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.
DraftSight: Modern Use Cases for 2D CAD

DraftSight: Modern Use Cases for 2D CAD

While the global CAD industry continues to grow, industry research has consistently shown a trend toward the adoption of 3D CAD software in place of traditional 2D solutions, a trend which shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. So, with all the evidence in favor of the undisputed superiority of 3D CAD, why bother with a 2D drafting and engineering solution like DraftSight? Despite what the data suggests, there are still plenty of good reasons add DraftSight to your toolkit.

June 6, 2022
DraftSight: Importing PDF to DWG/DXF

DraftSight: Importing PDF to DWG/DXF

Though much of the design and engineering world has moved on to 3D CAD solutions over the last couple decades, DraftSight is often used as a collaboration tool to communicate with other departments, companies, or vendors using 2D design data, even if you yourself are working in 3D. In many cases, this design data may be provided in PDF format, making it difficult to modify and revise. Fortunately, the PDF Import functionality of DraftSight allows users to quickly convert PDF files into DWG format, unlocking all the revision, editing, and design capability within.  

April 6, 2022
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