SolidWorks World 2011 General Session Day 2

Sorry for being lazy but here is General Seesion day 2 at SolidWorks World 2011.

General Session Day 2 at SolidWorks World 2011 started with the same bang and more excitement as everyone was looking forward to know “What is in the box today?”

The day was dedicated to all the SolidWorks users, the SolidWorks User Groups and the SolidWorks Customers around the world. A day focused on appreciating the people for their hard works and true dedications.

Fielder Hiss, Vice President, Product Management started the day with a thanks giving to HP for being the proud platinum sponsor for SolidWorks World

Then on the stage was Richard Dyole, the man behind the SolidWorks User Group Network.  He was out to present the awards for the SWUGN leader and group of the year.

The “User Group of the Year Award” went to the Chicago SolidWorks User Group and its leader Denny Bahl was awarded with the prize.

Ed Gebo from the Connecticut SolidWorks User Group was recognized as the “User Group Leader of the Year.”

A special tribute was given to Michelle Pillers, one of the SWUGN founders and a respected user group member, who passed away last year while fighting with cancer. Phil Sluder and Richard Doyle highlighted all her contributions, hard work and dedication she has given to the SolidWorks user communities and finally making the SWUNG a great success throughout the world. To honor her achievements and contributions, Michelle Pillers SWUGN Community award was annouced and Wayne Tiffany was awarded the prize for his similar hard work and dedication.

Next up on the stage was SolidWorks’s founder Jon Hirschtick. He highlighted some really cool customers and the amazing stuff they have done using SolidWorks.

First on the stage was Dr. Bill Townsend, founder, president, & CEO of Barrett Technologies. He is infect the first proud SolidWorks customer.  Bill talked about as how SolidWorks has helped him all these years to develop robots that work around people, where robots can respond and follow forces for greater interaction.  Working with Robots means lots of wiring but using SolidWorks, Bill and his team developed a drive that uses cables instead of gears. And to further improve the design and technology, they have developed the drive required to operate the robots from a size of a big cabinet to an assembly the size of a hockey puck or some coins. Wiring was reduced from over 100 wires to 4! Cool…

Next was Rony Abovitz, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of MAKO Surgical. Rony shared his how he struggled to work on his idea of using robotics and software to make surgery better and hence serving humanity. It was amazing to see how his team uses SolidWorks for the for orthopedic surgery has been used in more than 6,000 procedures.

Later to join them was Sam Brooks who was walking 2 hours after knee surgery and playing golf 3 days later. Isn’t that amazing..

Finally it was Mike Pisani, Senior Vehicle Engineer and Head Builder Trainer for Local Motors, a company who builds cars. But the way they build the cars was really amazing and cool to know. The company uses an open source environment to building cars. Everything is customizable to one’s need. One can design his/her car or use the stuff available on their site to model the car and finally see it building. Even one can share their thoughts, feedback or comments w.r.t. Car design and testing. Cars are built and sold from the micro-factories suited at many places. So what are you waiting for, get on the site and design a car for you.

Finally for the amazing show Bionic Builders were up on the stage with Darren Henry, Director of Marketing for SolidWorks. Darren introduced Casey Pieretti, a Hollywood stunt man  and Bill Spracher, an Engineer/Inventor. The energy these guys have was amazing to see and so was the inventions they have done. Discovery Channel premiered its new science series “Bionic Builders” this December and the way these guys showed up on the stage, the Discovery Channel show is worth watching.

Casey lost his leg at the age to 19 but that was not an end for him. He rather devoted his life to work for amputee people and together with Bill, he work on inventions that turn amputees to do what they want to like swimming, cycling, mountain climbing and much more. Beside this he also work as Hollywood stunt man and has featured in movies like Spider-Man 2, Starship Troopers and Serenity. Hats off to you guys..

Finally it was time for the technical sessions and press meeting..

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