The World Series… (SolidWords World that is)

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated January 20, 2011

Are you as excited as I am? SolidWorks World 2011 starts this Sunday, the 23rd!

This is the first instalment in a series of articles covering SolidWorks World 2011

Not too long ago, when we were kids, we used to count the sleeps to Christmas; two more nights and Santa would come. I have the same feeling now – just two more days and we will be joining more than 5000 SolidWorks users in the greatest 3D design, simulation and product development conference and exhibition show on Earth in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.

There will be four very busy days. Every morning we will get together during the General Sessions for an opportunity to find out about future developments from SolidWorks management, hear from other users who are pushing the limits of innovation, learn from inspirational keynote speakers and even get a peek at the next release of SolidWorks. 


This year, we have an amazing speaker line-up; let me mention a few names: Jim Lovell and Gene Kranz (left) – the heroes who saved the Apollo 13 Mission, Casey Pieretti and Bill Spracher – the wizards who build and test one-of-a-kind, extreme appendages that make their amputee clients better than new, Jon Hirschtick – the visionary who founded SolidWorks, Bernard Charlès – the President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes and, of course, Jeff Ray and Bertrand Sicot the past and present CEOs of SolidWorks.

Once the General Session is over, a hard choice has to be made: which technical session to go to? There will be more than 150 presentations, demonstrations and hands-on workshops to choose from and it’s just too bad I cannot clone myself in order to be able to attend all of them. 

Let’s not forget about the huge SolidWorks World Partner Pavilion where more than 100 software, hardware and service solution providers will showcase cutting edge technologies and products. I can’t wait to play with all the cool toys and talk with their makers. 

After studying so hard each day, we will have a chance to relax and enjoy the night events. Monday night the best of the best among SolidWorks users – more than 700 CSWPs (Certified SolidWorks Professionals) and CSWEs (Certified SolidWorks Experts) – will attend an exclusive party involving paintball guns and bull riding. 

Tuesday evening, we will put on our cowboy boots and hats and go to this year’s special event – a real Texas party. I heard rumors that a full blown professional bull riding show will be the main attraction. 

Wednesday will be the most challenging day for me; I will switch roles – from attendee to presenter. In the morning I will demonstrate various techniques for managing file properties from anywhere inside SolidWorks, while in the afternoon will show unorthodox ways to speed-up the design workflow using multibody techniques. Many thanks again to my friends from the Ontario SolidWorks User Group  for helping me improve these two presentations.

I am looking forward to talking to SolidWorks developers, specialists, executives and to finally meet in person virtual friends from various SolidWorks blogs and forums. And, of course, I will do my best to keep you up to date with regular reports from SolidWorks World 2011 (

Let the show begin!

Note: This article has been posted also on the Design Product News Blog.
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Alin Vargatu, CSWE

Alin is a SOLIDWORKS Elite Applications Engineer and an avid contributor to the SOLIDWORKS Community. Alin has presented multiple times at SOLIDWORKS World, Technical Summits, and User Group Meetings, while being very active on the SOLIDWORKS Forum.