Somewhere between late January and early February is my favorite time of the year – when I’m lucky enough to attend 3DEXPERIENCE World (formerly SOLIDWORKS World). It is a time to connect with others in the community and be inspired by the innovation and brilliance of SOLIDWORKS users around the world.
A Unique Year for the Conference
This year, as with so many things, is going to be very different. The conference is being held virtually. That has some benefits that haven’t been possible in the past, including free attendance and all sessions being streamed across the world (and available for consumption in different time zones).
I’ve been to SOLIDWORKS/3DEXPERIENCE World 16 times, and this one will be the most different. While there are a few things that I’ll miss (I doubt you’ll find me on a rooftop in Nashville at midnight this year), most of my favorite parts are still being replicated in the virtual format, including:
- Inspiring general sessions featuring some of the most innovative thinkers and designers in the world.
- Hundreds upon hundreds of technical breakout sessions, with SOLIDWORKS employees, resellers and users sharing their expertise in SOLIDWORKS and related tools. I’ve learned some of my best tips and techniques at these sessions, and they’re the highlight of the conference.
- A virtual “exhibition floor,” the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground, where you can explore new and emerging technology from Dassault Systèmes and SOLIDWORKS partners. You’ll see the latest in 3D printing and computing technology, as well as partner products that can augment and enhance your SOLIDWORKS experience.
- Virtual Model Mania, where you can pit your design skills against your peers in a live (virtual) SOLIDWORKS modeling test.
Hawk Ridge Systems at 3DExperience World
As always, Hawk Ridge Systems has a presence at the event.
On Tuesday, February 9 at 1:30 PM PT, I will be presenting a session called “Taming the Beast.” This presentation seeks to demystify the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and presents three simple workflows that existing SOLIDWORKS users might be able to take advantage of today.
Pedro Santana, from our new strategic partnership with SolidProfessor, has a session called “Not Like Riding A Bike,” about getting the most out of your CAD software through ongoing training.
This year’s virtual conference presents a great opportunity to get involved without the barriers of travel, expense or having to take a week off work. We encourage you to sign up for 3DEXPERIENCE World, and take advantage of all the event has to offer.
If you have any questions, be sure to contact us at Hawk Ridge Systems today. Thanks for reading!