SOLIDWORKS xDesign Mini Design Challenge: The Story Behind the Challenge – Part 1

One of the bigger conversations at SOLIDWORKS World 2018 was around the availability of SOLIDWORKS xDesign. SOLIDWORKS xDesign, an easy-to-learn and use application, is available via a browser, making it accessible on the go–anytime, anywhere and on any device.

Built on Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, SOLIDWORKS xDesign provides its users with key capabilities needed during the product development process – a powerful 3D CAD parametric modeling system, embedded file and data management, cloud collaboration and connectivity, and an easy path to manufacturing with integration to Cloud 3D printing and a network of FabLab machines. On Day 1, SOLIDWORKS user group leader, Ed Gebo shared his experiences. You can read his blog here.  On Day 3, SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi showcased some of the inspirational designs created for an xDesign mini challenge.

One week prior to SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018, we reached out to handful of participants who had indicated strong interest in evaluating new products and were attending SOLIDWORKS World 2018 to join the SOLIDWORKS xDesign mini challenge. Amid their full-time work commitment and preparation for upcoming SOLIDWORKS WORLD trip, we asked these participants to pick from one of four themes, find a problem that is closer to their heart, and translate their eureka moments into a product design using SOLIDWORKS xDesign. No training or demo was provided; each of the participants first saw the product when they got their hands on it for the challenge. Within hours of accessing SOLIDWORKS xDesign, we started seeing ideas pop up and get translated into design.


The participants were able to create the following inspirational designs:

1. David Antanavige – Urban Mobility- Wheelchair technology inspired urban & outdoor transport

2. Ethan Kinney- Simplify Your Life with Spice Carousal

3. Thomas Veloskey- Urban Mobility with VTOL Commuter

4. David Stockdale & Matthew Skillcorn – Simplify Life/Social Impact with Wheelie Kneelie

5. Greg Green- Simplify Your Life with Shredder (warning can shred iPhones)

6. Shawn Lesley- Social Impact with Hybrid Forge Water Purification System

7. Michael Monds- Social Impact with Collapsible Walker for Elderly

8. Dave Furry- Simplify Life & Social Impact with Tablet/Laptop Storage Attachment

Participants with SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi.


Each design comes with its own personal story, which we will share in future blogs. Interested in learning more? Public beta is coming soon. Click on the link to join now!

Divi Lohiya

Divi is a Senior Manager, Product Portfolio Management at SOLIDWORKS. He is passionate about how new technologies are coming together to change the way how products are designed, made and sold and engaging/teaching kids in STEM activities. Divi graduated from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay with a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in Engineering from University of Texas at Austin.