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Dassault Systèmes announced the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2017. Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SOLIDWORKS 2017 helps innovators design, validate, collaborate, build and manage their product development processes with integrated applications. SOLIDWORKS 2017 features more core power and performance, as well as new capabilities to address paperless manufacturing through the support of Model Based Definition, and printed circuit board (PCB) design.

Both new and experienced users can improve productivity with simulation to analyze, solve, visualize and verify functionality of designs, before any prototype is created. New tools unlock any 3D model for better collaboration with vendors and customers, and dynamic product data management (PDM) from concept through to manufacturing allows for stronger support of multi-site and remote teams.

“We must fulfill a lot of medical device requirements, and SOLIDWORKS has been helpful for leveraging cutting-edge industrial design to get our work done faster and our myoelectric upper limb orthosis to market,” said Andrew Harlan, principal mechanical engineer, Myomo. “We exclusively use SOLIDWORKS for the full spectrum of our design work. The ability to collaborate with industrial designers, consultants and manufacturers across different time zones simplifies the whole process.  The SOLIDWORKS models are so accurate and appealing that we can quickly design, iterate and improve a highly technical part.”

“SOLIDWORKS 2017 simplifies the design and development process with a better user experience, new capabilities for emerging technologies, and improved functionality for seamless collaboration with teams and networks,” said Gian Paolo Bassi, CEO, SOLIDWORKS, Dassault Systèmes.  “Each year, our SOLIDWORKS community’s feedback drives our research and development to offer a flexible product portfolio for business, design and engineering needs.  We are excited to put even more power and performance in their hands with SOLIDWORKS 2017.”

The following are some of the top user-requested features, new capabilities and enhancements included in the SOLIDWORKS 2017 portfolio:

Innovate by directly addressing PCB design:

  • SOLIDWORKS PCB—seamlessly synchronize electronic and mechanical design on demand with a combination of electronics design expertise from Altium and ease of use from SOLIDWORKS.
  • User-friendly interface—a unified environment for schematic and layout tools to select the best routing options based on design constraints with Interactive Routing, AutoRoute, Multi-Track, and Differential Pair, locate and select new components for informed decisions with real-time supplier data, and incorporate SOLIDWORKS models within the PCB design environment and verify electro-mechanical design intent.

Accelerate the design process with more core power and performance:

  • Modeling power—speed up the design process with new tools for Chamfer, Fillet, and Advanced Hole Specification that create multiple variable chamfers in one simple operation, switch any pre-existing Chamfer to a Fillet and vice versa to apply design changes in seconds, capture and access previous hole definitions and apply pre-saved specifications in an instant, and construct stepped holes faster with one operation.
  • Surfacing—remove obstacles to creating complex 3D geometry, save time and avoid complex workarounds with new surfacing features such as wrap, drag and drop, emboss, deboss, or 3D Curve.
  • Magnetic mates—work with large, challenging assemblies by easily organizing equipment and space, publishing parts and assemblies as assets with appropriate connection points for easy drag and drop mating, and easy repositioning of models.

Validate design insights with simulation:

  • Simulation static study—input parameters to automatically make logical decisions.
  • Stress hot spots—quickly identify these to investigate a model or setup further simulation and verify results.
  • Single-click conversion—instantly convert studies from linear static to non-linear or dynamic.
  • RealView—display simulation results to clearly communicate analysis.

Improve collaboration by unlocking new streamlined design workflows and removing barriers to third party data:

  • 3D Interconnect—work with both neutral and native CAD data, such as updating part and assembly files as design changes take place with the Update Model feature, directly opening imported files and treating them like Base Parts, or unlocking workflows from various sources to collaborate with customers and vendors.
  • eDrawings—visualize all types of product design data for simple and accurate collaboration, from native CAD formats to 3D reality with Google Cardboard.  Access product data anywhere with mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.

Build and manage with data integration, from concept to manufacturing:

  • SOLIDWORKS PDM—improve the way teams manage and collaborate on design by controlling design data and ensuring access to the right version.  Enhance support for SOLIDWORKS MBD (model based definition) with auto-generated 3D PDFs, list native CAD files in the SOLIDWORKS PDM Vault check-in structure, and keep track of where they are used and overwrite versions to minimize clutter.
  • SOLIDWORKS MBD—quickly and accurately communicate critical product information throughout downstream manufacturing operations with features such as basic dimensions and fully automated Polar Dimensioning Schemes, direct referencing of edges, easy creation of intersection geometry between drafted surfaces, and 3D PDF publishing at different accuracy levels for control over file size and quality.


Dassault Systèmes unveiled the new 2013-2014 SolidWorks Education Edition. This latest version includes new functionalities to simplify complex design tasks, enable students to create models easier and faster, and provide wider connectivity to expand collaboration between users.

Teaching guides and lessons are also available to provide educators with additional support for developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. In addition, qualified schools are given SolidWorks Student Edition licenses at no charge for use by their students. Schools with a SolidWorks Education subscription can also administer the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam to their students. More than 6,400 students were certified in the last year alone and the recognition is considered a major asset in a job search because it effectively validates student expertise to prospective employers.

Dassault Systèmes provides an array of support tools to ensure design projects are successfully executed. Students now have access to My.SolidWorks, to help them increase their professional skill set and gain insight and expertise from the SolidWorks Community.

“Technical skills are critically important for career development in the 21st century and we felt it was crucial to provide students with services and technology in the classroom that would prepare them for the real world,” explains Kieran Flannery, a teacher at Castletroy College in Limerick and a regional development officer for t4 Technology Subjects Support Service. “The Irish Department of Education and Skills searched for an educational tool to execute its mission and turned to SolidWorks. Through its ease of use and support capabilities, SolidWorks Education program is enhancing teaching and learning, and in a short period of time has already dramatically improved technology education in Ireland.”

The new education edition includes the following enhancements:

  • SolidWorks Plastics - provides students the insight to predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of plastics part and injection mold design.
  • SolidWorks Simulation Premium - makes it possible to easily subject designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world.
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation - takes the complexity out of flow designs by allowing students to visualize fluid flow and compare analysis results between multiple design configurations.
  • SolidWorks Sustainability - evaluates the financial and environmental impact of a design decision during the development process.

SolidWorks’ newest product, SolidWorks Electrical, is also part of this version. SolidWorks Electrical enables students in engineering, robotics, and other disciplines to create electrical projects starting with 2D system schematics and ending with 3D routing and cabling interconnecting components.

“Preparing future designers and engineers with high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is a core part of our 3DEXPERIENCE strategy,” said Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice President, Global Affairs & Communities, Dassault Systèmes. “More than 25,000 secondary schools and universities worldwide rely on the SolidWorks Education Edition to engage the next generation. We look forward to seeing how these students leverage the applications to make a difference in the world, addressing global challenges like sustainability, clean water and air.”

“We are passionate about providing our community of designers and engineers at every level with the means to expand their abilities through formal training, certification and informal connections with other users,” said Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes. “The latest release of SolidWorks Education Edition helps prepare the next generation of design leaders for their future successes with the tools to allow them to immediately contribute.”

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Dassault Systèmes introduced SolidWorks® 2013 with new and improved design applications to enhance collaboration, speed model creation and simplify the product development process. With more than 200 customer-driven improvements including powerful design tools and new drawing capabilities, sub-model simulation, cost estimation, network rendering, and wider sharing and increased connectivity, Dassault Systèmes is demonstrating its commitment to helping its SolidWorks customers create the right value for their own users.

Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, SolidWorks 2013 combines ease of use with broad customization allowing new users to learn fast, and experienced users to quickly become more productive at previously complex and sophisticated tasks. Building on the success of the last 20 releases, the new offering covers the range of SolidWorks applications for 3D design, simulation, technical communication, product data management and sustainable design.

“SolidWorks allows me to get my job done faster than any other CAD package on the market, said Robert Conley, owner of Interactive Cad Solutions. “In my line of work, I have to get jobs done quickly to make a profit, and SolidWorks allows me to do that. I’m really looking forward to the Previous Release Interoperability feature in SolidWorks 2013 to allow me to better share designs with my customers and more quickly get to a final product.”

“With SolidWorks 2013 we’ve upheld our tradition of listening to our customers by providing enhancements and functionality to help them simplify their lives and create the best products. The new additions to core geometry and expanded product offerings demonstrate our continuing investment in our flagship product,” said Bertrand Sicot, CEO, SolidWorks, Dassault Systèmes. “SolidWorks 2013 empowers innovative design with application specific tools that help users quickly define, share and validate the form, fit and function of their designs. We look forward to watching our customers make their ideas a reality at a more rapid pace.”

SolidWorks 2013 highlights include:

Powerful Design Tools

SolidWorks 2013 makes it easier to bring engineers’ ideas from concept to manufacturing with new tools for more efficient simulation, and expanded environmental and cost analysis. In addition to the following enhancements, the recently announced SolidWorks Plastics and SolidWorks Electrical packages help users make more informed decisions that result in simplified designs, reduced mistakes and faster time to market.

  • SolidWorks Costing – Allows customers to automatically cost more types of parts, create more accurate quotations and stay in budget with improved cost data and new APIs.
  • SolidWorks Sustainability – Quickly compares the financial impact of raw materials and the environmental impact of a design decision during the development process due to new raw material impact tools.
  • SolidWorks Flow Simulation – Takes the complexity out of flow designs by allowing users to visualize fluid flow around multifaceted geometries and more easily compare analysis results between multiple design configurations.

Faster Model Creation

Additional new offerings help users create and modify complex geometries faster and easier, providing more efficient 3D models and 2D drawings.

  • Conics in Sketcher – Full control over shapes for smooth transitions between existing geometries.
  • Intersect Feature – Quickly add or remove geometry without sketching.
  • Varying Dimension Patterns – Allows users to save time creating patterns, increase design flexibility and reduce the number of features needed for models.
  • Section View Assist – Speed the creation of production drawings for faster and more consistent section views.

Improved Performance

The following new tools allow users to optimize the performance of a SolidWorks installation and maximize design team productivity.

  • CAD Administrator Dashboard – Simplify management and troubleshooting of multiple SolidWorks users within a company from a single aggregated view.
  • Simulation Sub-Modeling and Incremental Meshing – More accurately perform precise simulation analysis for specific areas of large and complex models faster and more efficiently.
  • Network Rendering for PhotoView 360 – Save time with faster rendering of photorealistic images by networking multiple computers to share the computational load.

Enhanced Collaboration

To address the dispersed nature of most design teams, SolidWorks 2013 optimizes collaboration with improved connectivity, enhanced viewing capabilities and expanded sharing of designs and data.

  • Previous Release Interoperability – Collaborate with customers, suppliers and internal teams with the ability to open SolidWorks 2013 files directly with SolidWorks 2012 (SP5). Users can work more efficiently and improve collaboration and file exchange, reducing delays and easing the transition to the latest release.
  • SolidWorks Enterprise Product Data Management Workflow – Route documents and contact users more efficiently to reduce delays and accelerate time-to-market.
  • DraftSight/SolidWorks Enterprise PDM Integration – Access DWG files within SolidWorks EPDM from the DraftSight user interface, and leverage 2D into the design process.
  • eDrawings — Users can measure, select and markup  designs from anywhere using a mobile device

Availability and Pricing

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Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the 3DEXPERIENCE COMPANY, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today unveiled SolidWorks® Plastics software, easy-to-use software tools that enable users to predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of plastics part and injection mold design.

The new products run fully embedded inside of SolidWorks, providing part designers and mold makers with familiar and intuitive workflows so they can quickly optimize their part and mold designs for manufacturability. The ability to make design changes early helps ensure that the mold works right the first time, reducing or eliminating the need for rework and improving part quality. In addition, SolidWorks Plastics provides users with valuable knowledge so they can determine whether changes to the part geometry, mold design, material selection or processing conditions will have a positive impact on the ability to easily manufacture their products.

