Author Archives: Bertrand Sicot
During my tour throughout Asia for the SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch Press Event, I had a chance to stop in Hong Kong and visit the beautiful Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Campus with Dr. Chiu-Cheung CHAN our Senior... Continued
The world of design has changed in many ways since I joined SOLIDWORKS in 1997. Computer hardware becomes faster and more powerful every year, which is changing the way that our customers do their jobs. These days, engineers are required... Continued
Eighteen months ago, I learned about a young man named Boyan Slat. An avid diver, Boyan was swimming in Greece several years ago, and was surprised to see how much trash was floating around in the Aegean Sea. He did some... Continued
A coworker recently sent me a story about Easton LaChapelle. Easton is a 17-year-old student from Colorado (in the western US) who has been doing some incredible work designing advanced prosthetics. Without telling the whole story, Easton met a young... Continued
SolidWorks customer Parrot got a lot of press lately when their new AR Drones created a 3D map of the Paris Air Show. It was a great example of how two cutting-edge technologies could come together to do something new.... Continued
Living in France, I have always been fascinated by the yearly 24 Hours of Le Mans race, which began in 1923 and is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race. If you are not familiar with Le Mans, teams... Continued
Last September I wrote about Day2Night Ladies Footwear, a SolidWorks customer I first met when we invited some 2011 Mass Challenge finalists to visit SolidWorks headquarters in Waltham, MA. If you’re not familiar with the Mass Challenge, it’s a Boston-area... Continued
At SolidWorks World 2013, we announced that we planned to bring a new product, called SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual, to market later this year. SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual will be a new tool for conceptual mechanical design that is complementary to the... Continued
As trustees of your SolidWorks investment, we believe it’s our job to help you solve the real engineering challenges that you face every day, and those can’t always be solved with an enhancement request. It’s our job to think about... Continued
This year marks the 15th anniversary of SolidWorks World. In 1999, when we had our first SolidWorks World in Palm Springs, there were approximately 800 people, 60 partners, and 70 technical sessions. I was there, and I remember thinking how... Continued
A few weeks ago Richard Doyle and I were attending some
SolidWorks User Group meetings in the American Midwest. Whenever I go on a tour like
this, I like to spend the day visiting with SolidWorks customers in the area.
During my most recent trip, I met with a very interesting SolidWorks customer
called Nexxt Spine, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Nexxt Spine creates spinal implants and instruments for the
medical community. They focus on creating products that are both
high-performance and easy to use. Most of their implants are made to screw
directly into vertebrae and other bones connected to the spinal column, and all
are manufactured in their own facility in Indianapolis.
While I was visiting, the team at Nexxt Spine actually let
me try out the practice system designed for spinal surgeons. As you can see in
the image below, they let me use one of their precision instruments to screw an
implant into a simulated bone.
Earlier this year, we invited some 2011 Mass Challenge finalists to visit SolidWorks headquarters in Waltham, MA. If you’re not familiar with the Mass Challenge, it’s a Boston-area organization that connects early-stage startups with the people and resources they need... Continued
Earlier today we unveiled the new features included in SolidWorks 2013. We are excited about this release, which includes new tools for geometry creation, productivity, collaboration and more. But something you won’t get on our SolidWorks 2013 website is news... Continued
The first general session of SolidWorks World 2012 just ended a little while ago, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some thoughts with those of you who could not attend. The SolidWorks community has grown a lot... Continued
You probably know that SolidWorks World 2012 is coming soon, but did you know that another SolidWorks World took place only a few weeks ago? In fact, I was there with some of the team. Of course, I’m talking about... Continued