SolidWorks Sponsors FIRST Robotics Competition


January 9, 2016 marks the FIRST Robotics Competition FRC Kickoff for the new game, FIRST Stronghold(TM). SOLIDWORKS is a FRC Crown Sponsor.  To all teams that apply for sponsorship at, SolidWorks will provide the SOLIDWORKS Robotics Suite of software tools.

Andy Mark AM14U3 Wide

We have created a great Kit of Parts modeled in SOLIDWORKS thanks to AndyMark and other SolidWorks customers, many parts are in native SOLIDWORKS format.  SOLIDWORKS FIRST Web Page

Apply for SOLIDWORKS sponsorship.  Download 2016KOP at The zip files are separated by components and kits.


3D Content Central VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics is a certified supplier on providing more robot parts for the competition.


Thank you to over 1000 teams that have asked for sponsorship already. We appreciate watching you compete and reading all your stories about the competition.  Every week, we get a thank note or news letter from a competitive team. Your stories with the cards, letters, buttons, t-shirts and photos  are our emotional paycheck!  TheSOLIDWORKS – FIRST tasty thank you award goes to the FRC 1868 The Space Cookies.

SOLIDWORKS and our Value Added Resellers are assisting more in the FIRST mission, “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”  No other organization has contributed more to Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education and inspiration.

SOLIDWORKS customers are engineers, designers and manufacturers.  As FIRST grows, SOLIDWORKS must be there to support students, mentors, and our customers.

With SOLIDWORKS sponsorship, teams will receive the SolidWorks Robotics Suite featuring:


SolidWorks 3D CAD Software for mechanical, part, assembly, drawings and

  •                Sheet metal and Weldments
  •                Photorealistic Rendering
  •                Animation
  •                Toolbox – fastener library of components
  •                eDrawings for sharing
  •                SolidWorks Costing

SolidWorks Electrical Software  for electro-mechanical, control system design

  •                SolidWorks Electrical 2D Schematic for single line and multiline schematics
  •                SolidWorks Electrical 3D for incorporating into you 3D CAD model, Bill of Material, and cable/wire harness

Schematic in SolidWorks Electrical

SolidWorks Simulation for engineering analysis and simulation – to test your design in a real-world environment

  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium for stress, thermal, fatigue, structural design optimization
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation for flow analysis
  • SolidWorks Motion for kinematic analysis
  • SolidWorks Sustainability for environmental factor simulation – great for this year’s game Recycle Rush!
  • SolidWorks Plastics for manufacturing simulation of injection modeled parts
Displacement Distribution
Displacement on I-beam and support beams, when a uniform load is applied on the I-beam

Workgroup PDM to keep track of design revisions

SolidWorks Composer for technical documentation and animations used to document manufacturing instructions and assembly procedures, for use by marketing, graphic artists and engineers.



Through our web page, teams can access SOLDIWORKS Tutorials for Getting Started and our SOLIDWORKS FRC video tutorial series.  There are 100’s of tutorials inside the software applications.

San Diego Robotics eDrawing

After acceptance of the SOLIDWORKS FIRST Robotics application, teams will be emailed serial numbers and a link to SOLIDWORKS robot tutorials created with the help of  our customer, Seabotix Inc. the world leader mini ROV manufacturer.

Now is the time to install SOLIDWORKS software and review basic SOLIDWOKS tutorials – before the build season.

Teams have access to  My SolidWorks, a place to connect, share and discover everything SOLIDWORKS.  Here FIRST teams can link to our parts catalog, 3DContentCentral, SOLIDWORKS forums, and tips about using SOLIDWORKS.  Just create a “Guest” Login account to access My SolidWorks.

Teams can share their models on our SolidWorks Education Facebook page. I am always looking to retweet great SOLIDWORKS models @marieplanchard1.

Apply for SolidWorks sponsorship and get ready for a great season.

For 13 years we have been supporting FIRST team and mentor .  We made the process easier as a FIRST CROWN supplier.

SOLIDWORKS software is based on SOLIDWORKS Premium 2015.  Model files will be watermarked, “for educational use only.”  SOLIDWORKS supports international FRC teams.  Software fulfillment is subject to US export compliance.


FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. Thank you FIRST for giving us so many things to cheer about.  Marie






Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard