The SOLIDWORKS Blog https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Affordable Product Development Services for Inventors https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/affordable-product-development-services-for-inventors.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/affordable-product-development-services-for-inventors.html#respond Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:00:25 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45865
See how MAKO Design + Invent provides startups and small businesses affordable end-to-end product development services.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Way ahead of the current “maker” and tech incubator trends, MAKO Design + Invent hit the ground running back in 1999 with the mission to enable inventors, startups, and small businesses to take their ideas from concept to store shelves.

In addition to more than a dozen awards, MAKO recently won the 2020 Red Dot Award, recognition by an eminent panel of judges for distinguished product design, for the design of the ROVER Packhopper, an innovative tool for tennis players.

CEO Kevin Mako was still in high school in 1999 when he founded his company that has flourished and grown—without financing or debt—since its inception. The company started in Toronto, but today has U.S. offices in Austin, Miami, and San Francisco.

Quality Design Modest Price

MAKO must leverage operational efficiencies to a larger degree than most design consultancies to keep its services affordable for its clients. The company offers in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing including strategic marketing, sales, and distribution services.

Kevin Mako attributes his company’s success and growth to its philosophy of leveraging technology in the most efficient ways possible. “I knew that if we leveraged integrated software tools that are either networked across our offices or based in the cloud, our top talent could achieve the operational and product development efficiencies that would make our services significantly less expensive than conventional design firms and more attractive and affordable to our targeted portion of the market.”

Seamless Collaboration

To perfect the mechanics from a napkin-sketch concept in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner, MAKO implements the integrated SOLIDWORKS® 3D product development and 3DEXPERIENCE® Works tools.

According to Mako, “The fact that SOLIDWORKS solutions are integrated and work seamlessly with each other is very valuable to us, because it enables us to consistently deliver quality, innovative products faster and at lower cost than previously possible,” stresses Mako.

Saving Time, Money, and Rework by 50 Percent

With integrated SOLIDWORKS solutions, MAKO is able to cut both time to market and development costs by 50 percent. Helping clients launch quality products in half the time is critical to nabbing market share and becoming an attractive target for acquisition by large, international manufacturers.

Quality, however, is not sacrificed as time and money are saved: MAKO has improved quality while reducing prototyping requirements. Since designers can reduce the number of prototypes with digital validation in SOLIDWORKS, prototypes have been reduced from five or six rounds to two or three rounds.

More recently, SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools have enabled MAKO to improve quality across the board by cutting the incidence of defects and related rework by 50 percent.

To read the complete case study, click here. If you have more questions or would like to see a live demonstration, please contact your local reseller for more information.

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Breaking Simulation Barriers https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/breaking-simulation-barriers.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/breaking-simulation-barriers.html#respond Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:00:28 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45901
Learn how simulation can be a tool that all engineers can leverage to improve performance, reliability, and production.

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Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Simulation can be a key differentiator for companies who develop innovative products. Unfortunately, many finite element analysis (FEA) software products are too difficult to use, unless you are a highly trained expert. Plus, limitations in functionality and computing power have also crippled FEA adoption into mainstream design and engineering departments.

A survey done by Tech Clarity (see chart above) demonstrated that top performing companies place nearly equal importance on product quality, reliability, and performance.

It is easy to see why.

Simulation can directly impact product quality as you can identify and avoid possible failures early in the design process. Reliability is improved as you can make sure that your product will behave as designed before you commit to physical tests and production. And product performance can be tested digitally so you can maximize the strength and stiffness of your designs while minimizing the weight and the material used in your product.

The goal of SOLIDWORKS® is to deliver a scalable simulation portfolio that is accessible to everyone including students, designers, engineers, and high-level FEA specialists. The platform paves the way with the 3DEXPERIENCE® Works simulation product portfolio.

Simulation-driven Design

Simulation takes much of the guesswork out of design; it provides data-driven design answers that provide reliable guidance starting early in the product development process. Simulation will effectively discover and address multiple questions about your product design even before physical prototypes and testing occurs including:

  •         Will it work?
  •         Can it be assembled?
  •         What if it drops?
  •         Is it strong enough?
  •         Will it last?
  •         Will it overheat?
  •         Can it be manufactured?
  •         And so on…

Let’s take a look at how simulation can help answer some of these questions.

Drone assembly in 3DEXPERIENCE showing the von Mises stress results with deformations, highlighting the snap fit event of the cover sub-assembly (in blue).

Will It Work?

Like in this drone example, snap fit between two different plastic parts is very important for a product to function correctly. A designer needs to know the force required to correctly snap and unsnap two components together.

Von Mises stress results with deformation in 3DEXPERIENCE showing the snap fit event of the drone cover.

In terms of physics, a snap fit event is actually quite complex. It is a typical non-linear problem as it involves large displacement and sliding contact interactions.

By leveraging the Abaqus technology on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, solving this type of problem is very easy. General contact takes care of the set-up automatically and the algorithm is very robust during the solve.

What If It Drops?

Dropping a device is actually very common; however, a physical drop test is very costly and time consuming. Drop test and impact are rapid events (less than 1 second) and are very difficult to simulate with most software packages as it is a highly nonlinear dynamic with a lot of contacts.

Von Mises stress results with deformation of a camera drop test on the ground.

With Abaqus Explicit technology on the platform, you can get accurate answers quickly so that you can predict where it will fail depending on the impact event.

Is It Strong Enough?

In the high-tech industry 3-point bending is a standard test. It is also time-consuming and costly. Also, in a physical test you get a limited view of the results with the number of sensors installed on the prototype. With simulation you get so much more information about your entire product.

Von Mises stress results with deformation of a 3-point bending test of a speaker structure.

This 3-point bending test is also highly nonlinear because of the sliding contacts, large deformation, and material plasticity. The Abaqus technology has been proven to be the best in the industry to solve these types of nonlinear problems.

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This is only a small sample of what the simulation tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can do for you. If you’d like to see the entire presentation on this topic given at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, click here (log-in required).

Simulation discovers potential issues earlier in the process, so they are less costly to resolve. The platform provides the technology infrastructure to manage the people, data, and documents among your entire team, including partners, customers, suppliers, and manufacturers.

Plus, you can securely manage and share CAD data and access it from any location with an internet connection.

If you have any questions regarding the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, please contact your local reseller.

Stay alert for part 2 of this blog article where we will address the remaining questions asked in this blog: Can it be assembled? Will it last? Will it overheat? Can it be manufactured?

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Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS Simulation

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Accurate Flow Simulation Helps Automaker Get Better Results While Increasing Creativity https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/accurate-flow-simulation-helps-automaker-get-better-results-while-increasing-creativity.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/accurate-flow-simulation-helps-automaker-get-better-results-while-increasing-creativity.html#respond Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:00:07 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45875
Read how Palatov Motorsport has found the winning combination to create racing magic: accurate flow simulations and powerful AMD workstations.

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Palatov Motorsport designs and manufactures high-performance, super lightweight automobiles built in Portland, Oregon. Primarily targeted at recreational track day use, the company’s mission is to create and build designs with outstanding performance that provide unmatched value.

Palatov’s workflow primarily uses SOLIDWORKS® software, which enables the company to create components and fit them together into a car design, and then use SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation CFD software to test the airflow, mechanical, and thermal performance. This will be fed back into further design updates.

With a single car comprising 750 to 1,000 individual components, this places a huge load on processor and graphics subsystems. The CFD simulation will be an equally massive processing job. This means that every part of a workstation needs to provide the best possible performance.

The Need for Speed – Off the Track

Palatov was experiencing workflow interruptions at two points in the production cycle. “If I’m spending a lot of time just twiddling my thumbs waiting for the model to reorient itself or to zoom in and out, that slows down the process a lot,” explains Dennis Palatov, Owner of Palatov Motorsport, LLC.

The second interruption was when it came to testing the designs with SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation. “CFD is very incremental. You change one little thing and you rerun it. Normally it takes 12 hours. So I used to set it up last thing at night, let it run overnight, come in, get the results and then go on with the rest of the day.”

The company had been using workstation technology based on the Intel Core i7 processor with AMD Radeon™ Pro WX 7100 graphics. This provided an adequate modelling experience, but when a simulation was running it was a different story. “CFD used to be an overnight project,” says Palatov. “The key thing is to visualize and evolve the design in real time and see where everything fits. So the tools really have to move at the speed of my thought. If I have to wait, then it’s very disruptive, and it really negatively impacts productivity.” To resolve the issue, Palatov implemented AMD CPUs and GPUs (AMD Ryzen 3950X processor and AMD Radeon Pro W5500) with impressive results. “I found that I can run a CFD simulation and still have full usability of SOLIDWORKS on the same computer,” said Palatov.

With the power of the 16 cores of the AMD Ryzen 3950X, it meant that staff could use 8 to 10 of these for flow simulation and still have some leftover for modelling. Palatov Motorsport has a specific example with one of its car design simulations. “The old system took seven hours and 24 minutes to finish it,” says Palatov. “The new system took six hours and 22 minutes, but I was also using SOLIDWORKS in the foreground simultaneously. The old system was basically running only CFD and was completely useless for anything else at the same time.”

According to Palatov: “The productivity is the payoff. The value proposition is very easy. You save a significant amount of time and do a lot more with every day, so you look at your personnel costs and opportunity costs versus equipment costs, and it becomes very compelling. It makes me enjoy the work a lot more, and it makes me more excited and motivated. It’s not just work; it’s actually fun when the tools get out of your way and just let you be creative.”

By relying on SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation for CFD, combined with proper supporting hardware, Palatov Motorsports can accurately produce modelling experiences resulting in critical data to create and build outstanding track-ready automobiles.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Technology Preview: 3DEXPERIENCE Works and SOLIDWORKS 2022 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/technology-preview-3dexperience-works-and-solidworks-2022.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/technology-preview-3dexperience-works-and-solidworks-2022.html#respond Fri, 19 Feb 2021 13:00:05 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45881
Did you miss the demo? Discover the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio including a sneak peek of SOLIDWORKS 2022 in this Technology Preview blog.

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Ever since he was first able to crawl, Michael has been pushing buttons to figure out how things work and sharing his experiences to empower others. From pool trick shots to technology previews while wearing leopard print suits, Michael lives the question of “how can I do that in SOLIDWORKS?”

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The beloved tradition of the TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW continues at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 in the form of Don’t Miss This Demo. Released in three episodes, Don’t Miss This Demo shows off the latest, greatest and what’s next for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio, including a sneak peak at the upcoming release of SOLIDWORKS 2022.

EPISODE ONE: Kevin makes his coworkers disappear!?

We open with the intern, Kevin, giving a demonstration of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS to his manager and coworkers. “It’s the SOLIDWORKS we all know and love, but connected to cloud.” While his demo skills can be improved, the software looks good to the team as it improves their level of data management, collaboration, design re-use and more. Kevin even shows off how it can use models made in the browser-based, Sub-D modeling app xShape.

However, the coworkers continue to torment Kevin. His patience has expired. He wishes they would all disappear and he retreats to the shop to 3D print one of his new designs. Waiting for the print to finish, he dozes off. Meanwhile, the rest of the company receives an immediate work-from-home order.

When Kevin wakes up, he think his wish came true! Now he has the run of the entire office without fear of his coworkers. Does this story sound familiar? It should.

While taking a break from his antics, Kevin is alerted by two CAD bandits who plan to break in and steal the company’s hardware and designs. However, the building still looks occupied. They return to their van to hack into the company’s servers.

Before the bandits gain access, Kevin migrates the company’s designs to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform using the automated tools included with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS.

Empty handed, the CAD Bandits will not give up. They will return tomorrow to break into the building and steal everything. Surely, everyone will be working from home by then.

Watch Episode One On Demand at the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 (log-in required)

EPISODE TWO: The CAD Bandits are coming back!

Kevin needs a plan…a project plan…to make the office look busy and drive off the bandits when they return. Using the breadth and depth of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio and reconnecting with his team, Kevin succeeds…

Lean Team Player to quickly lay out his battle plan. Project Planner to prioritize his tasks. Product Release Engineer to build his shopping list.

Kevin combines the power of 3D Creator, 3D SheetMetal Creator, 3D Structure CreatorNC Shop Floor Programmer, and Collaborative Business Innovator to video call his manager, design and build the rest of the robots.

When the bandits arrive, it looks to them as a fully functioning office. They watch and list in on a design review meeting showing 3D Mold Creator, 3D Structure Creator, 3D SheetMetal Creator, 3D Sculptor, 3D Creator, 3D Render, and Product Communicator…all in the web browser, touch-enabled and built on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Continuing their scan of the building, the bandits see how the company validates their designs using Structural Performance Engineer, Electromagnetics Engineer, Fluid Dynamics Engineer, and Plastic Injection Engineer, all of which are associated with the SOLIDWORKS designs with no data import or export.

Upon closer inspection, the bandits realize that they’ve been deceived. The office is empty except for the intern. Confident they can suppress the intern, they plan to return the next day. When they do, Kevin will be ready with SOLIDWORKS 2022.

Watch Episode Two On Demand at the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 (log-in required)

EPISODE THREE: This is Kevin’s Office. He had to defend it!

With the power of SOLIDWORKS 2022, Kevin designs traps for the bandits as they try to break in. But first, he uses 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight to predict where the bandits will start their attack.

Kevin designs a gantry system with the new connection elements in Structure System to crush the bandits when they arrive.

A secret shredder with sheet metal mounts will be sure to take out the bandits. With the new predefined flat pattern views, Kevin finishes his drawing faster than ever before.

Next, the barista barrage will be sure to blast them away. With the new ability to create coordinate systems from absolute coordinates and enhanced Quick Mates, Kevin rapidly assembles his components.

But the CAD Bandits keep coming and finally reach Kevin. At the climax of our story, the CAD Cops return from SOLIDWORKS World 2011 and save the day. Armed with their donut blaster, they take out the CAD Bandits for good. They even show a bit of how their blaster was designed and validated using the new linkage rods and more flexible mesh controls in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

To see what else was shown in the technology preview and find out how the story concludes, watch the entire episode:

Watch Episode Three On Demand at the virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 (log-in required)

As always, please remember, this is a TECHNOLOGY PREVIEW regarding SOLIDWORKS 2022. Feature and functionality are always changing until fully vetted and not guaranteed to be in the next release of the software.

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What’s New in 3DEXPERIENCE Design Roles 2021 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/whats-new-in-3dexperience-design-roles-2021.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/whats-new-in-3dexperience-design-roles-2021.html#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2021 13:00:18 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45839
The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform’s design tools are updated with the January 2021 release. Learn more about the power and flexibility of these cloud-based applications.

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Mark Rushton is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS and has been involved with 3D CAD and 3D Printing for over 15 years in several capacities from research to consulting for the likes of Rolls Royce, GE, JCB and Dyson. When not playing with 3D printers or other tech, he is most likely out snowboarding, wake boarding or mountain biking.

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The browser-based design and engineering capabilities on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform have been recently updated with the R2021x FD04 release on January 23, 2021. You may not have noticed it, because all updates to our cloud-based portfolio of products happen automatically. The power and flexibility these applications are worth considering as part of your product development toolbelt.

Let’s take a closer look at what is new in the January 2021 update.

Faster Creation and Updates to Assemblies

The Feature Driven Component Pattern leverages feature patterns in parts to drive component patterns in assemblies. If the number of instances in the feature pattern updates, so does the component pattern in the assembly. This enables fast updates to assemblies (without all the rework) because you can automatically link feature and component patterns or holes for more robust parametric models.

Re-import Newer 3D CAD Files

If you have newer versions of previously imported SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, Solid Edge, and Inventor files, you can reimport them—both part and assembly files. Any downstream features or mates applied to the imported model are maintained. Now you can work with suppliers or with imported parts from other CAD systems without waiting for the latest version, safe in the knowledge that any previous work can be easily updated.

Quickly Access & Change your Mates

Mates applied to components can now be viewed and accessed via Breadcrumbs, along with the ability to view mate status. This creates a more productive environment for making changes to component mates in an assembly and less time spent navigating the assembly structure.

Minimize Search Time

The new app landing pages now show your most recently accessed content, and it can be opened with a single tap. Increase productivity and reduce time searching for your data by quickly accessing all your latest designs directly from the landing page. Content can also be dragged from the landing page into other apps to complete your projects quickly and efficiently.

Improved Zoom Levels

When using standard views, zoom to fit, or the view cube, there is now a more efficient use of screen space, which makes it easier to work with your design to get your job done faster.

Drag and Drop Content from 3DDrive

Now it is easier than ever to get started with a whole range of 3D file formats with fewer steps. You can drag and drop files into the xDesign app in 3D Creator, the xShape app in 3D Sculptor, the xSheetMetal app in 3D SheetMetal Creator, and the xFrame app in 3D Structure Creator to import them. Even non-native content in 3DDrive can be imported with drag and drop. Or you can simply use the “Open With” selection to trigger the import.

Blend Between Disconnected Edges

Create a blended surface between edges of a continuous but open contour. The new blend option allows you to close and blend rather than simply extend the edge of the surface. The new surface extrusion options allow you to quickly fill gaps and create surfaces that are smooth and natural as if the gap never existed.

Drag and Drop Components from Design to Other 3DEXPERIENCE apps

Drag and drop designs into 3DPlay, Bookmark Editor, Collaborative Lifecycle, and other apps directly from your design environment, which automatically opens them in the app, saving time and effort.

Drag and Drop Component Structure Changes

Structure your assemblies on the fly with drag and drop restructuring and hierarchy changes. Restructure assemblies by dragging and dropping components from one assembly to another, top level to sub assembly, and vice versa. Components can be easily arranged to create new top level and sub level structures.

Additional Sketch Snaps and Behavior Enhancements

Now it is faster and easier to sketch the appropriate forms with the right design intent the first time, which means you spend less time adding relations separately. Here are the additional options for snapping and automatic relations in sketching:

  • Line tangent or coincident to arc centers
  • Line parallel and perpendicular to other lines

Chain Select and Box Select Dimensions

Faster and more intelligent selections of multiple items are now possible when: 1) selecting a chain of sketch entities and 2) selecting multiple dimensions at the same time.

New View Filter for Sketch Constraints

When working with complex sketches it is often useful to see all relations at the same time. Previously you had to select sketch entities to see the relations. Now you can quickly show and hide all sketch constraints as needed.

Common xApp Preferences

It is easier to maintain consistency and preserve your favorite settings across all your SOLIDWORKS web-based apps with the new centralized common xApp preferences.

Design Assistant – Mate Helper

New machine learning capabilities enable you to automatically insert additional instances of duplicate components. Maximize your efficiency and reduce redundant time spent installing duplicate components, such as fasteners. The new Design Assistant Mate Helper automatically inserts multiple instances of components into your assembly. The Mate Helper automatically recognizes and suggests locations to replicate components.

Parametric Primitives

Now 3D primitive shapes can be snapped together and edited with downstream features updating as expected. This streamlines the modeling of prismatic parts, which is ideal for concept design, setting up a Design Study for Design Guidance, and more.

Create a Blended Surface Between Edges of a Continuous but Open Contour

New surface extrusion options allow you to quickly fill gaps and create surfaces that are smooth and natural as if the gap never existed. Now you can close and blend rather than simply extend the edge of the surface.

Undo Available Outside Sub-D Environment

Undo now works even after confirming and exiting the subdivision modeling environment, which provides more flexibility and increased confidence in knowing that you can Undo any action, even after leaving the subdivision environment.

Always Connected

The pressure is always on to deliver faster and at a lower cost. With product development teams spread out geographically now more than ever, companies need additional tools to bring products to market faster and more efficiently.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform makes it easy to work with people inside and outside your company, including customers, suppliers, and manufacturers. You can simplify your communication workflow and improve productivity since everyone works from a common platform.

And because data management is built-in, you not only have design data audit trails but also communication audit trails all in one, easy to access location.

If you have more questions about this release, please contact your local reseller.

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Mark Rushton
Mark Rushton is a Product Portfolio Manager for SOLIDWORKS and has been involved with 3D CAD and 3D Printing for over 15 years in several capacities from research to consulting for the likes of Rolls Royce, GE, JCB and Dyson. When not playing with 3D printers or other tech, he is most likely out snowboarding, wake boarding or mountain biking.

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500,000 Certified Users: A Program That Has Changed the Lives of Many https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/500000-certified-users-a-program-that-has-changed-the-lives-of-many.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/500000-certified-users-a-program-that-has-changed-the-lives-of-many.html#respond Tue, 16 Feb 2021 13:00:23 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45775
Over a half million users are now officially certified through the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program.

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Senior Manager, Worldwide Certification Program, SOLIDWORKS

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I’m very proud to announce that on February 8th, 2021, we achieved the milestone of 500,000 Certified Users.

A number of this magnitude certainly provide the opportunity to extract all sorts of fun and interesting numbers, and I’ve run some reports in order to provide some of those below.  But throughout the life of the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program we have always focused on the value that the certifications hold for the users who have earned them.

Something that you may not expect to hear is that no one on my team is actually given a numerical goal in regards to how many certifications we issue in a year.  We do, of course, have an idea of what kind of numbers to expect each year, but that’s mainly so we can plan what we’ll need for technology needs behind the scenes.

One of the best parts of our job is getting emails from people letting us know how having one of our certifications helped them.  Emails from students telling us that they were able to get an interview that led to a job offer because they had a CSWP, as well as emails from out of work engineers telling us that the certification, they have helped them in the same way.  And of course, we also get emails from engineering managers and employees letting us know how earning certifications have helped them improve productivity.  So, to the 500,000 of you, thank you for being part of our not-so-little family!

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to the people that have been integral to reaching this milestone.  To my predecessors Mark D, Dave P, and Jeremy L, thanks for building such a strong foundation for us to continue build on.  To Mie and Mattias from our technology vendor Tangix, your creativity and desire to provide us the most efficient tools possible not only changed the way we delivered our exams, it’s also what we’re able to use to keep expanding.

To the internal team at SOLIDWORKS, from marketing, to the subscription team, the events team for letting us participate in the World Conference every year, and the executive team, thank you for being a part of this achievement.  To my boss Ian, thanks for your continued support and guidance and always focusing on the continued success of the program.  Finally, to my team who are without a doubt the key component of our success, a big thanks as well.  Avelino, Daniel, Yannick, and Junko; it’s a pleasure getting to work with you every day.

Note: When composing this post, the more I listed out the key events I wanted to cover, the longer the post got!  So, if you’d like to read a bit about the things that got us to 500,000, then continue reading below!

A look back

In 1998 when the SOLIDWORKS Training Program was expanding along with the rapid adoption of SOLIDWORKS Desktop software, a need arose to validate that people taking the training were actually learning something.  In late 1998, the very first  certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP) Certification was issued.

For the next eight years CSWP would grow to become something of a brand name in the SOLIDWORKS Community.  It was an exclusive group to be in, and if you attended SOLIDWORKS World, you even got to attend a private event open only to other CSWPs in attendance at the conference.

In 2006 we were seeing the impact that earning a CSWP Certification had on the careers of those that had earned it.  We quickly understood that providing a similar certification to students around the world could help them greatly once they finished their degree, and began to pursue a career in industry.  Out of this, the Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) certification was launched.

At the that time, the CSWP exam was very costly, and you had to schedule a time and day to take it at one of our reseller offices.  You also had to wait a day for the results to arrive.  If we were going to introduce a certification meant for anyone, anywhere in the world, then accessibility to our program would need to be truly global.  So, we launched our online certification program.

Accessibility not only included access to exams 24 hours a day, every day of the year, we also needed to lower the cost of taking exams.  In addition to reducing the price of the CSWP exam by 80%, we launched an education provider program that allowed schools on subscription to be the delivery method and proctor for exams at their school.  We now had the foundation to grow as much as we wanted.

2007 through 2010 saw the addition of our first “Advanced Topic” exams where we offered exams focused on specific parts of the software.  In this case, it was the Sheet Metal exam.  The list of Advanced Topic exams continued to expand to include the five different exams available today.

In 2010 we added a new level of certification called Expert.  The CSWE, as it came to be known, was different from other exams in a few new ways.  It was the first exam to have prerequisites in order to be able to even take it.  It also took a different approach to modeling challenges in that the exam focused on using a variety of tools and features to solve a question, instead of questions focused on different features.

In 2019 we introduced the second Expert-level exam focused on Simulation.  In 2014 we said goodbye to the CSWP Event at SOLIDWORKS World, and introduced the CSWE Event, which remains as the exclusive annual event at 3DEXPERIENCE World each year.

As we move on from half a million certified users, we’ll continue to focus on offering the best-in-class certification program in the CAD industry.  We’ve already passed 5,000 certifications for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works Portfolio Roles that we have created and released exams for, and the growth rate for these exams are outpacing the growth of our legacy desktop exams back when they were new.

Onward to 1 Million!

Some fun stats:

  •        Our database contains nearly 2.6 million unique session records
  •        The first certification to ever be issued was CSWP on October 22, 1998
  •        The day with the highest number of sessions launched ever occurred on October 31, 2019
  •        On October 31, 2019 2,744 exam sessions were launched. Note: On that day an exam was launched somewhere in the world just about every 30 seconds!
  •        The SOLIDWORKS Certification program currently offers 19 different exams
  •        We currently offer 7 exams that cover Roles from the 3DEXPERIENCE Works Portfolio
  •        Our Partner Certification Program includes nearly 30 different exams, many which require annual recertification
  •        We have an exam based on internally developed training on how to compose content for our Knowledge Base that must be passed before someone from our technical support staff can begin adding content to it
  •        The exam with the greatest number of certifications issued is the CSWA exam with just over 325,000 certifications
  •        The person on the certification team with the longest tenure at SOLIDWORKS is Yannick with 20 years total
  •        The person on the certification team with the longest tenure on the team itself is Avelino with just over 12 years
  •        It took 18 years to get to 250,000 Certified Users
  •        It took just over 4 years to double that number and reach the 500,000 Certified Users mark

You can learn more about how you can particpate in the SOLIDWORKS Certification program by reading this blog or by visiting the SOLIDWORKS Certification Center by clicking here.

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Senior Manager, Worldwide Certification Program, SOLIDWORKS

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The last day of general sessions was dedicated to the hard work of our wonderful, passionate user community. The world’s coolest new products get their start in SOLIDWORKS and today we saw many of the innovative thinkers behind those products.

Suchit Jain, Vice President, Strategy, Community & Business Development for Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, kicked off today’s general session entitled, “Connections to Relationships.” Suchit confirmed what many already know: that SOLIDWORKS is still everywhere.

More than six million designers, engineers, students, entrepreneurs, makers and innovators are designing and creating many of the things we see around us every day, and many of those users rose to the occasion during the COVID-19 pandemic to retool factories to manufacture medical supplies or create better designs to rapidly 3D print personal protection equipment (PPE).

Matt Carney and Tej Matel are two customers who shared their stories. Matt leveraged the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to connect hundreds of engineers to iterate and develop open-source face mask designs that everyone can help improve. Tej addressed the need for better information sharing with all the various tests being used to diagnose COVID-19.

Marie Planchard, Director of Education and Early Engagement, was up next, speaking with two well-known SOLIDWORKS engineers who took very different paths on their engineering journeys and who are both paying it forward to the workforce of the future. Eric Beatty teaches other users as a SWUGN leader and through SLUGME, the world’s largest user group meeting. Paul Ventimiglia, when he’s not working in his day job, is a fixture on the BattleBots TV show and mentors one of the competing robotics teams.

Today’s keynote was a panel consisting of Brent Bushnell, co-founder and chairman of Two Bit Circus, Nolan Bushnell, founder and CEO of Atari, Inc. and Chuck E. Cheese, and Grant Delgatty, Chair of Innovation, USC Iovine and Young Academy. Nolan shared the story behind the creation of Atari and Brent explained how he expanded on those lessons learned to develop Two Bit Circus. One thing they all agreed on is that failure is an essential part of the innovation process.

If you missed general sessions, or any of the meetups, you can catch up by going to agenda tab on the virtual event platform and watching the session replays. Also be sure to check out the session with Jim Capobianco, the Academy Award-nominated writer of Pixar hit Ratatouille, about his new stop-motion movie, The Inventor. Sharing your models of Leonardo Da Vinci’s designs can help the animators better understand how the mechanisms moved and help bring Leo’s ideas into reality.

With over 130 tech sessions, we hope that you all were able to find the classes you needed to take your skills to the next level. The best news? These tech sessions will be available for the next month or so through the 3DEXPERIENCE virtual event platform so be sure to take advantage of the replays—don’t miss out!

Miss the action? No worries. Watch the video below to get an overview of the day and remember you can watch replays of any of the sessions on the virtual event portal. Thanks for virtually joining us for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 and we can’t wait to see you all in person for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2022 in Atlanta!

