Tuesday, March 7, 2017

SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2017 Highlights & Tidbits | Part 3

It’s been a while since SOLIDWORKS World 2017. You might have missed the event, but these are some important highlights that we think you should not miss.

1. MySolidWorks 
MySolidWorks, the place where millions of users gather, has redefined how you can discover and experience SOLIDWORKS. It lets you:

a) Find support and resources across the SOLIDWORKS community to get access to technical content and answers to your questions.
b) Learn more with Online Training in a wide range of topics at your own pace.
c) Try SOLIDWORKS with the new SOLIDWORKS Online Product Trials available anytime, anywhere, on any device, with no install required.

2. What’s New 2018
Some preview of the great enhancements and new features coming in SOLIDWORKS 2018 later this year:

a) Sketching Enhancements
Mirror 3D Sketch Entities, Sketch Planes as Symmetry Reference, and Pen Sketching.

b) Assembly Enhancements
Assembly Visualization of SOLIDWORKS performance information, 12 Mouse Gestures, New Assembly Performance dialog, ALT key to hide surfaces during mate etc.

c) 3D Interconnect
3D Interconnect will support STEP, IGES, ACIS, JT and updating neutral files, preserve curves and sketches, and also to read custom properties.

d) Fabrication Enhancements
New Tab and Slot feature works in parts, multi-body parts and assemblies; SOLIDWORKS PDM bi-directional communication with drawing revision table.

e) Generative Design
New feature to create parts and integrate simulation easily.

For more detailed information on the new features, stay tuned.

3. Partner Pavilion & Product Showcase

With some 120 exhibitors, which included SOLIDWORKS solution partners and the user community, we got to see up close the amazing projects or newest SOLIDWORKS-inspired products that have been brought to life.

Here is a clip showing you some of those which caught our eyeballs:

a) Lightweight recumbent tricycle with exclusive folding mechanism;
b) Some impressive robotic products;
c) 3D-printed multi-layer circuit board with nanotechnology conductive and dielectric inks;
d) Freight Farm – self-contained hydroponic farms that fit into shipping containers; and
e) Race car simulators.

4. The official launching of Stratasys F123 Series Rapid Prototyping Solutions

During SWW2017, Stratasys unveiled a new professional Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) based F123 Series (F170, F270 and F370) rapid prototyping solutions.

The F123 series are designed to make professional SOLIDWORKS prototyping more accessible. SOLIDWORKS users can now build durable and accurate prototypes using a range of 3D printing materials with the new machines easily as the F123 series address the complete prototyping workflow, resulting in better products and shorter lead times.

Sin Yee
SWW2017 Reporter

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2017 Highlights & Tidbits | Part 2

Every day, thousands of engineers from every industry design their new products using SOLIDWORKS. 

With a powerful tool which enables one to design without limits, many have thought out of the box and use SOLIDWORKS in different ways – those that we probably had never thought of before.
These are some of the examples:


Paul Reed Smith and Jon Wasserman of PRS Guitars, the top makers of high quality guitars, were creative enough to marry art with engineering. Walking us through the guitar designing process, Paul shared with us how he rocked his collaboration experience with SOLIDWORKS, while designing and manufacturing the custom guitar for rock star Mark Tremonti.

“As a guitar maker, this is what I do. I move the part around in my head. But in this programme, anyone can do that.” It’s almost like putting the guitar under an X-ray machine. Being able to visualize the design in SOLIDWORKS from different view has helped them to make design changes more easily and it smoothened the communication process.



Magic is all about illusion. Tim Clothier and Justin Flom from Illusion Projects had definitely brought the amusement and wonder of magic to the next level. 

With the help of SOLIDWORKS, they managed to design a track-mounted buzzsaw beneath which they will insert their assistant’s head to perform a stunning act. The machine has tight tolerances and should any part of the design went wrong, the brave assistant would get a head cut!

Gian Paolo Bassi, the CEO of SOLIDWORKS was invited to be Justin’s assistant with this question, “Would you trust your life to something made by SOLIDWORKS?” 

Just as Justin has shared earlier, when the engineering and artistic brain collaborate, amazing things happen. Of course Gian Paolo survived, and he made an inspiring remark for the session - each and every one of us has the same opportunity to bring even the most imaginative ideas to reality in our professions.

“We don’t limit our challenges, we challenge our limits.”


As the world population grows and climate changes, food production and supply will eventually be a pressing concern. Using the SOLIDWORKS IoT ecosystem, Jon Friedman, a SOLIDWORKS user and President/Co-Founder of Freight Farms, designed and planted sustainable farms inside of shipping containers, which could eventually be a way to solve problems in a time of transition.

It is a 40-ft shipping container with a well-designed hydroponic system. The system is connected to regulate the atmosphere so you can maintain an optimum crop growing conditions anywhere in the world. To our surprise, the yield can go as high as 1,000 heads of lettuce per week with only 20 hours of labour required!

Sin Yee
SWW2017 Reporter