SOLIDWORKS Supports Digital Fabrication at FAB14

From around the world, fabbers, designers, and makers, are in Toulouse, France, for FAB14 – Fabricating Resilience to showcase and share the latest in digital fabrication and to support the exploding Fab Lab network.

For the five years,  SOLIDWORKS has supported this event and Fab Labs in Rwanda and Bhutan.

With Dassault Systemes, we have created our own Fab Lab at our DS North America HQ with  Abhishek Bali who also manages our 3DEXPERIENCE Lab for North America.

The Lab, by definition, is the Startup Accelerator and Open Innovation program of Dassault Systemes.

Fab Foundation Director, Sherry Lassiter opened the event to over 1000 attendees.

SOLIDWORKS hosted a variety of workshops in SOLIDWORKS xDESIGN with R&D engineers Sal Lama and Shawn Liu.

Fab Labs have access to our latest technology in SOLIDWORKS xDesign and SOLIDWORKS desktop tools, including SOLIDWORKS Premium, PDM, Visualize, PCB and SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids.

SOLIDWORKS Shawn Liu works with MIT’s Center of Bits and Atoms to create an interface between the software application MODS and SOLIDWORKS and MODS and xDESIGN, interfacing directly to machines in the Fab Lab.

Congratulations to Sal Lama, the first Dassault Systemes Fab Academy Graduate.

FAB14 had a big focus on education including the SCOPES project for K-12 STEM education, offering free resources to teachers that what a design-make activity in their classrooms.

Yesterday’s theme of “Mobility” featured a panel including one of the major sponsors, Airbus, headquartered in Toulouse.

The Fab Festival weekend will feature SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids where children from Toulouse will be able to have a “Fab” fun time designing and making their own cloud model in Shape-It.

This Fall, Fab Labs will be also able to give our SOLIDWORKS Certification exams to their members.

Next year, FAB 15 will be in Egypt and our host, Dina will be the Queen of Fab!

Thank you Neil, Sherry, Valerie, and our SOLIDWORKS Reseller, JeanLuc Cottin, Visiativ, for a great event.  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