The SolidWorks Plastics products are based on technology from SIMPOE SAS (SIMPOE), one of the leading providers of plastics injection molding simulation software. As a SolidWorks Gold Partner, SIMPOE currently provides fully integrated, fully interoperable, “single window” functionality for SolidWorks. The new solutions products build on the previous relationship and will be offered under the SolidWorks brand.

“For a lot of industries, such as Consumer package goods, using plastic molds provides added value in quality, time and cost savings. We believe a significant percentage of our installed user base is involved in plastic part or injection mold design and will benefit from the robust features in SolidWorks Plastics,” said Monica Menghini, executive vice president, marketing, Industry & Corp Communication Dassault Systèmes. “The addition of SolidWorks Plastics into our product portfolio allows us to expand into new areas while following the traditional SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use and features that provide real benefits to customers. The new offering provides designers fast, accurate and easy-to-use tools that make plastics simulation-driven design a reality.”

“Extending our relationship with Dassault Systèmes via the 3DS SolidWorks brand allows us to leverage their highly-skilled reseller channel and offer a high-quality, cost-effective solution to help part and mold designers reduce errors, cut costs and speed time to market,” said Alain DuBois, president and CEO at SIMPOE. “This seamless integration of solutions means a designer never has to leave the familiar SolidWorks environment to optimize their part and mold designs.”

“With 40 years in plastics development, I’m excited by SolidWorks Plastics,” said Ed Honda, president, hondaDesign, LLC. “Users will be able to optimize part and mold designs in the earliest stages of development and pass these benefits on to customers.”

SolidWorks Plastics will be offered in two packages – SolidWorks Plastics Professional for part designers, and SolidWorks Plastics Premium for mold designers and mold makers.

The first release of SolidWorks Plastics 2012 will be available in North America in April, with other regions and countries to follow later this year.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp today announced that Travertson Motorcycles is using a variety of tools in the SolidWorks® 2012 3D design solution to create its motorcycles, including molding design, flow simulation and product rendering capabilities.

Luxury motorcycles attract a very specific following; the typical buyers for high-end bikes know what they want, are often sophisticated collectors and understand the meaning of performance. To meet these expectations, the team at Travertson found SolidWorks SimulationXpress to be in particular the most valuable part of SolidWorks Professional, enabling its designers to validate designs and virtually determine effects of force and pressure. This allows Travertson to avoid physical testing on an expensive, long-to-fabricate prototype and dramatically cuts the cost of designing each part.

“When I first began designing bikes in the 1970s, my only tools were a ruler and my imagination. What a difference to have SolidWorks today—it enables us to not only make a stellar product, but to provide a level of customization that our competitors can’t,” said Christian Travert, owner of Travertson Motorcycles. “The simulation capabilities have saved us a lot of time and money by acting as a safety net for design integrity.”

Travertson takes an artist’s approach to its products, balancing beauty with performance. The company’s customers come ready to buy, and Travertson must be able to turn around a quality product to meet the customer’s exact specifications. SolidWorks also helps support the constant interaction between the engineering and manufacturing groups within the Travertson facility.

“Travertson’s approach to building bikes is both efficient and unique,” said Stephen Endersby, product manager, simulation, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “Leveraging the simulation capabilities in SolidWorks to stress test the bike’s frame, seats and other load-bearing parts, the design team can ensure both the integrity and luxury of the product.”

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012 10:54

SolidWorks Certifications Exceed 50,000 Users

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. announced today that it awarded its 50,000th certification in the acclaimed SolidWorks training certification program. Created more than 10 years ago, achieving certified status validates that SolidWorks® software users have the tools and capability they need to ensure success with SolidWorks software. The benefits of focusing on key skills and concepts in SolidWorks have directly translated into more job opportunities and extended career growth for SolidWorks certified professionals. In addition, employers recognize the value of the SolidWorks certification as a powerful instrument that not only maximizes their investment in SolidWorks, but also gives them a productivity advantage against their competition.

Emma Katharine Singer, a mechanical engineering student from the University of Colorado, Boulder, helped tip the scale to 50,000 certified users. Two years ago, Emma started using SolidWorks software during an internship at a lighting factory in Brooklyn. With the help of SolidWorks tutorials, Emma taught herself how to use the program in just a few days. Emma is now a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and is using that certification as a teaching assistant, helping other engineering students learn SolidWorks.

For students, the SolidWorks certification serves as an industry-recognized achievement that can set a candidate apart from his/her peers when looking for a job. For professionals, passing the exam demonstrates the user has the skills to create high-quality designs using SolidWorks software, as well as add value to any organization. Employers rely on the certification to make better hiring decisions as well as invest in their employees’ professional development.

“The Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP) and Certified SolidWorks Expert (CSWE) certifications have not only enabled me to garner optimal job opportunities, but have allowed me to raise my salary as well,” said Bill Hamze of JL Audio Miramar, FL. “SolidWorks certification is serious business—it helps designers hone skills, prove proficiency, and generally become more effective and marketable. My next goal is to achieve every available SolidWorks certification.”

SolidWorks’ certification is tiered based on skill level, ranging from CSWA to CSWE for the most experienced professionals. There are also specialty designations such as surfacing and sheet metal. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of engineers and designers in a multitude of industries. Exams are offered in several languages including, French, Portuguese, and Korean, making the certification recognizable worldwide.

“Our users are committed to continual learning and development to further career growth, and they are using our certification program to help support that,” said Jeremy Luchini, certification program manager for DS SolidWorks. “Training and learning are critical components of evolving design, and we take certification seriously—it has to be of value both to our users and to their employers. We’ve achieved that with the program to date, and are looking forward to the next milestone from our highly engaged and accomplished user base.”

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Let’s Go Design Project 3 from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. is a wrap! Over the past several months, the Let’s Go Design team has worked with the SolidWorks community to design and prototype a “Hot Rod Baby Buggy” from the ground up. The buggy is now a reality with every element -- except the bolts -- designed using SolidWorks® software. The final episode, which went live in mid January, recaps the successes and challenges of the project and demonstrates the buggy in motion.

The buggy is a vehicle built for dads, incorporating tank treads, a windshield and an innovative steering solution. The product had to fit on the sidewalk, be all-terrain, motorized, cool and—of course—safe for babies. The verdict in the series’ final episode: mission accomplished!

“Crowdsourcing is growing as a design philosophy, and the ‘Hot Rod Baby Buggy’ is a great example of how to succeed with collaborative design,” says Jeremy Luchini, SolidWorks Certification Manager and Let’s Go Design team leader. “We got a lot of great ideas from our viewers, and tackled some big challenges together, such as adhering the tank treads to the buggy. We’ll be discussing crowdsourcing at this year’s SolidWorks World in February, and would love to hear opinions on the outcome of this project, as well as viewers’ plans for crowdsourcing projects, at the show.”

All episodes of Project 3, along with previous projects in the Let’s Go Design series, including the Ultimate CAD Chair and a Multisport Practice Cage, can be viewed online at:

Project design files are also available for each project. The “Hot Rod Baby Buggy” will be on display at SolidWorks World 2012, February 12-15 in San Diego.

Different automotive brands stand for different values, such as efficiency, luxury, speed and performance. Donkervoort Automobielen BV, a Dutch automotive manufacturer, increasingly relies on SolidWorks® advanced 3D design and simulation tools in its quest to produce the perfect sports car. This value was on display on December 17 when Donkervoort unveiled the newly designed model D8 GTO.

By incorporating SolidWorks Flow Simulation and SolidWorks Simulation Premium to its existing SolidWorks package, Donkervoort created a single CAD environment for the redesign of its D8 GTO model, ensuring total integration of the design and simulation process. Donkervoort focuses on sports cars that are hand built, lightweight, high performance and perform like Formula One racecars, even though they look like classic roadsters.

Redesigning the engine to develop power resulted in added weight in the D8 GTO, causing Donkervoort to rework the body. The company turned to SolidWorks 3D Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and advanced structural simulation solutions to ensure performance while staying on budget and delivering the car on schedule.

Donkervoort tackled several different challenges during the redesign, including optimizing intake manifolds and engine airflow and resolving open-wheel aerodynamic challenges. The company created a hybrid carbon fiber-tubular steel chassis to add strength while minimizing weight that held up to simulated testing for force, stiffness, crash and impact. The design team added wings to the rear fenders to increase down force and traction.

“Donkervoort’s auto redesign shows the type of creativity and problem solving that SolidWorks is designed to empower engineers to achieve,” said Stephen Endersby, product manager, simulation at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “By using simulation to solve design challenges, Donkervoort’s design team circumvented costly and time-consuming steps on the path to unveiling the optimal product.”

The results speak for themselves. Using SolidWorks Simulation, Donkervoort was able to cut the number of prototypes required by 50 percent, increase product sophistication, improve aerodynamics and performance and introduce structural innovation in sports car design.

“We chose SolidWorks Simulation because it provided all of the analysis capabilities that we need in a single design environment,” said Jordi Wiersma, head of design and engineering for Donkervoort. “CAD integration is a must. We had experience working with outside consultants who used other analysis tools. We often spent more time integrating analysis results into our CAD system than we did applying those results to our designs. Working in a single environment enables us to more efficiently use simulation while we design and apply these insights to our design concepts in real time.”

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Many United States colleges and universities are committed to creating quality engineering programs. Among these institutions is Ohio’s Cedarville University, a 125-year-old liberal arts college whose undergraduate department of engineering and computer science holds its own internal design competitions and dominates external competitions, such as Solar Splash, an intercollegiate solar boat regatta.

Cedarville’s engineering and computer science department has been relying on SolidWorks® 3D design solutions since 1996. Using SolidWorks, the department teaches more than 100 freshmen per year about modeling and CAD, challenging them with increasingly difficult projects until they demonstrate proficiency with SolidWorks. The goal is to prepare them for the real world with marketable skills. Likewise, senior students are tasked with a year-long design project that enables them to use every aspect of SolidWorks, such as lofting and analysis.

Cedarville also runs regular engineering competitions, such as a contest to design, build and race a cardboard canoe across a lake during homecoming weekend. The value of these competitions is to design, simulate, test and then use the physical end result.

“We want our students designing in SolidWorks because it’s the software they’ll use in the industry,” said Jay Kinsinger, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Cedarville University. “It’s so much more than CAD—it’s computer-aided engineering. Teaching students to use SolidWorks gives them a leg up in the job market, and testing their skills through different types of competitions keeps them engaged, encourages creativity and trains their minds to always be designing. SolidWorks has been a critical asset to the success of our engineering program.”

One of the most significant competitions that the Cedarville engineering team participates in is Solar Splash; the team has also participated in the Frisian Solar Challenge in the Netherlands. The contest comprises two challenges: one for endurance and one for speed, requiring that the boat encompasses design elements for both challenges. Cedarville, a six-time Solar Splash champion, designed a revolutionary hull that changes its characteristics by shifts in on-board weight to achieve endurance versus speed. With SolidWorks they were able to design hull shells more intuitively using the lofting feature, and analyze how that hull cuts through water using SolidWorks Simulation.

“The Cedarville design team has a long track record of winning the Solar Splash competition and provides a fantastic example of how to build a robust engineering program using SolidWorks,” said Marie Planchard, director of education at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. “We’re looking forward to seeing how the team does at this year’s Solar Splash event and to welcoming Cedarville’s current class to the design industry.”

Cedarville University attracts 3,300 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.

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Donn McKinney never served aboard the U.S.S. Missouri, but has had a soft spot for the historic battleship since he was a child. McKinney’s dream is to see the ship in action, and how the vessel served its country from World War II to Operation Desert Storm. With the help of SolidWorks® software, a 30+ year dream may soon become a reality.

McKinney is part of a team engaged in producing operational replicas of the Iowa Class Battleships U.S.S. Iowa, U.S.S. New Jersey, U.S.S. Missouri and U.S.S. Wisconsin. The goal of the project is to put these operational ships on display for the education and enjoyment of the general public in various locales.

