SolidWorks World 2014: Recap Day 1

Meeting old friends is the best time and I believe SolidWorks World is all about that. The SolidWorks World 2014 was no exception at all. Started my day meeting old friends from all over the world and San Diego treated me very well. Nice weather throughout the week.

The General Session Day 1 started with buzz that what would be there up on the stage. This year at SolidWorks World marked the highest number of attendees which is 5600 and to add to that there are more than 2.3 million SolidWorks users worldwide and the number is still getting up.

The CEO of SolidWorks, Bertrand Sicot welcomed us to SolidWorks World 2014 and kicked off the show quickly by introducing us to a young man named Boyan Slat who has a really interesting project called “The Ocean Cleanup.” SolidWorks launched a contest to help his team in this great cause. The winner was Dr. Amir Sadjadpour.

An quick overview of industry leaders where SolidWorks is used was shown and Forbes listed Dassault Systèmes at #3 most iinovative company.

Right after that there was announcements about other new products that will be coming soon to SoldiWorks community; SolidWorks Inspection for Inspection and SolidWorks Mechanical Industrial for collaborative industrial design (more on it later).

Announcement and showcase of Home.By.Me was kind cool. Home.By.Me is an online 3D space planning service to Imagine, Design and Share 3D housing projects. With HomeByMe, create your entire home in 3D and experiment with thousands of products and textures before sharing your projects with friends and experts.

This was preceded with detailed demonstration of of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual. This product will be available from April 2nd, 2014.  There was “LightHouse” program for this tool and we had the privilege to hear from SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual “Lighthouse” Customers who shared their experiences about this nice looking tool.

Finally we were honored to have Dr. Hugh Herr on the big stage. Dr. Herr is an engineer, biophysicist and rock climber who lost both his legs in a rock climbing accident in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington in 1982. He is the head of Biomechatronics Research at MIT’s Media Lab. The MIT group team is engaged in creating bionic limbs and to give an example Dr. Herr himself is wearing them in both the legs. He showed the world that “There are no limits“. It was really a great story of someone who took something most people would see as a liability and turned it into an asset. A big salute to him.

Watch the SolidWorks World 2014 Day 1 here in action


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