Andy was introduced to CAD design while studying mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. He worked for a small company allowing him to wear multiple hats where he was involved in designing and machining molds for injection molding. He then went on to utilize SolidWorks while working in the larger injection molding company designing molds and injection molded parts. He was involved in all processes pertaining to product development, from design and development, to manufacturing and production. Eventually Andy went to work for a SolidWorks reseller called GoEngineer where he specialized in all products of the software relating to design, analysis and manufacturing, specifically, complex modeling, surfacing, FEA, motion analysis, CFD, mold tools, weldments, sheet metal, 3dvia, and image rendering. Andy became an applications engineer certified in technical support and training for SolidWorks and simulation. While employed at GoEngineer he was allowed to take on numerous side jobs consulting for over 20 companys for product design and analysis. He moved into the firearms industry where he designed, developed, and tested rifles for law enforcement and military. This allowed him to utilize his knowledge over the software to design new and innovative products - particularly the Micro Dynamic Rifle for which he was awarded three patents. Now Andy works as a consultant designing and analyzing numerous products as well as an author for Pluralsight.
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