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Get caught up on all some of the action that took place during day two of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

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Today during general session we learned a lot about the transformation from product to experiences. The general sessions as well as the deep-dive domain sessions afterwards provided many more examples of how the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio allows you to connect the people, apps and real-time data from every aspect of your business to increase productivity, facilitate collaboration and accelerate innovation.

Members of the R&D team provided some cool examples and compelling testimonials from companies of all sizes that are now harnessing the power of 3DEXPERIENCE Works tools to turn their dreams into reality. One such company, startup Skinny Guy Campers, is using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS to meet their needs for today as well as scale up as they grow their business.

The next company, Square Robot, explained how they have been able to sharpen their competitive edge by pushing the boundaries of design, engineering and collaboration by using tools in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio. Next up was Seed Terminator, a company that is using the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio to adapt its products to various harvesters and weed seeds to allow for rapid mass customization of its products.

Today’s keynote from Frank Stephenson, a designer who earned acclaim as lead designer and design director at major carmakers such as McLaren, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat and MINI, was perhaps fittingly all about speed. He discussed how to reduce development cycles; how he uses new and evolving design tools; and the need to maintain the “human link” when designing products.

Want to see a race on the moon or take a ride in a flying taxi? He showed examples of some of his current projects and yes, you could say they were out of this world! Watch his full presentation in the replay on the virtual event platform under the agenda tab.

Take a deep dive

After the general session, there was the opportunity to take deeper dives into specific product areas. “Product Excellence through Simulation” shared why it’s important to assess your product’s performance earlier and better using a simulation-driven design process. Demos revealed the scalable, connected and powerful SIMULIA solutions you can add to your SOLIDWORKS.

A session on “Hassle-Free Data Management” featured interviews with three different customers who are tapping the power of the cloud to store their data without the traditional “hassles” of managing it locally. They also explained why effective data management is critical to product development success.

In the “Future of Design and Manufacturing,” the Titans of CNC joined the Product Introduction team to share a story about a company that was able to complete a project under an extremely demanding deadline with a safe and secure collaboration using SOLIDWORKS and the powerful 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Another great session featured Jason Pohl, the recognized industrial designer who made a name for himself on the long-running TV series American Chopper. Attendees were treated to a glimpse at some of the amazing designs Jason is currently working on.

The “Passport for Startup Ecosystems” sessions for North America, Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific covered the challenges and opportunities facing startup founders who are launching new products, along with all the exciting changes that come along with entrepreneurship. The participating companies shared insights such as what investors are looking for, current design trends, and how startups are going from idea to manufacturing.

We covered a lot in day two of 3DEXPERIENCE World. We learned about transforming products into experiences. Join us tomorrow for day three as we take a deep dive into the connections and relationships—even when we are far away from each other—that come into play.

This blog obviously just scratches the surface of everything that happened today so please watch the video below for more highlights from day two. See you tomorrow!

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Learn how to efficiently work with people inside and outside your company by leveraging the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

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Salih Alani

Graduate of the University of Technology , Iraq - Baghdad with BS in Mechanical Engineering , graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in mechanics and design - 6+ Years in SOLIDWORKS ®Technical Support team - Focused on core SOLIDWORKS , DraftSight , licensing (Online Licensing), Lead Technical Support of 3D CONTENTCENTRAL® , Technical Support Account Manager for Enterprise Subscription Services (ESS) customer account and lead organizer for VAR Performance Tuning Workshop in Dassault Systemes Waltham - Certifications: - 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform Explorer – Associate - CSWA, CSWP, CSWP-Drawing Tools, CSWP-Weldment, CSWP-Sheet Metal

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It can seem like an endless struggle to keep everyone involved on a project on the same page, especially in product development, where approvals from critical stakeholders quickly become bottlenecks that impede fast and efficient delivery.

Consider the engineering department alone: Constant challenges include knowing who is working on what project, when each project is due, why delays occur, and how to resolve problems. On top of this are the needs for effective communication within and among the engineering, management, marketing, and manufacturing teams.

Also, keeping an audit trail of all communications, not to mention the design data generated during a project, can feel overwhelming and practically impossible.

The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform provides a cloud-based product development environment for efficiently working with people inside and outside your company, including customers, suppliers, and manufacturers. Based on permissions, users from any location with an internet connection can access live product content via collaborative apps from a single framework.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the functionality on the platform that can benefit your organization.

Dismantle Communication Barriers

Stakeholders outside of engineering often do not have access to CAD or PLM systems. Even if they do, the complex nature of engineering tools often prohibits collaboration. Therefore, in-person or online meetings, data extractions, screen captures, emails, phone calls, spreadsheets, and more rule the day.

Companies can eliminate communication silos by enabling all stakeholders secure access to product and related data via collaborative apps on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Communities on the platform enable you to make posts, discuss projects, create tasks, and more. Customized dashboard views enable you to display only the information you need to get your job done.

Design reviews also become super easy on the platform. No need to install additional plugins to review and discuss SOLIDWORKS® models and even non-CAD users can participate. Decisions tend to be made more quickly when all stakeholders—especially non-engineers—can easily view, interrogate, and comment on the 3D models.

Simplify Data Management

In today’s business environment, companies must continuously innovate regardless of where their employees and suppliers are located geographically. Work is conducted from homes, offices, and on the road. Managing the influx of files and storing them in a single location is only the beginning of the challenges. Duplicate files are often saved in multiple locations in the same database; released files get reworked without permission; and changes made in one location are not updated in all locations. What’s more, file naming conventions are often obscure and confusing to everyone in the organization. Technology that captures and shares maturity states and controls file access, permissions, and privileges is no longer optional.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides built-in data management and a host of apps that help you methodically and efficiently manage product life cycles from creation to obsolescence. The platform dramatically simplifies the process of defining and conducting project tasks. With all the data in the same place, everyone is up to date with access to a single source of truth. And because you always access live data, there is no risk of being out of sync on model revisions or assembly configurations. Version-management capabilities should include automatic detection of out-of-date assembly components, enabling accurate and fast updates.

Conquer Product Change

Every person in development knows that product changes will happen and are necessary, whether they like it or not. In fact, the process of innovation is often about managing changes from the earliest stages of design through delivery. Before any work is done, all stakeholders need to sign off. During the heat of design and development, products may change on a day-to-day basis. Changes must not only be captured but recorded and stored for easy access in the future. Proposed changes also need to be reviewed by all key stakeholders to assess the value and benefits to the organization.

The tools on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform make it easier to track and manage product changes. Tools provide a controlled, clearly defined process to manage products and production during the development process. Creating, assigning, and managing change actions for all project stakeholders is simple, including for employees working remotely, vendors, and suppliers. Attaining peer validation and approval, updating changes of scope, and tracking proposed or completed work is all contained within a framework where everyone on the team has visibility into the change status and the actions assigned to them.

Envision Something Better

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform makes it easy to work with all stakeholders. There is no software to install or download, updates happen automatically, and IT management is streamlined.

Think of an environment where it is easy to communicate concerns, identify issues, and propose resolutions. Promoting product ideas becomes a snap because all team members, from engineers to managers to executives, can participate in the design review process. Potential issues are discovered earlier in the process, so they are less costly to resolve. Designers have instant access to updates made by other contributors. This enables real-time concurrent design, enhanced decision-making, and faster design maturity.

The platform provides the technology infrastructure to manage the people, data, and documents among your entire team, including partners, customers, suppliers, and manufacturers. As designs change, the shared common data updates automatically, so everyone stays in sync. Plus, you can securely manage and share CAD data and access it from any location with an internet connection. And, all stakeholders can see the latest status at their convenience.

If you have any questions regarding the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, please contact your local reseller.

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Salih Alani
Graduate of the University of Technology , Iraq - Baghdad with BS in Mechanical Engineering , graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in mechanics and design - 6+ Years in SOLIDWORKS ®Technical Support team - Focused on core SOLIDWORKS , DraftSight , licensing (Online Licensing), Lead Technical Support of 3D CONTENTCENTRAL® , Technical Support Account Manager for Enterprise Subscription Services (ESS) customer account and lead organizer for VAR Performance Tuning Workshop in Dassault Systemes Waltham - Certifications: - 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform Explorer – Associate - CSWA, CSWP, CSWP-Drawing Tools, CSWP-Weldment, CSWP-Sheet Metal

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Get caught up on all the action you might have missed during the all-virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World.

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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!

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In just eight weeks over the summer, over 500 SOLIDWORKS employees around the world joined together on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create a digital space station. Pushing 3DEXPERIENCE Works design tools to the limit, teams of eight each created a different module to be housed on the station.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic raged on during 2020, SOLIDWORKS employees, like most office workers, worked remotely. Faced with an inability to see one another and a dearth of creative outlets, company executives tried to think of a way for employees to connect and build something together. A collaborative project that the entire company could have a hand in and could take ownership of, all while using tools in 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio. Thus, The Grand Challenge was born.

In just eight weeks over the summer, over 500 SOLIDWORKS employees around the world joined together on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to create a digital space station. Pushing 3DEXPERIENCE Works design tools to the limit, teams of eight each created a different module to be housed on the station.

The station itself is 2.2 kilometers in length and 800 meters in diameter, giving each team a 100mx72mx68m module to create whatever they wanted. Over 50 teams worked together to build more than 10,000 unique parts with 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor: life support systems, recreational arenas, food support systems, waste processing plants, and beyond.

Not all SOLIDWORKS employees are designers, of course. This project included many non-CAD users as well from departments such as legal, human resources, finance, marketing, IT, and more. As a result, the Grand Architects of the challenge created different roles to help make people with different skill sets comfortable. Each team had a Mission Director to lead the design, a Mission Specialist to lead the way with 3D design and modeling, and a Creative Collaborator to help keep tasks organized. Teams also had a Storyteller to keep track of the team’s progress and share updates with the Grand Challenge 3DSwym community, and a Chief Dreamer to visualize the theme for the module and keep the team organized. Regardless of skillset, everyone had a role in The Grand Challenge.

