As we expected, SolidWorks World 2013 had some big announcements. From new offerings to updates, here are some things you can look forward to seeing in the very near future.
To start, Dassault Systèmes announced the launch of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, connecting designers, engineers, marketing managers and even consumers, in a new social enterprise. President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes, Bernard Charles, described the 3DEXPERIENCE Platforms purpose best when he said, “We must provide businesses and people with holistic 3D experiences to imagine sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing products, nature and life.” Within this platform, you can take advantage of Social and Collaborative Apps, Information Intelligence Apps, Content and Simulation Apps, and 3D Modeling Apps.Along with the announcement of the 3DEXPERIENCE, SolidWorks showcased My.SolidWorks.Com, your personalized view of the dynamic SolidWorks Community. It allows you to connect, discover and share everything SolidWorks in one seamless experience. Users can tailor the content to their specific interests based on their account settings. From scanning the latest posts, to discovering new tools, techniques and apps, My.SolidWorks.Com allows users to find exactly what they want from all corners of the SolidWorks community.
As if those two announcements weren’t big enough, Fielder Hiss, Vice President, Product Management at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks announced SolidWorks’ latest product: Mechanical Conceptual. Combining parametric modeling and direct editing in a single interface, Mechanical Conceptual will allow users to conceptualize and capture ideas digitally, rather than doodling on a napkin. With its social innovation, Mechanical Conceptual will enable collaboration with stakeholders, as well as post in private communities, allowing for better customer engagement. Currently SolidWorks is looking for users to try Mechanical Conceptual in production, and we can anticipate the product being available for the public come Fall of this year. We will be sure to post updates on this new product as they come in.
With such a vast community, SolidWorks looks to their users’ suggestions and requests to update and improve products. Here is SolidWorks World 2013 Top 10 Most Popular Ideas:
10. Create auxiliary line for dimensioning angles
9. Draw a line segment starting at the midpoint
8. External thread wizard for all thread types
7. Default the Concentric Mate for Axis to Cylindrical Surface
6. Option for equal spacing on linear patterns
5. Provide a version of eDrawings mobile app for Android devices
4. Cylindrical Mates need an option to lock rotation
3. Two Words: Slot Mate
2. Ability to save SolidWorks files in previous versions – Backwards Compatibility
1. Make Rebuild Time Faster
SolidWorks World 2013 offered a plethora of fascinating presenters, all of which are on the cutting edge of science and technology. To kick off the event we heard from the Concept Design Team for the RedBull STRATOS. On the second day Professor Vijay Kumar discussed his Autonomous Flying Robots, while FESTO displayed their Bionic Learning Network, where inventions are inspired by nature. Lastly, we heard from Tom Atchison, Founder, Chairman, CEO of Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation, showing us that supporting education programs helps propel the science and engineering industry. These are only a few of the Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks customers around the world that are pushing the limits in design with SolidWorks.
Be sure to save the date for SolidWorks World 2014 in sunny San Diego, California, January 26th to the 29th!