Five Favorite 2014 SOLIDWORKS Blog Posts

2014 brought hundreds of blog posts across the SOLIDWORKS blog network. We’ve heard from users, students, artists and startups as well as experts providing SOLIDWORKS tips and tricks on our Tech blog. Over the past year, I hope you’ve learned from fellow users and found some ideas to help you in your professional growth. Being in an end-of-year reflective mood, I wanted to revisit five of my favorite posts from 2014. It’s probably not a surprise that zombies are involved.

Football Opener: Simulating a Free Kick in SOLIDWORKS

Just prior to the World Cup, Territory Technical Manager Andreas Klumpp took to SOLIDWORKS Simulation to analyze a free-kick situation, taking into account the important physical properties of a flying ball. It’s important to note that he also predicted a German World Cup victory. Apparently his predictive skills extend from CAD-embedded Simulation to the pitch.

What if Leonardo da Vinci had SOLIDWORKS?

In celebration of Leonardo da Vinci’s 562nd birthday, Senior Marketing Manager Cliff Medling pondered how da Vinci’s career would have changed with access to a computer and a SOLIDWORKS license. The “what if’s” include changes to da Vinci’s Ariel Screw helicopter design, materials adjustments and cost estimates to give the Duke of Milan budget projections.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit

SOLIDWORKS Product Manager Stephen Endersby took on the walking dead earlier this year with his zombie apocalypse survival kit. Endersby used SOLIDWORKS Simulation to test how one can zombie-proof their doors before sitting back and enjoying a strawberry Cornetto while binge-watching undead carnage on Netflix.


75 Years of Batman

The SOLIDWORKS blog also celebrated another famous birthday: Batman’s 75th. SOLIDWORKS Senior User Advocacy and Community Manager Jeremy Regnerus shared his favorite Batman gadgets and offered some insight into how the Caped Crusader would use CAD to create his iconic weaponry. Regnerus also created a video demonstrating how the grapple gun might be designed in SOLIDWORKS.

Sneak Peek: 15 Features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2015

Simply put, this is the ultimate SOLIDWORKS 2015 post. It has links to 30 unique posts covering new features in SOLIDWORKS 2015. Further, the in-depth posts all contain videos demonstrating each enhancement and how it will benefit your workflow. This post is basically the SOLIDWORKS 2015 Wikipedia rabbit hole. You’re there looking at one feature and the next thing you know you’ve watched all fifteen videos. Binge-watching isn’t exclusive to zombie movies.

It’s been a lot of fun sharing stories from our users, resellers, partners and internal team. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and are ready for another year of interesting tips and anecdotes from the SOLIDWORKS blog network.

Have a happy, healthy New Year!


Mike Fearon

Mike Fearon

Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS. Video game world champion and whisky advocate. I like turtles.