Going Remote: What does it take?

Businesses around our region and beyond have had to adapt to working from home. There wasn’t much time for preparation and now we’re working out the kinks. So, what does it take to be a remote engineer?

Mary Jensen, a Product Design Engineer at SIGN Fracture Care International, is doing everything she can to continue working. She set up her office space in a 16-foot trailer outside of her house.

“I currently have a blanket wrapped around me, fingerless gloves and a wool hat,” Jensen described.

She’s already learned some valuable lessons about moving office spaces.

 “I had two monitors set up at work, but I only have room for one in the trailer,” Jensen said. “All of my SOLIDWORKS dialog boxes and error messages were not showing up because SOLIDWORKS remembered that I preferred them to pop up on my second monitor.”

She called Quest for support and was able to adapt the settings to her current situation. 

Now she knows it’s easier to alter that before making the move. She says if her internet is stable, everything works well.

Randy Palmer, the Sr. Mechanical Engineer for Infinite Electronics, says their use of SOLIDWORKS CAD and PDM on a secure cloud has made their transition seamless.

“Our facility has a great set up for work from home, and that has continued forward during this time,” Palmer explained. “Not to mention, my home office has a nice window!”

He says he misses his coworkers but says they’re probably in closer contact now with the tools they have in place for team collaboration.

“We are all pulling together during this time to make sure our customers are taken care of,” Palmer added. “We are still able to hit our value proposition which is to meet the urgent needs of our customers with both product delivery and real-time support.”

Here are the tools you should have in place before going remote:

  • Design Infrastructure

  • Desktop 3D Printer

  • Competent Support Partner

Design Infrastructure

Before you head home, make sure you have access to the same resources. SOLIDWORKS has several options for those that need to access their designs from home.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows for high-quality design and collaboration from anywhere. It brings together all aspects of business on a single cloud-based platform. This helps maintain a connection with your coworkers as well.

SOLIDWORKS desktop users also have easy access from home. We have written up Tech Tips just for you. We’re also offering online training. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your skillset. See our full schedule.

Desktop 3D Printer

No engineers desk is complete without a 3D printer. The Quest Desktop Series printers boast industrial grade capabilities in a tabletop size.

 The Sindoh 3DWOX 2X is an affordable Fused Filament Fabrication machine. If you’re wanting to get started in 3D printing, the 2X is a great place to start. Plus, it offers two-color prints and water-soluble supports.

The Formlabs Form 3 has almost 20 different resin options to choose from. This printer is good for any job. The Low Force Stereolithography technology gives you flexibility for a variety of applications.

The Markforged Mark Two is the most powerful desktop printer on the market. The Continuous Filament Fabrication gives you aluminum level strength. The Mark Two is capable of printing working parts. This investment goes far beyond prototyping.

Each of these 3D printers can fit right on your desk. Print your ideas while you work on more. For work and play, the only limit on 3D printing is your imagination. Contact us for a quote today.

Competent Support Partner

Quest Integration’s motto is “There is no substitute for competence.” Whether your team is in the office or at home, we are here to help. Our team of certified application engineers are dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t just tell you how; we show you using web-based tools to remotely connect. We want you to become a more efficient user.

You and your company are the priority at Quest. Contact us to get set up with any of these solutions.