“Battleships like the Missouri bring waves of emotion to people. Seeing these floating parts of history conjures memories of sadness, joy and wonder,” said McKinney. “My goal is to bring living history to those people and cities who feel connected to these now almost mythical battle ships.”

The U.S.S. Missouri was commissioned on June 11, 1944, and assigned to the Pacific Third Fleet that steamed into Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1944. The U.S.S. Missouri was part of the force that carried out bombing raids over Tokyo and provided firepower in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. The Missouri secured its place in history as the site of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allied Forces on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II. With updates through the years, the historic ship also served its country in the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm.

Through advancements in SolidWorks CAD software, McKinney has seen his project evolve from an 18-foot wooden ship, to an 18-foot steel ship. More recently, the latest rendition of the project is a 28-foot replica that features the ship’s complete functionality including radar and fully operational scaled weapons. McKinney is also working to add a system that will allow presenters to give full military orders to the vessel and receive an immediate response.

“When these ships were first built, they were termed as ‘the most complicated moving man-made objects on Earth.’ Indeed they were and continue to stand as great feats of engineering,” noted McKinney. “Thanks to SolidWorks, I am creating complex ships with ease and ensuring the replicas are truly authentic by using the most state of the art technology available.”

McKinney is adamant that any ship can be created using this methodology including such revered ships as the U.S.S. Arizona, the French Battleship Richlieu, and the British Battleship HMS Hood among others.

“The SolidWorks community never ceases to amaze me with their passion, innovation and drive,” said Christine Washburn, vice president, marketing, DS SolidWorks. “What Donn McKinney and his team are doing with our software is more than bringing dreams to life … they are recreating history that can be experienced around the world. We look forward to seeing his complete fleet one day.”

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Friday, 02 December 2011 12:23

SolidWorks World 2012

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SolidWorks World by definition brings together users “United by Design.” Every day, from the moment we wake up, we’re surrounded by products that someone designed. An engineer or designer spent time thinking about how to make those products work, and how to turn their ideas into reality. Design is constantly improving our lives, making us safer, helping us live longer. And for the engineering community, it’s about loving their work, which is what will be celebrated at this year’s event.

If the 20th century was all about computer automation, allowing for improvements in design, analysis, and manufacturing of products, the 21st century is about collaboration. Today users from government, industry, and research -- fields that wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to work together -- can now collaborate to create innovative designs that change the world.

This is evident at SolidWorks World 2012, the 14th annual gathering of customers, partners, resellers, and employees of DS SolidWorks, developer of software for sustainable design, simulation, data management, and technical communications.

Highlights of the event include:

* Networking with more than 4,500 passionate SolidWorks enthusiasts including engineering and design professionals, students, educators, partners, resellers, and DS SolidWorks employees from around the globe. Customer stories from industries ranging from manufacturing and medical instruments, to consumer electronics and renewable energy.

* Sessions showcasing how an open and transparent design process can help users approach and successfully overcome the same challenges in their work by leveraging insights from incredibly bright people for free, and in effect, conducting preliminary user-testing before true user tests.

* More than 200 in-depth technical training sessions, many of them hands on, covering topics such as “Evaluating Component Cost Reduction Options Using SolidWorks Simulation,” “Dumb Solids - Make Them Your Friend in SolidWorks,” and “No Red Pencil Required - Using the SolidWorks Design Checker.”

* The Partner Pavilion, featuring more than 100 technology products that work with SolidWorks software to deliver new business benefits.

* The Hot Rod Baby Buggy from “Let’s Go Design,” DS SolidWorks’ interactive Web series will be on display in the Product Showcase in the Partner Pavilion. The Hot Rod Baby Buggy was built start to finish with design input from the engineering community.

WHEN: February 12-15, 2012


San Diego Convention Center
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 525-5000

SPECIAL FEATURE: This year’s event features a contest for SolidWorks users outside of the United States to demonstrate their love of design.


* Designers are invited to submit a story illustrating why they would like to attend SolidWorks World 2012, and how the event would benefit them in their roles.
* For the designer who makes the best case for attendance, SolidWorks will cover conference admission, airfare, and hotel costs for the individual.
* The winner will also be invited to write a post for the SolidWorks blog after the event, detailing the show experience and explaining how it will impact work in their region.
* Details on the contest can be found on the SolidWorks blog.

CONTACT: A complete agenda is available online and registration is now open. You can save $100 by registering by January 20.

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Monday, 31 October 2011 10:20

SolidWorks Helps Pumpkins Go Airborne

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One of the first siege engines, the catapult, was invented by the ancient Greeks for use in battle. Thousands of years later, Americans in a field in Delaware use those same devices to "chunk" pumpkins in an annual, pulp-filled competition. Many of today's competitors, like Team ETHOS, have a secret weapon--they use SolidWorks(R) 3D design software to design and analyze their catapults for optimum performance.

Team ETHOS, a group of hobbyists from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, uses SolidWorks 3D design solutions to design and simulate their catapult to compete in the Punkin' Chunkin'(R) competitions. They use a siege engine relying on torsion, or twisting, power to propel the projectiles. In 2009, the team's SolidWorks design led to a first place finish in the Adult Torsion Catapult category of the World Championship with a throw of 2,088 feet.

The World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' Association (WCPCA) is a non-profit association started in 1986 that hosts the Punkin' Chunkin' World Championships, an event which raises money for scholarships and charitable organizations. The contest has a simple goal: to throw an 8-pound pumpkin the farthest, remaining intact until it hits the ground. In addition to the World Championship, Team ETHOS also competes in a fundraising pumpkin chunk at the Wright Patterson AFB. This year the team's Phoenix catapult raised $900 for charity with a shot of 2,972 feet; easily winning the contest.

In 2008-9, Team ETHOS re-designed its catapult, now called Phoenix, using SolidWorks software. They started with several designs in SolidWorks and evaluated each design's manufacturability in the carbon-fiber composite, steel, and aluminum they use to build the catapult. Once they selected the final design, the team performed a stress and dynamics analysis in SolidWorks Simulation to understand how the catapult would function under real-world operating conditions. Any time something in the build didn't work quite right, the team was able to easily remodel the parts in SolidWorks.

"SolidWorks is integral to everything we do for Phoenix. We use it to virtually test weights, motion, clearances, stress and dynamic analysis," said David Mollenhauer, senior materials engineer. "It's a complete game changer for the way we design things. At the same time, the software is very intuitive -- I was able to teach myself how to use it."

The combination of SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation software allows Team ETHOS to analyze every aspect of the catapult. The team can evaluate force and stress between contacting parts and apply bearing loads, force, pressure, and torque while optimizing the design based on structure and motion. Team ETHOS also works with a CNC machinist who donates time to execute the high-precision aluminum machining for the catapult. SolidWorks drawings are easily translated into a form the machinist can use, resulting in parts that fit the first time.

"It's great to see people come together to use physics for fun. While the Punkin' Chunkin' event is designed for hobbyists, it's also a testimonial to the role of physics and design in our everyday lives," said Stephen Endersby, Simulation Product Manager for Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. "Team ETHOS has combined form, function, and entertainment with its design for the world championship competition. We can't wait to see how Team ETHOS performs this year."

Watch Team ETHOS square off against five other teams in the Adult Torsion Catapult category of the World Championship Punkin' Chunkin' beginning on November 4, 2011. Discovery and Science channels will air the competition on November 24, 2011. Check your local TV listings for details. More information about how SolidWorks can help you design a catapult is available at:

Since the 1980s, engineers have been building, and racing solar cars. With software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., the University of Michigan (U-M) Solar Car Team has designed a car to compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia this month. A six-time winner of the American National Championships, the U-M team is competing in the World Solar Challenge—and the car design is lighter and more aerodynamic than ever before.

Since 2006 U-M has used SolidWorks software to become the number 1 ranked collegiate solar car team in North America. Next week they will compete on the world stage driving 1800 miles across Australia thanks to the work of over 100 students in various disciplines at U-M. Quantum, the single-seat race vehicle, will travel as far as it can until 5pm each afternoon powered by the sun and 5kW hours of stored energy (the same amount of energy that it takes to power a hair-dryer) or on the recovered kinetic energy from the vehicle.

When designing the solar car, the U-M team found systems integration to be the most difficult challenge. Mechanical parts need to be small and light, in order to fit into as small an automotive shell as possible. The U-M team relied upon SolidWorks® 3D CAD software to model all of the car components, and determined the amount of space needed for each component. The result is a car that is 30 percent more aerodynamic and 200 pounds lighter than the previous version.

“Only one U.S. team has ever won the World Solar Challenge,” said Chris Hilger, Business Director of U-M Solar. “This year, we believe we have a winning car design due to the improved aerodynamic shell and significantly lighter weight. SolidWorks helped us model each part to be as small, light, and effective as possible, and this contributes significantly to the car’s speed and maneuverability.”

Battery thermal modeling was also a key challenge. Specifically, the team needed to control the temperature of the battery pack to prevent overheating. To solve this issue, the team used SolidWorks Simulation to determine the best thermal management solution. Unlike past years, when off-the-shelf batteries were used, this year’s battery was designed and created from scratch by the Solar Car team.

“The U-M Solar Car Team has been able to achieve groundbreaking results with a lighter and faster car,” said Marie Planchard, director of education at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks. “This extraordinary team is poised to take the lead at the World Solar Challenge, and we’re proud to have contributed to a stellar—and hopefully winning—design.”

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Slopestyle mountain biking, a genre that combines big-air, stunt-filled freeride with BMX-style tricks, is growing in popularity. As the sport grows, so does the catalogue of products designed for participants. To showcase both the sport and the gear, The Edge Factor Show has produced a new episode entitled “Gnarly Metal,” which chronicles the design and development of cutting-edge bicycle parts by Straitline Components. The parts were designed with SolidWorks® 3D design software and tested at the JumpShip Invitational Dirt Jump Competition in the inner harbor of Victoria, British Columbia.

Slopestyle riding puts enormous pressure on bikes, and if the equipment doesn’t hold up, riders can sustain serious injuries. With this in mind, Straitline Components has developed a slopestyle-grade bike pedal built to withstand the enormous pressure of riding which is being used in competition today.

This innovation is what led slopestyle rider Mike Montgomery to approach Straitline Components to design a hydraulic brake line detangler, which allows handlebars to spin without tangling brake lines. Existing hydraulic brake line detanglers are not currently effective due to weak seals, so Straitline Components looked to combat this challenge by designing one to withstand the rigors of competitive slopestyle riding. Using SolidWorks® Simulation software, Straitline tested the new design to ensure the seals were leak proof and the prototype was ready for competition. Edge Factor highlights the development and testing of this design, as well as the competition itself, including commentary from designers and riders.

“We knew that the seals caused problems with existing hydraulic brake line detangler designs,” said Dennis Paulson, head engineer of Straitline Components. “With the new design development coming so close to the Jump Dirt competition, we didn’t have time to build and test a prototype. The SolidWorks Simulation capabilities allowed us to put the hydraulic brake line detangler through its paces—all on a computer screen—ensuring that the product was safe and effective before Mike Montgomery attempted his first stunt, jump or ride.”

Using the new design from Straitline, Montgomery placed first in the Jump Dirt competition. In a three-month span, riders using the Straitline hydraulic brake line detangler have captured five first-place awards and one second-place award in North American competitions, according to the episode.

“This was a cool project from start to finish—to be able to actually design, prototype, and develop an effective new product just days away from a major competition was amazing. To have the rider win the Jump Dirt competition was even better, and speaks to the quality of SolidWorks’ software and Straitline Components’ design,” said Jeremy Bout, producer of The Edge Factor Show.

The Edge Factor show is designed to provide an inside look at how manufacturing affects consumers’ lives. It highlights real people doing ordinary things, demonstrates the diversity and interest points of manufacturing in a new way and engages the manufacturing community with the most current technology. The show’s mission is to profile existing manufacturing stars and to stir interest in the industry for a new audience, and “Gnarly Metal” marries extreme sports and manufacturing in a way that will interest both types of viewers.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks is the exclusive CAD sponsor of “Gnarly Metal.” The episode can be viewed here: A behind the scenes look at Straitline’s use of SolidWorks is also available at: .

