MHzStudios String Art for Sale

Hi everyone,

I’ve decided I need some kind of outlet for creative projects, so I’m going to attempt to make and sell these state string art pieces that have been such as big hit as gifts for my family.

I’ve developed an Esty store (, but since these wall hangings have so many customization options, I’ve also developed a commission form ( which allows buyers to customize their individual piece to their own personal style, before it’s made-to-order by me.

Take a look at just a few examples of the products I’ve made so far.

If you’re interested in these beautiful products, I promise to make you an amazing piece of art by hand that can be customized specifically for you, and displayed with pride for years to come.

Not interested in a piece right now? No problem! Just help me make this little experiment a success by spreading the word, offering business advice, or just leaving some words of encouragement.


New Content Available in the CAD Model eStore

Check out the two new models available in the eStore! The oil platform and oil tanker, shown below, were modeled for Rob Rodriguez of Axis CAD Solutions. $30 for the pair sound good?

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It’s my birthday!


That is all.


Happy Birthday to 6.04 Megahertz!

Fun fact: I started this blog 1 year ago today, after attending SolidWorks World 2011, and needing a way to fully describe how awesome it was.  Hope you’ve enjoyed it so far!


The SolidWorks World Trifecta

I’ve done it. The triple crown, the hat trick, the turkey, the trifecta.  I’ve been invited to SolidWorks World 2012 by three -count ’em, THREE – different groups inside the SolidWorks organization.  Each group invited me for a different reason, but all based on my contributions to the SolidWorks community. 

I was first invited by Richard Doyle, in my capacity as a SolidWorks User Group Leader.  My Fredericksburg area user group (FredSWUG) was founded in December of 2010, and has consistently maintained a small but passionate membership.  With this invitation, I was also gifted one free admission to the conference.

The second invitation came from the PR department at SoidWorks – thanks to Matt West and Kristen Wilson – in my capacity as a blogger (which hopefully you know about if you’re reading this). Apparently Solidworks has noticed my work, and thought it worthy enough to reward.  This came as a total surprise to me, but I’m very flattered.  A good deal of credit should go to Josh Mings of SolidSmack, who helped me get started.  This invitation included hotel accommodations and access to SolidWorks VIPs at the press event.

Finally, the most exciting invitation came from the office of the CEO himself, Bertrand Sicot. As regular followers may know, I recently underwent surgery to replace a defective heart valve.  The company that manufactures the mechanical heart valve I was given, On-X Life Technologies, inc. recently switched from Pro/E to SolidWorks as their major design package to design these life-saving medical devices. Thanks once again to Matt West, Mr. Sicot Heard about my story, and thought it would be perfect to share in the first General Session of SolidWorks World 2012! 

I’ll have behind-the-scenes access to the main stage that day, I’ll be seated in the front row, and I may even be on stage with Bertrand (that part isn’t clear yet). With this final invitation, I was offered complementary airfare to and from the event. I might just be the only non-SolidWorks Employee to attend the conference completely free!  

It’s a great feeling to be so respected among a community of intelligent, passionate people such as this, and I promise to keep doing my part to show the world how amazing we all are.


New Photo Portfolio

I’ve switched out of the expensive Photomerchant hosting service, and will now be displaying my photography portfolio on a secondary Posterous account.  Click the link below, or the permanent link in the menu bar on the left.

You can follow that space to be alerted to new photos.  If you see any photos you particularly like, I’d be happy to make you a print, panorama, or canvas.


– Daniel

My Testimonial on the On-X Heart Valve


If you’ve been following along at home, you know I recently underwent heart valve replacement surgery. My new mechanical valve was developed by a company called On-X Life Technologies, Inc. The company recently approached me to write a short testimonial about my experiences so far with the valve.  I replied, and my words have already been posted on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as the official company website.  I wrote:


“I was born with a bicuspid aortic valve, which developed stenosis and calcification over the last 23 years. After it was determined that I needed my valve replaced, every medical professional I consulted recommended the On-X valve.  They all recommended it because it is a permanent valve replacement solution, requiring no future surgeries, and also based on the very low risk of clotting, which may someday eliminate the need for blood thinners.  The surgery went well, and since then my heart has felt much better than I expected. The valve is quiet and never bothers me, even when I sleep.” – Daniel


Be sure to watch this space for more information about On-X, as I explore the science and design of their valves. Also, it’s come to my attention that they are a new SolidWorks customer, so stay tuned for that side of the story as well.


Earn Dan Points Today!

Hey everyone!


Limited time offer!


I’m offering 67,381 Dan points to anyone who goes to my online photography store and either:

a) Buys one of my awesome photos! Framed or unframed! Shipped directly to your door! Signed by the artist (ME!) if you want!

b) Comments here on the site (layout, price, options, etc).



I’m Famous! – My SolidWorks Skills in the Real World

Even since attending SolidWorks World 2011, there’s been a steady upswing of interest in my SolidWorks models, by businesses and individuals alike.  I thought I’d share some of the places that have used some of my models in their marketing and design materials.


Howe and Howe Technologies Riptide Amphibious Assault Platform – M107 50-Caliber Sniper Rifle

My Original Model:


Renders from Howe and Howe Tech site:



Luxology modo 501 for SolidWorks Kit – M107 50-Caliber Sniper Rifle and Dodge Charger

My Original Model:


Renders from modo for SolidWorks Kit page:




(Rendered with permission by Paul McCrorey)


Trelawney & Livesey – Analog Watch

My Original Model:


Preliminary rendering provided by Johan Hedengran:


(Model used with permission under license)


See more of my collection on my SolidWorks Portfolio page!