Worth trying out for the name alone, I Get It offers online tutorials in 3D software packages including AutoCAD, Inventor, CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, Solidworks, Solid Edge and a few others.
Sure, you have to pay for their courses that start at U$95 but more like U$473.96 for a Solidworks Training bundle that includes 106 courses, 21 assessments AND certificates.
If that is a little too much you can try a free trial to see if it is worth the cash outlay for you or your company.
I managed to get myself a two day subscription at some point when I was studying industrial design and literally watched the tutorials until my eyes bled (not literally) and learnt more about what the possibilities were of the software then how to really do too much. Even now I just took a quick look and learnt more about testing cogs, gears and pulleys in sketch mode in Solidworks, something I was vaguely aware of but did not Know how to do, but could probably figure it out from the two minute micro tutorial.
Oh, and what would I do with this new found knowledge of cogs, gears and pulleys? Maybe 3D print something like Braley Litwin's Mechanicards?
Attention all architects, interior designers, furniture makers and anyone who has come up against the build envelope of White Strong Flexible, you can now supersize your 3D prints...
Now any models that are larger than the previous limit of 230 x 180 x 310 (WxDxH mm) will be sent to a new machine in our SLS arsenal that can print up to 700 x 380 x 580 mm or 27.6 x 15 x 22.9 in or approx. 7 x 4 x 5 MakerBots.
So if like Scott Summit you are in the business of prosthetic limbs you can now 3D print them with Shapeways.. Or if like furniture designer like Chris Hardy you can 3D print your furniture components without having to break down the parts into sections to fit the build chamber. If you are an architect or interior designer you can 3D print scale models for client presentations, sales centers and architectural competitions.
Ever wanted to know just how strong 3D printed full color sandstone was but did not want to destroy one of your own prints? Now you can see just how surprisingly tough it really is at it is submitted to the hammer test by Kaetemi. I love the YouTube tags: Shapeways, 3Dprint, Hammer, Destruction. Say is it all.
Perhaps we will need to make some videos for ourselves of material tests, model fails, and just general destruction?
Most of the Shapeways community would be considered on the high end of tech savvy, with the ability to generate 3D models in CAD, the initiative to seek out and use a site like Shapeways to realize their ideas and the entrepreneurial spirit to commercialize those ideas using Shapeways to handle the financial transaction, manufacture and distribution of their products.
Those of you who have installed Google Analytics into their Shapeways shops can now see where your traffic is coming from and can work to promote your designs to those that are showing interest. What you may not be able to see is the overall trends emerging of how visitors to Shapeways are finding the site. To share a little with you we are seeing increasing, significant and constant traffic from Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
Those of you who have been embedding your YouTube videos into your shops we are now tweeting each of the videos you now upload onto the site from our @Shapeways account. YouTube is the second biggest search engine on the internet so it is well worth creating a video and embedding links to your shop making sure you use a descriptive title and add more details about your product in the description.
You can also tweet each time you purchase yours, or anyone else's
product on Shapeways using the Share It button upon confirmation of
your order. You can also share your gallery of favorites using the same button.
Shapeways currently has over 2000 followers on Twitter including members of the Shapeways community like @4m3d, @VirtoxNet & @JakeMDrews along with industry DIY/mass customization/co-creation peers like @makerbot, @Josephflaherty & @joepine to design heavyweights like @johnmaeda and a large group of press and marketing types from bloggers to print journalists keeping an eye on the products, people and processes Shapeways is tweeting about.
Be sure to follow @Shapeways and tweet about your designs, and we will add you to our twitter list of Shapeways users, retweet to our followers, and from time to time we will have special offers for our twitter followers so keep an eye on the feed.
Ever wanted to point a friend to a showcase of some of the coolest designs on Shapeways but you didn't want to send them 12 separate URL's? Or make a gallery of the 10 best puzzles from Shapeways to put on your Facebook wall? Or an easy way to send a page of a few of your own designs to a retailer? Or just provide a list of cool things to your loved ones so they will know exactly what to buy you for xmas from Shapeways?
Now you can now easily share your Shapeways favorites.