The Grand Architects organized inter-company “Mission Readiness” webinars to teach participants how to use 3DEXPERIENCE Works tools, such as the parametric design tools in 3D Creator and the Sub-D modeling tools in 3D Sculptor. People learning how to use CAD for the first time felt empowered and included, with one person in the finance department saying, “I am from a computer background, but I did not know anything about 3D modeling before [the Grand Challenge]. This is the first time I tried to model, and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot and I will not stop modeling!”

Now that The Grand Challenge has ended, what will become of this digital, grand model? It will be built, of course. SOLIDWORKS turned to Dimensional Innovations, a longtime customer, to create a scale model of the space station. Dimensional Innovations is an experienced design, build, and tech firm known for creating immersive experiences for clients like Disney, Google, Home Depot, Audi, the Minnesota Vikings, and much more. SOLIDWORKS provided Dimensional Innovations with the full-sized space station model, and they scaled it down to 2 meters so they could start building.

“We’ve used SOLIDWORKS for years. Working with a company that you’ve known for so long and seeing their side of things was a cool experience,” said Jason Cornett, Engineering Manager for Dimensional Innovations. “Getting involved with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, seeing how it works, was really cool.” He went on to say, “It used to be like this: I would be working on something in SOLIDWORKS, save it out, send it to somebody, and then they could work on it. Now anybody with an internet connection can work together, and share thoughts  and make design adjustments in real time.”

Fabricating the model is a complex endeavor. Dimensional Innovations has turned to SOLIDWORKS CAD to help with hardware and production drawings, using the full suite of SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Works tools to bring the space station to life. The digitally designed details The Grand Challenge participants worked on will not be sacrificed with the scaled down model.

The model is a showpiece that will be displayed in the Dassault Systèmes U.S. headquarters in Waltham, MA. “We had to make sure the space station could work with Earth’s gravity in a scaled-down size in the orientation we want to display it in, make sure structurally it will survive the assembly, transportation, and the display process,” said Jared Nelson, Lead Engineer of the project at Dimensional Innovations. The finished model will hang and slowly spin on an axis to give it an extra dynamic aspect. The team at Dimensional Innovations had a lot of fun figuring out the mechanism to make the space station rotate on Earth. They created a flexible round belt that could flex in two dimensions: flexing around pulleys as it transfers power, and also flexes through the curved legs holding up the model.

Dimensional Innovations is using many different techniques to create the real-world model, such as metal working, CNC cutting, high-end 3D printing, electronics, lighting, special paints and graphics, and more. A lot of effort and expertise is going into it, and both SOLIDWORKS and Dimensional Innovations are excited to see the final product.

Grand Architect and SOLIDWORKS Digital Community Manager Ryan Priddy concurred. “It was exciting to see how passionate our employees were when they came together around a common theme, and jumped into creating CAD parts,” he said. The Grand Challenge provided SOLIDWORKS employees with a way to meet new people they probably would not have interacted with otherwise, all while working together to build something creative, inspiring, and new. And now they can look forward to coming together again and seeing the real-world expression of their collaborative efforts, knowing for sure that The Grand Challenge slogan is true: Everyone is a Creator.

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You still have time to register for an all-virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021. Here's all you need to know about this exciting event that starts today!

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We are delighted to welcome a record number of attendees, over 35,000, to this year’s all-virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, which kicks off today! All you need to do is register, if you haven’t yet, and watch all your favorite parts of the event from the comfort of your home or office.

Sign up for tech sessions today!

There’s still time to sign up! The slate of over 130 amazing tech classes is posted up on the 3DEXPERIENCE World site.  Here you will find those super helpful SOLIDWORKS sessions with plenty of tips from seasoned users and SOLIDWORKS technical experts as well as how-to’s on all the products in the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.  Learn more about our stacked tech session agenda in this blog from Lynn Allen.

This Year’s Speakers

Our General Sessions begin tomorrow, February 9th, at 10:00AM ET. This year’s speakers represent nearly every industry so you are sure to find inspiration. Here are some of this year’s speakers:

Frank Stephenson is now applying his design expertise to a wide range of projects that move beyond the realms of automotive design. That industry is where he earned acclaim as lead designer and design director at major carmakers such as McLaren, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat and MINI.

Titan Gilroy, CEO of TITANS of CNC, founder and star of the TITANS of CNC television show on MAVTV, and creator of the TITANS of CNC: Academy and Aerospace Academy is partnering with SOLIDWORKS to share his opinion as to why the 3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio is essential for teaching design to manufacturing at the academy. You can read more about this exciting partnership here.

Brent Bushnell, CEO & Co-Founder of Two Bit Circus, a LA-based experiential entertainment company, will share how he uses technology, design and engineering to inspire inventors. Brent is an engineer and entrepreneur passionate about STEM, and previously created STEAM Carnival, a traveling event to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Matt Carney, who you may remember from the main stage at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 and our SOLIDWORKS Live interview thereafter, has pivoted during the pandemic into manufacturing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). He’ll give you a glimpse into what it’s like to crowdsource ideas, and collaborate with engineers worldwide to design a protective respirator.

Jason Pohl, best known for his long career at Orange County Choppers, is now an independent designer at Jason Pohl LLC. Jason’s enthusiasm for design, innovation, problem solving, and creativity is bound to inspire you to look outside the box next time you start a new project. We also did a recent Born to Design Podcast with Jason. If you missed it, you can check it out here.

Virtual Shop Floor

Take a virtual tour of three design and manufacturing customers who are innovating and pushing the boundaries of automation and technology. Our customers will include Speedway Motors, TMCO, and MetalQuest Industries, along with Titans of CNC—all pushing the boundaries of meeting today’s demands future manufacturing challenges.

From design to simulation and manufacturing, attendees will get a chance to learn and ask questions about how they can benefit from automation and new paradigms in the manufacturing process.

 

MeetUps

Are you interested in meeting new people, your peers who work in your same field, while hearing their stories and learning how they solved similar challenges? Do you have questions about SOLIDWORKS/3DEXPERIENCE solutions and don’t know who to ask? If you answered “yes,” then join us at one of the 35+ MeetUp sessions taking place during the event. You can learn more about these amazing opportunities to network and share tips and tricks in this blog.

Model Mania returns

Model Mania® returns to the all-digital 3DEXPERIENCE® World 2021 and next year, this annual competition will be divided into three different challenges: The SOLIDWORKS Challenge, the 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge, and the Student 3DEXPERIENCE Challenge. Learn more about how you can test your skills in this battle of modeling excellence in this blog.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Playground

The 3DEXPERIENCE Playground is the hub of the event, where you can interact with our partners and learn how to extend your investment in SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE solutions. You will be able to interact with student design teams and be inspired by makers, entrepreneurs, and manufacturing facilities to help empower your freedom to create.

3DEXPERIENCE Lab 

3DEXPERIENCE Lab, part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, is Dassault Systèmes’s open innovation laboratory, focused on empowering makers, innovators and startups. The lab nurtures disruptive projects that aim to create a better, sustainable world and have a positive impact on society.

During the event, be sure to check out the 21 videos that tell the stories about makers, innovators, startups and fab labs. Other sessions not to be missed include: Using Collective Intelligence and Collaboration to Make Impact; Expanding the Dimensions of Making; Shifting the Scales of Innovation; How to Make ‘Almost’ Anything in the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab; and Inspiring New Labs and Extending the Ecosystem.

Click the banner below to register now to take advantage of all this all-virtual event has to offer you…from the comfort of your own home or office!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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See how Social Business Explorer can enable you to leverage market and industry data to develop more profitable products at the right time.

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Graduate of the University of Technology , Iraq - Baghdad with BS in Mechanical Engineering , graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in mechanics and design - 6+ Years in SOLIDWORKS ®Technical Support team - Focused on core SOLIDWORKS , DraftSight , licensing (Online Licensing), Lead Technical Support of 3D CONTENTCENTRAL® , Technical Support Account Manager for Enterprise Subscription Services (ESS) customer account and lead organizer for VAR Performance Tuning Workshop in Dassault Systemes Waltham - Certifications: - 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform Explorer – Associate - CSWA, CSWP, CSWP-Drawing Tools, CSWP-Weldment, CSWP-Sheet Metal

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The Social Business Analyst role on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform enables you to make insight-driven business decisions through trends gathering, market listening, and competitive intelligence. You can choose the sources you want to monitor, visualize data with customized charts, and drive intelligent decision-making faster by automating actions triggered by events and data insights.

We introduced Social Business Analyst last year, and executives quickly learned its value in monitoring industry trends and developing competitive and economic insights. Also, product managers can better understand what customers are saying about their products, and marketing managers benefit by efficiently segmenting their customer base, as well as monitoring what competitors are doing from brand awareness and promotional perspectives.

Social Business Explorer

The newly released Social Business Explorer role is a complementary product that enables you to consume, view, and drill down into the content inside a dashboard created by Social Business Analyst. You can leverage unstructured web and social data to get a real-time understanding of market trends and opportunities to identify how and when to develop the most promising products. You can learn customer likes and dislikes to make intelligent product development choices that help beat the competition.

Working in Tandem

Let’s say your company has a team that gathers content and builds advanced queries to produce dashboards in Social Business Analyst. When a dashboard is ready for analysis it can be shared with Social Business Explorer users who can drill down into the charts, add commentary, and much more.

As shown in the chart below, the business intelligence process typically starts with content creators who collect content and build a dashboard. Reviewers conduct a primary analysis of the content. Consolidators do a secondary analysis to ensure the content’s accuracy, and then decision-makers use the data to make informed decisions and take action.

Beating the Competition

It can be nearly impossible to stay on top of industry-specific trends and news about your clients, suppliers, partners, and competitors. Information keeps coming at us fast and furious. We must have efficient ways to collect and leverage the data so stakeholders can make the best data-driven decisions.

