About Me

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Personal…Who am I?

  • Name: Jason Raak 
  • Hometown: West Michigan
  • Occupation: Design Engineer & CAD Administrator

Personal…Fun Facts!

  • I am an avid softball player during the spring, summer, and fall.
    • I play at least 3 nights/week and about every other Saturday.
  • During the winter I coach basketball at a local middle school.
  • I am a HUGE University of Michigan fan!
    • I am also a Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions (unfortunate, I know) fan.
  • Used to drive in 10-15 demolition derbies in Michigan & Indiana per summer.
    • I have driven in multiple demolition derbies on asphalt before.

SolidWorks…Who am I?

  • User since: February of 2006
  • CSWP since: January of 2007
  • SWUG co-leader since: March of 2008

SolidWorks…Fun Facts!

  • I am an AutoCAD 2d convert
  • I attended my 1st SolidWorks WORLD in San Diego, California in 2008.
  • I presented at my 1st SolidWorks WORLD in Orlando, Florida in 2009.
    • Presentation: The Ins & Outs of In Context Modeling
  • I am a member of the SolidWorks “Blog Squad”.
  • I am co-leader of the West Michigan SolidWorks User Group.

 

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9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Pingback: Take a Look! « RockSolid Perspective

  2. Jason, hope to see you at World in a couple of weeks.

    Steve

  3. Jason-

    Thanks for sharing.

    Demolition Derbies! Cool…

    Let’s you and me borrow Richard Doyle’s rental car in Orlando. He won’t mind… You’re driving!

    Devon

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  5. Hi Jason, thanks for sharing all the valued information. I use 2D Cad software to design press tool. Tried on Inventor but it took me too long time and since than never have the time to explore further in any 3D software.
    Feel like going into SW after seeing your blod.

    • hi and thanks for your comments. 3 years ago we were designing all of our metal stamping tools in 2d. when we moved to sw we were kind of curious if it was really necessary to be able to design in 3d but since then we have been able to design tooling that would have been almost impossible in a 2d environment.

      if you ever have any questions please feel free to send me an email and i would be more than willing to help you out.

  6. Hi, I’m teaching Autocad & Solidworks at a high school in the S.F. Bay Area (Crockett, CA) and have developed many tutorials, but am just beginning to jump into surface modelling. The main problem I’ll have is getting students to understand the logic behind what features are being used and why. And that’s because I don’t have a firm grip on it. Taking Lombard’s spoon tutorial as an example: You use a surface sweep to create a surface model of a spoon. It won’t thicken -heaven knows why- and the next features: ruled surface/trim/fill/delete ruled surface bodies/knit/thicken – all seem to be towards getting the spoon to finally thicken, but it’s never explained why SWX can’t thicken the spoon in the first place. How do I explain that to my students?

    Tony Tammer

  7. Hi, I’m teaching Autocad & Solidworks at a high school in the S.F. Bay Area (Crockett, CA) and have developed many tutorials, but am just beginning to jump into surface modelling. The main problem I’ll have is getting students to understand the logic behind what features are being used and why. And that’s because I don’t have a firm grip on it. Taking Lombard’s spoon tutorial as an example: You use a surface sweep to create a surface model of a spoon. It won’t thicken -heaven knows why- and the next features: ruled surface/trim/fill/delete ruled surface bodies/knit/thicken – all seem to be towards getting the spoon to finally thicken, but it’s never explained why SWX can’t thicken the spoon in the first place. How do I explain that to my students?
    +1

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