Get into SolidWorks World 2012 for free with our hobbyist contest #sww12

SolidWorks World 2012

You might think that SolidWorks is all about business. But that's not really the case. Sure, most of you are using SolidWorks tools to design products, machines, vehicles and any other manner of things. But we know that some of you are using SolidWorks to design other things for your own amusement. From sway bars for your hot rods to decks for your houses, there are any number of things out there that were designed for personal use. And we're interested in seeing some of them.

So here's an offer for you. In the comments section below, tell us about something you have designed for your own personal use or pleasure, and include a link to a picture or video of the thing you designed. Tell us what you designed, and why you did it. And if you can, tell us about any problems or special design considerations you encountered along the way. When the contest ends, we'll take a look at all of the entries and pick a winner, who will get a free pass to SolidWorks World 2012 next month in San Diego (February 12 – 15).

Don't wait too long—the contest ends at 11:59 EDT on January 12, and we'll pick a winner on January 13. You can click here to read the full terms and conditions of the contest. In a nutshell, you have to be 21 or older to enter, and citizens of the USA, Brazil, China and Quebec aren't eligible (sorry). If you work for Dassault Systemes, or a DS/SolidWorks reseller or partner (or have any immediate family members who do), you can't enter. Residents of some countries may require a visa to enter the United States. You can visit the SolidWorks World website to learn more.

Don't forget, you can still save $100 if you register before January 20. And if you pay for two registrations, we'll throw in a third for free. And, as always, CSWPs save $100. You can see all of our registration deals at the SolidWorks World website.

Download the SolidWorks World 2012 Hobbyist Contest rules

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.