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It was a packed house for the New Horizons general session on day two of SOLIDWORKS World. So packed, in fact, that two additional overflow rooms had to be opened to accommodate the enthusiastic group of attendees. It appeared that there was no shortage of attendees who wanted to see how far advances in many areas of science and engineering have gone. First up was Stuart Constantine, co-founder and editor of Core 77, who spoke on the importance of the three Cs: community, collaboration and craft
SOLIDWORKS Blog
6 days ago
A new era of product design innovation is upon us. 3D printing and digital manufacturing have reached the point where the question is not how, but when will additive technologies go beyond the existing limitations of traditional manufacturing. Companies at large will embrace additive manufacturing, and designers cannot ignore it or may find themselves in the position of writers who stuck to their typewriters, or photographers who insisted that film and chemicals would prove no match for
SOLIDWORKS Blog
7 days ago
Lots of big news on day one at #SWW19. You can steam the presentations below, but here’s a quick recap. First on the new product list is the 3DEXPERIENCE.Works strategy. 3DEXPERIENCE.Works brings the power of the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform to SOLIDWORKS users.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
8 days ago
As design tools are becoming more and more democratized and TV shows such as “Shark Tank” gain popularity, it seems the idea of inventing and bringing that next great product to market is no longer just in the realm of reality for large corporations but for small startups and entrepreneurs as well. This year at SOLIDWORKS World 2019, three startups will pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges in the 3DEXPERIENCE Pitch. Each participant will be allowed to give a five-minute
SOLIDWORKS Blog
13 days ago
It’s 2019. We’re reaping the benefits of interactive TV, so why not extend this into the real world and say the largest gathering of SOLIDWORKS users on earth? Well that’s exactly what will happen during day two of SWW19 General Sessions on Tuesday, February 12th. On Tuesday morning, you have the power to choose your own General Session.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
20 days ago
What do you picture when I say “starting a movement?” Do you picture angry mobs of people walking down a city street or outside of a City Hall? Or perhaps you think of a large basement full of people speaking their minds? Or perhaps you visualize the old Frankenstein movie with the angry mob heading to Dr. Frankenstein’s home?
SOLIDWORKS Blog
22 days ago
Invertigo. Steel Vengeance. Batman. While these may sound like comic book titles at first glance, they are actually the names of popular roller coasters located at amusement parks across the U.S. that have garnered the passion and interest of Matt Schmotzer.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
29 days ago
For all those fans out there who have followed this blog series for the past four years, I have some unexpected news for you. The Torpedo Project has come to an early conclusion. I’m very bummed about this outcome but not as much as the Tucker Torpedo Team. Rob Ida, Sean Tucker, Bob Ida, Bob “Bobsled Bob” Cuneo, and all the other contributors can be proud of their accomplishment.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
As a young boy, Easton LaChapelle had an interest in making things anything
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
As of January 1, 2019, we have changed our re-take policy on all our customer-facing and academic certification exams. The Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) which is considered to be the most challenging exam we offer has now been changed from 180 days, to just 90 days! All other exams that had a 30-day waiting policy, such as the CSWA, has been changed to 14 days and now coincides with the same retake policy as the CSWP exam segments. The CSWP exam segments 1, 2, and 3 were already set to 14
SOLIDWORKS Blog
1 month ago
Lucas Crupi This post was written by Neeta Sharma, Account Manager at Javelin, a Preferred SOLIDWORKS Educational Reseller. Lucas Crupi is a CERTIFIED SOLIDWORKS EXPERT (CSWE) at the age of 15. While most young people are getting through exams, or playing Fortnight, Lucas was preparing to write the highest level of SOLIDWORKS certification exam. He is the youngest person to achieve this level of certification, in the world and in the history of certification exams.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
1 month ago
An aviation enthusiast since he was young, Mr. Jettanakorn Pengsiri, founder of JFox Aircraft Co., Ltd. in Thailand, had always dreamt of building an aircraft of his own and taking to the skies. While working as an aircraft systems engineer, Jettanakorn decided to put his years of experience in designing aviation systems and aircraft maintenance to good use, by building his first plane – the two-seater JX-200RG Sport Thunder High-Performance five years ago. Initially intending to use it as a
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
