SolidWorks World 2012 General Session Day 1 Highlights!!

I know I’ve been really late this year to talk on what was all there at the SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego. And I’m really sorry for that but would like to thank my reader for still appreciating my blog.

Every year at SolidWorks World amazing things happens. But there is one common thing which happens at every SolidWorks World. Can you guess??

Well she is Anne Yust, always the first person to enter through the door for the general sessions at SolidWorks World.

This year there were 5650 attendees from 33 different countries under one roof to celebrate SolidWorks World 2012.

The general session was kicked off with some cool animations of NAO robot band  which are designed in SolidWorks.

Up next on the stage was SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot.  He announced about growing number of SolidWorks attendees in comparison to around 4,300 attendees at SolidWorks World 2008 here in San Diego.  SolidWorks community has now grown up to 1.7 million users worldwide. As per him if they were to create a city of all the SolidWorks users, it would be the fourth largest city in America.

He also said that “We all are connected through design”

Sicot then mentioned about  my friend Daniel Hertzberg, who was an intern at SolidWorks. He has been operated for his heart valve and amazing thing was that the heart valve was designed by a company called On-X Life Technologies using SolidWorks.

The amazing thing about these heart valves is that unlike other artificial heart valve recipients, the person having these new heart valves doesn’t requires blood thinners. This is really impressive.

Finally it was time of the surprise we all were waiting for and here he comes. Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and CEO of

Mike talked about how the show came in as a tribute to his grandfather. After the first show was aired he received so much mail from people taking about various things and emotions related to show that it was further converted into a series. So far over 150 episodes have been aired with over 300 dirty jobs. The show has been filmed in all 50 states.

Mike said that when he got the invitation for the SolidWorks World 2012, he thought “it’s a convention for SolidWaste management“.

Bertrand  then talked about the feedback received on some of the new features of SolidWorks 2012 like Costing Tool, Large Design Review, Equation dialogue and Magnetic Lines.

He also introduced the R & D who works in the background to make these cool things possible.

Some of the points he mentioned were:

DraftSight has been downloaded more than 2 million times since it has been released for use. DraftSight is free 2d tool for editing/viewing your CAD files.

Increased number of Certified SolidWorks Professionals and now there are more than 50000 CSWP’s around the world. It feels nice to be a part of CSWP community.

He also pointed out the number of job openings increasing per day demanding SolidWorks knowledge as compared to few other 3d tools.

Next on stage was Bernard Charlès introducing Dr. Maia Hoeberechts, Research Theme Integrator for NEPTUNE Canada

NEPTUNE is the world’s first underwater observatory network. It includes more than 130 instruments and 400 sensors in the northern Pacific, linked by over 500 miles of cable—all connected to the Internet and constantly collecting data. This data is available freely to a community of researchers around the world, twenty-four hours a day. The public can also take part and make discoveries, and this combination of professional and hobbyist research is leading to new insights about the ways in which our oceans work.

You can join in the Neptune community project fun at

Bernard then talked about the horizon after PLM i.e. 3D Experince “the new symbol for Dassault Systèmes”

And about the new trademark “IF WE

Things were getting more excited and soon after Bernard, Joe Dunne, Director Product Management was rocking the stage along with Tony Fadell, “the father of the iPod.”

He talked about the origins of the iPod and showed his latest product, Nest, a digital thermostat designed to learn and can be controlled from anywhere even from your iPhone.

The beauty of the NEST is that it has been designed in SolidWorks with just team of 8 people. He commented that “Working together is the way“. He also said that “It’s our duty to create products for next generations

And here is the SolidWorks World 2012 – Day 1 General Session Video by SolidWorks


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