Solidworks World 2018 – Day 3 Part 2

Wow, what a start to the morning. The final General Session of SOLIDWORKS World 2018 was outstanding!

We started with Mike Pucket telling us that “In 2017, someone somewhere in the world took a exam every 3 minutes” That’s a pretty astounding fact when you think about it, but it follows on from Marie Planchards talk yesterday about why education is key in developing the next generation of engineers.

Next up was Ryan Kraft of Arrivo – The Arrival Company and he showcased their high-speed super urban network. Big things coming to Denver next year by the sounds of it!

Milos Zupanski, Director of Product Portfolio Management, spoke about the PDM and PLM solutions available to SOLIDWORKS users.

Ex Minardi Formula 1 driver, Tarson Marques, was next to appear. Tarson uses SOLIDWORKS in his car & motorbike customisation business. He said he used to use pen and paper to sketch, but… Well, his sketches weren’t all that good!

Kurt Lundstedt was next on stage talking about how bicycle manufacturer ENVE use SOLIDWORKS to design racing bikes and components.

If you’ve been walking around the Partner Pavilion this week, you can’t have failed to notice the Mako Jetboard. It looks incredible. Gilo Cardozo of Gilo Industries stopped by to tell us all about and some of the design features.

The final Keynote Speakers of #SWW18 were Hollywood Art Directors and Set Designers, Joseph Hiura and Robert Andrew Johnson. It was fascinating to see how they use SOLIDWORKS to design and build props for Hollywood Blockbusters such as Batman v Superman, the Transformers movies and Oblivion.

After that, all that was left to do was for Gian Paolo Bassi to announce that SOLIDWORKS World 2019 will be held in Dallas Texas on February 10th to 13th.  Put it in your diary!

After the General Session, we stopped by the Microsoft stand and used DraftSight 2018 on a Microsoft Surface Studio. The Surface Studio was running an Intel Core i7 with 32GB RAM and a 4GB GPU. Using the stylus reminded me of my early days drafting on the board!

Next stop today was at the Graebert stand where we were treated to a demonstration of G-Electrical for DraftSight. G-Electrical is a 2D Electrical CAD plugin for DraftSight which will allow an electrical engineer to quickly and easily design electrical projects in DWG format.

G-Electrical does require you to have DraftSight 2018 SP1 (or higher) Professional or Enterprise installed.

We wrapped up the final day of #SWW18 with our final session over in  Room 411 with “DraftSight Essentials: DraftSight for the AutoCAD user”.  As always, Don Glaske gave an excellent class, simply and easily explaining the similarities between DraftSight and AutoCAD and just how easy it is to make the switch from AutoCAD.

So that’s it, that’s SOLIDWORKS World finished for another year.  We hope you found our coverage here on the blog, Twitter and Facebook useful. Don’t worry though, it’s not the end of SOLIDWORKS World, oh no, #SWW19 has already been announced for February 10th to 13th in Dallas, Texas. We hope to see you all there!

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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!