By Madeleine Neisler

It is coming up on the end of 2017 and this year’s events are coming to a close. We are already looking ahead to 2018 and the amazing events that will be taking place in the near future. SolidWorks World 2018 is no exception. We look forward to attending this event every year! Today we will go highlight the agenda, take a look at last year’s blog, what we have seen in years past and what we can expect for 2018. So without further ado, let us take a preliminary dive into SolidWorks World 2018.

To start, what is SolidWorks World? SolidWorks World, sometimes known as SWX World is an event that takes place annually and encompasses all things SolidWorks. So what exactly is SolidWorks? SolidWorks is a computer program designed for solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) and runs on Microsoft Windows.  Millions of engineers and designers use this program, along with over a hundred thousand companies. Sounds pretty cool right?

In our previous blog about SolidWorks World 2017 we discussed what a great opportunity it was to meet and network with friends, colleagues and other SolidWorks users, which led to building new relationships. We also learned a lot! There was so much to see and learn – everything from 3D printing to CAD design innovations. Let us take a deeper dive into years past (including last year).

So what have we seen in years past? Let us start with 2016. SolidWorks World 2016 took place in Texas and was an amazing opportunity to learn tips and tricks for design, learn more about design and engineering knowledge and to network with thousands of peers. There were 224 sessions for all levels of SolidWorks users. Topics ranged from design automation and model-based definition (MBD) to simulation and product data management. Overall, an amazing experience.

Image of SWX ’16 Courtesy of SolidWorks

We already looked at our blog from SolidWorks World 2017, but let us look more in depth as this amazing event and our experience last year. SolidWorks World 2017 took place in Los Angeles and definitely had a lot to offer. Day one kicked off with breakfast and registration, along with a general session. Then after a brief break the technical training sessions began. Two of the sessions that stood out were SolidWorks Manufacturing Ecosystem – Mini General Session as presented by Craig Therrien, Product Manager, Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks. This was a great session for those looking to implement SolidWorks, and those that are already using it. The second session was Introduction to IoT –IoT Mini General Session as presented by Simon Fried, CBO, Nano Dimension, John Pritchard, Global Market Development Manager, Rockwell Automation and Elizabeth Parkinson, Director, Market Development, Rockwell Automation. This session was great for those who are already well versed in the world of IoT and those looking to learn more. The second day started as well with breakfast, registration and a general session. After a break the technical training sessions began. One of the sessions that were particularly interesting were Model-Based Definition Using SolidWorks MBD presented by Matthew Lorono, Product Definition Manager, Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks. This was a great session for learning how to create models without making drawings. The last day, day three, started off with breakfast, registration and the general session. The technical training sessions were so amazing. One that stood out in particular was Managing SolidWorks Electrical Using EPDM presented by Joydeep Roy, Senior Technical Support Engineer, Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks and Sameer Bondre, Product Definition Engineer, Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks. This session was great for those looking to take a deeper dive into SolidWorks Electrical. As always, the exhibition hall was full of so many amazing things to see, such as 3D printers, virtual reality, and much, much more! We certainly got a lot out of it, especially being able to network with so many attendees.

Image of SWX ’17 Courtesy of SolidWorks

Next year we can expect to see a lot from SolidWorks World 2018. SolidWorks World 2018 will take place in Los Angeles. Day one will begin with registration (of course) and then an application engineer workshop. Next will be a CAD manager’s boot camp, followed by SolidWorks certification exams and a welcome reception. The event really kicks off on day two, which will start with breakfast and registration along with a general session. Next will be the breakout sessions and an evening reception. Day three will start off with breakfast, registration and a general session, and will then move towards breakout sessions and then a special event later in the evening (stay tuned!). The last day, day four will consist of breakfast, registration, a general session and will then follow with breakout sessions. We are so excited to attend. We hope we will see you there!

In conclusion we can expect to see some pretty great things at SolidWorks World 2018 next year. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog that will include our booth number, our agenda and much, much more information about this exciting event!