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It began as so many engineering projects do – the simple thought, “you know, it wouldn’t really be ALL that hard to do….” One of my good friends drinks a lot of carbonated water, and on her wish list is a Sodastream carbonation system. I looked at those online, and it offended my open-source sensibilities that you have to buy the filling station, the proprietary CO2 bottles, the proprietary flavoring, and the proprietary bottles to fill.┬áReally, I thought, one should be able to buy a tank of CO2, some appropriate fittings, and do this a whole lot cheaper. Now I really don’t drink much soda, nor do I care for carbonated water, but as an engineering project this fascinated me. There are even excellent tutorials already available online on this very subject. I walked myself down the street to the welding supply shop (I love living near a technical university…

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PTC’s Pro/Engineer (now called Creo Elements), in my humble opinion, is a terrible software. I say this as someone who used to have a lot of experience with it. I started using Pro/e during my UG freshman year. During my sophomore year, I started being a TA for the class. During that year and the following 3 years, I TA’ed between 4 and 8 sections of Pro/e (and Pro/e2 and Pro/e Wildfire), to hundreds of incoming freshman, getting to the point where I was going over the design lectures and the main prof for the class only showed up for tests. In general, being a TA and pseudo-lecturer gave me some good exposure to how lectures really work in college from the other perspective and it got me over my fear of public speaking. So the intangibles associated with the position were pretty good. But man, Pro/e is a terrible…

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