The Social Business Analyst can perform automated web crawls across social, news, image, video, and forums and save the content to customized libraries. With the Social Business Explorer, you will be able to drill down, review, and consolidate data shared with key decision-makers in secure 3DEXPERIENCE communities. Or, you can generate push emails that automatically share relevant content with team members.

The Social Business roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will enable you to better understand market opportunities and help enable your company to develop the most profitable products by leveraging real-time consumer feedback and market intelligence to optimize each stage of product development. Contact your local reseller for more information regarding the Social Business Explorer if you have more questions or if you would like to see a demo.

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Graduate of the University of Technology , Iraq - Baghdad with BS in Mechanical Engineering , graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in mechanics and design - 6+ Years in SOLIDWORKS ®Technical Support team - Focused on core SOLIDWORKS , DraftSight , licensing (Online Licensing), Lead Technical Support of 3D CONTENTCENTRAL® , Technical Support Account Manager for Enterprise Subscription Services (ESS) customer account and lead organizer for VAR Performance Tuning Workshop in Dassault Systemes Waltham - Certifications: - 3DEXPERIENCE® Platform Explorer – Associate - CSWA, CSWP, CSWP-Drawing Tools, CSWP-Weldment, CSWP-Sheet Metal

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Learn How to Make Magic with Epic Inclusion at 3DEXPERIENCE World https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/learn-how-to-make-magic-with-epic-inclusion-at-3dexperience-world.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/02/learn-how-to-make-magic-with-epic-inclusion-at-3dexperience-world.html#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2021 13:00:21 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45621
Be part of the magic at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 and join us for a special breakout session about SOLIDWORKS' relationship with the Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization that builds epic costumes for children in wheelchairs at no cost to their families.

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You can make the argument that scientists and engineers have removed magic from our lives by explaining everything with science and hard facts, but Magic Wheelchair proves that there is still an abundance of wonder in this world.

For the past three years, SOLIDWORKS has supported Magic Wheelchair, empowering them to create epic costumes for amazing kiddos in wheelchairs and giving these special children their own day to be superstars. Accelerated by the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab and proudly supported by La Fondation Dassault Systèmes, Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds larger-than-life costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families. The organization’s programs promote the inclusion and self-expression of children with disabilities by transforming their wheelchairs into fantastical creations from their imaginations and brought to life by our hands.

The SOLIDWORKS Magic Wheelchair Build Team and their first build

 

Many of you may remember the incredible costume reveals from 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020, where international build teams came together and made two costumes for local Nashville children, one based on Star Wars and the other on Beauty and the Beast. The Magic Wheelchair booth was one of the most popular at the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, raising awareness and money for the program. And, although we cannot physically be together in 2021, SOLIDWORKS is still hoping to virtually bring magic to your day by sharing stories of inclusion and of Magic Wheelchair’s super heroes.

 

This year at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021, you can get in on the magic too.  Annie Cheung, Product Definition Senior Manager of Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS, and Christine Getman, Executive Director of Magic Wheelchair, will talk about the journey of balancing the momentum from 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 going into the pandemic; how Magic Wheelchair builders pivoted; what virtual and socially distanced magic making looks like; and highlights from Halloween 2020. They will also showcase the Magic Wheelchair build process from within the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which removes the barriers to collaboration and allows the community of passionate builders to reach new heights and create what can only be described as magical.

Ben, the recipient of the second SOLIDWORKS Magic Wheelchair build, enjoying his custom motorcycle

 

“One of the greatest honors of my life has been supporting Magic Wheelchair and its goal of inclusion,” says Annie, who is also the Project Manager of the SOLIDWORKS Magic Wheelchair Team. “There is no greater feeling than to bring some light and love to a person’s life.  It’s our hope to help Magic Wheelchair bring inclusion to the lives of every kiddo in a wheelchair.”

One of the ways Magic Wheelchair is trying to spread its message is with its Inclusion Quest. The goal is to reach 10,000 followers on Instagram so account features can be unlocked to help them reach more people and engage with the larger builder community. More eyes on these important projects means more builders building, which means more happy children and their families.

Christine Getman, left, and Annie Cheung, right

 

Want to learn more and get involved? Be sure to register for 3DEXPERIENCE World so you can attend this breakout session. You can also check out the Magic Wheelchair community on 3DSwym, where you can learn about projects that SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE Lab have worked on or supported. You’ll see firsthand that there is definitely still magic left in this world: the magic we create together.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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An Exclusive Preview of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 with SOLIDWORKS Live https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/01/an-exclusive-preview-of-3dexperience-world-2021-with-solidworks-live.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/01/an-exclusive-preview-of-3dexperience-world-2021-with-solidworks-live.html#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2021 15:49:54 +0000 http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45675
3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 is just around the corner and we cannot wait to see you all there! Last year, we had an opportunity to bring you a ton of unique content via SOLIDWORKS Live – from Certifications, to Magic Wheelchair

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3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 is just around the corner and we cannot wait to see you all there! Last year, we had an opportunity to bring you a ton of unique content via SOLIDWORKS Live – from Certifications, to Magic Wheelchair reveal, to general sessions, exclusive interviews with speakers, most interesting technical breakout sessions, overview of the technology on the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground and so much more! This year, the conference is 100% virtual and free to attend to everyone. All you need to do is register, if you haven’t yet, and watch all your favorite parts of the event from the comfort of your home or office. Nevertheless, we want to give you a taste of what to expect during February 8-11!

We’ll be coming to you live at 11am ET on February 4 with our SOLIDWORKS Live broadcast, giving you an exclusive sneak peek into what will be happening at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021. You’ll have a chance to be greeted by our CEO Gian Paolo Bassi and hear about what he’s most looking forward to.

You’ll also have a chance to meet and hear from a great line up of speakers. Titan Gilroy, CEO of Titans of CNC, who went from boxing and then prison to a successful business owner, will share his story of perseverance and success. His passion for CNC machining and manufacturing is infectious!

Brent Bushnell, CEO & Co-Founder of Two Bit Circus, a Los-Angeles-based experiential entertainment company, will share how he uses technology, design and engineering to inspire inventors. Brent is an engineer and entrepreneur passionate about STEM, and previously created STEAM Carnival, a traveling event to inspire kids about science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Matt Carney, who you may remember from the main stage at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 and our SOLIDWORKS Live interview thereafter, has pivoted during the pandemic into manufacturing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). He’ll give you a glimpse into what it’s like to crowdsource ideas, and collaborate with engineers worldwide to design a protective respirator.

You’ll also have a chance to hear from Jason Pohl, best known for his long career at Orange County Choppers, who is now an independent designer at Jason Pohl LLC. Jason’s enthusiasm for design, innovation, problem solving, and creativity is bound to inspire you to look outside the box next time you start a new project.

Of course, we can’t leave out our users favorite – Model Mania! This 21-year old design competition has grown into THREE different challenges this year. Be sure to tune in to learn about each one, and how you can participate.

The cherry on the cake, we have prepared something special for all those tuning into our live stream – you don’t want to miss it! Join us at 11am Eastern Time on February 4 on your favorite social media platform. We’ll be going live on YouTubeFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram. See you then!

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Learn how the Collaborative Designer on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform enables you to manage design data and documents from multiple CAD systems in a singular cloud environment.

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Most companies struggle to keep everyone on the same page—especially in product development. Sharing data across departments while simultaneously keeping it in sync is difficult and expensive in a singular CAD environment. Sharing data is even more complex in a company that has multiple CAD systems, which is becoming more and more common.

The Collaborative Designer roles on the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform enable you to manage product design data and documents in a cloud environment. Designs can be stored online, easily reused, and securely managed. Data cannot be lost or deleted by accident.

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform not only accommodates your internal team’s project work but also allows key customers, suppliers, and managers secure access to the data they need. The Collaborative Designer enables users of multiple CAD applications to contribute directly to a single product structure, eliminating the need to independently manage and combine separate, partial product structures.

Working under a change action with Creo Parametric data.

 

New Collaborative Designer Roles

There are new roles that connect even more CAD users to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Companies that use Creo Parametric from PTC®, Inventor from Autodesk®, or Solid Edge from Siemens® can now manage and share their CAD data on the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud platform. These are in addition to the existing Collaborative Designer roles for SOLIDWORKS®, CATIA® V5, AutoCAD®, and DraftSight®.

The new Collaborative Designer roles provide direct integration from inside the CAD application, providing a seamless connection to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. All 3DEXPERIENCE solutions for design, simulation, manufacturing, and governance can leverage the data once it is on the platform. The role enables you to:

  •         Collaborate with all team members regardless of location
  •         Share designs and drawings via a browser-based application
  •         Work in the full 3D context of a multi-CAD product definition

Now you can maintain efficiencies even when product development resources reside in various locations.

People and Data in Sync

Using these new Collaborative Designer roles, design data becomes part of a full, model-based product definition, further enhancing designs using the multi-discipline portfolio of applications on the platform. This means one complete, holistic model serves all product development disciplines. These roles also support a rich set of 3DEXPERIENCE platform apps that maximize collaboration.

By connecting to the platform, designers can continue to work in their current CAD system while their design data becomes part of a unified product definition. The result is faster, more accurate product development. As designs change, the shared common data automatically updates so everyone across the enterprise remains in sync.

One Place for All

Collaboration is easier when the entire extended team is connected in a single environment. The platform enables spur-of-the-moment reviews of 3D models from any device, which helps speed turnaround times. Communications among team members are automatically tracked, so problems can be solved quickly.

Designs can be cleanly and efficiently handed off to colleagues or critical suppliers via the platform’s virtual product development environment.

