My recent 3DEXPERIENCE Certification
Normally, members of the Product Definition team at DS SolidWorks Corp give two presentations at each SOLIDWORKS World. Presentations can be either Hands-on or Breakout. Hands-on sessions involve attendee participation at desktop computers provided for the conference. Attendees typically follow and repeat steps shown by the presenter. Breakout sessions are essentially talks with demonstrations of functionality in SOLIDWORKS products.
Sometimes our team gives extra presentations. There are cases where our hands-on sessions are very popular, so we add an extra hands-on session of the same material for the overflow. Other times, we give the multiple breakout sessions on various topics.
At SOLIDWORKS World 2017, I gave three presentations and a panel discussion. It almost never fails that I give a presentation right after the General Session on Monday of the conference. This year, my Monday presentation was a hands-on session about new functionality that’s been added to SOLIDWORKS over the past 5 years. The session was Streamline Drawing Creation with Newer SOLIDWORKS Drawing Tools. In this session, attendees got to try out newer drawing tools that they may have missed before, such as
- User Interface improvements
- Drawing Zones, Location Label and Automatic Border tool
- All uppercase setting for notes
- Angle Dimension enhancements
- Model Break View
- Balloon improvements and more
If you’d like to check out this session’s materials, please feel free to download:
On Tuesday, I gave two breakout sessions. The first one was planned and well-prepared about MBD called Model-Based Definition using SOLIDWORKS MBD. This session covered very general overview of MBD, ways to implement settings in SOLIDWORKS for the best MBD experience, SOLIDWORKS MBD tools (3D Views, 3D PDF Publisher, etc), and DimXpert. A lot of people attended this session. Though, I didn’t pack the house to the wall.
The Powerpoint for this session is downloadable here (SOLIDWORKS files not included):
The second Tuesday breakout session, I presented on BOM’s, called Building SOLIDWORKS BOMs. Due to a cancellation by the original speaker, I had to step to not only cover the empty slot in the schedule, but also talk about BOMs without a prepared Powerpoint slide deck or file set. Since there were no materials for me to work from, I had to skip the Tuesday General Session to give myself time to pull together a session plan and file set. Given the circumstances, I believe I did well. I was able to cover many basics about BOMs, and also more advanced capabilities.
- BOM table display options
- BOM Type (Top Level, Parts Only and Indented)
- Options for displaying configurations of the same part
- Keep Missing Item settings
- BOM Anchor
- BOM Template
- Virtual Parts
- Document Properties
Unfortunately, because the session was off-the-cuff, there is no Powerpoint outline to provide. The session was recorded, so it should be available as a video while the SOLIDWORKS Proceedings are available (soon).
On Wednesday, I was part of the panel discussion about MBD. Five speakers participated in an engagement with attendees who are interested in MBD. This session was called SOLIDWORKS World 2017 MBD Learning Path Panel Discussion. Attendees asked about many MBD related topics, including STEP, real world implications, specific use cases, vendor adoption, etc.
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.
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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