SolidWorks World 2014 – Highly Anticipated & Slightly Speculative #solidworks #sww14

With Christmas, New Year and the Holiday Season now over and whilst parts of Europe and the USA were in deep freeze, over the past few weeks,  I’ve been enjoying a couple of weeks of surf, sun and beaches.  photo 3 But that’s all behind me now, I’m back at work with just nine seven (busy) days before I fly out.    So with that in mind it’s time I put some serious thought and preparation into getting ready for SolidWorks World 2014SWW14-BannerAlthough this is my fourth SolidWorks World it still holds some firsts.  This will be the first time that I’ll be returning to a venue that I have previously attended a SolidWorks World (2012).   I very much like San Diego both the city and the venue (San Diego Convention Center).   Of the “World’s” I’ve attended the San Diego Convention Center is by far the best laid out and the most convenient to navigate around.   To help you find your way around the venue SolidWorks have produced a multipage interactive layout map (including the Exhibitor in the Partner Pavilion) (Select  Map for Link)


I fly out on Friday 24th January around lunch (Sydney Time) and with the miracle that is the International Date Line it see me in San Diego mid morning (US Pacific Time) on Friday 24th January.     This gives me a couple of days to enjoy some of the sights of San Diego (and recover from a 14hour flight and a -19hour time difference).  Matt Lorono (Product Definition Manager at SolidWorks Dassault Systemes) on the, The SolidWorks Blog has a list of attractions  to see in and around San Diego.

I can certainly recommend the San Diego Air & Space Museum when here for SolidWorks World 2012 I had time to visit.  It is well worth heading up the hill to Balboa Park and it’s various attractions.  An added bonus was Free Wi-Fi in Balboa Park around the Exhibition and Museum area.


San Diego Zoo is a world class teaching Zoo and I see they have now completed the new “Australian” exhibition.  Whilst I think I can bypass “that part”  I can highly recommend spending the day there.San Diego Zoo 144At this stage I don’t have too many hard plans for these free days, I think I’ll just play it as it comes along.      I do have one appointment booked for Saturday but at this stage I don’t want to say too much apart from it involves Volkswagen and Electric Vehicles!  It should be interesting!


SolidWorks announced today the location of Tuesday’s night Special Event……..drumroll  please ……. ♪♫♪♫ ♫♫♪ …….. Embarcadero Park (located just behind the San Diego Convention Center) Some of the words used to describe the event:   Extreme entertainment, test your skills on the trapeze, enjoy some local San Diego brews and fare & sure to end with a bang.  Sounds like it going to be another great night out!

SDCCApart from the Special Event announcement there has (at the stage) been very little released about the General Sessions and possible guests.   So let me speculate!   So what was the big event that Dassault Systemes had a connection to this year ….. something to do with water and a boat ….. I know ….. America’s Cup winning Team USA.   Maybe someone from the Design/ Technical side of the Trimaran build!  Just guessing or is that wishing?

AC72 Wing step test / ORACLE TEAM USA / San Francisco (USA) / 29-08-2012One thing that I don’t have to speculate on and I’m sure we will hear and see much of will be SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual product.  By chance the first thing I noticed when reviewing the Breakout Session Agenda was this:

Title: Conceptual Design
Session Category New Products
Sub-Category: Mechanical Conceptual
Session Type: Breakout Session
Session Level: Beginner (0-1 year experience)
Abstract: Discover how SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual provides tools that allow users to quickly create, refine, and share their conceptual mechanical designs. Combining a wide range of flexible yet powerful design methods allows you to choose which techniques best fit your design workflow.
Attendee Benefits: See how the modeling tools in SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual will allow you to easily develop and validate design alternatives.

John Picinich

Senior Product Portfolio Manager
Dassault Systèmes, SolidWorks
John has over 25 years of experience in the CAD/CAM/CAE/PDM industry. He is a SolidWorks elite application engineer and a Certified SolidWorks Professional.
Date: January 27, 2014
Day and Time: Monday, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Room: 29A/B

On closer inspection there is a new Category for the Breakout Session – “New Products”.   Overall there appears to be eight (8) Breakout Session covering various components of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual.   Based on this I have little doubt that we will hear much about this in the Monday General Session.  Time will tell!   I don’t believe there will be any excuse after this SolidWorks World not to have a good idea what SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual is all about.  Interesting times ahead!

This year I AM GOING TO GET TO the 15th Annual SolidWorks User Group (SWUGN) Meeting on the Monday  (from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in room 14A/B).  For one reason or another I haven’t been able to make any of the previous Meeting but this will be the year!

After the great release of SolidWorks 2014 and with the pending release of SolidWorks Mechanical Conceptual I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s General Session to see what is in the future for SolidWorks 2015!    Will we see SolidWorks with the ability to open Catia files?

So I was just about to conclude and upload this post when I glanced across at my Twitter feed and I see this!   I’ve got nothing!

SWW HelmentFor those who can’t attend SolidWorks World 2014 I’ll be posting a Photo Journal on the General Sessions (most likely a series of posts ) on each of the days.

As always I’m can’t wait to get there!    It will be good to catch up with many friend from all around the world.  I looking forward to meeting and speaking to many more from the SolidWorks Community.   Counting down the days!

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