Single Source of Truth

Advanced data management capabilities such as revision control, product maturity, permission management, and more are automatically enabled when you make design changes on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The platform provides the technology infrastructure to manage product design data and documents.

With all the data in the same place, everyone is up to date with access to a single source of truth. This helps teams avoid the risk of being out of sync on model revisions or assembly configurations.

Collaborative Designer enables you to securely manage and share CAD data and access it from any location with an internet connection. All stakeholders are instantaneously up to date and can see the latest status at any time and at their convenience.

Learn More

Are you ready tosimplify your communication workflow and improve productivity? All the platform apps needed for design and collaboration are available within your own CAD environment. This enables diverse computing environments, so multiple teams can work on a singular product definition in a concurrent, safe, and real-time computing ecosystem.

For more information on these new roles and the other CAD Collaborative Designer roles for SOLIDWORKS, CATIA, DraftSight, and AutoCAD, click here. If you have more questions about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform or Collaborative Designer roles and would like to see a demo, please contact your local reseller.

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Kurt is a Product Portfolio Manager for PDM Solutions at Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS.

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SOLIDWORKS Top Ten 3DEXPERIENCE World Voting Now Open https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/01/solidworks-top-ten-3dexperience-world-voting-now-open.html https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2021/01/solidworks-top-ten-3dexperience-world-voting-now-open.html#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2021 13:00:38 +0000 https://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/?p=45608
Do your part to make SOLIDWORKS better by voting in this year's Top Ten, but hurry because the deadline is February 1st!

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Applying two decades of engineering field experience to improve and create new SOLIDWORKS products

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3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 is quickly approaching. This year’s all-virtual event will take place February 8-12, 2021.  As a result, the voting period for your favorite SOLIDWOKRS Top Ten ideas will end soon on February 1, 2021.  There are many Top Ten ideas that need your vote!  In fact, many ideas are only separated by one or two votes. That means, your vote may make a difference by helping your favorite idea reach Top Ten status!  That is important because historically, Top Ten ideas have a very high rate of implementation within SOLIDOWORKS products.

The 3DSwym Platform

The SOLIDWORKS Top Ten 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 Community is hosted on the 3DSwym Platform! To participate, navigate to the SOLIDWORKS Top Ten 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 Community.

Instructions to Login or Register

If you already have a 3DEXPERIENCE ID, you will need to use it to login.  Alternatively, you can use your customer portal login to access the SOLIDWORKS Top Ten 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021 Community.

If you don’t have either of these, you will need to click “Create your 3DEXPERIENCE ID” and provide the necessary information to register. Please be on the lookout for an email sent after registering that will ask you to validate your new 3DEXPERIENCE account.

How to vote

Learn how to vote on ideas by viewing the video in the How to Vote! Community article.

Important Dates

Idea Submission Open: November 10, 2020 – January 4, 2021

Voting Open: January 4 – February 1, 2021

3DEXPERIENCE World: February 8-12, 2021

Commenting

If you don’t like an idea—or even if you do, but have something to say about it—please comment on that idea’s post.  This helps our SOLIDWORKS team understand different points of view when reviewing submissions for further consideration.

Some of the ideas

Here’s just a few ideas for which you may wish to vote or comment:

Enhance Functionality of Selection Sets

Copy of a BOM with linked Item Number

Option to maintain Draft angle within Mid-Plane Extrusion

Combine Chamfer and Fillet into a single feature

Enable Layer Functionality in parts and assemblies

We look forward to see which of your ideas make it into the final SOLIDWORKS Top Ten at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

 

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Matt Lorono
Product Definition Manager at SolidWorks Dassault Systemes
Applying two decades of engineering field experience to improve and create new SOLIDWORKS products

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If you have any questions in regards to any SOLIDWORKS or 3DEXPERIENCE products, be sure to join us at one of the 40+ MeetUp sessions taking place during the fully virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021.

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Simge Akarsu

Simge Akarsu is a Senior Strategy & Program Manager. She is responsible for 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD event strategy.

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Are you interested in meeting new people, your peers who work in your same field, while hearing their stories and learning how they solved similar challenges? Do you have questions about SOLIDWORKS/3DEXPERIENCE solutions and don’t know who to ask? Would you like to get into the heads of influencers and makers? Do you have some questions for Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS executives? Have you ever wondered what opportunities or challenges startups face? Are you a student who wants to ask questions about what it is like to be a Dassault Systemes intern, early career professional, or wondering why Dassault Systèmes certifications matter? Are you a DELMIAworks customer (IQMS) and have burning questions for experts?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then join us at one of the 35+ MeetUp sessions taking place during the fully virtual  3DEXPERIENCE World 2021. Add the VIP add-on to your registration and gain exclusive access during MeetUp sessions – and join some selected MeetUp sessions exclusively for VIP add-on participants.

Let’s take a look at some of the networking opportunities at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021:

HIVE Mind MeetUps

At HIVE Mind MeetUp sessions, attendees will able to meet and make connections with like-minded peers who work in the same field. These will include:

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Designers & Engineers

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Production & Operation Managers

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Executives

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Engineering, IT, and CAD Managers

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Makers

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Entrepreneurs

HIVE Mind MeetUp: Educators & Students

Live Panels

Attendees will able to join to live Panels and hear from Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS employees, customers and influencers.

3DEXPERIENCE R&D Meetup: A Chat with Product Definition & Portfolio Management teams

 Join us for a session focused on your questions about 3DEXPERIENCE cloud applications. Whether you are already a user of 3D Creator or 3D Sculptor, or if you are curious about new roles or the 3DEXPERIENCE platform in general, this session is for you. Join us with your questions in hand, and we’ll have a great discussion around these topics.

Fireside Chat with Executives

Fireside Chat with SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE CEO Gian Paolo Bassi, SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE Strategy & Business Development VP Suchit Jain, SOLIDWORKS 3DEXPERIENCE R&D Strategy & Management VP, Manish Kumar (Moderated by 3DEXPERIENCE Global Technology Evangelist Lynn Allen). You can ask your questions about what you heard during the General Sessions, or you can ask your general questions to Executives. Do not miss this chance! They will be there just for you.

Industrial Design and Workflow with Jason Pohl

Join us for a “Meet and Greet” with American Designer and 3DEXPERIENCE Brand Ambassador Jason Pohl, who spent 16 years at Orange County Choppers where he worked on designs for custom motorcycles.  Many of these builds were featured on Discovery Channels’ hit TV show American Chopper.  He will be showcasing his portfolio and provide participants with a quick tour on how he uses the 3DEXPERIENCE Works solutions to bring his designs to life.  Bring along your questions and let your mind be inspired during this very personal inside look at an American Industrial Designer.

 

‘The Inventor:’ An animated film about Leonardo da Vinci  –  a discussion with Jim Capobianco, Academy Award®-Nominated Screenwriter, Director, and Storyboard Artist

Written and directed by Jim Capobianco, the Academy Award-nominated writer of Pixar hit Ratatouille, ‘The Inventor’ is a new stop-motion adventure film about the life of Leonardo da Vinci. In a discussion with Frédéric Vacher, Head of 3DEXPERIENCE Lab, Jim will talk about his team’s journey and the process of interpreting Leonardo’s works, Mechanical Design in particular, and how the passionate users of SOLIDWORKS could help the project by leveraging the Open Codex community on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Join Us as we explore the intersection of Art and Technology, and learn how you can be part of this great new film by Jim Capobianco!

Photo credit: Vulcan Productions, Inc.

 

DELMIAworks Upgrading to DW020 and Beyond

Join forces with the DELMIA | Works team to learn the benefits of upgrading to DELMIA | Works 2020 and beyond.  Understand our new release cadence, documentation, DS download site, and the other resources available to assist with the process.  Get questions answered, collaborate with your peers, and evaluate your upgrade opportunities.  Let us help you plan your upgrade journey!

SOLIDWORKS Desktop – MeetUp Discussion

Although there will be a Q&A opportunity after every session, feel free to use this MeetUp session to discuss anything related to SOLIDWORKS Desktop.

 DELMIAworks > RTPM Product Testimonial

Learn how our RealTime Process Monitoring Application can help collect actual material usage from blenders. With this information from the blender, our RealTime system will automatically create inventory and consume materials.  By automating the material flow and capturing when material is actually consumed, our customers can have more accurate accounting and traceability of what was physically used on their shop floor.

Tips & Tricks for Inventory Control

Join this session to discuss some of the many reasons why inventory inaccuracies exist, how to recognize why it happens, and how to improve the process.  What are the costing implications? Bring your questions and ideas to share.

Managing a Smooth Product Development Cycle through 3DEXPERIENCE Platform

Whether you’re considering your first product data management (PDM) solution or you want to learn more about 3DEXPERIENCE cloud-based data management products, 3DEXPERIENCE Works is for you. With 3DEXPERIENCE cloud data management, our customer will share their experiences and what were some key factors that contributed to their decision in adopting the 3DEXPERIENCE Works solution for their product development.

Passport to the Hardware Startup Ecosystem: Europe

Listen to leaders in the European Startup ecosystem discuss opportunities, challenges, and exciting changes occurring for startup founders who are launching a new product. Gain insight to what investors are looking for, current design trends, and how startups are going from idea to manufacturing in Europe.

Passport to the Hardware Startup Ecosystem: North America

Listen to leaders in the North American Startup ecosystem discuss opportunities, challenges, manufacturing and exciting changes occurring for startup founders who are launching a new product. Gain insight to what investors are looking for, current design trends, and how startups are going from idea to manufacturing across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Passport to the Hardware Startup Ecosystem: Asia Pacific

Listen to leaders from the APAC Startup ecosystem discuss opportunities, challenges, manufacturing and exciting changes occurring for startup founders who are launching a new product. Gain insight to what investors are looking for, current design trends, and how startups are going from idea to manufacturing across the Eastern Hemisphere.

