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    Win up to 43,000 Points: The 9th SOLIDWORKS Weekly Power User Challenge (August 13th, 2017): Interface in Your Face

    Alin Vargatu

      Hello SOLIDWORKS Power-Users and welcome the 9th WPUC!

       

      During one of my custom training sessions, I had the opportunity to witness the fastest SOLIDWORKS user in "concert". His name is Philip Brown. Seeing Phil's hands working the mouse and the keyboard, while he is modeling anything in SOLIDWORKS, is very similar to watching the best pianist's hands in concert.

      I am wondering if there are other Philips in our SOLDIWORKS Community.

       

      This challenge is quite different than anything we had before, in many ways.

       

      1. It will last longer and could continue even after the prizes are awarded.

      2. It will have the biggest prizes awarded so far, considering that I will donate all my points to the winners.

      3. It needs a camera to capture your keyboard and mouse.

       

      Please watch this video, for a visual explanation of the challenge:

      SOLIDWORKS 9th Weekly Power User Challenge (July 31st, 2017): Interface in Your Face - YouTube

       

       

      COMPETITIONS:

      There will be 4 (four) separate competitions:

       

      1. FreeStyle (for modelers - master the user interface)

      2. Visual Contest (for presenters - no mouse gestures and restricted keyboard shortcuts).

      3. First video posted, that meets all Freestyle requirements.

      4. Free Modeling Contest (for designers - do the job fast)

      5. Free Modeling - The New Generation - Contest (for new parents)

       

       

      AWARDS (total 43,000 points):

       

      For Freestyle:

      1. Fastest time = 10,000 Points

      2. Second fastest time = 5,000 Points

      3. Third fastest time = 2,000 Points

       

      For the Visual Contest:

      1. Fastest time = 8,000 Points

      2. Second fastest time = 4,000 Points

      3. Third fastest time = 1,000 Points

       

      First video posted, that meets all Freestyle requirements.

      1. One prize of 1000 points

       

      For the Free Modeling Contest (will increase the awards if I acquire more points):

      1. Fastest time = 4,000 Points

      2. Second fastest time = 2,000 Points

      3. Third fastest time = 1,000 Points

       

      For the Free Modeling - The New Generation - Contest (First video posted, showing a user completing the challenge while holding a baby):

      1. One prize of 5000 points, in support of new parents who are also SOLIDWORKS Power-Users, but cannot participate in the other events, because they need to hold the baby.

      2. Extra 1000 points for each extra baby held while completing the challenge (for parents who have twins or multiples).

       

      General Rules:

       

      1. Watch this video: SOLIDWORKS 9th Weekly Power User Challenge (July 31st, 2017): Interface in Your Face - YouTube

       

      2. Download the PDF of the model you need to create (attached). The SOLIDWORKS 2017 model was also attached.

       

      3. Start with a default Part-inch template. You can have the origin and the 3 planes.

       

      4. Position the camera to capture your screen, keyboard and mouse interactions.

       

      5. Using only the keyboard and mouse, build the model, using the features shown in the video.

      Cut-Extrude1 is suppressed in the No Cut configuration.

      All sketches are fully defined

      Use the minimum number of dimensions, no more than 3 (three).

       

      6. Post your raw video and the SOLIDWORKS file in this thread as an attachment, or as a link. Please indicate if your entry satisfies the rules for the Visual Contest. I would appreciate if you would include your time, as per your calculations.

       

      7. Do not use macros or library features.

       

      8. The timing will be judged based on your video timeline:

      • The clock starts when you perform the interaction (keyboard or mouse) on the opened part.
      • The clock stops when you finish configuring the part with all features presented.
      • To make things smoother, please mentioned the time you estimated in the same post as your entry.

       

      9. For the purpose of winning point awards, you can submit as many videos as you want until August 13th 2017, at midnight. After that, feel free to continue to submit videos to establish new records.

       

      10. I reserve the right to add other restrictions based on my own judgement and sense of fairness throughout the competition, in case someone tries to trick the system.

       

       

      FreeStyle Competition Specific Rules:

      1. You can use mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, keyboard search shortcuts, the command manager, static toolbars, menus, context toolbars and the shortcut toolbar.

      2. You can configure your shortcuts and user interface any way you wish.

      3. The sketch entities, constraints, dimensions, sketches and features have to be as per the attached model.

      4. No macros, or library features.

       

       

      Visual Competition Specific Rules:

      1. All interactions have to be visible on the screen and performed with the mouse.

      2. Because of rule #1, you can use only icons, menus, in-context toolbars and the shortcut toolbar.

      3. You can use the "D"-key shortcut to call the confirmation corner to your mouse.

      4. You can use a key (default S) to call the shortcut toolbar.

      5. You can use the "F"-key for Zoom to Fit.

      6. The sketch entities, constraints, dimensions, sketches and features have to be as per the attached model.

      7. No macros, or library features.

       

      Free Modeling Competition Specific Rules:

       

      1. You can use anything in available in the user interface

      2. You can configure your shortcuts and user interface any way you wish.

      3. You can use any modeling methodology you wish. The number of sketch entities, sketches, features and their type is not limited.

      4. No macros, or library features.

       

       

      Free Modeling - The New Generation - Contest Specific Rules:

       

       

      1. All rules from the Free Modeling Competition apply.

      2. The video should demonstrate that the user is holding at least a baby.

      3. The face of the baby does not need to be shown, for privacy reasons.

       

      Good luck to all!

       

      For the purpose of winning point awards, you can submit as many videos as you want until August 13th, 2017, at midnight.

      After that, feel free to continue to submit videos to establish new records.

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