My name is Jamison Go and I am the team captain, primary driver, and one of the engineers for the BattleBot SawBlaze Team. Currently I am a R&D engineer at an additive manufacturing startup in the Burlington, MA. My experience is in both mechanical and electrical engineering, and I have spent many years as a researcher in robotics and additive manufacturing. My teammates (Lucy Du, John Mayo, Chris Merian, Joao Ramos, Alex Hattori, and Mason Massie) are either current students or alumni of MIT.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
2 months ago
Welcome back to this multi-part blog series featuring Mike Sabocheck and his efforts to outsmart his local squirrels using SOLIDWORKS xDesign. If you need to catch up, please read the part 1 and part 2 first. In the last blog the original design I came up with needed to be changed based on my wife Tracy’s input. She wanted the feeder support arms to rotate independently from one another and not have them stationary.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
At North Design Works there is never really a normal day at the office. At time of writing they’re helping a small software company break through into automotive hardware, whilst separately working with an historic racing car manufacturer to design one of their first new car bodies in years based on sketches of a 1960’s Formula 1 Concept Car. Work-in-Progress Project Car Previous extremes of project randomness include designing sports bras, automotive research in waste heat recovery,
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
Innovation is the future and to get there you need the right tools. Let’s see how Arcimoto, a forward-thinking company uses SOLIDWORKS to devise new technologies that raise the bar for environmental efficiency, footprint size, and price affordability in electric vehicle design. Founded in 2007, Arcimoto, Inc.’s main focus is creating the most affordable and performance-packed electric vehicle suitable for the daily driver. The company has broken new ground in the transportation industry by
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
A while ago, I had the honor to be part of something special. It was the launch of a project I have been supporting for a few years, which will be hopefully the start of the largest Ocean cleanup in history: #theoceancleanup. Image source: The Ocean Cleanup I am rooted in the Seas and Oceans Ever since I was a little boy, like my dad and my grandpa before, I liked spending my time on the beaches of the North Sea. Now, as a father of three, I am taking my family to the Netherlands every year (I
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
You may not know about Cambridge Design Partnership yet. But with the help of SOLIDWORKS they are breaking new ground in product design, with a list of patents to prove it. Here’s a quick guide to one of the UK’s most progressive product design specialists. Innovation that goes beyond buzzwords
SOLIDWORKS Blog
3 months ago
Ergonomic products are often designed for adults and while that is already tough enough to perfect, baby products are an even more elusive challenge for many product designers. How would one design products for those who are still learning and refining their motor skills? Monique Filer and Danielle Michaels reimagined every baby product they could think of with SOLIDWORKS On a flight to New Zealand, Dannielle Michaels found changing her newborn’s diaper to be what she describes as “mission
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
The beverage industry spills over with ways to wet your whistle. For the discerning customer there’s more choice available than ever before. The explosion of craft beers, the never-ending range of sodas and rise in popularity of energy drinks has seen consumption and profit surge over the last decade, in spite of harsh economics. Technology has enabled this thirst-quenching journey.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
Are you a CAD manager? It’s a tough job. We know. That’s why we will be bringing together the most experienced SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Engineers for the CAD Manager’s Boot Camp on Sunday, February 10th, 2019.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
SPOILER ALERT! If you didn’t watch the BattleBots Championship finals this past Friday, you may want to before reading this blog This past Friday night, I watched the BattleBots final four battle it out for the 2018 BattleBots Championship at the WPI University Watch Party supporting Team Bite Force.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago
In the SOLIDWORKS community, we are fortunate to meet talented innovators that are making a difference in people’s lives. Many volunteer their time with organizations that do good for others. Last month, I was fortunate to learn about Remap.org.uk that designs and builds equipment to help people live more independently. My friend Sam Cullen from our VAR Solid Solutions UK introduced me to one such innovator, Henry Kirby.
SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog
4 months ago
Battlebots Team BiteForce attacks I cannot imagine that you are not already aware, but the 2018 Season of BattleBots is coming to an end. The Final Four will be fighting it out this Friday on the Discovery Channel. I know I’m excited, as I have been following this event for many years now, however, this year is especially exciting as we have an ALL-SOLIDWORKS Final four. All four bots were designed using SOLIDWORKS: Lock-Jaw, Bite Force, Whiplash and Minotaur.
SOLIDWORKS Blog
4 months ago