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    Deduct Your Software and Equipment Purchases with IRS Section 179

    by Stacey Clement on November 16, 2017

    IRS Section 179 deductionThe end of the year is near! Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we have 35 days until Christmas. Did you know time is also running out to take advantage of the IRS Section 179 and receive your equipment or software by the end of the year? Now is the time to buy the tools your business needs for a jump start on the new year.

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      Meet our Experts: Matt Haywood - Senior Support Engineer

      by Angelle Erickson on November 2, 2017

      Meet-our-experts-matt-haywood-senior-support-engineerIf you’ve been a customer of Fisher Unitech for a while, or if you’ve ever contacted our SOLIDWORKS Customer Support team, you have probably interacted with Matt Haywood. Matt is a Senior Support Engineer based out of our office in Grand Rapids, Michigan and part of the Fisher Unitech family since 2003. After gaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Western Michigan University, Matt worked in the automotive and office furniture industries. Since then, Matt has earned several Expert, Professional, and Specialist SOLIDWORKS certifications in Mechanical Design, Simulation, Data Management, and more.

      Keep reading to learn more about Matt and how his initial story at Fisher Unitech changed when he became one of the founding fathers of our SOLIDWORKS Support Group.

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        Meet our Experts: Dan Erickson - 3D Printing Application Engineer

        by Angelle Erickson on October 12, 2017

        Meet-our-experts-Dan-Erickson-3D-Printing-Application-EngineerMeet our expert, and member of our 3D Printing team, Dan Erickson who is based out of our Headquarters in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. Dan started at Fisher Unitech in 2011 as a SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineer. After gaining more and more knowledge and interest in additive manufacturing and the power and capabilities of 3D printing, Dan joined our 3D printing team in 2015 as an Application Engineer.

        Keep reading to learn more about Dan, his role in supporting the sales and marketing teams, and his passion for transformative technology.

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          Meet our Experts: Cami L. Florence - Technical Support Manager

          by Angelle Erickson on September 21, 2017

          Meet-our-experts-Cami-Florence-technical-support-manager-1Today on our Meet our Experts series we’re featuring Cami L. Florence. Cami has been with Fisher Unitech for over 10 years and is a Technical Support Manager based out of our office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, Cami specializes in weldments, sheet metal, and surfacing and has over 20 years experience with SOLIDWORKS, design, pre-sales, support, and training.

          If you’ve been to the well-known conference SOLIDWORKS World, you may have seen Cami present. She has an extraordinary knowledge- base and has created informative presentations to help with other users’ success. Keep reading to learn more about Cami and the pride she takes in providing the best customer experience.

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            Meet our Experts: Alex Pauley - Senior 3D Printing Field Technician

            by Angelle Erickson on September 7, 2017

            Meet-our-experts-Alex-Pauley-Senior-3D-Printing-Field-Technician-1The people on the 3D printing team at Fisher Unitech have pretty amazing jobs. They get to help engineers and designers bring their virtual ideas to life on a regular basis. One of those team members is Alex Pauley, our Senior 3D Printing Field Technician based out of our office in Chicago, Illinois. Alex is certified on the entire line of Stratasys 3D printers and the lead installer. He also teaches advanced Insight software training courses.

            Keep reading to learn more about Alex, 3D printing, and his role in the customer experience.

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              Meet our Experts: Greg Pancoast - 3D Printing Field Technician

              by Angelle Erickson on August 31, 2017

              Meet-Our-Experts-Greg-Pancoast-3D-Printing-Field-TechnicianIf you’ve recently purchased a Stratasys 3D Printer from Fisher Unitech, and your company is located in the Mid-Atlantic area, (or our most recent expansion into New England), chances are you may have met Greg Pancoast. Greg is a 3D Printing Field Technician based out of our office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and has been with Fisher Unitech since 2017.

              Keep reading to learn more about Greg and his expertise in the additive manufacturing industry.

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                Fisher Unitech Expands 3D Printing Footprint with a Partnership with Cimquest Inc.’s Stratasys-Focused Business

                by Stacey Clement on August 23, 2017

                Fisher-Unitech-Expands-3D-Printing-Footprint-with-a-Partnership-with-Cimquest-Incs-Stratasys-Focused-Business-1Fisher Unitech announced today the expansion of the company’s 3D printing business footprint with the manufacturing solutions segment of Cimquest Inc. which sells and services Stratasys equipment.

                Fisher Unitech will now support customers with sales, services, and consulting for all Stratasys additive technology solutions, including the full portfolio of Stratasys 3D printers and advanced materials.

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                  Meet our Experts: Drew Buchanan - Application Engineer

                  by Angelle Erickson on August 11, 2017

                  Meet-out-experts-Drew-Buchanan-Application-Engineer-1Meet our Application Engineer, Drew Buchanan, who is based out of our office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and has been with Fisher Unitech since 2015. Drew has been immersed in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) technology, also known as design validation or simulation technology, for the majority of his career. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh he continued to Villanova University for his Masters degree.

                  Keep reading to learn more about Drew’s background with CAE, his simulation webcast on SOLIDWORKS Plastics, and how having the right solution can help you spot challenges before they occur during the design process.