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) today unveiled SolidWorks® 2012, a comprehensive 3D design solution that enables users to work more efficiently and have the data they need to make better design decisions throughout the product development process. Benefits take shape throughout SolidWorks 2012 with a variety of improvements in areas such as assembly and drawing capabilities, built-in simulation, design costing, routing, image and animation creation and product data management that will positively impact design teams each and every day.

Empowering innovation and design team productivity are at the center of over 200 enhancements in SolidWorks 2012, most of which will help designers:

* Automate the design functions they use most often;
* Improve performance and quality for a more streamlined workflow;
* Fundamentally change product development processes for faster designs;
* Extend support for collaboration and team connectivity for creativity and efficiency.

“SolidWorks 2012 focuses on the areas that will help our customers drive their businesses to higher productivity and profitability,” said Austin O’Malley, executive vice president, R&D, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “It also marks the 20th release of our CAD software, remaining true to the mission of helping users transform innovation into business success. We are excited to see the passion and enthusiasm from our customers, and rewarded when that passion is channeled into great designs.”

“SolidWorks continues to listen to the people within its user community,” said Scott Maro, CEO, Maro & Associates. “What I appreciate about this is that the executives and product development teams are more in touch with what is happening in the community than I see with any other organization. Research and Development teams are always listening, asking us great questions and providing alpha testing not only internally but also at the user conference, which is a fantastic forum. The result is more than 90 percent of the features were prioritized by users as ‘SolidWorks continues to listen.’”

Automated Design Functions for Productivity

SolidWorks software helps engineering and design teams streamline their design processes simply by removing one or two steps, profoundly impacting usability and productivity. SolidWorks 2012 offers improvements in the areas of:

* Drawings – New tools help create better-looking and more-accurate drawings in order to cut down on the revision process and help users detail designs faster. For example, changed dimensions are automatically highlighted and show previous values to help with revisions. Sequential balloon ordering and magnetic lines automatically help order and position balloons, allowing users to spend less time detailing and aligning drawings.
* Sustainability – SolidWorks Sustainability’s new, advanced user interface means users can more accurately model products with “what if” scenarios and better support unique and custom materials. Users can also closely model processes with parameters such as recycled content and duration of use. Also, access to the latest SolidWorks Sustainability supplemental materials will be instant and continuous as they become available.

Continuous Workflow Through Improved Performance and Quality

SolidWorks 2012 makes the design experience flow more naturally, and without disruptions — meaning faster designs with fewer errors based on features such as:

* Large design review – Allows instant opening and review of massive assemblies or any individual component with walkthroughs, sectioning and measuring without the need for a high-powered computer or any special file preparation.
* Feature freeze – Eliminates unwanted feature rebuilds by locking all features above the “freeze” bar, speeding up the design of complex models where rebuilding of specific features isn’t needed. Features can also be unfrozen at any point.
* Equation editor – New equation capabilities allow users to create equations faster and understand order more easily, providing new levels of flexibility and productivity.

Significant Improvements to Overall Product Development Processes

SolidWorks 2012 increases productivity and streamlines the overall customer product development processes with:

* Design costing – A flexible tool that automates manufacturing cost calculations for sheet metal and machined parts. Designers can make more informed decisions based on cost throughout the design process and continually model new scenarios for instant up-to-the-minute manufacturing estimates.
* Sheet metal – Design from scratch or convert customer 3D parts to sheet metal with new tools that provide control over the unique challenges of working with sheet metal — such as precise control of edge flanges, including up-to-vertex end conditions. Designs can be automatically flattened and documented for manufacturing, with export to CNC and manufacturing equipment.
* Simulation – SolidWorks Simulation includes enhanced motion optimization that automatically uses motion study results to create sensors and refine complex and time-intensive machine aspects such as motor size, bearing loads and range of travel. Users can optimize designs in a fraction of the time as they refine inputs and immediately see changes to restraints or goals.

Extends Support for Collaboration and Team Connectivity

As manufacturing becomes more global, design collaboration between disparate teams is now more important than ever. SolidWorks 2012 brings teams of all sizes together through:

* Integrated search, customization, and wider support with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM – Now integrated into the Windows® Explorer, designers have easy access to favorite searches and a full search tool. Users can also customize the Windows Explorer UI to get faster access to the information they need. In addition, SolidWorks Enterprise PDM has new support for Office 2010 and an x64 web client.
* Lifelike experience with 3DVIA ComposerTM – Designers can take more control over their renderings for a more realistic appearance. Enhancements include the easy addition of part-to-part shadows, ambient occlusion and shadows to 2D panels with precise control. A glow effect can also be added to highlight specific areas of interest.

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After several months of challenging designers around the world to think outside the box about sustainability, Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. officially announces the first-ever grand prize winners and runners up of the Green Design Contest.

The contest, which kicked off in honor of Earth Day on April 22, required contestants to use SolidWorks® 3D CAD software to design a low-impact airport terminal chair. Contestants developed the chair for a fictitious new green airline to be mass produced for use within an airport terminal. Among other entry rules, the designs had to be tested with SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, the environmental assessment software included within the license for SolidWorks CAD software. With SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, contestants were asked to measure the design’s carbon footprint, air and water impacts, and energy consumption throughout the product life cycle. In addition to sustainability tests, every design had to be analyzed with SolidWorks SimulationXpress, an analysis tool built into SolidWorks, to help ensure that the chair design could withstand the stresses of everyday use.

“This contest really showcased some extremely creative and talented designers, who exhibited great understanding of the possibilities of different shapes and materials,” commented Asheen Phansey, sustainability product manager at DS SolidWorks. “Through the design entries submitted, we saw that the SolidWorks community knows that the first step toward greener products is a fundamental understanding and appreciation for effective design.”

Commercial grand prize winner Russell Donovan, of Auckland, New Zealand, will travel to Chaa Creek rainforest eco-resort in Belize in recognition for his “Leaf” chair design. Runners up in the Commercial category, who each win an iPad, include:

* Michael Kali, USA
* Xiang Ma, USA
* Ronald Majewski, USA
* Graham Nolan, United Kingdom
* Dallas Winspear, Australia

Within the Education category, the two grand prize winners: Gerard Libby of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with his “Airfoil” chair, and Elias Chavez of Fontana, California with his bamboo chair reminiscent of a nature lodge, will be recognized for their designs at SolidWorks World. Runners-up in the Education category, who also win an iPad, include:

* Karan Ambwani, BITS, Pilani - Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
* K.S. Gopala Krishnan, Vellore Institute of Technology (India)
* Ian Jutras, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA)
* Vigneshkumar Kannan, Sona College of Technology (India)
* Rahul Surendran, Sona College of Technology (India)

A panel of industry and SolidWorks software experts reviewed every design and entry against judging criteria broken up by sustainability, “green” aesthetics, creativity and manufacturability. The panel of judges included Al Dean, Editor-in-Chief of Develop3D and Develop3D Sustainability magazines; Josh Mings, Editor of the popular SolidSmack blog; Solomon Diamond, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College; and, Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Staples Inc. SolidWorks employees that assisted with judging included Stephen Endersby, Simulation Product Manager; Asheen Phansey, Sustainability Product Manager; and Rick Chin, Director of Product Innovation.

“Sustainable design is a very complex subject, and it is hard to understand and reduce environmental impacts that we can’t see every day,” said Phansey. “We sponsored the Green Design Contest to create greater awareness of how SolidWorks Sustainability can enable users to incorporate product life cycle thinking into their designs and tangibly reduce the environmental impacts.”

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Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. unveils its newest software for the education sector, SolidWorks® Education Edition 2011-2012. The product combines tools for simulation, sustainable design and motion, enabling both students and educators to create a robust classroom experience. The ultimate benefit is becoming equipped not only to get a job, but also to lay the groundwork for a rewarding and fulfilling career.

David Bazinet, a design engineer for Lista International, got his start using SolidWorks at school. Today, he is part of the design team at Lista that develops custom industrial furniture, including pieces used by Orange County Choppers.

“As a student, I was able to build the crucial groundwork and skill sets needed for my engineering career using SolidWorks,” said Bazinet. “The role of engineers has expanded significantly in recent years, and it involves being a bit of a mind reader, a good communicator and a designer. By having a rock-solid foundation and understanding of design and the tools needed to create quality products, I can successfully meet my customers’ engineering demands—all thanks to my classroom experience with SolidWorks.”

DS SolidWorks couples classroom teaching with hands-on design exercises, testing and certification, ensuring that students have their pick of future opportunities. Students in more than 24,000 secondary schools and universities worldwide have taken advantage of this comprehensive series of SolidWorks curriculum projects and tutorials available in 14 languages. Institutions with a software subscription enjoy the added benefit of providing students with access to their designs outside of the classroom—at any time—through the SolidWorks Student Access Initiative.

The SolidWorks Education Edition grants students free access to the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exams, which validate their SolidWorks expertise, an immediate asset when searching for employment. Once they have earned the certification, students keep their CSWA status and join the community of 25,000 certified, passionate SolidWorks users. Students at any level can increase their professional skills through advanced certification exams for life-long learning. The ability to become a SolidWorks Associate Provider, a certification granted to educators who already hold CSWA status, enables teachers to administer the first level of SolidWorks certifications.

“Training the next generation of engineers and designers is critical to the success of the industry, as it relies on innovation and evolution,” said Marie Planchard, director of world education markets, DS SolidWorks. “Students are very hands on, and giving them access to design tools when and where they choose ensures that the creative flow isn’t hampered by lack of access. We’re proud to partner with educators worldwide to enable students at every level to grow into design engineers with bright futures ahead.”

“The beauty of SolidWorks is that it has great tutorials and is a very fluid and intuitive piece of software,” said Riley Lewis, a student at Discovery Charter School in San Jose, Calif. “SolidWorks is absolutely useful in and out of the classroom. I’m going for my CSWA certification this summer and working with a friend to design a hydrodynamic pellet. My chosen career is definitely design—probably mechanical design—and SolidWorks is preparing me for many of the important skills that are critical to successfully entering the design world.”

Based on SolidWorks Premium 2011 software, the new education edition includes the following enhancements:

* PhotoView 360, a photorealistic rendering product;
* SolidWorks Sustainability, which calculates environmental outcomes of a product design’s carbon footprint, energy, air and water usage;
* In-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) with 2D simulation.

The following additional products that support the SolidWorks Education Edition are available through SolidWorks channels:

* DraftSightTM, a free* 2D drafting automation tool, allowing schools to provide both 2D and 3D education in a cost-effective way;
* 3DVIA ComposerTM, which enables creation of dynamic 3D technical communications using existing design data;
* Enterprise Product Data Management, which provides complete control over all design information, eliminating concerns about version control and data loss.

The software is currently available through local resellers. Students also have the option to purchase the SolidWorks Student Edition online at the SolidWorks Student Store.

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Jeremy Singley is not an engineer. In fact, he doesn’t want to be an engineer. However, thanks to software from Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp., he doesn’t need to be an engineer to produce the ultra-aerodynamic tractor-trailer designs he’s developing with other members of the SolidWorks user community.

Singley, owner of Jeremy Singley Industrial Design, is designing a kit of attachments to make tractor-trailers more aerodynamic resulting in lower fuel consumption. He uses SolidWorks® CAD and SolidWorks Flow Simulation software to experiment with new shapes and test the mechanical practicality of designs to ensure they can still turn and maneuver even as they cut through the air more cleanly. A designer with an art background, Singley relies on SolidWorks to provide the engineering insights he needs to refine his designs. He uses SolidWorks 3D solid models to work out his ideas from a design’s inception through production because he thinks and innovates better in 3D.

