A few weeks ago, I attended a celebration thrown by Javelin Technologies, a SolidWorks reseller in Canada. Javelin was moving into a new office in the town of Oakville, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto), and they invited me to come and take part.
Javelin has been growing quickly over the past few years, and found themselves running out of room in their existing offices. The new building has 12,000 square feet of space, and includes a dedicated 3D printing room, a video studio, and even a 3D theater. The staff told me that they will use it to show 3D demos of eDrawings and 3DVIA products, and even screenings of U2 in 3D. They also made sure to outfit the building with products from Javelin customers, including furniture from Teknion, Allseating, Neinkamper and Umbra; lighting from Metalumen and Visioneering; and even a barbeque from Onward Manufacturing.
The Javelin team used DraftSight to communicate with the architects and contractors for the build of the new space, and created a 3D model of the office in SolidWorks from the 2D data to help with space planning and decision-making. During the grand opening, they even uploaded the 3D model to 3DVIA. com and did 3D walkthroughs of the office in the 3D theater – very cool.
Over 300 Javelin customers, employees, guests and friends attended the grand opening celebration, and there were more highlights than I can list here, including a presentation by Javelin customer Bill Lishman, an artist and experimental pilot who inspired the movie Fly Away Home. But I have to say that the highlight for me was personally signing the certificates for ten new CSWPs who passed the test while the celebration was taking place. Here are some of the proud graduates with me and SolidWorks Certification Specialist Avelino Rochino. Congratulations again to all of you!
Later in the day, Oakville Town Councillor Alan Johnston congratulated the team on behalf of the mayor, and I was invited to help participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony along with Bill Lishman and Javelin Owners John Carlan and Ted Lee. I even got to bring home a piece of the ribbon.
Javelin’s motto is “Aim High!” It is something they believe in so much that they put it on the outside of their new building. It was a real honor for me to attend the grand opening celebration, and I think the Javelin team has a lot to be proud of. More importantly, the team tells me that their customers were really impressed with the new facility. Good job, guys.
You can read more about the celebration on some of the local newspaper websites, and also see more pictures of the new location on Javelin’s Flickr account.