General Session day 2: SolidWorks World 2011

The General Session on day of SolidWorks World 2011 was filled with profiles of many interesting SolidWorks customers.  From my perspective, the two most talked about companies afterwards are Mako Surgical and Local Motors

Mako Surgical Corp. is a medical device company that developed advanced knee implants for a minimally invasive orthopedic procedure called knee MAKOplasty.  Their technology involves a surgeon interactive tactile surgical platform that incorporates a robotic arm and patient specific visualization technology and prepares the knee joint for the insertion and alignment of knee resurfacing implants through a minimal incision.

Local Motors conceptLocal Motors is a new American car company whose business model is based on sustainably designing and building vehicles.  They create a direct connection with customers who guide and participate in design development of a car based on personal desires in an open source manner. Local Motors plans to built micro-factories throughout the US.  Cars are built and sold from the micro-factories on a just-in-time basis.  They state that development and manufacturing processes dramatically reduces waste while maintaining the flexibility to incorporate new, efficient technologies as they emerge.

Local Motion

Author: fcsuper

As a drafter, mechanical designer and CAD engineer, I've been in the mechanical design field since 1991. For the first 8 years of my career, I was an AutoCAD professional. I utilized AutoLISP and many other AutoCAD customization features to streamline drafting activities for 6+ drafters and designers. I authored several custom functions, one of which was published in the March 1997 issue of Cadalyst Magazine. Since 1998, I've been used SolidWorks non-stop. I've worked to utilize the SolidWorks' user environment to simplify drafting and design activities for 20+ engineers. I've created this website to provide current information about SolidWorks from a variety of contributors. More recently, I am now employed by Dassault Systemes as SOLIDWORKS Sr. Product Definition Manager to improve drawing, annotation and MBD related areas.

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