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2015 DIP winner has book published

DIP catches up with Alex Bordino to find out more about his latest accomplishments.

Our warmest congratulations are due to Alexander Bordino, the 2015 DIP winner, for the publication of his very first book, which is aimed at the design engineering community.

Alex was scouted by Packt Publishing who were looking for the ideal candidate to write another in their series of learning books which deliver information about software to IT professionals.

The result is ‘Autodesk Inventor 2023 Cookbook: Accelerate advanced modeling and automation skills for design engineers through actionable recipes’, a publication which the publishers have now made available for pre-order on Amazon. It is aimed at CAD specialists, mechanical/design engineers and product designers who have a basic understanding and experience of Autodesk Inventor and want to progress beyond the fundamentals.

The book uses a creative recipe-based approach to show design engineers how to perform mechanical visualisation and simulated tasks using Autodesk Inventor, a computer-aided design application for 3D mechanical design, simulation, visualisation and documentation developed by Autodesk.

Alex tells us he came to the notice of Packt Publishing through his work with Cadspec, a leading supplier of Autodesk CAD/CAM software and a consultancy, which he joined in 2018. Since joining them he has developed skills in diverse areas, in particular the commercial side of design software and helping businesses identify the best ways of implementing it.

Alex says: “I received a message out of the blue from the publishing company who said they wanted to bring out an advanced tech guide for the software for 2023, and that it would be part of their ‘cookbook’ range of publications. The key was that they wanted someone new and fresh to write it.

“I had all the initial self-doubt because I am not first and foremost a writer. Writing a book wasn’t even on my radar but, after learning at our initial meeting that I would have a team of editorial and technical people supporting me, I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss.

“It was really hard, not so much coming up with the content, but more just finding the time to do it! My normal work takes me beyond 5pm most of the time and having also been helping to plan my wedding this year, I was really stretched, so I simply worked at weekends, locking myself into my office!

“I feel a real sense of accomplishment having achieved it, and it’s totally surreal to see the book on Amazon! It’s due to be released on January 10, 2023 and will be available on Kindle or hard copy. I feel very excited at the prospect of getting my hands on my own copy!”

Alex was a product design student at Nottingham Trent University when he won Design Innovation in Plastics with his patented Soft Ice ‘S’ Pump, a redesign of the stainless steel pump fitted to Carpigiani soft ice cream machines.

Flashback to DIP 2015: Alex with his award-winning Soft Ice S Pump

After graduating he became a design engineer at Brett Martin Daylight Systems, a UK manufacturer which produces high quality products for the roofing and panel glazing markets, many of which are from plastics. A year later he took the opportunity to join Cadspec, initially as a manufacturing application engineer and Autodesk certified instructor.

He has gone on to explore various areas within Cadspec and is currently working in technical sales. He has experience as an Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional, is an Autodesk Accredited Trainer and an Accredited Stratasys FDM & Polyjet Additive Manufacturing Trainer.

Alex added: “When I left university I was adamant I would have a career in design, but then you get thrown curve balls and opportunities which you’ve not considered before. I’ve ended up taking them and doing something completely different, but still drawing from all the experience I have accumulated.”

Alex’s book is available for pre-order on Amazon

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