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Born to Design takes you inside the most fascinating stories coming out of the design and manufacturing world. The surprising backstories of amazing creators. Harrowing near-failures that became overnight successes. Uplifting examples of the many ways our community is changing the world for the better. Presented by SOLIDWORKS, Born to Design is a podcast for dreamers, designers, and creators of all kinds.


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Born to Design takes you inside the most fascinating stories coming out of the design and manufacturing world. The surprising backstories of amazing creators. Harrowing near-failures that became overnight successes. Uplifting examples of the many ways our community is changing the world for the better. Presented by SOLIDWORKS, Born to Design is a podcast for dreamers, designers, and creators of all kinds.






49- Innovation, Hard work, and a bit of Duct Tape

Interview with Heath Tims, an Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and a Professor for Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University. Heath believes in a hands-on AND in-class approach to teaching engineering students. He is also involved in a very successful Eco-Car team, which is an interdisciplinary group of students and faculty working together to design competitive, fuel-efficient cars. The team competes against national and international teams and also helps other Eco-Car teams at area schools. Heath shares stories from his 17 years teaching at LA Tech, and his philosophy for preparing these students for success.


48- One Man, One Mission: to expand the South American SOLIDWORKS Community

Interview with Jose Saldana, an engineering manager by day, but in his free time he serves as a SWUGN group leader on the U.S. West coast, as well Central and South America. Jose has a passion for expanding design and innovation to South America, and helping out organizations there. Jose shares stories of the great outreach work he is doing.


47- Teaching Future Engineers through Hands-on Learning

We know that engineers are hands-on learners, and it’s great to see that some engineers, such as Heather Dawe-Rose, spending time teaching those future engineers. Heather works for SOLIDWORKS Reseller TriMech, but she is best known for her work with student outreach programs, teaching future engineers though hands-on projects, not classroom environments. Heather comes up with many of the teaching methods herself, which she shares during our discussion. She is an outstanding advisor and mentor for our youth. I believe you will enjoy listening to her stories and clever teaching tactics.


46- User Group Leader Shares How to Turn Challenges to Strengths

Joe Lance is a very well-known and integral figure in the SOLIDWORKS community, so I was overdue to interview him, and found the opportunity to sit down with him at 3DEXPERIENCE World. Joe is the leader of the Houston SOLIDWORKS User Group, a SOLIDWORKS Champion, and has been a mentor to engineers for decades. He is also an avid Marathon runner. In addition to his experiences as a mentor and SOLIDWORKS User, Joe also shares some personal struggles that he has been able to turn into his strengths, and his insights into some key principles to becoming an effective mentor. I believe you will enjoy listening to this very authentic episode…


45- What Would it Feel Like to Be a Giant?

Jonathan Tippet didn’t just ask the question, “What would it feel like to be a giant?” he decided to answer the question and build a full-scale Exoskeleton, which he named Exosapien, and he is not done. He has already started building the second version. Jonathan explains where his inspiration came from, and the hurdles he had to overcome in building his giant-suit. If you ever wanted to know what it took to design something completely new, or how to fulfill your design dreams, listen into this interview with Jonathan and I promise you’ll be inspired.


44- Machines Building Machines

Jens (Yens) Dyvik is an industrial designer and Fab Lab founder who has traveled the world for the past two years, visiting Fab Labs all over the globe. Jens has designed a CNC machine that can build another CNC machine. Yes, you read that right. Doing so enables Fab Labs to get up and running faster. Jens shares his adventures and many stories of inventors and Makers around the world in this latest Born to Design podcast.


Simulation Expert Shares His Sectets

Interview with Bob Johnson, an analyst with over 40 years of experience with design analysis and is an expert on all things related to simulation. Bob is also a key member of the SIMULIA community. Bob shares his advice, knowledge and years of experience on the advancements to analysis software.


42- 3D Printing Expert Shares Tips on Getting Started

Interview with Kirby Downey, a designer, Maker, builder, community leader, 3D Printing expert, AND a key member of the SOLIDWORKS community. Kirby shares his advice and knowledge on getting started in 3D printing, along with many tips and insights for Makers, DIY'ers, and hobbyists.


41- What Does Good Design Sound Like?

