3DEXPERIENCE World: More SOLIDWORKS. More Apps. More Fun!

3DEXPERIENCE World  is the best event to learn more about SOLIDWORKS, explore new technology, and get inspired by our community of designers, engineers, educators and students.

For 17 years, I went to SOLIDWORKS World, as a customer, user group leader, partner, educator, and employee.  This is my first 3DEXPERIENCE World to learn more about SOLIDWORKS, more about cloud-based software applications (Apps), and have fun with our growing community.  With my teammates, we just call it “World”.

Learning.  At World, there are more SOLIDWORKS breakout sessions than last year. These sessions include the latest SOLIDWORKS enhancements, best practices to improve your skills, and prepare for a SOLIDWORKS Certification exam (418K Certified SOLIDWORKS Users).  I remember the Sketch Tips and Tricks session from my first user group meeting.  I can’t wait to learn more about the 2020 features.

SOLIDWORKS 2020 runs on your Windows desktop. Model mania will challenge the best designers at World using SOLIDWORKS in lightning speed.  Over 20 years, SOLIDWORKS features have changed allowing engineers to get their work done faster.   As technology changes, additional functionality related to SOLIDWORKS users must expand and enhance the product design process.  That is where the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and advancement in manufacturing technology come in.

At world, there are sessions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and product development Apps related to SOLIDWORKS.  My 2020 resolution is to learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.  So this past month, I reviewed the World event program and want to share with you what I have learned – before you go to Nashville, TN, USA, February 9-12, 2020.  If you cannot get to Nashville, you can catch live streaming at Live.SolidWorks.com.

Here are some helpful key definitions.

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 is an event for designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, researchers, educators, and students to learn, innovate, and celebrate together.  Building on the legacy of SOLIDWORKS World, it’s the source for new innovation that centers around SOLIDWORKS and its partners.  It’s also about the software applications, relevant to the SOLIDWORKS user, with Dassault Systèmes technologies.

3DEXPERIENCE platform is a business technology platform developed by Dassault Systèmes.  The platform is both a cloud-based innovation platform and a transaction platform.

3DEXPERIENCE Apps are software applications based on Dassault Systèmes technologies.  Our software brands CATIA, DELMIA, SOLIDWORKS, SIMULIA, ENOVIA, NETVIBES and EXALEAD are part of the Dassault Systèmes portfolio.

3DEXPERIENCE WORKS portfolio is a cloud-based collaborative, product development environment, that unites an entire organization from design and manufacturing to service and marketing.   Apps come from SOLIDWORKS, DELMIAWorks, SIMULIAWorks, ENOVIAWorks and more.

3DEXPERIENCE Roles are a collection of related software Apps.  

My favorite Apps are xDesign and xShape. You can learn more about these Apps, the platform, and cloud technology at World. You can also learn more about new Apps at MySolidWorks.com Training.

Inspiration. What makes the World experience so uplifting is the human aspect of what gathers us together as engineers and designers.  These inspirational stories provide lasting memories for years to come.

World features Dean Kamen, inventor, entrepreneur, STEM advocate, and founder of FIRST and FIRST Global, my hero.  There are more inspirational speakers outlined here.

In the Playground Edu area, you can speak with student teams from, Tennessee Tech FSAE and Baja SAE, Louisiana Tech Shell Eco-marathon, University of Tennessee FSAE, and Dripping Spring HS (Texas) IEEE RC 4×4.

You can also talk with researchers from Vanderbilt University developing a submarine living space in real time on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with other students from India and France.

Community. Our community is an inspiration at World!  Stop by the Playground 3DEXPERIENCE for Good area to see Magic Wheelchair, LN4 prosthetic hands, and Danielle Boyer, Every Kids Gets a Robot.

And don’t forget this is a Users Group meeting.  There are special meetings with SOLIDWORKS User Group leaders on Wednesday morning.

Start-ups. Eight start-ups pitch for a chance at World.  See the preliminaries on Monday night and the finals Wednesday at General Session,  You can vote  for your favorite too.

Fun. Nashville is Music City!  On Tuesday night it’s all about Bash on Broadway.  Bring a jacket and a smile from a really great time.

I will be with students and educators in the Playground EDU Area Sunday night, Feb 10, 6 pm – 8pm.  Stop by and say hello.  See you at World! 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