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                    CIMdata Highlights Automation Alley Event on Designing Smart Products for the IoT

                    by Christa Prokos on August 4, 2017

                    CIMdata Highlight Designing Smart Products for the Internet of Things 1 The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how manufacturers design and develop products. From industrial and medical equipment to consumer goods, the products we use today are becoming increasingly connected and smart. While the IoT brings new revenue opportunities for manufacturers, there are also new product development challenges that can eat into profitability.

                    Product development experts Peter Bilello, President of CIMdata, and David Hofer, Electrical Technical Specialist at Fisher Unitech recently spoke about how to address such challenges at an Automation Alley Industry 4.0 Tech Takeover event in Troy, Michigan on July 19th. In this blog, we provide an excerpt from CIMdata’s commentary summarizing the event and topics discussed.

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                      Meet our Experts: Ken Reinert - Senior Application Engineer

                      by Angelle Erickson on July 26, 2017

                      popappengineers-2Meet our expert and Senior Application Engineer Ken Reinert. Ken is based out of our office in Horsham, Pennsylvania and has a slew of knowledge on Electrical 3D CAD software with over 18 years experience.

                      After gaining his degree in Specialized Technology and Mechanical Engineering from York Technical Institute, Ken jumped right into the industry and has been a leader, trainer, and technical supporter ever since.  Keep reading to learn more about Ken and his focus on helping companies reduce cost and design better and smarter products.

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                        Meet our Experts: Sean O’Neill - Senior Support Engineer

                        by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2017

                        Meet-our-experts-Sean-Oneill-senior-support-engineer-1Next up in our Meet our Experts blog series is Sean O’Neill! Sean is a SOLIDWORKS Senior Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech based out of our Horsham, Pennsylvania office and has handled thousands of technical support cases along with delivering training on multiple products within the SOLIDWORKS portfolio.

                        After graduating from Villanova University, Sean worked in the building products industry before joining Prism Engineering in 2012. Keep reading to learn more about Sean and his passion for continuing to provide an exceptional customer experience.

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                          Meet our Experts: Aaron Winthers - Advisory Support Engineer

                          by Angelle Erickson on June 29, 2017

                          Meet-our-experts-Aaron-Winthers-advisory-support-engineer-11Have you ever contacted the Fisher Unitech SOLIDWORKS customer support team? If you have, chances are you’ve been helped by our technical support expert Aaron Winthers. Based out of our Horsham, Pennsylvania office, Aaron has been an Advisory Support Engineer at Fisher Unitech since 2014 specializing in DriveWorks.

                          Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree, concentrating in product design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and comes to work every day with a wealth of knowledge. Keep reading to learn more about technical support, our support team, and how Aaron contributes to the customer experience.

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                            Meet our Experts: Rachael Buhl - Senior Application Engineer Instructor

                            by Angelle Erickson on June 20, 2017

                            Meet-Our-Experts-Rachael-Buhl-Senior-Application-Engineer-Instructor-1Rachael Buhl is a Senior Application Engineer Instructor at Fisher Unitech and is based out of our office in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rachael has been passionately instructing students on SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software for three years to help users sharpen their skills and gain their certifications.

                            Rachael is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert, with certifications in Mechanical Design and Composer. She has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 2011. Keep reading to learn more about Rachael and what got her interested in SOLIDWORKS.

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                              Fisher Unitech Partners with Desktop Metal to Provide Breakthrough Metal 3D Printing Solutions

                              by Stacey Clement on June 15, 2017

                              Fisher-Unitech-Partners-with-Desktop-Metal-to-Provide-Breakthrough-Metal-3D-Printing-Solutions-1Fisher Unitech announced today that it has partnered with Desktop Metal to add metal 3D printing solutions to its portfolio. Fisher Unitech will sell and service Desktop Metal 3D printing systems across Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic geographies to provide affordable engineering and manufacturing 3D metal printing solutions covering the full product lifecycle — from prototyping to mass production.

                              “We are excited to partner with Fisher Unitech,” says Desktop Metal’s CEO and Co-Founder Ric Fulop. “Fisher Unitech is an essential partner to help us fulfill our mission to make metal 3D printing more accessible, and we are pleased to have one of the largest sellers of 3D printers as part of our team.”

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                                Meet our Experts: David Hofer - Electrical Technical Specialist and CID

                                by Angelle Erickson on June 12, 2017

                                popappengineers-2Meet David Hofer, our SOLIDWORKS Electrical Technical Specialist and Certified Interconnect Designer located out of our Troy, Michigan headquarters. David has been one of our Electrical and Printed Circuit Board (PCB) experts at Fisher Unitech since 2014, specializing in developing electronic designs and helping companies get the best value from their SOLIDWORKS PCB and Electrical software.

                                David really knows his stuff. He’s been working with computer-aided engineering tools since the 1980s when he was programming and designing printed circuit board layouts. A high-speed imaging project arose in 2011 where he was introduced to SOLIDWORKS and the rest is history! Keep reading to learn what gets David so geeked out about SOLIDWORKS Electrical and PCB design software.