Listen in to an interview with Halewijn Stikvoort, a designer, an acoustics engineer, and a key member of the SOLIDWORKS community. Halewijn shares his thoughts on finding your engineering passion, which, for him, was acoustics.


40- Merging Humans and Technology

Kate Reed is a designer, inventor, maker, mentor, and a key member of the SOLIDWORKS community. Kate is a leader in the study of and innovation for wearable technology, leveraging principles of nature to better connect humans and computers. Listen in as Kate discusses her fascinating research and knowledge on the future of technology and human interaction.


39- You Get What You Give (to and from the community) with Lauritz Berg

Interview with Lauritz Berg, a design engineer for Leisure Vans, who shares some great insights into tips and tricks and techniques for designing better through improved collaboration. Lauritz is an active member of the SOLIDWORKS User Forum community, asking questions and often providing helpful and insightful answers for other SOLIDWORKS users around the world. He also has taken time to contribute his ideas and overall 3DSwym User Experience enhancement requests to Dassault Systèmes.


38- Words of Wisdom from a 91 Year Old SOLIDWORKS User

Interview with 91 year old Johnnie Floyd, who still today uses SOLIDWORKS, and is STILL inventing. Johnnie has been inventing long before the advent of modern computers or CAD software, and holds several patents, and is still working on new ones. Johnnie has an enormous amount of wisdom to share with other designers and engineers of any age, which I believe you will enjoy.


37- Hacking Engineering History with Integza

Interview with Joel Gomez who creates very engaging explanatory videos on topics around engineering, such as rockets, engines, and many other topics. He has a very large following, probably due to how hard he works at explaining engineering concepts, and building and solving engineering hurdles throughout history – it’s a very creative channel, which I suggest you check out. Joel shares some insights into his business and how he approached solving difficult engineering and design problems.


36- How Understanding the Build Influences the Design

Interview with Gabe Corbett, who started his career in machining, but is now a consultant and the top SOLIDWORKS trainer on LinkedIn. He has had an interesting and diverse career with positions that include machine shop owner, product designer, teacher, user group leader, and design consultant. Gabe has some great insights on how best to design a product from concept all the way through to fabrication.


35- Creating Tomorrow’s Innovators

Interview with Ben Nuebel, who is a high school Engineering Technologies Teacher and Fab Lab Instructor, responsible for teaching many SOLIDWORKS student experts. Ben discusses the importance of finding an alternative to the traditional classroom environment, one with more hands-on skills training. Listen to find out what Ben has learned from teaching and growing his technology programs at Cherry Creek Schools


34- Thinking Outside the Box-Camper

Interview with Jason Bontrager and Rob Miles, who both come from the camping industry. These two fascinating innovators created a revolutionary new camping solution from scratch, one that might change the way people commune with nature. Join us as they explain how they came up with their “skinny-guy” concept, which is very unique. Listen to learn what is takes to go from a corporate environment to a start-up with a new design.


33- Hands-on Teaching for the Next Generation of Engineers

Interview with Melissa Ahmed and Greg Beddoe, two bright design engineers who happen to also be SOLIDWORKS Champions. They share a passion for STEM and spend HALF of their time promoting it to schools in the UK by teaching it though hands-on learning opportunities with STEM Activity Days. Listen as we discuss the future of design and engineering, and how to grow interest in STEM for young students.


32- Its Not Just About Design

Interview with MetalQuest CEO, Scott Harms, and COO, Scott Volk. We talk about innovation in manufacturing, and the many misconceptions around what manufacturing is today. Manufacturing is one of the largest growing high-tech industries with many opportunities and great careers.


Choppers, Machining, and Community

Interview with Jason Pohl, who you may know as the product designer for the popular television show, “American Chopper.” Jason is a very outgoing and passionate advocate for Product Design, and he shares a lot about his experience, mentorship and building the product design community. Listen as Jason discusses what’s next for him and his desire to grow the design community to help others succeed in this industry.


Young Entrepreneurs Making a Difference

Interview with Lucas Crupi, who became the youngest Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, when he passed his exam at only 15 years old. Lucas a mentor and ambassador for STEM, with a lot of wisdom for a 16 year old.