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Presentations and Videos from SWW2011 are available now!

I hope every at enjoyed their time at SolidWorks World 2011, San Antonio. It was great to be part of the event and meet lot of people. This year also there were lot of interesting presentations and hands o sessions were done. And like everyone, I was also waiting for them to get these presentation and videos upload for assess to everyone.

So the wait is over now and the SolidWorks World 2011 proceedings site is now available.

Visit www.solidworks.com/swworld to access the proceedings information.

Be sure to take full advantage of this year’s proceedings site. Watch breakout session videos, download breakout session PowerPoints and check out photos from this year’s event. Also, view the 2011 highlights video and videos from general session each day.

Hope to see you in San Diego, CA at SolidWorks World 2012!

P.S. The copyrights of the video content on this web site are owned by DS SolidWorks. Unless otherwise specified, DS SolidWorks only grants you the right to view the video content on this website

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..

SolidWorks World 2011 General Session Day 1

I’m up in the San Antonio almost for 3 days now and it has been really exciting so far.  I’m trying Mexican food with the SolidWorks geeks and visited few places in the town.

Well it’s 24th January, time for the SolidWorks World 2011 to actually go started. I was really exciting to be there at the general session day 1.  And was cool to be in front of big screen.


There has been lot of interesting stuff that came over in the sessions today.

Jeff Ray, former CEO of SolidWorksstarted the SolidWorks World 2011 as he had been almost last 7 years.  If you doesn’t know, Bertrand Sicot is the new CEO of the SolidWorksand Jeff Ray in his new role as Executive Vice President, Geographic Operations will be working with Dassault Systemes country managers around the world to help improve the customer experience.

Bertrand is the employee number 2 and has been a SolidWorks employee since 1997.

Moving on the to the general session, Jeff talked about the rescue of the Chilean miners in which there were many companies involved to finally get out the miners. The companies that actually did this heroic job are Schramm(they actually drilled out), Center Rock Inc (they helped with the drills and when they had some issues with the drill bits, they redesigned and reproduced in just 3 days which might had taken 4 weeks) and finally Oakley (those are the people who provided the special sunglasses so that miners’ retinas can be saved from instant light when they come up).

Now another best part is that all of these companies are proud SolidWorks customer :)

Jeff also talked about the NeoNurture Incubator which have been picked by Time Magazine as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2010. He also highlighted the new project named “Firefly” which is to be used to combat infant jaundice. This new instrument is easy to use and have been design specially for rural areas.



Then Bertrand took over and couples of things he said were:

  • DraftSight, the newest product from Dassault Systemes, has been the most successful 2D product in history with over 300,000 downloads in just 6 months.
  • He made is sure that SolidWorks Corp. will continue to deliver the desktop version of SolidWorks along with the cloud version

It was Bernard Charles Dassault Systemes CEO to show up and the along with Jeremy Luchini talked about the new “Let Go Design” project i.e. “The Ultimate Chair” and finally introduced everyone to the newest offering from SolidWorks, called Post3D.


Finally it was the time for the Apollo 13 heroes to show up and we had Commander Capt. James Lovell Jr. and Gene Kranz on the stage. They shared with us all the their experience with the Apollo 13 missions and the reasons with that potential disaster and finally how everyone in the team was involved to brought Apollo 13 safely back to Earth.



Lovell talked about “how quickly you can learn when you’re in deep trouble”.

Jim closed with the thought that there are three kinds of people – “People who make things happen, people who watch things happen, and people who wonder what happened.”

Finally it was the time to start with the other technical sessions, press interviews and many other things.

Registration Done!! SWW11

Just visited the Press room at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and got my registration done with the CSWP badge :).

By the way, the free CSWA/CSWP exam has already started. So if you’re at the conference center, check out the certification testing area for more details.

On the way I collected my special SolidWorks World 2011 T-Shirt. I nicely fit into the size.. LOL


Keep looking for more exiting stuff coming your ways over the next few days…

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Countdown started to SolidWorks World 2011!!

Almost 8 days are left for the big bang with SolidWorks World 2011 is around the corner. As many of you may already know that this year SolidWorks World 2011 is to be held in San Antonio, Texas on January 23-26 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

I hope to meet many people who have become friends over last few years and will get a chance to talk to them face to face. Beside I’ll have to chance to meet the team who has put in their best for the magic to begin at SolidWorks World 2011. And yes there will be SolidWorks Employees, Partners and many unknown faces and I wish to make a lot of friends over there.

Starting January 23, I’ll be reporting back from San Antonio, Texas along with all of the other journalists and bloggers. I’ll have access to the press room, and will even have a chance to interview some of the leaders at SolidWorks, so if there’s anything you want to know, send me your questions. Apart from this, I will also be doing a hands-on presentation on SolidWorks Animation and will present some on my recently done animations.

I would like to thank the entire SolidWorks team for giving me opportunity for being at SolidWorks World as both a presenter and member of the press.

Thanks you SolidWorks :)

Have you registered yet??

Please take this poll (Are you going to SWW 2011) and do leave a comment. Thanks

Meet you at SolidWorks World 2011 in San Antonio TX

Please note:  All individuals will be required to show proof of identification prior to collecting their badge and registration materials. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend SolidWorks World 2011.

Win a free pass to SolidWorks World 2011

Announcing the SolidWorks World 2011 Early Bird Contest (Redux)

If you’re interested in winning a free pass to SolidWorks World 2011, just leave a response to this blog entry telling why you *still* haven’t registered yet. The person who leaves the most creative answer will win the conference pass. You have between now and midnight EDT on Thursday, January 6, so don’t wait too long.  The winner will be announced on Friday morning, so hurry up and just leave a response to this blog entry (not on my blog). Click here for more detail and to post your response/reply.

If you haven’t registered yet then hurry up before the last seat has been filled up or !!

Please take this poll (Are you going to SWW 2011) and do leave a comment. Thanks

Meet you at SolidWorks World 2011 in San Antonio TX

Please note:  All individuals will be required to show proof of identification prior to collecting their badge and registration materials. Attendees must be 21 years or older to attend SolidWorks World 2011.

3Dconnexion is offering a free trip to SolidWorks World AND a SpacePilot PRO!!

Register to win a trip to SolidWorks World AND a SpacePilot PRO, compliments of 3Dconnexion!

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  • One full-conference pass to SolidWorks World 2011 in San Antonio, TX, Jan. 23-26, 2011
  • Airfare and hotel accommodations for 3 nights
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