Good Morning from SOLIDWORKS World 2016: Day Two

Before we jump into a preview of what’s to come on day two of SOLIDWORKS World 2016, let’s take a minute to review all the exciting things that took place on opening day. If you missed it, here’s a recap post of all the announcements made yesterday during day one at SOLIDWORKS World 2016.

Suchit Jain, Vice President of Strategy and User Advocacy, will kick off today’s General Session with an update on the SOLIDWORKS user community and an overview of how SOLIDWORKS is working closely with users to provide them with the tools to make them more productive, wherever and whenever they choose to use them.

Richard Doyle, SOLIDWORKS User Groups and Senior User Advocacy, will give us an update on the growing SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) and present the annual SWUGN awards to this year’s worthy recipients.

Next up is David Pogue, the founder of Yahoo Tech and former tech columnist for the New York Times. He’s also one of the world’s bestselling how-to authors, with titles in the “For Dummies” series and his own line of “Missing Manual” books.

Pogue will put his sharply honed interview skills to work when he highlights three really cool customers that are all designing leading-edge, disruptive products. Pogue will interview Devin Jacobson and Shuichi Ohno from Space Elevator, Sam Khamis from Brewbot, and Laura West and Sophia Berman from Trusst Lingerie—all bringing unique, innovative products to market with SOLIDWORKS.

Doors open at 8:15 am CT. Be sure to arrive early for the best seating. Not in Dallas? No worries, sign up for the webcast here and catch all the action live.

The Partner Pavilion is open from 11:30am to 4:30pm in Hall C. Here you’ll find SOLIDWORKS Partners showcasing their best-in-class hardware and software offerings. Whether you’re looking for state-of-the art design, analysis, or manufacturing products, SOLIDWORKS partners are ready to provide the solution that best fits your needs.

Inside the Partner Pavilion, you’ll also find the Product Showcase. These areas feature cool products designed in SOLIDWORKS by users like you. While these products are fun to just look at, you can also try many of them out for yourself. Watch as SeeMeCNC’s giant 3D printer creates large-format items live, try out the Pigeon Scooter, or test out your helicopter jockey skills in AMFM’s immensely fun helicopter simulator.


Are you a modeling maniac? If so, Model Mania is your chance to showcase your design skills to the SOLIDWORKS community. If you believe that you can model and analyze a part faster, more accurately and more efficiently than anyone else, get to the Model Mania booth and prove it.

Four blocks of technical training sessions are available today. Remember to use the SOLIDWORKS World 2016 app to plan your schedule and review sessions (Download here for iOS, download here for Android).

Technical training sessions will take place during the following times:

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

At this point your brain might be hurting from all the new knowledge and skills you’re acquiring, so tonight is the night to let loose and have some fun while networking with your peers and eating some tasty Texas BBQ and enjoying some cold, refreshing beer. The 2016 Special Event, taking place at Gilley’s Dallas on Tuesday, February 2 at 7pm, will provide you with the ultimate urban cowboy experience.


Ever dream of fronting a rock band? Rock Star Karaoke puts you on center stage where you can showcase your skills with a live band as your back up. However, if you prefer to leave singing to the professionals, several local artists will be performing leading up to our headliner: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. You won’t want to miss a minute of their set.

Barb Schmitz

Barb Schmitz

Senior Marketing Communications Manager at SolidWorks
Barb Schmitz is a Senior Manager in Marketing Communications with BA in Journalism and over 30 years of experience in the CAD software industry. She started her career as a journalist covering technology and served as an editor for several leading industry publications for over 20 years. Besides being a sleuth of tech, she is a loyal dog owner, travel bum, mom, lover of hoppy IPAs, red wine, and alternative music lover living in the great city of Chicago.