SolidWorks World 2013: Monday, Day 1 (my presentation oops)

There were a lot of exciting announcements at day 1 of SolidWorks World 2013.  Two product announcements included (now in Beta) and the impending Mechanical Conceptual.  These are already be very well covered by many other sources, so I’m not going into detail about them yet.  If you would like more detail about these, the general session is viewable on SolidWorks Blog right now.

The surprize guests were Art Thompson & Jon Wells, engineers that worked on the Red Bull Srtatos jump.  Every time I see that video of Felix Baumgartner jumping out of the capsule, I cringe.  Thompson talked about project planning was several years to prepare.

SolidWorks World 2013: Creating Super Drawing Templates session filling upMy breakout session, Create “Super” Drawing Templates, didn’t go as planned.  The power went out twice at the podium, (once at the start, and once while I was presenting).  It is really hard to perform a software demonstration without power to your computer, projectors and microphone.  I quickly recovered by turning the format into a question and answer advice and information session while the technicians worked to fix the problem.  Eventually, I did get power back and continued the presentation.  I was happy to have several attendees tell me later I did a great job adjusting to the abrupt interruption of my presentation.  Even though I didn’t get to finish my presentation, I hope everyone left with enough information to find some benefit in what was shown.



SoliDan’s presentation at SolidWorks World 2010

Daniel Bertschi
Daniel Bertschi

Daniel Bertschi (aka, SoliDan) is a CAD support specialist who will be giving a presentation at SolidWorks World 2010 on how to get more out of the solid models once engineering and design are complete.  The presentation will detail how to “keep [models] working for you in manufacturing.”

Specifically, he will detail advantages of using SolidWorks models beyond the drawing, to create a variety of parts, such as: sheet metal, molded/cast, tubular, and machined parts.  Dan also plans on discussing various methods of model use in manufacturing; and “potential hurdles to overcome.”  Essentially, attendees of Dan’s breakout session should learn the potential their models have to save time & money in manufacturing & procurement.

If you are attending SolidWorks World 2010, you may wish to book Dan’s presentation on your schedule on Wednesday, February 3 at 2:45PM.  If you aren’t going to be able to attend, he’ll be posting his presentation online after SolidWorks World 2010.

Stump the Chumps II

After a one year hiatus, Stump the Chumps is returning to SolidWorks World in 2010.  I’m pleased to announce that I’ve volunteered as one of the chumps this year.

In an effort to answer even more questions, the Stump the Chumps II breakout session will take on a slightly different format.  Instead of spending the entire period fielding questions from the audience, questions should be submitted prior to the conference.  If you would like to challenge the chumps with your question, please email us at  More information about presenters and the breakout session can be found at Jeff’s Tool Shed.

SolidWorks World 2010 Agenda

Agenda header

The preliminary agenda is now posted for SolidWorks World 2010 on the SolidWorks website.  The agenda is subject to change, of course.  That usually means that more breakout sessions may be added.

If justification for attendance is still needed, the agenda itself can serve as an excellent resource.  One way to look at SolidWorks World is that it is an opportunity to attend up to twelve educational classes.  At $995, that works out to be just under $83 per session.  I’ve easily paid over $800 a day for some industry seminars.  SolidWorks World is a big bargain.

But wait, there’s more!  Attendees also get to explore a large trade show (Partner Pavilion) with hundreds of exhibitors.  Some trade shows are free, but more technical ones tend to charge some sort of nominal fee.  At SolidWorks World, it’s included as part of the package.

Agenda links

CAD Administration
Data Management
Design Automation
Design Validation
Modeling Essentials
Productivity Tools
Customer Success/Designing Better Products
Design Communication

Coming soon in November, attendees will be able to pick their session preferences.  Spots are not guaranteed for regular breakout sessions even with advanced session preference selection.  However, it’s important to pick preferences soon, especially for hands-on sessions which usually fill up fast.