“I’ve always been a hands-on 3D guy. I skip right over 2D design hand sketching. I used to go straight to the shop and slap together physical models of scrap wood. Now I breathe a lot less sawdust,” said Singley. “I prefer SolidWorks because it’s intuitive to use, and it has its own intelligence. With SolidWorks, the software will frequently override your mistakes or at least give you clear clues as to what you need to correct. I like that.”

Singley has used SolidWorks to design everything from consumer electronics to furniture and lighting fixtures. As such, it was a new and exciting challenge when former trucker and drag racer Bob Sliwa contacted Singley through a SolidWorks user group to talk about a tractor-trailer design. Sliwa, with support from over 20 corporate sponsors, including CITGO, Alcoa, and Michelin, wanted to improve tractor-trailer mileage from today’s six to seven miles per gallon to 15 miles per gallon by reducing drag by 60 percent. The goal of the project is to help design the SuperTruck, the world’s most streamlined rig.

In order to participate in this project, Singley decided to learn SolidWorks Flow Simulation to evaluate his designs’ aerodynamics, though not without reservations. Without an engineering background, he wondered if he could learn the software.

“I took a SolidWorks Flow Simulation class and after two days, I was ready to go,” Singley said. “The software is easy to learn, robust, and works seamlessly with SolidWorks CAD. I can see results right away, make changes, and immediately see the new results. I find that viewing flow over specific surfaces suggests new shapes to try. Often times something that’s happening at the truck’s front grill will cause turbulence 20 feet behind the truck.”

Sliwa is in the process of building a prototype for real-world tests. The curved and bladed components are designed to fit on flat surfaces on the tractor trailers that cause turbulence. The curved shapes cleave the air more cleanly, reducing drag on the truck and lowering fuel consumption. Sliwa will sell the kits that convert conventional rigs to hyper streamliners that should get at least nine MPG for the average driver, and perhaps close to 15 for a careful driver. Sliwa, a very careful driver, hopes to set that record.

“Designers’ tools should never be an obstacle to creativity and innovation. This is why improving ease-of-use has been a constant priority at SolidWorks,” said Stephen Endersby, Simulation product manager, DS SolidWorks. “Jeremy Singley is another example of the creativity we look to foster in our user community. Great ideas pop up daily; we look to give the tools to bring those ideas to life.”

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Thule®, the premier brand in multipurpose roof racks, has standardized on SolidWorks® software to quickly introduce smart innovations for transporting bicycles, boats, skis, snowboards, luggage, and more.

Thule challenges itself to offer a “perfect fit” across a staggering range of gear and vehicle brands whose rooflines vary across models, styles, and years. In every case, Thule tests its racks to be strong enough to carry the appropriate cargo, plus whatever the customer has loaded on top of it, at 90 mph, in buffeting crosswinds, and on bumpy, twisty roads. Carriers must last for years under such conditions, and preferably outlive the car. They must lock the gear down, yet be simple for anyone except a thief to unload. And, in the tradition of the brand, they must look great.

“We face a lot of design challenges, and SolidWorks helps us meet them with intuitive software for designing products, configuring them for all kinds of vehicles, shortening the prototyping cycle, and collaborating within and beyond the organization,” said Joe Flaherty, technical design manager, new product development, for Thule’s North American vehicle solutions business.

A recent breakthrough product developed in SolidWorks is a new “foot” – the piece of the carrier that attaches to the car. The foot includes an integrated AcuTight Tensioning Tool, a built-in torque gauge, to ensure the rack is tight enough without over tightening. “When a customer asks how tight is tight, we as engineers should provide the answer,” said Flaherty. “Now we do.”

Thule has a rigorous protocol for testing new products. Engineers attach the physical prototype to a vehicle, take it out on a dirt track, fill the rack with the gear it’s intended to carry, then add more weight to simulate customer overloading. Then they speed around the track, aiming for holes and bumps until the rack proves it will do its job. It’s time-consuming and expensive when a prototype fails, so Thule engineers use SolidWorks Simulation software to help ensure the prototype passes the test with minimal renditions. “In its ability to predict behavior and save work, it’s like a time machine on your desk,” said Flaherty.

Thule also saves time by sharing designs with business areas around the world in the SolidWorks native file format those units use. At its headquarters in Sweden, Thule’s product development department has used SolidWorks since 1996. In fact, they were one of Sweden’s first SolidWorks users. Thule’s manufacturing partners globally also use SolidWorks, so there’s never a need to spend time translating files and repairing the ensuing damage.

“We cooperate very closely with our U.S. product development department,” said Peter Karlsson at Thule’s Swedish BU OES product development department. “The new foot that attaches the carrier to the car for instance, was basically developed here, and is now adapted to different car models by both our U.S. and Swedish engineers. The communication between our departments is very smooth and easy thanks to SolidWorks.”

Thule engineers further ensure quality by efficiently communicating with product managers and other non-CAD users by creating animations in SolidWorks and by sharing designs over email using eDrawings® software. eDrawings also enables easy design review in conference rooms and other settings where CAD workstations aren’t available, but laptops are.

“At Thule, we are all aware of the brand we’ve built and the need to continually strengthen it at every opportunity with smart products that always fit,” Flaherty said. “SolidWorks is a big part of that.”

Thule relies on authorized SolidWorks resellers CADD Edge in the U.S. and MP Engineering in Sweden for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

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Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. recently announced the latest project from its Let’s Go Design interactive Web series has gone live. Over the course of several months, the Let’s Go Design team will design and prototype a “Hot Rod Baby Buggy” from the ground up. Let’s Go Design was developed to encourage innovative design while fostering community collaboration from a variety of audiences, including designers and consumers.

In true “MacGyver” fashion, the project design team will create an enhanced baby stroller that balances child safety with various levels of technical gadgetry aimed to please both mothers and fathers alike. The entire process, from idea to physical development, will be documented for viewers, whose input is encouraged at every stage of the process. Previous projects developed on the Let’s Go Design series include an Ultimate CAD Chair and a Multisport Practice Cage.

“We’re in a time where innovation in product and software design is highly sought after,” says Jeremy Luchini, SolidWorks Certification Manager and Let’s Go Design team leader. “On the series, our team strives to provide an outlet for innovation, creativity, and collaboration in design that also engages audiences of all backgrounds and ages. We’re looking to inspire the next generation and current pool of skilled designers to push beyond the limits of design.”

The series has already established a significant following within the design community, as evidenced by engagement on the site, as well as social media channels.

“The Let’s Go Design projects have been very diverse and engaging for the design community,” said Rob Wolkers, independent industrial designer. “However, the premise of Project 3 is a gateway for the general public to become interested in the full design process of an essential product for parents — and anxiously await the final ‘Hot Rod Baby Buggy’ prototype. It’s projects like these that demystify design, captivate consumers, and create ideas with feedback straight from the intended user.”

The first episode of Project 3 can be viewed online at, and the second episode will go live on Wednesday, May 25. Viewers are encouraged to participate by providing comments on the website, Twitter, or Facebook. Additionally, viewers will be encouraged to vote for one key component of the stroller after each episode. The winning design feature will be announced and incorporated into the design, and spotlighted in the subsequent episode.

The question, “Hey, Grandpa, where’d your fingers go?” haunted the man featured in the YouTube video for months after he lost two digits to a table saw. But somehow, he’s on the screen wiggling four normal-length fingers. Two he was born with; the other two Dan Didrick gave him. The latter are surgical steel digits called X-Fingers, which move, flex, and grasp just like his originals.

“Now when the grandkids come over, they’re totally amazed. They call me Robo Man,” says the grandfather, his voice mellowing. “I can’t believe it myself. I actually have fingers that work.”

Didrick, of Naples, Fla., designed these, the world's first active-function artificial finger assemblies specifically for amputees, in SolidWorks® software. He accomplished this feat over a two-week period with no engineering experience – just a week of self-paced tutorials. In fact, he didn’t know what computer-aided design was before he started using it. He’d whittled his first concept prototype from pine.

Eight years and 80-plus designs later, X-Fingers and X-Thumbs mimic natural body parts without any electronics. The criss-crossing surgical steel levers, which put the “X” in X-Fingers, are actuated by the remaining finger or thumb and covered in thermoplastic for a lifelike look and feel. Patients can pick up coins, button shirts, tie shoes, type letters, carry buckets – even play the piano.

X-Fingers, notes Didrick, are a huge leap from the traditional flaccid latex appendages whose only function is masking the problem. As such, X-Fingers have earned his company, Didrick Medical, global recognition:

-Didrick Medical received the 2009 Perfect Pitch Award in November 2009, judged by several successful entrepreneurs, including Sir Richard Branson of Virgin.

-X-Finger has been showcased in the Isimbardi Palace in Milan, Italy, as well as several museums, including the United States Patent and Trademark Museum, the California Science Center in Los Angeles, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Museum of Science in Boston, the Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York City, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

-X-Finger was a finalist in the 2009 INDEX: Awards in Copenhagen sponsored by the Crown Prince of Denmark and recognizing “designs for a better life.”

An estimated 94 percent of all non-fatal amputations involve fingers, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 30,000 people are rushed to US emergency rooms each year because they've amputated one or more, often in a door slam or via power tools, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Hundreds of adult X-Fingers are in use today. Just entering volume production, they come in 500 different configurations covering five different finger thicknesses, 16 different lengths, and myriad injury profiles. Didrick makes these to order using electric discharge machining (EDM) driven by SolidWorks files. “When a patient needs X-Fingers, I pick a drawing, save it as STL or IGES, send it to a manufacturer, and it comes back a beautiful part,” Didrick says. “SolidWorks is one of the most amazing tools I’ve ever used.”

Years of hard work invested

It’s been a long road for the former medical equipment salesman who has taught himself engineering, patent basics, regulatory relations, manufacturing, and marketing. FDA approval was challenging enough; European approval was excruciating. Applying for the patents alone took a year. “It’s been difficult, but this is my life’s work,” he says. “I do this 80 hours a week. I put everything into this.”

One thing that came remarkably easy, however, was becoming productive with SolidWorks software. “SolidWorks has been really important,” Didrick says. “I had the vision in my head and needed a way to make it reality. SolidWorks helped me do exactly that in three weeks. Because of the complexity of the product and of the dynamics of the injured hand, I’ve been unable to find engineers who can help me. So it’s me and SolidWorks. Without SolidWorks, this never could have happened.”

Didrick Medical relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller The SolidExperts for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

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As product development grows more global and decentralized, 3DVIA Composer technical communication software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., enables design teams to overcome language and knowledge barriers while reducing costs and production time.

Design that Matters, a non-profit product design group, used 3DVIA Composer to develop high-quality visuals of a phototherapy device to treat jaundiced infants in developing countries. The images enabled the design team to quickly gather feedback from, and gain acceptance by physicians in Vietnam, where it would initially be produced and used in hospitals that may not be able to afford traditional western machines.

“We are dealing with a different language, culture, and financial understanding,” said Will Harris, a product designer with Design that Matters. “The only way to overcome these barriers is visually. A photorealistic rendering is the next best thing to putting the device in their hands, and with 3DVIA Composer, they can see how the device goes together. These visualization tools were critical to the success of the project.”

The newest version of 3DVIA Composer, V6R2011x, transforms 3D CAD data into high quality image or animated visual assets for use in product communication deliverables. New features enable users to create lifelike images with precise detailing. Companies in industries as diverse as industrial equipment, marine engineering, and consumer retail, use 3DVIA Composer to cut up to 80 percent from production time for documents such as user manuals, assembly instructions, and marketing materials. Among the benefits users gain from 3DVIA Composer are:

* Lifelike detail through new features such as alpha channel support, ambient occlusion, per-pixel lighting and depth-of-field functionality.

Cardiovascular Systems Inc., a developer of treatment systems for vascular disease, can show how parts relate to assembly fixtures and how to use a range of custom-designed tools. 3DVIA Composer also contributed to a 25 percent cut in assembly training time at the St. Paul, Minn.-based company.

* Faster turnaround time by creating images in parallel with product design.

