Sign up for the SolidWorks 2011 Beta Program

Article by Rod Mackay created/updated June 16, 2010

The SolidWorks 2011 Beta Program will start in July giving current SolidWorks Subscription Service Customers the opportunity to try out the new release and the chance to win prizes. The 2011 beta program has changed a bit from previous years. There are more special competitions, more prizes to be awarded, and you’ll have a chance to raise your visibility within the SolidWorks community.

To learn more about the beta program visit the website: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/support/beta.htm

By taking part in SolidWorks 2011 Beta, you can qualify to win a number of prizes, based on how many bugs and issues you catch. SolidWorks has changed the way they award prizes for 2011 so more people have a chance at winning.

This year’s competitions include Part, Assembly, and Photoview 360 competitions, and there will also be separate prizes for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Beta and SolidWorks Simulation Beta. They will also highlight a standout Beta tester each week with a special “Star of the Week” Award!

There are over $15,000 USD in prizes to give away, and many participants will also receive an official 2011 Beta Tester tee-shirt.

Overall Beta Winner – The top 10 testers recording the most bugs

  • 1st Place – $1000 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd – 5th Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 6th – 10th Place  – $200 Global Visa gift card

Part Competition – Part that most heavily exploits new features of SolidWorks 2011

  • 1st Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd & 3rd Place – $200 Global Visa gift card
  • Part of the Week (6 winners) – $200 Global Visa gift card

Assembly Competition – Assembly that most heavily exploits new features of SolidWorks 2011

  • 1st Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd & 3rd Place – $200 Global Visa gift card
  • Assembly of the Week (6 winners) – $200 Global Visa gift card

– Competiton runs 8/2 – 9/13

PhotoView 360 Rendering Competition – Use PhotoView 360 to render your favorite image or CAD drawing

  • 1st Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd & 3rd Place – $200 Global Visa gift card
  • Rendering of the Week (3 winners picked each week)  – $100 Global Visa gift card

– Competiton runs 8/23 – 9/13

Enterprise PDM API Competition – Program that most heavily exploits Enterprise PDM API

  • 1st Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd – 5th  Place – $200 Global Visa gift card

– Competiton runs July – September 2010

Enterprise PDM Beta – Top beta testers for EPDM product

  • 1st Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd – 5th Place – $200 Global Visa gift card

Simulation Beta – Top beta testers for Simulation product

  • 1st Place – $500 Global Visa gift card
  • 2nd – 5th Place – $200 Global Visa gift card

Star of the Week – (10 winners, 1 chosen each week for 10 weeks) $200 Global Visa gift card

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