DWG 4 U & ME

Featuring Special Guest for an Ask-Me-Anything virtual event. Connect with others like you to ask questions and share your DWG victories and challenges.

MeetUp for Students

Why Should Diversity and Inclusion be Championed?

The global leader of Talent Acquisition will kick off this fast-paced, interactive session.  Speakers will include: John Connaughton, Director of Talent Management and founder and leader of the DS PRIDE group; Rekha Kamat, a Senior Business Consultant and the Leader of the Women’s Initiative (WIN) in North America.

University Career Fair – Europe, Africa and Russia

The EMEAR Talent Acquisition Team will be hosting a two-hour university career fair.  Students will be able to speak with recruiters about internships and early career professional opportunities.

Career Fair – Japan

The Talent Acquisition Team in Japan will host a university career fair.

Dassault Systemes Career Fair- United States

The U.S. Talent Acquisition Team will be hosting a two-hour university career fair.  Students will be able to speak with recruiters about internships and early career professional opportunities.

North America- 2021 Hiring Initiatives & Full Time Opportunities

Join Simon Booker and another Sales Leader as they discuss hiring initiatives targeting students who are interested in pursuing a technical sales career.

Asia Pacific – 3DS Hiring Initiatives & Early career opportunities

The Director of Talent Acquisition, APAC will discuss the 2021 hiring initiatives and professional and internship opportunities in this GEO.

Life after School: A Panel Discussion for Students

Ever wish you could speak directly to industry professionals and ask them for career advice? Now you can. At 3DEXPERIENCE World you will get to hear from notable SOLIDWORKS customers about what life could be like after graduation and the steps you should take to boost your career.

3DS Certifications: How to Stand Out from the Crowd during a Career Search

Learn from SOLIDWORKS customers about how SOLIDWORKS certifications make you a more compelling candidate during a career search.

Haven’t registered yet? No worries, you still have time but be sure to sign up today so you don’t miss out on over 120+ free tech sessions and 35+ MeetUp sessions during which you can network, share best practices and tips of the trade, and get your most pressing SOLIDWORKS questions asked and answered.

 

 

 

 

 

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Simge Akarsu
Simge Akarsu
Simge Akarsu is a Senior Strategy & Program Manager. She is responsible for 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD event strategy.

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There’s been a lot of talk about 3DEXPERIENCE Works, and in 2021 we’re going to show you this portfolio in a new, up-close and personal way. Join us on Thursday, January 28 at 11 AM EST for the first episode of our new YouTube Live show Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE Works.

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SOLIDWORKS

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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There’s been a lot of talk about 3DEXPERIENCE Works, and in 2021 we’re going to show you this portfolio in a new, up-close and personal way. Join us on Thursday, January 28 at 11 AM EST for the first episode of our new YouTube Live show Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE Works.

 

You may have seen previous Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE Works Live webinars, but now we’re coming straight to you. Industry Process Consultants Gian Calise and John Martorano III are ready to answer your burning questions in real-time and show you how 3DEXEPERIENCE Works really, well, works! This series will give you a firsthand look into new features and workflows found in the portfolio to help you understand how 3DEXPERIENCE Works can change the way you design and do business.

The inaugural episode of Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE Works is all about improving design workflows. Gian and John will demonstrate how 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS and 3D Sculptor can be used together to create a beard trimmer. They will create the interior machinery using SOLIDWORKS and then use the Sub-D modeling capabilities found in 3D Sculptor to shape and form the exterior of the trimmer–all while collaborating through SOLIDWORKS connected to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Not only will you see the modeling capabilities of these tools in action, you will also get a first look at new functionalities for Part Supply. Similar to SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, Part Supply is part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace that allows users to take specialized parts from an expansive catalogue and insert them directly into models without having to leave SOLIDWORKS.

Want to take a deeper dive into the features of 3D Sculptor and learn how to go from concept to component?  The subdivision tools in 3D Creator allow the experts to quickly create a stylish enclosure for the beard trimmer. You’ll see how ordered geometrical sets can be leveraged to split the subdivision body into two – the top and the bottom. From there the experts will finish off the design showing you some design tips and tricks along the way.

Sound interesting? Set a reminder for Exploring 3DEXPERIENCE Works on YouTube and start exploring today.

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SOLIDWORKS
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SolidWorks products are easy to learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-effectively. The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life.

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Discover how SOLIDWORKS helps industrial equipment manufacturers face unique design and development challenges when designing large assemblies.

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Craig Therrien

Craig Therrien

Craig Therrien is a Product Manager at SolidWorks

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Industrial equipment manufacturers face distinctive design and development challenges when building conveyer systems, industrial robots, construction equipment, and other large-assembly projects. Electromechanical systems are becoming increasingly complex. Assemblies, often large and multifaceted, can slow CAD development and increase the likelihood of problems with interference and collisions, among other potential difficulties And, because engineered-to-order systems are common, every project requires a brand-new design from scratch.

With SOLIDWORKS® integrated product development solutions, industrial equipment manufacturers have the tools to produce high-quality products faster and more efficiently. Let’s look at one of the most obvious design challenges in more detail: large, and often complex, assemblies and drawings.

Drawing Performance

SOLIDWORKS 2021 is loaded with improvements in large-assembly performance.

Detailing mode was first introduced in SOLIDWORKS 2020 as a way to dramatically speed large drawing detailing. Basically, Detailing mode is a superfast lightweight drawing mode in which the drawing opens in seconds and allows the user to immediately begin detailing. Detailing mode is improved in SOLIDWORKS 2021 to allow the creation of Detail, Break, and Crop views as well as add hole callouts, just as if the drawing were fully resolved.

The Enhanced Graphics Performance option, which was first implemented in SOLIDWORKS 2020 to take advantage of high-end graphics cards by moving the graphics burden to the card, has been extended to the drawing environment in SOLIDWORKS 2021.

Check out this side-by-side comparison between the drawing performances of SOLIDWORKS 2020 and 2021.

Drawing performance has also been improved in several other areas, including zoom and pan, selecting and moving annotations, and dynamic highlighting. Performance has also been improved when opening a drawing, saving a drawing as a .dwg file, creating and updating large-section views, Auto Insert of a center mark when creating section views, creating a detail view in a section view, importing cosmetic threads into a view, and sorting a BOM.

 

“A lot of our customers use SOLIDWORKS, and we believed that it would provide us with the speed and flexibility that we needed to capitalize on the large- and extra-large-format opportunity that we saw in the 3D printing market.”

–President Jonathan Schroeder, 3D Platform.

 

Automatically Resolve Lightweight Components

In addition to enhanced drawing performance, SOLIDWORKS 2021 improves on assembly performance. This is evident when opening resolved and lightweight assemblies, opening assemblies with parts that have many configurations, updating assemblies that have many mates, and closing assemblies without saving.

For assemblies opened in lightweight mode, top-level components and subassemblies resolve automatically when you click to expand an item in the FeatureManager® design tree. Components in subassemblies remain in lightweight mode until you expand them. This prevents unnecessary loading of large assemblies and allows you to quickly access and resolve the components you’re working on as needed.

Mind Your Mates

It can be confusing to choose from so many types of mates so SOLIDWORKS provides different types of assembly mates to speed assembly time and ensure that you create the proper assembly relationship between components.

In SOLIDWORKS 2021 a new streamlined Property Manager in Mates offers Standard, Advanced, Analysis, Mechanical tabs for each group, which makes it easier to find the correct mate.

In addition, when creating mates to Slots, SOLIDWORKS 2021 lets you choose the default type of position. This saves time by eliminating the need to regularly change the location type when adding new slot mates to your designs, which also saves you from accidentally choosing the wrong constraint.

“Our assessment, that only SOLIDWORKS had the intelligent mating technology, open Application Programming Interface (API), and user community necessary to achieve our goals, has proven accurate.”
President Kevin Mauger, Glide-Line.

Synchronize Components

SOLIDWORKS has always offered the flexibility to change the configuration of each component instance within a pattern. Sometimes, however, you may want all the components to reference the original instance, and configuring and double checking each component can be time-consuming.

In SOLIDWORKS 2021 you have the option to synchronize the configurations of all component instances created by a pattern. This new option also helps you avoid inadvertently changing the configuration of any components from the quick menu drop-down and enables locking this option within the Component Properties dialog.

This enhancement ensures that any configuration changes you make to a pattern’s seed components will be propagated appropriately.

Tracking Interference Issues

 Interference Detection is a powerful tool to help you quickly find issues within your design. With SOLIDWORKS 2021 assembly interferences can be tracked in a spreadsheet.

You can even capture a thumbnail image of each interference that can be shared and reviewed by others on your team. This new collaborative way to review interferences in a design offers a way to determine if they are intentional (due to fit conditions), or if you need to collaborate with others to solve the interferences.

Save Defeatured Model as a Configuration

A great way to speed up large-assembly design is to defeature the model to remove unnecessary detail. When you use the SOLIDWORKS 2021 Silhouette method for defeaturing, you can create a configuration from a defeatured assembly. In the assembly you can quickly switch between the defeatured configuration and the full model, saving time and simplifying the process of substituting the defeatured model.

Get There Faster

With an integrated 3D product development system like SOLIDWORKS, industrial equipment manufacturers can collaborate and more efficiently develop innovative equipment and processes. And because SOLIDWORKS can manage large assemblies efficiently, less time is wasted, so products can be delivered to market sooner and for less expense.

If you have more questions or would like to see a live demonstration, please contact your local reseller for more information or click below to learn more about what’s new in SOLIDWORKS 2021. Also, you can learn more about how other Industrial Equipment manufacturers are finding success with SOLIDWORKS Simulation solutions by downloading this eBook, “Simulating Better Industrial Equipment.”

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Craig Therrien
Craig Therrien
Craig Therrien is a Product Manager at SolidWorks

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