SolidWorks World 2014 – My Nominations for the TenLinks Best in Show Award

Article by Alin Vargatu, CSWE updated January 30, 2014


The task of choosing a favorite to nominate for the SolidWorks World 2014 TenLinks Best in Show Award is not an easy one. Every product showcased in the Partner Pavilion is unique and provides huge benefits to the users in the SolidWorks ecosystem. It is also very hard to use objective criteria, since these products cover so many different areas.

In the end I decided to focus on only two criteria:

  • a Partner that shows a product, sample or demonstration that would impress me the most
  • a product that is new and fulfils a very important need in the existing user base

Without further ado, these are my two nominations:

Most impressive Product: CGS North America for the incredible 0.004″ needles machined from hard steel


The needles are 0.004″ in diameter!

Please watch this short video to understand my reasons for nominating CGS:


My nomination for the Best New Product which will provide the maximum productivity boost to existing SolidWorks Users: ExactFlat

Watch this video to understand how this niche product has the potential to reduce a 2 weeks job to only 4 hours:


Once I have a chance to filter through my notes, pictures and videos I will add more details.

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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.