2016 Holiday Gift Guide: The Holiday’s Hottest Products Get Their Start With SOLIDWORKS

Every release of SOLIDWORKS is packed with hundreds of new features and enhancements that enable our users to not only get their jobs done faster but to also innovate better. There’s no stronger evidence of the fruits of our labor than to see some of the world’s hottest new products that got their start in SOLIDWORKS.

With the holidays right around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of great gifts and cool gadgets that will make everyone on your list happy. You’ll notice that many of the products that made this year’s list are smart products. As today’s products get smarter, so does SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS 2017 includes many new features that make designing these complex, connected products easier than ever.

So without further ado, here are the top holiday gifts ideas that made our 2016 SOLIDWORKS Holiday Gift Guide.

For those with a need for speed. The cyclists on your list will be familiar with BMC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bicycles. The Switzerland-based bike maker offers an extensive line of bikes, including mountain, commuter, as well as some of the world’s fastest road bikes.


For the bowlers. Anyone who has spent any amount of time in a bowling alley knows the name Brunswick, the bowling balls favored by professional bowlers. Brunswick Bowling Products uses SOLIDWORKS to develop balls that provide a range of actions to support varying lane conditions.

For the young fashionistas. Check out this line of 3D-printed, science and engineering-inspired jewelry made of plastics and/or metals created and sold by startup Sci Chic, which was founded by Erin Winick, an inspiring entrepreneur and mechanical engineering student at the University of Florida.


For the snow boarders. For snowboarders, the bindings are a critical piece of equipment because they serve as your direct connection to your snowboard, precisely translating your muscle movements to your board for optimum maneuverability on the slopes. Read about how Burton Snowboards uses SOLIDWORKS to keep its equipment on the leading edge.

For the active YouTubers. Originally created as a way for surfers to film themselves from the beach, the SoloShot3 is an amazing new hands-free camera that  follows users’ movements automatically, enabling them to capture epic video selfies.

For those with wanderlust. Whether they are on skiing, cycling, running or just hiking, dehydration can stop even the most active person in their tracks. Stay hydrated with CamelBak water bottles, packs and filtration systems, which tout such high durability, that they come with a lifetime warranty.


For the caffeine junkies. We all know who the coffee addicts are in our lives. Make it easier for them to get their brew on with the Cool Gear BRU deluxe tumbler and brewer, a single-serve, at-home brewing system for cold brewed ice coffee anytime.

For the ballers. When the pros want to practice their swings, they often turn to pitching machines from Jugs Sports. The company’s baseball and software pitching machines will give hitters everything from 70-MPH fastballs to 55-MPH change-ups—all with a touch of a button.


For the bite-sized builders. For the future engineers and designers in your family, Mega Bloks offers a wide assortment of building kits—from American Girl to Star Trek to SpongeBob SquarePants—and for ages 1-8+ years. Their only limitation will be their own imaginations.


For the SOLIDWORKS fanatics. Why not gift the passionate SOLIDWORKS users in your life with a ticket to the coolest CAD event of the year, SOLIDWORKS World 2017 taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, February 5-8. Register before January 6th, and save $100 off a full-conference registration.


Barbara Schmitz

Barbara Schmitz

Senior Brand Introduction Manager at SolidWorks
Loyal dog owner, travel bum, cool mom, lover of hoppy IPAs, alternative music and explorer of new tech.