Allmand Brothers Inc., a Nebraska-based company that designs and manufactures light towers and stands, compact loader backhoes and industrial heaters, cut the time required to produce a manual for a complex assembly from a month to a week.

* Higher productivity and efficiency from streamlined document production processes.

Sweden’s Produktställ AB used 3DVIA Composer to improve documentation production efficiency by 70-80 percent, freeing resources to support the company’s sales presentation needs.

“With 3DVIA Composer, users can overcome barriers to communicating design information to stakeholders in the design process – other members of the design team, customers, partners, or vendors,” said Kishore Boyalakuntla, director, product management at DS SolidWorks. “3DVIA Composer enables users to create visual assets that communicate exactly what they need to see, and with the software’s latest enhancements, they don’t have to worry about errors in documentation.”

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Product designers around the world are becoming more aware of their ability to make a positive impact on the environment. When you consider that hundreds or thousands of units of any single product may be used for decades, it’s easy to see how one small design decision can drive a real and scalable impact on the future of the planet.

As this awareness grows, giving every product designer the ability to consider the environment with every design becomes increasingly important. The occasion of Earth Day offers designers a chance to pause and reflect on the choices they make. Observed since 1970, Earth Day is intended to help inspire appreciation and understanding of the planet’s natural environment, and is now celebrated in over 175 countries every year.

To mark the occasion, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. is announcing the launch of a new Green Design Contest. Every SolidWorks® software user around the globe is invited to demonstrate his or her creativity and consideration for the Earth by re-designing one of the world’s most ubiquitous objects—the airport terminal chair.

“Imagine a five percent reduction in the environmental impact of a chair at every stage of its lifecycle—from raw materials through manufacturing, distribution, use, disposal, and recycling,” said Asheen Phansey, product manager for SolidWorks Sustainability. “Considering the rows upon rows of chairs you see at an airport terminal, you’re starting to talk about a compounding benefit. Now expand that idea to other products. If we can use sustainable design for every product that’s made, designers and engineers can drastically improve the environmental footprint of their designs and truly enrich the planet.”

The contest requires contestants to use SolidWorks CAD to design a lower-impact chair, which can be mass produced for the terminals of a fictitious new green airline. In addition to delivering a SolidWorks model, the contestant must include a report from SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress, the environmental impact assessment software included with every license of SolidWorks CAD software. SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress measures carbon footprint, air and water impacts, and energy consumption through every stage of a product’s lifecycle. The designer must also analyze the model with SolidWorks SimulationXpress, a first-pass analysis tool included with SolidWorks CAD which allows users to quickly determine the effects of force and pressure, and generate reports to document results.

A panel of industry experts will judge the designs based on sustainability, aesthetics, creativity, and manufacturability. The judging panel consists of: Al Dean, Editor-in-Chief of Develop3D and Develop3D Sustainability magazines; Josh Mings, editor of the popular SolidSmack blog; Solomon Diamond, Assistant Professor, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College; and Mark Buckley, Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Staples[aap1]  Inc.; as well as SolidWorks software experts: Stephen Endersby, Simulation Product Manager; Asheen Phansey, Sustainability Product Manager, and Rick Chin, Director of Product Innovation.

There are separate categories for commercial designers, students, and SolidWorks resellers. The Grand Prize in the commercial category is a trip for two to Chaa Creek rainforest eco-resort in Belize. The first and second-place winners in the student category will each receive a trip for two to SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego, with the first-place winner also receiving a new Apple® iPad® 2 device. In each of these categories, DS SolidWorks will give away five additional iPad 2 devices to runners-up, and SolidWorks “goody bags” to 20 honorable mention winners. DS SolidWorks will also award iPad 2 devices for the leading designs submitted by reseller employees.

Explaining the contest, Asheen Phansey states, “The goal is to raise the consciousness of every designer and engineer regarding sustainable design, and show how easy it can be with the right tools. You don’t always need to make sacrifices to advance sustainability—you can make a product that’s greener, and still functional and beautiful.”

The Green Design Contest runs through midnight EDT on June 30, 2011.

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In this special CAD/CAM series, SolidWorks will present you world-class CAM solutions that are fully integrated into SolidWorks to help you reduce product manufacturing costs, shorten lead times, increase throughput and yield.

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PRESENTERS: Craig Therrien, Product Manager, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. Glenn McMinn and Chris Cole, Delcam

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There’s no such thing as “too complicated” in Franck Muller’s world, and if there were it would be a compliment. The Swiss watchmaker celebrates complexity, layering one component on another to create some of the world’s most expensive and sought-after timepieces.

Franck Muller uses SolidWorks® CAD , SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, and SolidWorks Simulation software as its primary design platform for combining 21st century engineering with classical features such as repeaters and tourbillions – rotating enclosures that compensate for gravity’s effect on the mechanism. Franck Muller’s Aeternitas Mega 4 Grande Sonnerie Westminster Carillon watch was the most complex wristwatch ever designed when it was created in 2009. It packs 1,483 individual elements, 205 sub-assemblies and 36 “complications,” or added features, into a space small enough to fit on a customer’s wrist.

“The movements in this watch are so precisely packed in a small space that it would not have been possible to have a clear overview of how the mechanisms function within the allotted space without SolidWorks 3D design tools,” said Franck Muller R&D Engineer Jean Pierre Golay.

SolidWorks software enabled Franck Muller engineers to shorten the design cycle by 40 percent and cut development costs by 60 percent. During development of the Aeternitas Mega 4, SolidWorks helped reduce design errors by 30 percent.

“Once the size of the watch is defined, the challenge is to figure out a way to design the various mechanisms to fit and function within the case,” Golay said. “This challenge becomes increasingly difficult when developing complicated movement. SolidWorks software not only allows us to visualize individual components but also to simulate the motion of components and mechanisms, so we can avoid interference errors.”

Franck Muller chose SolidWorks solutions for their ease of use, advanced design and simulation capabilities, and seamless integration between the CAD, simulation and product data management applications.

“Any competent designer can make something complex, but it takes real creativity to make complexity into the kind of beauty you see in Franck Muller watches,” said Christine Washburn, vice president, corporate marketing, SolidWorks. “We’re grateful that Franck Muller chose our software as the canvas its designers use to experiment and innovate as they explore ways to make a centuries-old craft new.”

Franck Muller works with SolidWorks authorized reseller Axemble for ongoing training and technical support.

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If you’re a dedicated cyclist, you know Cane Creek Cycling Components, famous for its headsets, which are the critical bearing assemblies that secure forks and handlebars to a bike.

Among other innovations, the Fletcher, N.C., company introduced the bicycle industry to the threadless headset (AheadSet®), the dominant configuration on well-made bikes today.

Cane Creek is relying on SolidWorks® software to ensure its engineering organization performs just as smoothly as its components. The company is the latest in an expanding range of premium bicycling brands to turn to SolidWorks, including Cervelo Cycles, Cycles DeVinci Inc., Mountain Cycle, and Trek Bicycle Corp.

Early growth

In 2004, to prepare for an ambitious product expansion, Cane Creek took time to objectively evaluate its engineering tools. The company began using SolidWorks because it found that the software is easier to use and more cost-effective, incorporates integrated simulation tools, and is the preferred design software of many vendors and customers.

“SolidWorks meets all of our evolving research and development needs,” said R&D Director Joshua Coaplen. “The purpose of our CAD system is to help us design, analyze, and manufacture parts in a way that reduces costs and time to market. SolidWorks enables us to accomplish everything that Cane Creek needs to achieve in terms of automating product development.”

For example, the company has dramatically cut time and cost from the development of prototype molds. Using SolidWorks capabilities such as draft analysis, Cane Creek can ensure the mold is fit for use before it’s machined. “By conducting more design iterations in SolidWorks, we have cut in half the number of prototype molds required for each part, which saves us the cost of making prototype molds and up to 10 weeks of development time,” Coaplen said. “The overall impact of these productivity gains is a 15 percent decrease in time to market.”

SolidWorks Simulation software helps Cane Creek visualize the deformation of rubber bearing seals and modify its designs accordingly before production. SolidWorks configuration tools enable engineers to automate parts of different sizes from one base headset design.

Since implementing SolidWorks, Cane Creek has increased its headset offerings by 30 percent and expanded its shock absorber product line by 100 percent. “We’ve achieved our product growth objectives in part because SolidWorks allows us to focus squarely on design,” Coaplen said. “We’re not interested in exerting more effort to learn about software. We want our thinking to concentrate on the products that we are trying to design, not the tools used to design them. SolidWorks helps us achieve that focus.”

What’s next

Cane Creek plans to use SolidWorks’ 3DVIA Composer™ technical communication software to quickly create animated, interactive product manuals for the Web. The interactive manuals will replace the current paper-based manuals with the goal of enhancing customer satisfaction and reducing telephone support hours.

“The software eliminates a lot of time now spent converting engineering data to publication-ready content,” said engineer Jim Morrison. “We’ll end up with better manuals, happier customers, and engineers who can spend more time on design.”

Cane Creek relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller TPM Inc. for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

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Focus on time-to-market, profitability, and quality improvement is pressuring product design teams to work more collaboratively around the world. That’s why SolidWorks® software customers consistently choose SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software to manage the vast amount of electronic data typical of their engineering projects.

“Product development is not a solo enterprise,” said Markus Neff, vice president supply chain management of SWAROVSKI OPTIK, which recently purchased SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. “We need to coordinate design activities among internal staff, global partners, and vendors. We need to drive product standardization and reuse of approved designs whenever possible. And even as we share our data, we need to keep it secure. We’re already seeing quicker time to market, higher productivity, and improved quality with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.”

Based in Absam, Tirol, Austria, SWAROVSKI OPTIK is a maker of high-performance binoculars, telescopes, rifle scopes, camera adapters, tripods, and more. The company says it helps customers “see the unseen.”

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM is a design and engineering collaboration solution consisting of a central, indexed repository of design data plus tools for secure information sharing. Many prominent organizations have invested in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM to support:

* Cost-efficient reuse of designs through powerful search across hundreds of file types, including major CAD, Microsoft, and image formats;

Oceaneering International, Inc.’s Deepwater Technical Solutions division has cut time to market by 50 percent through greater design reuse, tighter revision control, automated workflows, and dramatically improved design search capabilities.

* Automation and customization of processes, workflows, and electronic bills of material (BOMs);

Tigercat Industries has significantly increased productivity by providing personnel in departments such as manufacturing planning, assembly, purchasing, sales, and technical publications with access to its product data vault, which integrates data with facilities in Canada and Sweden.

* Larger-scale productivity for large design projects;

F.L. Smidth & Co. A/S, a leading builder of cement plants and equipment, installed 400 seats of SolidWorks EPDM software to support its SolidWorks users worldwide. It experienced a reduction in its equipment engineering effort of as much as 30 percent.

* Improved collaboration with global offices through fast, secure remote access for external partners;

Inertia Engineering + Design Inc. implemented a Web-enabled version of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software to unite six entities working on a zero-emissions courier truck, helping reduce delivery time by 30 to 40 percent.

* Compliance controls through automatic workflow and audit trail and integration with popular reporting tools;

Taylor-Deal Aviation (TDA), LLC, has streamlined design approvals by using automatically generated emails and electronic signatures that link approvals directly to the actual population of title blocks in design drawings. Approved signatures are added to title blocks and updated at each revision.

* Rapid deployment, in less than five days, with Quick Start program.
TDA had SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software installed and connected to its Microsoft® SQL Server® platform in a couple of hours, significantly faster than other systems company personnel had experienced. Ease of implementation and administration are critically important to the success of a small, growing company. TDA cites the software’s unique Windows® Explorer interface as pivotal to reducing training demands and driving user acceptance.

“Too many designers are wasting time looking for 3D models and documentation and, worse, recreating designs from scratch because they couldn’t find the approved design,” said Rich Allen, DS SolidWorks manager, PDM product management. “We’re helping organizations acquire the tools to find, share, and reuse their data with unprecedented ease. Customers are seeing results in machine design, electronics, medical, alternative energy, consumer products, heavy equipment, mold/tool/die, power and process, and beyond.”

