SOLIDWORKS World 2018 General Session Recap: Day One

In his opening remarks SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi stated that two topics are constantly on his mind: SOLIDWORKS users and the future. He envisions an industrial renaissance; an era in which machines will expand the knowledge of people who want to design and create things. This future, and empowering the SOLIDWORKS community with tools to achieve it, was the theme of day one at SWW18.

Gian Paolo opened the day by demonstrating how users will have access to both desktop and cloud products, increasing the reach of technology and the depth of information found in existing designs. Five new product announcements were made to support the two-pillar strategy:

3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaboration Services: early engineering brainstorming is creative, but chaotic. 3DEXPERIENCE Social Collaboration Services provide social media-style brainstorming in a collaborative, secure environment.

SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Services: created to demystify PLM, SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE PLM Services will support everything from change management to project planning in the most complete and scalable way possible.

SOLIDWORKS Product Designer: natively developed on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SOLIDWORKS Product Designer brings a complete set of design capabilities including Parts, Assemblies, Sheet Metal, Motion Simulation, and Drawings.

SOLIDWORKS xDesign: perfect modeling application that runs in a browser, on any device and is also capable of providing you with optimal designs through the Design Guidance feature.

3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace Make: connects you with certified industrial manufacturing service providers from all over the world.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace is going to be central to this next design renaissance. Forence Hu-Aubigny, Senior Vice-President, 3DEXPERIENCE Platform R&D, discussed how this project aims to create the largest industrial marketplace in the world. Marketplace Make connects designers and engineers (buyers) with industrial service providers (sellers) to turn designs into manufactured products. Try Marketplace Make today: https://make.3dexperience.3ds.com

In addition to Marketplace Make, the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace – Community & Enterprise Services provide a one-stop shop with millions of sourceable parts at your fingertips through Part Supply. You can try the Marketplace Part Supply here: https://partsupply.3dexperience.3ds.com

SOLIDWORKS xDesign has been discussed in previous years at SOLIDWORKS World. Now, Kishore Boyalakuntla brought SOLIDWORKS expert Ed Gebo to discuss his experience using xDesign over the past few months. Ed explained that anyone familiar with CAD can pick up the tool quickly and that it’s a great tool offering flexibility to run CAD anytime, anywhere, and on any device. Currently, about 20 users are experimenting with xDesign, but the plan is to reach 7,000 users by the end of 2018.

Ringbrothers, custom car designers, took the stage by storm with their 1,000-horsepower Javelin designed and manufactured in SOLIDWORKS and SOLIDWORKS CAM. Jim and Mike Ring explained that the transformation to digital manufacturing has helped them work better, easier, and faster. SOLIDWORKS CAM speeds things up and takes precision to another level. If you’re at #SWW18, stop by the manufacturing shop floor in the Product Showcase to see the digital manufacturing process come to life.

Richard Doyle, SOLIDWORKS Advocacy Marketing Senior Manager – aka, the SWUGN guy, took the stage to present this year’s SWUGN award winners:

SOLIDWORKS User Group of the Year: Northeast Ohio, Craig Riedel and Jerry Kassil


SOLIDWORKS User Group Leader of the Year and Michelle Pillers Award: Todd Blacksher

Richard also took time to honor a 20-year SOLIDWORKS World veteran attendee Phil Sluder. Phil has been at user sessions at World since ’99 and his tips and tricks sessions are legendary. SWW18 will feature Phil’s final SOLIDWORKS World presentation. Thank you for your service, Phil!

SOLIDWORKS World is full of amazing additive manufacturing and 3D printing stories. Stephen Nigro President, 3D Printing, HP Inc., shared news of the company’s new line of 3D printers set to democratize 3D printing. The new HP Jet Fusion 3D Printer Series enables you to get high-quality, production-level parts, on par with injection molding and CNC machines from a 3D printer. SOLIDWORKS technology will be leveraged to enable these printers to take advantage of unique voxel-level capabilities. Learn more the HP/SOLIDWORKS partnership by clicking here.

Finally, MIT Professor Neri Oxman closed the day’s general session with an introduction to the age of organism. This new bio-digital age, one of bits, atoms, and genes, moves from assembly to biology where products are grown. What a time to be alive.

Day one general session is in the books and we’ve only just scratched the service.

Originally posted in the SOLIDWORKS Blog.

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