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                                  Meet our Experts: Rodney Harper - Technical Training Manager

                                  by Angelle Erickson on May 30, 2017

                                  Meet-Our-Experts-Rodney-Harper-Technical-Training-Manager-1Meet Rodney Harper! Rodney has been our technical training manager here at Fisher Unitech since 2008 and is based out of our office in Troy, Michigan. With over 13 years of experience working with SOLIDWORKS, Rodney wants to guarantee that his students get the best training experience available.

                                  SOLIDWORKS training is offered in class, on site, or online to meet your needs. Rodney manages a team of skilled trainers and training administrators committed to making your learning experience the best it can be.

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                                    Additive Manufacturing Experts Weigh In at Stratasys F123 Innovation Event

                                    by Christa Prokos on March 10, 2017
                                    Additive-Manufacturing-Experts-Weigh-In-at-Stratasys-F123-Innovation-Event-11

                                    When you gather a group of manufacturing experts, professionals, technology and service providers at an event to discuss additive manufacturing it’s going to get interesting—and full of heartfelt stories that shaped careers. 

                                    The half day event took place on March 7th at the Michigan State University Management Education Center in Troy, Michigan near Fisher Unitech’s headquarters. This was the first in a series of ten Driving Manufacturing Innovation events taking place in multiple cities.

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                                      Revisiting FETCH and the SOLIDWORKS 2017 Design Contest

                                      by Angelle Erickson on March 2, 2017

                                      On September 7, 2016, we proposed on our blog a design challenge for our SOLIDWORKS community. We introduced FETCH, a claw robot that our technicalRevisiting-FETCH-and-the-SOLIDWORKS-2017-Design-Challenge-1 team modeled in SOLIDWORKS 2017 using the software’s top new features and enhancements. Unfortunately, there was one small hiccup. We wanted FETCH to be able to lift and carry a beverage can to one of our thirsty engineers. He couldn’t do it. The weight of the can caused motor drift.

                                      That’s where our SOLIDWORKS community came in. We asked you to submit your mechanical fix ideas in our SOLIDWORKS 2017 design challenge contest. The person to submit the best design would win FETCH.

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                                        Fisher Unitech Awarded SOLIDWORKS Elite Club for Outstanding Sales and Support

                                        by Christa Prokos on February 28, 2017

                                        Earlier this month, Fisher Unitech and Prism Engineering (now Fisher Unitech) each received recognition from Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. for outstanding sales and support services. This is another example of how well aligned the companies were when Fisher Unitech acquired Prism Engineering in June of 2016.Fisher-Unitech-Awarded-SOLIDWORKS-Elite-Club-for-Outstanding-Sales-and-Support

                                        The two SOLIDWORKS Elite Club awards were presented to Fisher Unitech at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 conference held February 5-8 in Los Angeles, California. Fisher Unitech’s Subscription Manager, Chad Vannatta, and Director of Software Sales, Chris Tarka, accepted the awards on behalf of the company.

                                        The awards recognize Fisher Unitech as one of the top SOLIDWORKS technology and services providers in North America. Membership in the SOLIDWORKS Elite Club signifies that Fisher Unitech exceeds the highest standards for customer retention, subscription support renewals, and software technical support.

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                                          Fisher Unitech Welcomes Prism Engineering Customers

                                          by Angelle Erickson on January 10, 2017

                                          logoLast year on June 1st, Fisher Unitech acquired Prism Engineering Inc. With this acquisition, Fisher Unitech became one of the leading technology providers in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions to provide manufacturing customers with solutions for product development, additive manufacturing, and subtractive manufacturing.

                                          Today, Prism Engineering’s name has officially changed to Fisher Unitech. To our new customers by way of Prism Engineering, welcome to Fisher Unitech and our growing and passionate community. Now that you are a Fisher Unitech customer, this blog will answer some questions you may have regarding your transition, along with a simple tour guide to get you started.

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                                            Important Announcement

                                            by Angelle Erickson on June 9, 2016
                                            We have an announcement to make!
                                            At Fisher Unitech, we make innovation possible, so we’ve expanded our reach to assist more designers and engineers.  We’re excited to announce our acquisition of Prism Engineering Inc.
                                            We are pleased to introduce...
                                            Prism Engineering is the Mid-Atlantic’s leading provider of SOLIDWORKS and Mastercam. With Training and Support centers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, Prism has a proven track record of value and satisfaction to their customers.
                                            Why Prism is the perfect match
                                            Together we take pride in half a century of combined experience working with product design and additive manufacturing customers. With the addition of Mastercam to the lineup, our hardware and software solutions now includes the world’s best-in-class CAM software, allowing customers to improve their productivity and advantage in the market.
                                            The value of values
                                            We believe strongly in our Core Values, and we have seen first-hand that Prism Engineering adheres to these same values.  Prism Engineering emphasizes the importance of their relationships, growth, work ethic, teamwork, and communication within their colleagues and their customers. Together we will strive for customer success and are excited to expand our team!

                                            For further questions related to this acquisition please visit our website

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