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The Partner Pavilion at SolidWorks World is always a mixture of Showcase Products, sponsor products, hardware, software, food and beverages!  As always I never seem to have enough time available to fully take in all that is on offer. IMG_5079The talk of the Partner Pavilion was the release of two new and very different 3D Printers.  The releases like the companies, their technologies and their printers couldn’t have been more different.  One a large multinational company with a large imposing machine.  The other a start up with at what looks at first glance to be just another “Maker” 3D printer.

Stratasys released it’s newest Objet 500 Connex3, the first colour multi-material 3D printer. 011The release was as you would expect from the likes of Stratasys, a press conference with food and beverages, speeches, press material, a wonderful display of printed examples and support from a couple of key customers.004 (2)


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006It most certainly is an impressive printer which produces even more impressive components.   A point of interest was that Stratasys expressed it’s desire to move it’s printers from being used predominately for “form & fit” prototyping into being used to produce “production” products.  They talked of it being the next Industrial revolution!

However they may have been beaten to that by a small start up with a very different printer.046Mark Forged made an appearance on the main stage Day 2 of the General Session with it “Worlds First Carbon Fibre 3D Printer”040It’s trick is the ability to lay out a single strand of Carbon Fibre (or Glass Fibre) in combination with Nylon to produce extremely stiff and strong components.   The ability to produce a structural component certainly lends itself to the production of low volume or one off specialised components.045

041The SolidWorks stand also was making use of a 3D Printer. Sitting unassumingly was a Microsoft Surface connected to a Makerbot Replicator 2021The Surface was running SolidWorks 2015 and utilised the Print3D feature.   This removed the  need to convert the file to an STL and then take into a separate program!   Adjustment to densities, rafts, positioning was handled via the Task Pane.    A little bonus with the below image is the “3DViews” Tab.  Neither the Print3D or the 3DViews tab rated a mention in the Day 3 General Session teaser of new features for SolidWorks 2015023To finish off with 3D Printers Mcor Technologies had their wonderful Iris running and on display  220The Bo-Dyn Bobsled Night Train made is way from the main stage back into the Partner Pavilion  002

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246One of the most interesting and beautifully manufactured products was the Palhegyi Design reproduction of the 1970′s Yamaha TZ750 racing motorcycle!233

234Another interesting motorcycle was the Lawson AWD.   Different but not a totally new concept! I test rode an AWD bike way back in the early 1980′s!003

004More Motorcycle products, this time for the modern world from Cyclone Custom Corporation015

016So we move on to four wheels with the Luxury Pre Runner from Stewart’s Raceworks




020Some Healthcare Products with the EPIQ Ultrasound System by Phillips223

224and Hologic – Selenia Dimensions 3D Mammography System 032Robots, we had Autonomous Robotics.   Kraken a Autonomous Underwater Vehicle from San Diego City Robotics033Robot – Code Orange -3476035Daisy Thunder – The Holy Cows – Team 1538037

039Consumer Products.      Switch from Quirky Inc 029

030AR Drone 2.0 from Parrot236

237SodaStream Genesis by SodaStream241Novagrade Universal Digiscoping Adapter by designPORT250 - CopyComposite Propeller Blade – GA – RZ from Whirl Wind Propellers Corp 239There was also a fair amount of discussion revolving around Lagoa – Multi-Optics Cloud Rendering Engine.   I had registered and signed up to Lagoa before the start of SolidWorks World 2014.  I’ve had an very brief use so far,  so I’ll be interested to see what and how it achieves it’s rendering, once I find a few spare hours!218  219Let’s finish with some Hardware.  Boxx Technologies had a range of their products out to try.222As did HP with their HP Workstations 228

231Along with Dell and their range of Dell Workstations

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SolidWorks 2015 – Teasers 117SolidWorks 2015 – about to channel 1960′s Television!120

121This is a job for CADMAN (and Ribbon)128SolidWorks Essential and SolidWorks for Dummies for Ribbon123starring: ……132CADMAN to the rescue133“Ribbon you have changed your User Definition!” (you need to see the video – look image 3 above)134Lets see …. if we can ….. fix this …. assemble136Lets see if the CADman Grapple Gun Assembly will help137Split Surface138Asymmetric Fillets140Convert Feature to Body Pattern143Rectangle Creation Options (Area Render)144

