SOLIDWORKS World – Day 1

Well it’s Day 1 of SOLIDWORKS World 2017 here at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It started with a bang, the General Session had a mix of speakers, all very passionate about SOLIDWORKS and what you, the user can do with it.

The show kicked off with some magic courtesy of Tim Clothier from Illusion Projects. Tim uses SOLIDWORKS to create his illusions that are used by the very best magicians around the world! SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi, placed all his faith in SOLIDWORKS and escaped, head still intact, from one of Tims fantastic creations!

We had Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman & CEO of Dassault Systèmes and Monica Menghini also of Dassault Systèmes speak about where they see SOLIDWORKS going in the future. If you want to design on a smartphone, in a web browser or on a traditional desktop PC, you can!

Everything went a bit rock n’ roll for a while with the arrival on stage of Paul Reed Smith from PRS Guitars and Mark Tremonti of Creed. Paul spoke about how SOLIDWORKS has made designing guitars for clients like Mark, a lot easier, while keeping many of the original skills he started out with.

I know it’s still early in the week, but Jason Silva, from Brain Games on National Geographic came on stage and gave an incredible and passionate speech about the ever changing face of technology and where he sees it going. Subjects ranged from Nano technology and Biotechnology  to the power of the smartphone in a childs hand. It was a really interesting talk.

So, that’s how we started SOLIDWORKS World 2017.  What do we have lined up for the day ahead? The simple answer is LOTS!!!

Before Lunch, there are fascinating Technical Training Sessions on topics such as the IoT Mini General Session, Using 3D Scan Data Effectively and How to Model Curvy Stuff from it and Knowledge Based Machining: Hands on.

After lunch, Technical Training Sessions continue and the topics available are equally intriguing. The Secrets of File Management is a must if you find yourself struggling with managing your project data. Injection Molding with SOLIDWORKS Plastics should be very interesting also. Bringing CAD to VR will be fascinating, I would suggest trying to get along to that session also, and, there is a second Internet of Things session entitled IoT Industry Trends this afternoon.  If you want to know what’s coming down the line in the world of IoT, then get along to it!

Kids are our future, they will be the ones that design The New, The Next, The Never Before and with that in mind, SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids Hands On should be a great session.

There are far too many Technical Training Sessions to list here, so I would suggest either checking out your SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Guide or download and install the Official App for Android and iOS devices to keep track of the events you want to attend.

MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago. I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!