This is the first instalment in a series of articles covering SolidWorks World 2011Not 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.
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 (www.solidworks.com/swworld2011).
Let the show begin!