I made my first trip to Nashville, TN this past week! Thank you to the Nashville SolidWorks User Group (NSWG) for hosting me. While in town, I did have a couple hours of free time to check out the Grand Ole Opry Convention Center.
I was in town visiting several SOLIDWORKS customers and meeting up with local users. On Monday evening, I presented at the April NSWG meeting.
— Rudy Ottway (@rudyredhead) April 13, 2015
My presentation gave a general overview about Model Based Definition, how to apply it within SOLIDWORKS today. My presentation also covered the new SOLIDWORKS MBD product that will streamline MBD processes within SOLIDWORKS and provide an output in the form of a 3D PDF for non-CAD consumption. Attendees asked a lot of great questions about Model Based Definition and Geometry Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T and the industry adoption thereof). Adoption of MBD is being driving the release of the MIL-STD-31000 standard and the desire by industry to reduce cost of product definition, revisions and design communication.
SOLIDWORKS World 2015 isn’t just for Phoenix, AZ. It’s really for the World! The General Sessions of SOLIDWORKS World 2015 will be live streamed this year. Even if you aren’t able to make it to Arizona next week, you can be a part of the action via the live streaming. As you know, the keynote speakers for each day were announced earlier this year. General Sessions are 8:30 to 10AM each day (local Arizona time).
- On Monday, Bre Pettis will speak about The Next Industrial Revolution: Pushing 3D Printing into New Frontiers.
- On Tuesday, Michio Kaku will speak about How Technology Will Change Our Lives.
- On Wednesday, Jinsop Lee will speak about Designing for the Five Senses.
Registration for each day is required, but it is free and you can watch it from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Bonus videos are already available.
It’s fun to take photos and video during the SOLIDWORKS World General Sessions, particularly if your favorite keynote speaker is doing something really awesome on stage or robots are flying over the audience. There was a rule that attendees are not allowed to take video (and sometimes photos) of General Sessions. Something is different this year.
This year’s General Sessions will be even greater social media events than in years past. This is really saying something since past General Sessions have already been powerful social media events. (In the early days of Twitter, the SOLIDWORKS World hashtag #SWW09 trended.) For starters, taking and sharing photos and video via social media will not only be officially allowed, it is going to be encouraged.
What does this mean for attendees of SOLIDWORKS World 2015, as well as those who could not attend this year? What other ways will social media be supported? More information will be forthcoming from official sources soon.
Voting for SOLIDWORKS World 2015 Top Ten ideas is over. There were a lot of creative ideas and a lot of voting this year!
The SOLIDWoRKS World hashtag is something that started way-back-when during the early days of Twitter. You can still check the old tweets under #SWW09, which supposedly trended on Twitter during SolidWorks World 2009. Many years later, many more services now support hashtagging.
SOLIDWORKS World 2015’s hashtag is #sww15, and it is already being filling up with useful information on Twitter and Google+. Check it out, and keep following them for the lastest!
[UPDATE: 2/2/2015: Wifi will be available throughout the conference areas]
Keeping power hungry mobile and portable devices fed (charged) presents a unique challenge in the 21st Century. This appearently was a real problem recently at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas this year, according to some reports.
Keeping connected to the Internet also presents challenges. There is a lot going on at SolidWorks World. It is a big event with thousands of tech savvy attendees with tons of devices, competing with resources to keep them feed and connected. Granted, keeping a smartphone charged is pretty dang cheap. However, finding an electrical outlet is the issue at hand.
If you are using your smartphone to keep your schedule (like I do), you’ll be accessing it more often than you might on a normal day. In addition, you’ll likely be messaging (texting, FB messenging, etc.) and using other social media communication more frequently, too. Normally, your smartphone’s battery charge may last a day or two without any worries. No day at SolidWorks World is normal. Even on the most battery efficient devices, you are likely to need power to recharge at some point during the day.
Have a spare battery or extended-life remote battery on hand, whether you are using a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or any combination thereof. Wherever you happen to find yourself, be sure to scope out power outlets. This applies while you are at the conference, and more so also after hours while you are out and about and when your device is most likely to be low on power. (If you are spending extra time at an airport on stop-overs on your way to the conference, this can be particularly challenging.)
During the day, if you have a smartphone and a laptop, you can charge your phone from the laptop via the normal USB connection. Finally, the most obvious thing of all, don’t forget any of the charging cables.
If you are plugged into a random outlet or loaning your charger temporarily to another attendee, don’t forget to grab your charging cable before taking off to your next destination! If you forget it, you will likely never see it again, for various reasons. This particularly applies to breakout session speakers who may get distracted at the end of their presentation by people rushing up to the podium to introduce themselves and ask further questions. Am I speaking from personal experience? Maybe.
Staying connected is the whole reason we carry around smartphones and tablets.
That means you always need an awareness of WiFi hotspots. Those of us with smartphones may not be tethered. However, don’t rely on cellphone carrier signal for data connections while in a conference room. Even smartphones on a free data plan may need to switch over to WiFi to access the Internet at some point to Facebook, Foursquare or Flickr. Something new this year: SOLIDWORKS World will provide WiFi throughout the conference area. In other words, the conference itself will be one gigantic hotspot. One of the main locations will be near the Partner Pavilion. All this means that you’ll need to scope out the locations of these hotspots a head of time so you aren’t left without data connection at an inconvenient moment. Hotspots should be shown on the conference map. Keep in mind that there will be many other people accessing WiFi at the same time, so please avoid downloading big files or streaming videos. I always recommend hitting the hotspots for specific connectivity needs, then quickly moving on.
Good luck and I hope to see you at SolidWorks World 2015!
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