Orlando bound? Check out the SolidWorks World Survival Guide.

I remember the first time I attended SolidWorks World back in 2009. I didn’t really know what to expect, I brought too much junk, and I tried to do way too much stuff. I wish I had known about our friend Muggs Ferguson’s SolidWorks World Survival Guide.

If you’re attending SolidWorks World for the first time this year, I highly recommend you check it out. Muggs spent a good amount of time putting it together, and it even includes a forward by our own Richard Doyle. You can find the SolidWorks World Survival Guide here. It’s a PDF, so you can even save it to your computer or phone to read later.

Thanks again to Muggs.

Matthew West

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.
  • I would add to this (updated from 2008), use your smartphone (sync’d with your Outlook or Google calendar) to plan out and keep your schedule.

  • Here’s a SolidWorks World tip that initially sounds silly but you will find relevent at the Sunday Night event.
    If you intend to make your meal at the Sunday event (and you can – the food is always good!), bring a couple decent (12″ – 14″ diameter) sized paper plates with you in your new backpack or whatever the SWAG is this year. One plate is for you, and the others are to share with people that didn’t think to do the same and will be grateful to become your friend.
    I’ve been to thirteen SWx Worlds and the provided plates are always as small as possible.
    Once I get talking I never have a chance to go for seconds to complete a proper meal and have gone to bed hungry every time.
    Seriously, I appreciate how dumb this tip sounds, but you will be grateful to have brought them. And if you share extra plates you are going to make fast friends.

  • As you go through SolidWorks World, you will find many occasions when you are sitting next to someone you have never met.
    Breakfasts and lunches are the most awkward, but even at every breakout session you will be in a seat next to someone with time to kill before a session starts.
    I have had great experiences by simply turn to the person and saying, say, “hi, I’,m Ed. What industry are you in?”
    Then I indulge my curioisty in their gig with follow up questions (because their gigs are always fascinating. For instance, how could I not want to ask about the details on how to shell shrimp on an industrial scale? Or why the 1km limit inside solidworks is a problem for folks making flatbed rail cars?).
    This one question is an easy way to break the ice on both sides. I always learn something, and I make useful friends to hang out with later on in the conference.