SolidWorks World 2012 Partner Profile: Dell Inc.

One of the things we've heard from SolidWorks World attendees over the past few years is that you'd like to learn more in advance about the SolidWorks partners who set up booths in the Partner Pavilion. So now through SolidWorks World 2012, we'll be posting a series of blog entries about some of the partners you might think about checking out, and the people who will be representing them. Today we hear from Richard Runnells, Vertical Market Strategist in Dell's Precision Workstation division.

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1. Tell us a little bit about Dell.

Dell is a global leader in delivering customer-centric technology solutions for businesses and consumers. We provide end user computing, services, security, cloud, next generation computing and intelligent data management solutions. Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more.


2. What products do you sell that might appeal to SolidWorks users?

Dell’s end user computing portfolio includes notebook, desktop, workstation, smartphone, and tablet innovations. Dell’s Precision workstations are the company’s highest-performing and most scalable systems and provide maximum high speed rendering for the most demanding industrial CAD designers and engineers.

Dell Precision workstations are specifically designed for and certified for SolidWorks computing in intensive environments like modeling, simulation and visualization. Whether you draw, rotate, shade or render, Dell workstations offer the latest multi-core processors, high-end graphics, massive memory expansion and hard disk technologies to help you and your project stay ahead of the game.


3. Tell us a little about your partnership with SolidWorks

SolidWorks strives to bring value to the market with product enhancements that will allow users to maximize performance on leading hardware platforms such as Dell. Dell works closely with SolidWorks to deliver a comprehensive certification program for the Dell Precision Workstation product line that helps to ensure a trusted solution.

Aspects of the Dell/SolidWorks program include:

  • Compatibility testing
  • Hardware testing
  • Benchmarking and tuning
  • SolidWorks application support
  • Specialized WorkStation support


4. Are there any customer success stories that you think embody the benefits of your partnership with SolidWorks?

Trek recently introduced the Carbon Session 9.9, which is the lightest downhill mountain bike ever made. To create this cutting-edge bike, the Trek designers drew on their unparalleled bike design know-how and employed equally cutting-edge design tools, notably SolidWorks 3D CAD software, powered by NVIDIA Quadro GPUs on Dell Precision workstations.

The result of Trek's Quadro-powered environment is the fastest downhill bike on the market – designed, prototyped and production-ready in about half the average time – and the model ridden by 2011 World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin.


5. How can customers learn more about your products:

SolidWorks World attendees can find us at booth #507 in the Partner Pavilion. You can also contact us at 

Phone: 1-888-221-1699


Twitter: @Dell –!/Dell.




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.