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There is no room for error when designing a pump to pull oil out of a one mile-deep hole while resisting breakdowns from heat, pressure, friction, and corrosion. Breakdowns mean up to $250,000 per day in expenses and lost revenue for pump operators. Wood Group ESP turned to SolidWorks® 3D CAD and simulation software to design and test its pumps for top performance and durability while meeting tight production schedules.

Oklahoma City-based Wood Group ESP manufactures electric submersible pumps (ESPs) and surface pumps for the petroleum and chemical industries. Wood Group units can pump anywhere from 90 to 95,000 barrels of oil, water or chemicals per day. A typical pump packs more than 300 parts into a form factor up to 40 feet long but only five inches in diameter.

Wood Group ESP customizes every order that comes in, and the company’s 45-person engineering team usually has as little as five days to get new designs into production. SolidWorks CAD, simulation, and product data management software help the company conceptualize and produce new designs quickly, according to Bobby Taylor, manager, engineering services at Wood Group ESP.

“The bottom line is that without SolidWorks software, we couldn’t make money. We can’t do our job without it,” he said. “We have more than 60,000 part numbers, so being able to pull models of various parts together and build an assembly helps us get the job done quick and accurately. There’s no time for mistakes.”

Wood Group’s engineers use SolidWorks solutions from the earliest conception of a design through simulation and production. SolidWorks CAD software enables the company’s engineering team to quickly design pumps to suit customers’ specific needs.

“In our business, engineering to order is critical,” Taylor said. “Every pump configuration is a little different, so when an order comes in, we’re using SolidWorks to create assembly drawings on the fly so we can get them to the shop floor for quick production. We’re including every aspect of the design in the layouts – there’s nothing we leave out. We’re basically building virtual pumps in the software. That way when the production crew goes to build them, the design is right on.”

Durability and reliability are Wood Group ESP’s biggest engineering challenges, Taylor said. Wells are highly corrosive environments filled with fluids that attack component surfaces as soon as the pump goes in. The pumps also “eat themselves away” by creating vibrations that can also cause failures. As the design staff assembles components, research and development engineers run mechanical and hydraulic analyses with SolidWorks Simulation software to ensure they will perform as expected. The simulations also help designers show customers and potential customers what Wood Group ESP is proposing to them.

If a pump fails at a customer site, the short time frame shrinks even more, Taylor said. “The customer wants the equipment back in the well because they aren’t making any money if they aren’t pumping. We pull the pump out of the well, tear it down, and see what needs to be replaced. If it can’t be repaired, we have to build them a new one. SolidWorks software is key to doing that quickly to keep the customer’s losses to a minimum. Having all the components as 3D models in SolidWorks helps us create a new pump quickly because we can modify existing models instead of starting from scratch.”

Wood Group ESP works with SolidWorks authorized reseller MLC-CAD for training and support.

What do the circular saw, Liquid Paper, the COBOL programming language, square-bottom paper bags, the dishwasher, the windshield wiper, and strong-as-steel Kevlar have in common? Women were integral in the invention or improvements of each of these.

That’s worth honoring today—Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. Sponsored by the National Engineering Week Foundation to spotlight engineering as a career opportunity for women, this day dovetails with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.’s efforts to make SolidWorks® software accessible to girls and women everywhere.

Ann Wettersten has been introducing girls to engineering for two years. She’s the leader of the Space Cookies, an all-girl FIRST Robotics team (and Girl Scout Troop) open to any high school girl in Silicon Valley.

“Our motto is ‘Girls Engineering Tomorrow,’” says Wettersten, who has a mechanical engineering background herself. “This is about empowering girls and providing the opportunity to experience real-world engineering in a fun and challenging environment. We want to inspire girls to apply the science and math they are learning in school to creatively solve complex problems. This is the future generation of female technology leaders.”

The Space Cookies, who are sponsored by the NASA Robotics Alliance Project and co-sponsored by DS SolidWorks, do everything it takes to make and launch a competitive robot, including CAD, electrical work, and software programming. “In addition to technical knowledge,” says Wettersten, “they’re learning leadership, team-building, time management and, through our industry partnerships, a wide range of career paths.”

Christine Longwell is a manufacturing process engineer at Proterra, maker of zero-emission commercial transit solutions. She began exploring her passion in college and hasn’t looked back. “For the most part engineers are focused on creating and building things to solve problems,” says Longwell, a SolidWorks user. “There are few jobs that offer the ability to see such tangible and rewarding results of your efforts. To this day, I love to look at cars that I helped bring to market and say, ‘Hey, I worked on that.’"

“A lot of people think I came from a family where my father taught me to work on cars, but really the opposite was true,” she says. “I didn't understand how an engine worked until I went to college, but I found a welcoming community there that happily taught me enough to graduate and become a powertrain design engineer. I work on my own cars, and I take a lot of satisfaction out of it. On the other hand, I am also Mom to a six-year-old boy who proudly tells anyone who will listen that "My mom is an engineer and she can fix anything!"

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Anna Wood is a design engineer for Auer Precision, a leading global provider of engineered process solutions for the life sciences, medical, microfluidics, semiconductor, defense, automotive, and industrial markets.

“I have always been fascinated with how things are made and how they work,” says Wood. “My curiosity led me to pursue a career in engineering. Engineers have a front row seat in creating designs for products and structures that we use every day. It is very cool to design a device or a tool from a blank piece of paper and watching it being manufactured. To be able to hold it in your hand, drive or fly in it, ride over that bridge you had a part in designing, or have a hand in creating a lifesaving device is immensely satisfying.

“I would encourage all young women to pursue a career in engineering,” she continues. “The opportunities are boundless, and the emotional paycheck for doing good work is very rewarding.”

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Marie Planchard, DS SolidWorks’ director of world education markets, was introduced to engineering as soon as she was old enough to pitch in. “My father owned an auto repair garage and my grandfather owned a farm, so between the two you were always fixing stuff. It didn’t matter that you were a girl,” says Planchard, a teacher, author, and engineer. “I had Barbie dolls, but I was the kind of girl who tried to figure out how the joints worked or how they stamped Mattel into the plastic.”

As with Longwell, Wood, and the Space Cookies, Planchard’s gender hasn’t held her back. She was one of only three women in her Rutgers University mechanical engineering class of 205, and she was president of its American Society of Mechanical Engineering chapter. It wasn’t a case of affirmative action. “My father always told me that with education, I could do anything,” she says. “He was right.”

In line with old-school gender expectations, however, Planchard does note she is in a “helping” profession: “I help people by giving them great products or helping them create great products of their own.”

Her advice to girls:

* When in doubt take more math.
* Know that you can do it (because you can).
* And as Apollo 13 Commander Capt. James Lovell Jr. said at SolidWorks World, success is the only option.

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Fact: Eighteen percent of undergrad engineering degrees went to women in 2009, according to the American Society for Engineering Education. Undergraduate female enrollment in engineering ticked slightly higher for the second straight year, rising to 18.2 percent in fall 2009 from 17.5 percent in 2007.

At eight years old, they built a log cabin with a new hatchet. At 10 years, a robotic arm from bike parts. At 27 years, the world’s fastest robotic tank and, now, the smallest all-terrain armored vehicle.

Today, with the help of SolidWorks® software, the Howe twins, Geoff and Mike, are able to invent extreme “Mad Max”-style vehicles with astonishing capabilities. Known in Defense Department R&D circles as the “The Wright brothers of the military,” the prime defense contractors also star in Discovery Channel’s “Black Ops Brothers, Howe & Howe Tech” show.

Through their main business, Howe and Howe Technologies Inc., of Waterboro, Maine, the brothers have produced:

* The Ripsaw® high-speed tank, dubbed “the future of combat” by Popular Science, capable of 80 mph and zero to 50 in 5 seconds;

* The Mini Rip ATV for consumers who want to be unstoppable in the woods;

* The PAV1, which is the world’s smallest tank, for police and SWAT teams;

* The Subterranean Rover, a rugged mining personnel transport vehicle; and

* The Thermite unmanned firefighting vehicle.

“With everything we build, we take the top technologies available and push them to the limits,” said President Michael Howe. “We take the same approach when choosing design and fabrication tools. We want the best software and hardware that we can find, so we can test the boundaries of what is possible.”

After trying other software, Howe and Howe settled on SolidWorks because it’s easy to use and compatible with other tools. “SolidWorks is definitely on the cutting edge of interface design,” Howe said. “It has a short learning curve, and our new engineers pick it up in about a week. We can also output different CAD formats, because SolidWorks plays well with others. This makes us compatible with a wide range of customers.”

Adopting SolidWorks has dramatically streamlined development. The Howe and Howe team makes extensive use of tools for efficient design of weldments, and 3D models drive plasma torch and CNC cutters. Roll-cage fabrication now takes one-tenth the time, and scrap costs are down by 85 percent.

The success of Howe and Howe Technologies has also attracted the interest of Hollywood. The company recently created a highly modified version of the Ripsaw for use as a prop in an upcoming Hollywood film.

“The efficiencies that we’ve instituted using SolidWorks allow us to compete successfully against the big defense contractors,” Howe notes. “We’ve gone from two guys working off hours to a multi-million dollar research and development company.”

Howe and Howe relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller CADD Edge Inc. for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. today announced that one million SolidWorks® design software licenses have been purchased by educational institutions. Many millions of students at these institutions have fuelled their studies in science, technology, engineering, and math, and gone on to obtain rewarding careers in the design and engineering community.

“We think it’s important that students have easy access to these capabilities so they can bring the advantage of experience to their internships and entry-level positions.”

The roster of premier institutions using SolidWorks spans all continents and includes: MIT (USA), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India), Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Tokyo Metropolitan Rokugou Technical High School (Japan), Universidad del Valle de Mexico (Mexico), University of Cambridge (UK), RENATESENTERET(Norway), Tsinghua University (China), University of Manitoba (Canada), University of South Australia (Australia), The University of Applied Sciences Stralsund (Germany), and Lycée Technique Privé Saint Etienne (France).

“We want our students learning and applying science and engineering, not struggling with unnecessarily complex software,” said industrial engineering professor Andrés-Amador García Granada, Ph.D., of the IQS-URL engineering university in Barcelona. “SolidWorks gives students all the capabilities a professional engineer needs – including uniquely integrated Simulation software that we use to teach statics, dynamics, thermal problems, elasticity, and fluid-dynamics – in the most intuitive package available. As a result, students start learning sooner, learn more over time, and graduate better prepared for their careers. At IQS, 70 out of 150 students obtained a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) certification as a common requirement to start working on a final-year project for industry.”

Many students combine their learning with competition. “SolidWorks helps us continuously refine our ‘Thunderstruck’ robot’s design for the Battlebots IQ competition, blending the best of offense, defense, weight, material strength, and sheer destructiveness,” said Senai Andai, 20, a junior-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). “The integrated SolidWorks Simulation software and intuitive user interface help us apply classroom theory to hands-on design, manufacturing, and ‘field testing.’ This is invaluable preparation for our futures as engineers.”

DS SolidWorks backs up its software with rich educational resources, including:

* Robotics Tutorials that introduce basic concepts of robot design from one’s first part to a complete assembly;
* SolidWorks Teacher Blog for educators at all levels who use SolidWorks software for design and engineering instruction;
* Anytime, anywhere access to SolidWorks, including on student laptops and home computers;
* Competitive opportunities in Formula One-style racing, robotics, solar cars, and much more;
* Instruction in sustainable design, a discipline gaining prominence among designers and or engineers; and
* Certification to demonstrate solid design skill sets to first employers.

“Our software is packed with all the sophisticated capabilities that professional engineers use,” said Marie Planchard, director of world education markets for DS SolidWorks. “We think it’s important that students have easy access to these capabilities so they can bring the advantage of experience to their internships and entry-level positions.”

