SOLIDWORKS World – Day 3 – Part 2

Day 3 of SOLIDWORKS World 2017 finally came to an end.  That’s it, we packed away the boxes, we took down the stands and we stored it all away till SOLIDWORKS World 2018, which, as you are now probably aware of, is back in Los Angeles next year from February 4th to 7th 2018.

So, what did we learn at #SWW17 ?  Well, we learned that you, the DraftSight users are awesome. Hearing how users utilise the power of DraftSight is always great. Your enthusiasm for the product is amazing and we appreciate all the feedback we received over the 3 days.

We had one General Session and six Technical Training Sessions for DraftSight on Tuesday. The quality and content of the sessions delivered was excellent, even some of us experienced DraftSight users picked up some tips and tricks from the masters.

We saw Lenovo demonstrate their Phab 2 Pro device with built in 3D Scanner, and we learned that DraftSight can open the 3D Scan data and edit it. So yes, DraftSight can indeed work with 3D DWG files!

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Away from DraftSight, we got to meet some incredibly talented young people.  The high school students from Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy are doing things with SOLIDWORKS that, quite simply, are stunning.  Thanks to the inclusion of Art into their STEM based education, their projects not only work well, but look great!

The students from Bruin Racing in UCLA are using SOLIDWORKS to not only design both their race cars, but also the gear boxes! Oh and after the design the cars and gear boxes, they then go and build them, in house! We think you’ll agree that’s a pretty mean feat of engineering.

A running theme throughout SOLIDWORKS World 2017 was The New, The Next, The Never Before. Today’s children are the future, they will be creating the new, the next, the never before. Not every child gets the same opportunities though. Chin Loo Lama summed it up perfectly in her talk when she said “Everyone should have access to education”. This leads on nicely to the SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids software.This web browser based software allows children to turn their dreams and ideas into 3D models which in turn can be shared with the online community or 3D Printed. Oh and just a small thing, Apps for Kids is FREE!


The final thing we learned is that you guys love a freebie and it seems that the DraftSight booth had the best freebies on offer. You loved the footballs and the sunglasses, but those bottles, as soon as they hit the stand, crowds descended and snapped them up. We are glad you liked them as much as we did!

So, as we said at the start, that’s it, SOLIDWORKS World is over for another year.  We’re already planning SOLIDWORKS World 2018 and we hope to see you all back in Los Angeles next year.

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!