145Convert to Style Spline146Convert to Style Spline147Convert to Style Spline148Rectangle Creation Options149Line from Midpoint, Segment Line Equally, Vertex Adjacent Restraint150Captured …… Death BY PowerPoint 153Cut List Folder Description155Weldment Costing156Escape via the Ducting – Kick out the Clips157Live Simulation Results158Square Duct Routing (HVAC)160

161SolidWorks 2015 More to follow

General Session – Day 3 to be continued

Aaron Kelly welcomes Bruce Holway – R & D SolidWorks Director – Product Definition
067Bruce talks Enhancement Requests070Top 10 Enhancements that have already been introduced072Default to Concentric Mate076Default to Parallel Mate077Lock Option for Concentric Mates078Slot Mate080Centre of Mass081Edge Bleed Through082Don’t delete child feature, dangle them instead083eDrawings for Andriod084This years Top 10 Enhancement Requests

#10 Auto Hide Components while mating to improve selection086#9 Purge Data Command to reduce file size087#8 List quantity of identical holes in a hole callout088#7 Redefine a Fillet to a Chamfer (and vice versa)089#6 Redefine (flip) angular dimensions after placed090#5 Unlimited Undo/Redo091#4 Esc to STOP immediately 093#3 Draw line from Midpoint094#2 Rename component in Feature Manager Tree095and the most voted request #1 Equal Spacing for Linear Patterns096Arron rejoins the stage to welcome Neil Cooke100Neil look suspicious of what might happen.101Whats going on here!103Neil Cooke Director – Product Introduction104Neil Introduces a new “Product” for SolidWorks 2015 – 3DSwYm Communities to the Task Pane (Not standard with 2015)107Collaboration via the Task Panel108The 3DEXPERIENCE interface1133DSwYm Communities114Web Based eDrawing Browser 116Up next – SolidWorks 2015 – Teasers117General Session Day 3 to be continued

General Session – Day 3 – starts with the now familiar animation
014and so the Final Session begins.  Day 3 is Model Mania, Certification and SolidWorks 2015019Aaron Kelly takes the stage and reviews the last couple of days020and nights!022and now a quick word from today’s sponsor – nVIDIA027Aaron welcomes Mark Schneider – Product Introduction Manager to the stage028Mark talks Model Mania!03115 Years of Model Mania032The 2014 Model for the Model Mania contest033and the winners are…….034The Customer Champions!   Rumour has it that Tom may have to be banned next next as he has won too may prizes already (Alright I may have made that last bit up!)035The Reseller Champions036Mark and the Model Mania winners038Mark runs though on how to Model the Part039Aaron introduces Avelino Rochino and Mike Puckett – Certification Specialist Knowledge Consultant.   Remarks that Avelino & Mike should be “Certified”041Mike retorts that Aaron’s certification may be missing tomorrow! …. (all in good fun!) 044 The announcement of three new Certifications around SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual045Avelino talks Certification numbers046Certifications – January 2013047Certifications – January 2014048Mike & Avelino invite Marie Planchard to the stage to talk Certification in Education049Marie is joined by Max Lizarraga and Jerry Miranda – Mt. San Antonio College053Marie, Max and Jerry talk CSWA for the students final exam 055Maria announces that CSWP exams will be provided in the future for the Mt. San Antonio College061Aaron Kelly rejoins the stage064A quick word from our sponsors – Dell065General Session Day 3 – Part 2 to follow

Arron talks Beta Testing
09317,000 registered SolidWorks 2014 Beta users.  Those who made the biggest contribution 094Aaron introduces Richard Doyle – Senior User Advocacy & SolidWorks User Group to talk SWUGN – SolidWorks User Group Network097SolidWorks User Groups ….. It’s all about the people0992013 User Group of the Year – San Diego SolidWorks User Group – Phil Sluder and Jim Boland1012013 Group Leader of the Year Award – Jeff Holliday105Michelle Pillers Community Award – Deepak Gupta107Aaron introduces Gian Paola Bassi – VP Research & Development108Gian Paola introduces Greg Mark – MARKFORGED The world first Carbon Fiibre 3D Printer110 Gian Paola introduces Greg Mark111MARKFORGED The world first Carbon Fiibre 3D Printer113MARKFORGED The world first Carbon Fiibre 3D Printer116Gian Paola with Nylon Greg Mark with Carbon117Gian Paola and Greg talk strength122Greg’s other project, adjustable Carbon Fibre Rear Wing124Gian Paola and Greg talk the development process126Aaron rejoins the stage128We’ll be right back after this message from our sponsor – intel131

General Session Day 2 to be continued