SolidWorks Japan Drives FSAE Students to Become Great Engineers

FSAE Japan SolidWorks Workshop 2013 - 1

How do you go from engineering student to a great design and manufacturing engineer?  You start with dedication in your heart and training from SolidWorks Customer, Mr. Yuuichi Minamiyama, GAC Corporation, a global leader in advanced automotive systems.

 “Become a Great Engineer “   was the theme at last week’s SolidWorks Japan FSAE seminar.

 FSAE Japan SolidWorks Workshop 2013 - Mass Properties

Nihon University, Tokyo hosted 130 students for SolidWorks training.  Some teams came from afar like Tohoku University (260 miles) and Toyohashi University of Technology (180 miles). 

 FSAE Japan SolidWorks Workshop 2013 - Group Photo

Students came from 15 FSAE teams:

l  Chiba University

l  Keio University

l  Kogakuin University

l  Kokushikan University

l  Nihon University

l  Nippon Institute of Technology

l  Shonan Institute of Technology

l  Tohoku University

l  Tokai University

l  Tokyo City University

l  Tokyo University of Science

l  Toyohashi University of Technology

l  Waseda University

l  Yokohama National University

84% of the students were freshman and sophomores with little experience.  But these students, with strong motivation, continued to push the instructor for more SolidWorks examples in part modeling, top-down and bottom up assembly modeling, design optimization, and professional presentation.

 FSAE Japan SolidWorks Workshop 2013 - 2

SolidWorks Japan application engineers helped out as teaching assistants, TAs, bringing their industry experience directly into the large classroom.

When my friend, Junko and I get together, we always talk about FSAE students and what we can do to help them be more successful to start their engineering careers.   A great first step is to take a SolidWorks FSAE seminar.    For those students who cannot attend SolidWorks Japan training, we have FSAE tutorials through team sponsorship at

 FSAE Japan SolidWorks Workshop 2013 - Model

It takes alot of engineering and dedication to design and manufacture competitive cars like this one from Yokohama National University.    Yokohama students also help young campers learn about engineering during SolidWorks Japan  Kids Camp.

Yokohama National University, Yokohama National University Formula Project-3

In December, SolidWorks Japan will host training classes in Tokyo for SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation.  SolidWorks Japan will also return to Osaka to host advanced training class for more FSAE teams.    FSAE Team Faculty advisors can contact SolidWorks Japan office for more information.  Marie

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Director of Education & Early Engagement, SolidWorks at Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation
Marie Planchard is Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS. She is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the SOLIDWORKS products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard