Articles by Jacob Ames

Articles by Jacob Ames

Jacob Ames is an Applications Engineer for Hawk Ridge Systems in Bothell, WA, specializing in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Simulation, and 3D Printers. Before joining Hawk Ridge, Jacob earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics from MIT with a focus on renewable fuels. If he's not teaching class, you'll probably find him playing video games with friends or tearing up some trails on a dirt bike.
SOLIDWORKS: Which Package is Right for Me?

SOLIDWORKS: Which Package is Right for Me?

Whether it’s your very first time looking into CAD software, or even if you’re considering adding another license to your growing design team, we have all the information you need to make an informed decision, along with plenty of options for maximum flexibility.

December 16, 2021
4 Things I Wish I Had Known Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS

4 Things I Wish I Had Known Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS

I still remember my first time opening SOLIDWORKS. Staring in awe at the massive user interface, wondering where to start, quickly realizing that I was in over my head … but captivated all the while, imagining all the fantastic things I might be able to build someday. Getting my hands on a computer with the software installed was difficult enough, and then of course, I had to learn how to actually use it.

April 29, 2021
Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS: Hawk Ridge Systems Resources

Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS: Hawk Ridge Systems Resources

In this article, we’ll be covering all the SOLIDWORKS resources available to you through Hawk Ridge Systems, including our technical support team, our YouTube channel and everything in between.

September 11, 2020
Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS: MySolidWorks and the Customer Portal

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS: MySolidWorks and the Customer Portal

In this article, we’ll be covering all the capabilities of your new SOLIDWORKS ID account, from MySolidworks to the Customer Portal and everything in between. If you don’t have a SOLIDWORKS ID yet, be sure to read our "Getting Started With SOLIDWORKS: Registration and Installation" prior to proceeding.

September 11, 2020
Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS: Registration and Installation

Getting Started with SOLIDWORKS: Registration and Installation

Now that you have your SOLIDWORKS Serial number, it’s time to create your SOLIDWORKS ID, get your products registered, and start the installation process. In this article, we’ll be covering everything you need to know for downloading the necessary files and adjusting the installation settings for a successful implementation. With that, let’s get started!

September 11, 2020