Today we kicked off the first day of general sessions for the all-virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021. While it was certainly different than our in-person event, we covered a lot of ground and heard some really exciting announcements. Here are some highlights.
Get certified. Many attendees took advantage of the free certification exams this year. Attendees were able to get up to 17 different certifications for SOLIDWORKS and five for the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. These certifications are the best way for our users to prove their respective competencies, increase their skill sets and make themselves more marketable in their industries. Congrats to everyone who earned their certifications yesterday!
In other certification news, we announced yesterday an important milestone: over a half million certifications! Keep an eye out for Mike Puckett’s blog about this exciting news next week.
In the general session, we heard from Bernard Charles, vice chairman and CEO of Dassault Systemes, as he provided examples of real-world customers who are creating sustainable innovations and helping to solve big problems.
We also heard from SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi, who shared the stories of four different SOLIDWORKS customers who are using the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio of tools to increase their organizations’ ability to collaborate more efficiently. We also heard about the newly announced 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers program.
If you have a passion for making products, there are SOLIDWORKS design tools and a global community of creative makers for you. The best news is there will be sharply discounted prices, starting at $99 US/year. Click here to learn more about this program, which will kick off later this year.
With the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Offer for Makers you’ll get:
- Intuitive and easy-to-use cloud-based 3D design tools including 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, 3D Creator, and 3D Sculptor.
- An invitation to join an online community of makers filled with “Champion” makers, influencers, and innovators to inspire and help you with your projects.
- Access to new ways to collaborate and share designs.
The morning wrapped up with Duncan Wardle, former head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney. He and his team helped Imagineering, LucasFilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. Wardle’s unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. It was inspiring to hear his perspective on how to “swim out of your river of thinking” to develop your best ideas.
The morning’s general session ended with the “What’s New” demo skit, a cherished element of this event over the years during which some of our technical experts—and a few surprise guests—provide a fun teaser of upcoming new functionality in 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio, both on the desktop and in the cloud. This year’s skit, “Work from Home Alone,” didn’t disappoint. Don’t miss tomorrow’s episode to find out if Kevin, the intern, can save the company from the CAD bandits by using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
The 3DEXPERIENCE Playground
This year’s 3DEXPERIENCE Playground features several zones. The EDU Zone will show how high school and university engineering students are using SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to build the products of the future. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab zone highlights how our open innovation lab is nurturing disruptive projects that will have a positive impact on society and create a better, more sustainable world. At the Sponsor Hubs you can learn about the innovative partner products and services that cater to SOLIDWORKS users.
Everyone’s favorite playground feature, Model Mania, is back again this year! Test your modeling skills out in this fun, but intense battle. Learn more about this year’s Model Mania here.
Another super cool area is the Shop Floor. This year we are sharing great stories from a number of companies that are keeping manufacturing alive in the heart of the U.S. and teaching those skills to new audiences. Don’t miss hearing about these ground-breaking companies pushing the boundaries of manufacturing technology, such as Motorway Sports. This company uses automation to create and have parts on a truck within four hours of your order. Be sure to tune into these compelling stories. Other companies featured include TMCO, MetalQuest Industries, and Titans of CNC.
Miss something today? No worries. Replays will be available on the virtual event platform. Just head to the agenda tab on the top of the navigation on the event site. Once you are there, you can explore the virtual event platform where you can see your digital badges, which you can earn for participating in sessions, visiting sponsors, scheduling one-on-one meetings, and filling out surveys. Badges and points will be displayed on your personal dashboard. Compete with colleagues and other attendees for badge bragging rights!
Watch the video below to get a full recap of all the action from day one. There’s still time to register to watch the rest of 3DEXPERIENCE World so get going and we’ll see you tomorrow!