheel for the BLOODHOUND SSC. The project was originally conceived to both create a vehicle to shatter the land speed record and also to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Now you, the design community, have a chance to make your mark on the iconic BLOODHOUND SSC!

The grand prize winner will be awarded a trip to the Product Innovation Congress in February, 2013, in Berlin, Germany, a copy of solidThinking Inspire, a $1000 cash prize and great GrabCAD merchandise.

The competition is accepting entries through January 31, 2013, so enter yours soon. Good luck!

Design Student’s Thesis Shines with the Help of solidThinking Evolve

While studying at the University of Milan, Martina Semeraro’s lifelong passion for design and creativity grew through an internship at jewelry design house Valenza. Inspired by the experience and encouraged by her university professor and advisor, Giampaolo Pagnutti, Martina used solidThinking Evolve to design a gemstone ring that became the focus of her thesis.

The piece features a smooth band with a distinctive knot form poised atop it; and, with Evolve’s rendering capabilities, she simulated the look of bold amethysts and a variety of violet-colored quartz crystals. The ability to incorporate realistic lighting, shadows and surface materials further brought Martina’s design to life.

Of her experience, Martina said, “I was thrilled by solidThinking Evolve from the first moment on and have loved working with it ever since. Working and sketching with the software and its commands have led to my passion for it, and I learned that software such as Evolve can open every door in design that one would like to learn about. There are no design obstacles that can’t be overcome with Evolve.”

Thanks, Martina!

What Can You Design With a Seat of Inspire and Evolve?

Students at universities around the world are using Inspire and Evolve to bring their unique perspectives to life. Qi Wenpu, a student of Southwest Jiaotong University in China, recently shared a project he completed – a fresh take on a subway bench.

Wenpu’s project is another example of the talent found in today’s design classrooms. Thanks for sharing your work!

If you’d like to share your project with the solidThinking team, we’d love to check it out – and maybe even feature it in an upcoming newsletter! Contact Angela Giordano at agiordano@solidthinking.com to share your story.


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January Tips & Tricks: Sketch Tools and Boolean Operations


This month, solidThinking Inspire users will get an in-depth look at how to best benefit from the software’s sketch tools and Boolean operations. The team’s Nandeesh Madapadi provides insight on how to split a single part into design and non-design regions for concept design generation.

Check out the full video on the solidThinking YouTube page to learn more.

If you have a tip or trick you'd like to share, or comments, questions or feedback, please email us at newsletter@solidthinking.com. Our team is here to answer your questions and share best practices. Your feedback or tip/trick may make it to our next newsletter - we'll credit you, too!

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