SolidWorks World 2010: Call for Papers

Call for white papers,white papers,sww10,SolidWorks World,SolidWorks World 2010

SolidWorks World wouldn’t be the same without the Breakout Sessions and their presenters. Each year, there is a call for papers.  T his is where anyone with experience in a particular topic can propose a presentation as a speaker.  N ot everyone who submits a paper will have their presentation accepted.  H owever, you never know.

Topics of interest this year are as follows:

    CAD Administration
    Data Management

  • Team Data Management
  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Personal File Management
    Design Automation

  • General
  • API
  • Design Tables
    Design Communication

  • General
  • eDrawings
  • Rendering
  • Animations
  • 3DVIA Composer
    Design Validation

  • General
  • Mechatronics
  • Structural Analysis
  • Flow Analysis
  • Advanced Analysis
  • Tolerance Analysis
  • Sustainability
    Modeling Essentials

  • General
  • Managing Large Assemblies
  • Mold/Tool/Die
  • Sheetmetal
  • Surfacing
  • Sketching
  • Weldments
  • Working with SolidWorks Drawings
  • Mechanism Design
    Productivity Tools

  • General
  • Routing, Piping, Harnessing
  • ECAD to MCAD
  • Hardware and 3D Content
  • Data Translation
  • Design Standards
    Customer Success/Designing Better Products

Two types of speaking opportunities exist:

  • Breakout Session speakers (for sessions that last from 60 to 90 minutes) – must have experience presenting technical information effectively, providing interesting, original, and informative content.
  • Hands-On Breakout Sessions (for sessions that last from 60 to 90 minutes) – Hands-On sessions entail presenting to no more than a maximum of 30 attendees who will each have use of their own computer. Hands-On simply means that attendees will have the ability to follow along and actually “do” what the presenter does, so they have a “hands-on” experience in the session. The presenter must have experience presenting technical information effectively, providing interesting, original and informative content. Hands-on sessions require a second speaker to act as a guide to keep the class up-to-speed with the pace.
  • SolidWorks World 2010 Registration

    SW,SolidWorks,SolidWorks World,SolidWorks World 2010,2010

    It hardly seems like all the much time has gone by since SolidWorks World 2009.  E ven during our current recessed economic times, SWW09 proved to be unexpectedly successful, with a larger than expected attendance. It’s now time to begin thinking about SolidWorks World 2010 (SWW10)!  Date: January 31 – February 3, 2010 in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center.

    Each person may have their own reasons to consider attendance.  High any list should be the vast quantity and quality of the so-called Breakout Sessions.  SolidWorks topics are thoroughly covered from beginner to advanced levels in pretty much any area, with a large number of industries represented.  In the past couple of years, I’ve attended Breakout Sessions covering sheet metal, API and macros, project management, data management, PLM/PDM, solid modelling solutions, design tables, solid modelling methodology, photoworks, tips & tricks, etc.  I have been thoroughly surprized at just how much I’ve been able to take back with me from each SolidWorks World.  Check out the SolidWorks World 2009 Video Highlights.

    For many of us, attendance can be difficult to justify to our company.  SolidWorks World offers some resources and cost savings.  There is help on the SWW10 website that provides content you can use when writing a justification letter to management.  This year, more information is available, including a video that can be used as part of your overall presentation to management.

    When it comes to costs, Full Conference Passes have not changed in price from last year.  Early registration is rewarded with 20% off the price of the Full Conference Pass.  As a bonus, special pricing is available with the 3 Full Conference Passes for the Price of 2 program.  And, as usual, CSWP’s get an additional $100 off their Full Conference Pass.

    When you attend, one thing you’ll get a sense of is the supportive SolidWorks based community.  On the front lines, you’ll find the SolidWorks employees are readily accessible at SolidWorks World, with many of them giving presentations.  One thing that SolidWorks employees know all to well is that almost every user has something to say about SolidWorks.  The SolidWorks Bloggers will be in full force, providing coverage, insight and information from a unique vantage point.  Many experienced users will be on hand to share their knowledge, and perhaps even learn a thing or two themselves.  Overall, the atmosphere is friendly.  You’ll be able to strike up a conversation with just about anyone.  I personally look forward to meeting SolidWorks Blog readers!

    Register Now