It’s almost 5 yrs now since me and SolidWorks are playing together and happily growing. SolidWorks is more like a friend to me other than just CAD software. I cherish my time working with SolidWorks. I never know the tool I started using 5 yrs back will give network of SolidWorks gurus. It’ll be better to call them as friend. And I feel the list will keep on increasing. I would like to thank SolidWorks for being a part of my life.
I just wanted to share my little journey with SolidWorks with you all. A journey which is to go miles and miles, with both me and SolidWorks improving.
My first encounter with SolidWorks
It was year 1999 and I was in third year of my college. We were trained to work on AutoCAD only till that time. Computers were mostly new for us and we hadn’t had much exposure of other stuff we can do with computers. One of my friend got a video of a colorful box rotating. That was first 3d model I had seen. I was overwhelmed with joy just a child does when he gets a new toy to play. Wow was the word came out of my mouth. Without looking at the complete video, I immediately bombarded my friend with questions.
Did you make it? How you did it? Can I do it?
His answers were mostly NO but I was still excited and wanted to know more. Then I asked him if he know how it had been done. He told me that this all has been done through SolidWorks 98. He was sure that I’m still going to ask more so he told me that even he hadn’t much idea about SolidWorks. He said he only know that there is lot of cool stuff we can do in the software. I was still in thoughts that SolidWorks must be some kind of animation software (just like making movies). That day I made my mind that someday I’ll learn the software and do some cool stuff.
We passed out of the college, got into the job. The industry was 2D dominated. Most of the companies were using AutoCAD for their design work. With the year passing I was building expertise on AutoCAD but still that dream of 3D thing was in the mind. I started making 3D models using AutoCAD commands. Though the results were cool but still I wanted to do more.
Years passed like anything and I changed my job from Design & Development engineer to Tool Room head. I have been always fascinated with machines and love their aura. But I know there is something else I have to do apart from just a machine shop guy. I look around and got in contact with IDSPL, a SolidWorks Channel Partner and a Value Added Reseller. When they came to know about my zeal, they offered me to join their technical team. I had no reasons to reject the offer as I can see my dream coming to life. So it was mid 2005 I got my real encounter with SolidWorks and started with 2005 version. And from then onwards it just like a friend to me, helps in doing lot of cool stuff. And best ever gift from SolidWorks is the network of friends I have made in these years. I’m really thankful to all the SolidWorks geeks who have helped me to gain some expertise on the tool and SolidWorks team for their continuous support.
Growing with SolidWorks
SolidWorks has been improving years over years with new versions, adding new features, options and lot of other cool things, thus making a life easier not only for design people but lot of other communities. I’m sure there are many users out here who would admire this it has improved a lot over years and trying to give the users the best technology
Animation and rendering have always brought excitement to me. I see and talk with lot of SW experts and get to know more and more. With lot of improvements in Animator, I’m able to make animation in very simple ways for which I had to spent hours. And similarly with the introduction of PhotoView 360, I’m sure people like me who are beginners in the rendering thing, can easily learn the techniques as this tool is so simple to use. I’m excited for the release of SW2011 though I hadn’t had the chance to have hands on the Beta and Pre Releases because of some other priorities
Are you Exhausted
Thanks for your time for reading my story. I know that was way long though a short but never ending journey with SolidWorks. Hey wait the story doesn’t end here, you’ll have to read more. For your time I would like to tell you about the gift for you in the box; “Two SolidWorks Student Edition software”! Yes, you read it right and don’t need to read again. SolidWorks has sponsored to give away “SolidWorks Student Edition software” for the two best comments being made on this post. Whether you’re an engineer or a student, just share how SolidWorks has helped you in any work you do.
But what is SolidWorks Innovation Day Virtual Event?
Last year Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. announced the first Solid Works Innovation Day virtual event. The event offers a brand new and exciting experience for SolidWorks community and is an industry first for CAD users in the Asia-Pacific region. The event was launched thinking of people like me who are not able to make it to SolidWorks World or similar events because of many reasons. The idea was to connect SolidWorks users and experts who are spread all over the world on a single platform so that they can share their knowledge and gain more expertise.
Some of the highlights of last year event
- Through this virtual experience platform, attendees can choose over 40 different sessions from an action-packed agenda.
- Speakers include CAD industry veterans, DS SolidWorks key executives, and product and technical experts.
- Event was available in three languages; English, Simplified Chinese, and Korean, To better address the cultural and language diversities in Asia-Pacific region.
- Attendees were able to connect and chat with one another. This gave the opportunity to share knowledge and gain expertise.
Moreover the event gave a feel like we are in an event similar to SolidWorks World. There was presentation on lot of tools by SolidWorks as well as its partner’s products. The best thing was the tips and tricks and finally the technical question session where a user can ask their questions regarding SolidWorks and talk about new development in the tool, features, etc. All the presentations were available to user even after event was over so that if anyone has missed any session, he/she can take it at a later stage.
Similarly this year also the SolidWorks Innovation Day Virtual Event will be hosted in same manner it was done last year. The SolidWorks Innovation Day Virtual Event will start on November 1st 2010. Registrations are already open for the event. So go and get yourself registered
The early bird prize for registration this year is new 8GB iPod Nano!
I hope some more prizes are being sponsored like last year.
The prizes offered last year were
- All-inclusive trip to SolidWorks World 2010 in sunny Anaheim, California!
- 3DConnexion Space Pilot Pro
- iPod Touch 8GB & 2GB
The prizes offered this year are
Apart I hope to see lot many changes (new stuff) in the event as there is quite improvement in the tool and lot other partner products have been developed and used over the year which help to reduce your design cycle in a way or other. So if you have missed the event last year, I would strongly recommend you not to miss this year.
Here is sneak peak on the agenda for this year.
Choose Join the SolidWorks Innovation Day virtual conference, November 1-3,2010. Through this online venue, you can attend the conference anytime you prefer, right from where you are! Each day, you will be able to view new exciting videos on the platform. At the end of the three days event, most popular videos will be available on the platform for you! So, remember to come back every day to check out on the latest presentations!
Also if you like to feature your design on the event or have some cool tips/tricks to share with fellow SolidWorks users, SolidWorks AP Community would like to hear from YOU! Write us a short description about yourself and insert 2 of your rendered images. Download and complete the user profile template from http://files.solidworks.com/ap/ve2010/community.pptx and send it to email@example.com. Stand a chance to win some of the prizes! What are you waiting for? Go Register and submit your design too. Who knows you can be one of the lucky winner!!
Finally just want to tell you again to share your experience with the SolidWorks like
“How do you actually find out about SolidWorks and started using it? What version was it then? How SolidWorks has helped you in your career growth? Any other cool story with regards to SolidWorks. Whatever you want to share, simply post in the comment area and take away “Two SolidWorks Student Edition software”
This is not the end of story. You can still win a coupon for taking CSWA exam for free. There are 10 coupons to be win, so hurry up and share your experience with SolidWorks and become a winner.
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Thanks for your time to read my story. Hope to hear about your experience with SolidWorks.