Model Mania® Returns to 3DEXPERIENCE World

One of our community’s favorite parts of our annual user conference is undoubtedly the Model Mania® challenge. And, good news! Model Mania returns to 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 with two challenges:

Model Mania SOLIDWORKS Challenge:

Back for its 21st year Model Mania will be the place to prove you have the SOLIDWORKS modeling skills to top them all. For those new to Model Mania, it is an annual design challenge that pits user against user and reseller against reseller in a battle of wits to see who can accurately model and analyze a part the fastest.

Model Mania 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge:

Model Mania will also be the place to show off your modeling skills in the cloud. In this challenge, resellers and users will use 3DEXPERIENCE apps, such as xDesign and xShape, to model components of the Biodapt VF2 Foot adding unique features and style to make it their own.

Interested in participating? Here’s how it works:

Go to the Model Mania booth in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground. For the SOLIDWORKS Challenge you are first given a 2D drawing of a part. Your goal is to create that part in SOLIDWORKS as quickly and as accurately as possible.

Seems simple, right? Well the second “phase” is when things get really interesting. For Phase 2, you are given a modified version of that drawing; you can consider it an engineering change if you like. Your goal now, similar to before, is to make the design change as quickly and as accurately as possible and run a simple simulation to determine the factor of safety.

All the entries are judged on accuracy first, and time second, because in the real world, it doesn’t matter how fast you get something done if it’s not right

For the 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge, you are given a set of basic modeling steps to build a component of the VF2 Foot using xDesign. From here, you may add additional features to improve the aesthetics. You may then assemble your component to the VF2 foot and add a sole or cover using subdivision modeling tools with xShape. The last step is to share your design to the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 3DSwym Community.

Getting to the community is easy, click here to sign in with your 3DPassport or your SOLIDWORKS ID. If you don’t have an account, creating one is simple, taking only a few moments. After registration, you will have access to all the content the community has to offer.

Experienced and novice users are welcome to participate. Coaches will be at the booth to answer questions along the way. Winners will be determined based on the number of engagements they receive so tell your friends to join the community to improve your chances of winning.

For each challenge, the top three users and resellers will receive prizes ($500, $400, and $250).

Model Mania will take place in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground during the following hours:

  •         Sunday 5:30pm – 7:30pm CT
  •         Monday 10:00am – 4:00pm CT and 6:00pm – 8:00pm CT
  •         Tuesday 10:00am – 4:00pm CT

Winners of the challenges will be announced in the Certified Partner Theater inside the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground on Wednesday at 12:30pm CT. This session will also be streamed live ( A solution to the Model Mania SOLIDWORKS challenge will also be shown.

Check out this tech blog  for a walk down memory lane for 20 years of Model Mania.

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