Meet the Product Definition Team: Frank Ruepp

SOLIDWORKS 2016 Launch

Who decides What’s New in SOLIDWORKS? Product Definition team members are a major component in determining and defining enhancements and new functionality included within the SOLIDWORKS products each year. They meet face-to-face with SOLIDWORKS customers to discuss what’s working, what isn’t, and what they would like to see in the future. These customer visits are fantastic opportunities for you to connect with SOLIDWORKS directly, and let us know what we can do to help make your jobs easier. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be talking with members of the Product Definition team for an inside look at their favorite 2016 features.

Product Definition: Frank Reupp

Frank Ruepp is a machine design designer. He previously worked as a SOLIDWORKS pre-sales application engineer and has been a member of the SOLIDWORKS Product Definition team since 2007.

What is your favorite 2016 feature?
Globally Replacing Failed Mate References

Why replacing failed mate references (an excellent choice)?
It was always a pain in the neck to manually update all references after a component was altered and the mate reference was lost.  Depending on the number of instances that could take quite some time…

How does the ability to globally replace failed mate references enhance/improve the user experience?
Based on the number of instances you don’t have to go through the same steps over and over again. I guess it is just plain common sense to try to avoid unnecessary repetitive tasks.

Was this functionality request initiated by a customer visit? An Enhancement Request? How did it start?
We all have been users some time ago and we likely suffered from the same limitations like our customers did. So, it was kind of initiated by a customer.

Anything else you’d like to add about Product Definition?
It is always great to attend SOLIDWORKS World and watch people’s reaction when we give a sneak preview of our new functionality. When one of your own projects is demoed and people give it a big hand, it really makes you proud and gives you a big load of motivation to make it even better.

And finally, your favorite book?
The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

If you’re interested in setting up a Customer Visit with a member of the SOLIDWORKS Product Definition Team, send an email to Please include: your name, company, contact number, and a brief summary of what areas you’d like to discuss (Assemblies, Weldments, Sheet Metal, Drawings, Simulation, eDrawings, SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard/Professional, etc.) to get started. You can also find the team at your local user group meetings, and at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 in Dallas, Texas.

Every year SOLIDWORKS releases a new version of its flagship product, and last year, a new tradition was born here on the Blogs. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a Sneak Peek at 15 new features here on the SOLIDWORKS Blog, and then we’ll be following them up with short, detailed videos on the functionality over on the SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog beginning September 23rd. Until then, you can learn more about SOLIDWORKS 2016 by clicking the banner above and checking out the Launch Site.

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