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Jonathan D. Kriek

Jonathan Kriek is a Manufacturing Solutions Engineer based out of Dallas, Texas. His passion is providing solutions that automate repetitive tasks and integrate company processes in order to increase productivity, reduce design time, and decrease time to market. With over a decade in the manufacturing industry as well as implementing Product Data Management (PDM), Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), and Automation solutions he possesses a keen insight into what goes into improving the enterprise.

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iLogic - A Generative Approach

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jul 6, 2017

Inventor iLogic is oftentimes based on the concept of a “Master Model” where everything is self-contained including all parts, assemblies, and their corresponding constraints. A second method, one without the “Master Model”, is something KETIV Engineers have begun to explore with customers. Jonathan Kriek, MFG Solutions Engineer, shows how KETIV is using a templated automation approach with “Generative” capabilities using iLogic along with the Inventor API to create highly-customizable designs, build components on the fly, and assemble automatically based on ever-changing conditions. In this session of Autodesk Virtual Academy, see how this design methodology has helped us solve some unique customer problems.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, iLogic, Generative Design, Autodesk Inventor 2017, iLogic Design Automation, Inventor iLogic

Making an Impact: Mentoring for the Future

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Dec 10, 2015

Most of the core knowledge I've learned over the years as been self-taught. I love the challenge of picking up a new programming language or software and simply learning it inside and out, but not everyone is able to extract this knowledge as easily.

Today, in the information age, with rapidly growing technology connecting everyone, we can learn almost anything on the internet. But there is a lot to be said for information that simply can't be learned from an online pre-recorded video, electronic book, web help page, or even blog - things like troubleshooting that only come through experience, for example. We can document common issues, provide known solutions, and dump our knowledge into it, but often it's all missing a key element.

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Topics: Future of Making Things, Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk University 2015, KETIV AVA, Autodesk Entrepreneur Impact Program, Autodesk Foundation, Autodesk Clean Tech, AU 2015, Autodesk 3ds Max, Mentoring, Future of Learning

Autodesk Inventor's Shape Generator - It's a Whole New World

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Oct 29, 2015

The 2016 R2 Release of Inventor is bound to change the way you think about CAD tools. With the introduction of "Shape Generator", what Autodesk is calling "Generative Design", will enable users to design products using minimal material and optimize a design based on a set of input parameters. 

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Shape Generator, v2016R2, Topology Optimization

Autodesk PLM 360: The Phantom-class

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Sep 30, 2015

Back in May Autodesk released it's very robust classification engine for PLM 360. It made it much easier to enforce standards, understand the function of an item, and create categories at multiple levels, but it's pretty easy to get carried away. If you're an Administrator like me you may feel that you can never have enough classification, but the reality is your users don't need all of it and it may in fact hinder their use of the system. So how do we strike the balance between function and organization?

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Topics: Autodesk PLM 360, Phantom Class, Classification

Additive Manufacturing In Space: 3D Printing In Zero-G

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Sep 11, 2015

SpaceX - Space Exploration Technologies Corp

You are on the the International Space Station (ISS) and it's time for the required routine filter replacement, but there's a slight issue - "houston we have a problem we can't find the filter cap". No problem you think, just order another right? Here's the stats on that: Estimated time of arrival is six (6) months on the next supply from Earth costing around $10,000 for every pound of items transported. You know you can fire up the 3D printer back at NASA and have this part completed in 45 minutes, but what about space?

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Topics: Innovation, Real World Experiences, Manufacturing, Autodesk Fusion 360, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

Your Parts Made to Order with Autodesk Fusion 360 and Proto Labs

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Aug 10, 2015

Free quote and design analysis in a matter of hours and custom parts manufactured to your specifications in three days standard? All driven for a single CAD program? Sounds unbelievable, but that's exactly what Autodesk Fusion 360 is offering through Proto Labs.

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Topics: Innovation, Manufacturing, Autodesk Fusion 360, Made to Order, Push-button Manufacturing, Manufacturing as a Service (MaaS)

Compelling Use Case for Autodesk Design Web Format (DWF) on the manufacturing floor

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jul 10, 2015

It's no secret that despite all the technology in Engineering your shop floor most likely still uses paper drawings. Engineering has Autodesk Vault PDM ensuring you get the latest revision, Non-CAD users can retrieve the drawings from the Vault web client, and there's integrated ERP and Autodesk PLM360 to keep the rest of the organization abreast of the most up to date information about those designs, but ultimately you still see a stack of paper drawings being distributed in the shop to various centers complete with weld slag, grease, and hand written notes.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Innovation, Autodesk A360, Autodesk Vault, Real World Experiences, Autodesk AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk DWF, 3D Visualization

Directing Traffic - Advanced Control of Autodesk Network Licensing

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 19, 2015

In my last article we discussed the basics of Autodesk Network Licensing and the overall benefits. Now we'll dive into several advanced license management features such as restricting users to specific licenses, license borrowing, and license timeout. Be sure to check out the previous article Benefits of Autodesk Network Licensing – the Time to Act Is Now.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, Autodesk Network Licensing, FlexNet

Benefits of Autodesk Network Licensing – the Time to Act Is Now

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 15, 2015

A combination of advantages come with Network Licensing, including flexibility, accurate tracking, standardization, and control. You may be somewhat familiar with Network Licensing if you own Autodesk Vault, but it's not limited to just that - most Autodesk products can be network licensed and even combined into the same license file. With Autodesk's planned changes to perpetual license purchases in 2016 as well as new deep discounts expiring in July of this year - now more than ever is the right time to make that transition. In this article we'll cover all the information you need to know to get started.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Maintenance Subscription, Autodesk Network Licensing, FlexNet

System Variable Monitor - New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2016

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 10, 2015

Have you ever executed a "file open" within AutoCAD and been surprised that it's now prompting you on the command line instead of displaying the open file dialog? I can sense you nodding your head =)

Most of you know it's the FILEDIA system variable that's responsible for this and you change it back to "1", right? That seems like a simple fix that also applies to other system variables in AutoCAD.

With Autodesk AutoCAD 2016's new "Sysvar Monitor" (System Variable Monitor) you can configure your software to be able to monitor those changes and reset them as needed.

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Topics: New Features, v2016, Autodesk AutoCAD

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