Jeff Ray, CEO of DS SolidWorks Corp kicked off SolidWorks World 2010 with news that Dassault Systemes is becoming more important in SolidWorks. He then introduced Bernard Charles, CEO of Dassault Systemes, who talked about the menu of products they offer. He declared, “Catia is virtual products”. This plays into the goal of bringing lifelike experience to everyone. He also stated that “3D is going to be a part of our lives”, including the areas of research, consumers, engineering and education.
After showing off a cool electric hot rod designed in-house at SolidWorks in collaboration with Factory Five Racing, they announced the launch of a new website where such future projects can be suggested and worked upon: http://letsgodesign.tv, which may be worked into a new TV show soon.
We saw an update of Terrafugia and the first successful flight of their new flying transition car. It was also announced that Microwind attracted the attention of Branson’s company and that Microwind expanded their use of Dassault Systemes products to include Catia.
Walt Disney Imagineering uses SolidWorks for every ride, including the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Hollywood Tower Hotel, Monters, Inc ride in Tokyo, and the new Mark 7 Monorail here in Anaheim.
Jeff Ray talked about SolidWorks Corp’s stand to not layoff any employees during last year’s downturn. In fact, they actually increased their investment into R&D, reinforcing comments that he made back in August 2009.