I say this every year when I come home from SOLIDWORKS World “I never spend enough time in the Partner Pavilion” I always have plans which never work out. I either meet people or get talking with someone about a certain product and then realise I have another appointment that I have to be at. This seems to repeat over the four days. Talk about First World problems !
This years Partner Pavilion divided up similar to previous years. What could be loosely grouped as a mixture of Customer products, Hardware and Software These are just a selection of things I found interesting.
This year there appeared to be a a complete new selections of Customer product compared to previous years.
This years bike company was Pivot Cycles with their Mach 6 Carbon Normandy Guitars with their beautiful Aluminium GuitarsKeeping with the musical theme. One of the most outstanding engineered audio products the Reed Muse 3C turntable Complimenting the Reed products was the Allinic vacuum tube amplifier There were a range of Parrot Drones Following on from there appearance in the General Session Astrobotics had both the Griffin Lander and the Moon Rover on displayMoving into the software:
Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS had their full range of products on display DriveWorks Design Automation
KeyShot – Had some truly remarkable renders on display CAMWorks displayed some beautiful machined examples The major hardware players were all there
HP had a amazing HP Designjet Z5400 printing high quality gorgeous images. Or maybe it was enhanced by the image of the Porsche 365 Speedster AMD as always has a wonderful display of images showing off their Graphic cards I don’t recall having seen MSI at Solidworks World before! They displayed a range of their CAD Workstation Laptops. 3Dconnexion as usual had a full range of their wonderful products. Including the just released CadMouse Of course there were a range of 3D Printers
The most interesting is the MCOR Iris which uses paper for it’s build. (I’ll have more on the MCOR in a following post) Stratasys was unusually quiet.
The Cube from 3D SystemsMarkForged continues to attract plenty of attention now in production with the Mark One
(I’m now switching into gossip columnist mode) I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall as I walked passed the cafe outside the Convention Center on the Tuesday. Witnessing Greg Mark (CEO – MarkForged) , Bernard Charles – President & CEO – Dassault Systemes and Gian Paolo Bassi (CEO – SOLIDWORKS) enjoying the sunshine and a little lunch.Interesting last year all of the MarkForged display components were all about Carbon Fibre. This year the fibre of choice appeared to be KevlarMakerBot showed off their range of Fifth Generation 3D Printers Air Wolf certainly “Stands out from the pack” both with their printer but also a few unique filamentsNext year I promise (well hopefully anyway) I spend more time in the Partner Pavilion
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