DS SolidWorks’ contribution to engineering education also includes a long list of sponsorships. One recipient is Assabet Valley (Mass.) Regional Technical High School, featured in the latest episode of the DS SolidWorks Web-based reality show, Let’s Go Design. Students there are gearing up for competition in the National Robotics League using a robot they not only designed and assembled, but for which they machined the parts.

Rapidly evolving student skills like these have yielded sophisticated and sometimes astonishing designs, including this orange juice glass, this butterfly, and other cool products.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2011 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Geometric Limited (BSE: 532312, NSE: GEOMETRIC), a leader in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Global Engineering Services and Offshore Product Development (OPD) solutions and technologies, will launch the latest release of its solid-based CNC programming solution, CAMWorks® 2011, and demonstrate DFMPro, at the SolidWorks World 2011, from 23-26 January, 2011 at booth #300, Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

CAMWorks and DFMPro are seamlessly integrated within the SolidWorks® platform, enabling intelligence and automation in design as well as manufacturing processes. Visitors to the booth will receive demonstrations of both products during the three-day event.

CAMWorks 2011 provides significant new capabilities, including improved automatic feature recognition, a new electrode design solution for the mold and die industry, and smarter tool paths. The technologies that enable automation of NC programming have also been enhanced. User interfaces have been modified as well, making it easier to learn and use the software, while at the same time minimize overlapping into the graphics area. Two new modules, ElectrodeWorks™ and VoluMill™, further enhance the product’s automation capabilities. ElectrodeWorks module is an electrode design solution that automates all aspects related to electrodes, whereas, VoluMill provides an option to generate high-performance toolpaths for 2 and 3 axis high speed milling.

In this latest version, CAMWorks introduces more intelligence into machining operations and toolpaths so that changes to machining parameters minimize regeneration time. This is increasingly valuable to large 3-axis toolpaths. User ground turn inserts can now be used to generate finishing toolpaths in turning. This allows even greater flexibility in generating more efficient toolpaths. For more information on CAMWorks 2011, please visit

DFMPro for SolidWorks focuses on improving ease of DFM analysis and reporting by providing the following new functions:

* Casting module with built-in rules including thickness checks, draft angle checks and tolerance checks. These easy-to-configure and easy-to-use checks will help designers quickly check and refine their designs to avoid possible problems during casting.
* The SolidWorks version of DFMPro now supports the Microsoft Excel based DFM analysis report
* The new casting module broadens the scope of out-of-the-box manufacturing checks provided by DFMPro. The Excel-based reports combined with eDrawings reports facilitate easy collaboration, communication and tracking of DFM issues to closure. For more information on DFMPro, please visit

About Geometric
Geometric ( is a specialist in the domain of engineering solutions, services and technologies. Its portfolio of Global Engineering services and Digital Technology solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enables companies to formulate, implement, and execute global engineering and manufacturing strategies aimed at achieving greater efficiencies in the product realization lifecycle.

Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Geometric was incorporated in 1994 and is listed on the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges. The company recorded consolidated revenues of Rupees 5.12 billion (US Dollars 108.1 million) for the year ended March 2010. It employs close to 3000 people across 11 global delivery locations in the US, France, Romania, India, and China. Geometric was assessed as CMMI 1.1 Level 5 for its software services and is ISO 9001:2008 certified for engineering operations. Geometric’s Desktop Products and Technologies (DPT) business develops cutting-edge point productivity solutions that enhance design and improve manufacturing operations.

The end-user products from Geometric include CAMWorks®, eDrawings® Publisher, DFMPro, GeomCaliper® and 3DPaintBrush™. The key technologies from Geometric are NestLib®, Feature Recognition (FR), GeomDiff and 3DSearchIT®. Geometric licenses these technologies to OEM partners and also designs and implements customized process solutions using these technologies for industrial customers.
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Tuesday, 11 January 2011 10:53

SolidWorks Helps Amtrak Keep Rolling

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If you’ve ever experienced the comfort of the Acela®, you’ve savored the fruits of a high-powered design team using SolidWorks® software for modeling, simulation, and data management.

Amtrak, the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and only high-speed train operator, uses SolidWorks software to help refurbish all of its rail cars from the wheels up, updating compartments that in some cases can be 50 or 60 years old. But you’d never know it. As riders take in the nation’s landscape, they enjoy a setting as sleek as an upscale restaurant: comfortable seats, ample legroom, low-energy LED lighting systems, contemporary detail, integrated recycling bins, and overhead luggage pods.

“We’re as high tech as the airlines, and often faster point to point, but there’s room to breathe and no one gets stuck with a middle seat,” says Bruce Hoffman, manager of document control for Amtrak’s rolling stock engineering group. “In creating this experience, SolidWorks has helped us improve our productivity by 60 percent over our previous 2D practice, when you combine the benefits of design, simulation, and data management.”

SolidWorks provides ease of use, compatibility with legacy 2D data, integrated simulation, and product data management applications. The government-owned corporation uses SolidWorks on all of its fleet, including the Acela, Superliner, and Amfleet trains, and it’s the Amtrak standard for all new rolling stock designs. Its 3D visualization capabilities illustrate new concepts for executives.

A major productivity enhancer offered by SolidWorks is the ability to have any change to a model or drawing automatically update all associated drawings, parts, and assemblies. The design work is too complex for drawings alone: constantly creating and updating myriad 2D views of each entity would be overwhelming.

In addition to designing lush interiors, Amtrak rolling stock engineers use SolidWorks software to reverse-engineer and remanufacture components according to specifications inherited from numerous rail car manufacturers.

Amtrak conducts stress and structural analysis on wheels, axles, suspension, and parts throughout the rail cars using SolidWorks Simulation software. This helps designers and engineers ensure safety, durability, longevity, and minimal scrap, material usage, weight, and consulting costs.

Amtrak rolling stock engineering division provides secure access to nearly a million documents via SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software to improve quality, accuracy, and efficiency. The secure vault includes drawings, 3D models, technical specifications, and standard procedures in a variety of file formats, including Microsoft® Word. The software tracks versions, coordinates changes, provides powerful search, and simplifies reuse of approved designs. Approved designs are automatically shared with Amtrak’s Documentum enterprise document management system.

Amtrak relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Prism Engineering Inc. for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

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Monday, 10 January 2011 09:31

SolidWorks World 2011, Jan. 23-26, San Antonio

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WHAT: Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. hosts SolidWorks World 2011: Innovation for a better world.

Today’s social, economic, and environmental challenges demand innovative thinking, and much of it must focus on the products that help people live healthy, satisfying lives. SolidWorks World 2011 will showcase innovations that will help design engineers create products to meet personal and societal needs.

SolidWorks World 2011 is the 13th annual gathering of customers, partners, resellers, and employees of DS SolidWorks, maker of software for design, simulation, data management, technical communications, and sustainability assessment. Highlights of the event include:

* Networking with more than 4,500 attendees including engineering and design professionals, students, educators, partners, resellers, and DS SolidWorks employees from around the globe. Attendees can also connect online before and during the event.

* Customer stories from industries ranging from aerospace and medical instruments, to consumer electronics and renewable energy.

* More than 200 in-depth training sessions, many of them hands-on, covering topics such as “Creative Solutions to Everyday Problems,” “SolidWorks for Creative Educators,” and “Designing Solar Equipment.”

* Management/executive-oriented training sessions such as “The CAD Manager Survival Guide” and “The 200% Business Process Innovation Challenge: Utilizing SolidWorks Multiple Products for the Equipment Manufacturer.”

* A product showcase with more than 100 new SolidWorks-designed products, such as joint implants, laptop cases, fuel systems, and bicycles.

* The Partner Pavilion featuring more than 100 technology products that work with SolidWorks software to deliver new business benefits.

* The Ultimate CAD Chair from “Let’s Go Design,” DS SolidWorks’ interactive Web series that invites members of the SolidWorks community to submit design ideas to create an actual product.

WHEN: January 23-26, 2011

WHERE: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

200 E Market St.
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 207-8500


SolidWorks has just added Discovery TV’s “Bionic Builders” to its roster of keynote speakers. Hollywood stuntman and amputee Casey Pieretti, and his engineering partner Bill Spracher, build and test outrageous prosthetics that allow their amputee clients to surpass ordinary human ability while attempting to replace a missing part of their lives. Other keynote speakers include the following SolidWorks executives and featured guests:

* Bertrand Sicot, new CEO of DS SolidWorks

* Jeff Ray, executive vice president, geographic operations, Dassault Systèmes

* Bernard Charlès, DS president and CEO

* Jon Hirschtick, DS SolidWorks founder and group executive

* Apollo 13 commander captain James Lovell Jr. and lead flight director Gene Kranz

* A wide range of customers – from early SolidWorks adopters to students just starting out in engineering with award-winning projects

Other ways to connect with SolidWorks World 2011 online include:

* DS SolidWorks Blog – SolidWorks World 2011 topics   

* DS SolidWorks on Twitter         

* SolidWorks World 2011 account on Twitter        

* SolidWorks World 2011 hashtag (#SWW11)     

* DS SolidWorks on Flickr          

* SolidWorks World 2011 Flickr

* DS SolidWorks on YouTube

* Michael Lord, Australian vehicle designer, who tweets at @ml13ml, will be this year’s official Internet Correspondent. He will be blogging about SolidWorks World 2011 on the  SolidWorks blog.

CONTACT: A complete agenda is available online. Registration is open now (save $100 by registering before January 8)

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) today named Executive Vice President of Sales, Bertrand Sicot, its new CEO. Former CEO, Jeff Ray, has been promoted into a leadership role at Dassault Systèmes (DS) of France (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA).

Bertrand Sicot joined DS SolidWorks as Europe’s “second employee” in 1997 and has consistently improved worldwide distribution performance, revenue, profit, and global market share. His tenure at the company extends his nearly 20-years record of leading sales operations in both domestic and international engineering businesses.

“Bertrand’s quiet confidence, endless dedication to solving tough challenges, and loyal commitment to helping people succeed both personally and professionally make him the right executive to lead DS SolidWorks going forward. He has been a terrific sales leader for the past four years, both for us at SolidWorks and for our community of customers, resellers, and partners,” said Jeff Ray, who has been CEO since July 2007. “Over the past four years, I’ve witnessed SolidWorks achieve great things, including significant revenue growth and building an amazing sales channel. Although leaving my current role at SolidWorks is bittersweet, I look forward to working with the SolidWorks team while in France to extend the success of SolidWorks and DS even further.”

Ray will move to DS corporate headquarters in Vélizy, France to take on the newly created position of Executive Vice President of Geographic Operations for Dassault Systèmes. Reporting directly to DS president and CEO Bernard Charlès, Ray will oversee the company’s 12 geographies to enable local DS teams to better address the specific local challenges facing the organization’s customers and partners.

“I’m confident Bertrand’s vision, leadership, and engineering and business expertise will keep SolidWorks on its very successful course of sustained growth and continuous product improvement. As an engineer by training and member of the SolidWorks community, he has always kept the needs of customers paramount, helping them streamline product design in their various organizations,” said Charlès. “This new global organization will enable us to significantly expand our worldwide leadership in 2011 and for years to come.”

Sicot’s Background

As executive vice president of sales, Bertrand Sicot directed the global growth strategies for DS SolidWorks by ensuring that the regional sales, education sales, and VAR development teams have the resources they need.

Bertrand joined DS SolidWorks in 1997 as the regional sales manager for Western Europe and Scandinavia. He significantly increased business in these regions and earned a promotion to country manager for Western Europe in 1999, where he was responsible for all sales operations in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, Spain, and Portugal. In 2004, he was promoted to vice president, North American sales and was promoted to executive vice president of sales in 2007.

Bertrand began his career at IBM France, and was a branch sales manager for Computervision France before joining SolidWorks. Bertrand holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers. He also served as an officer in the French Navy.

Easily correctable vision problems push scores of people from self-sufficiency into poverty every day in developing countries that might have only one eye care professional for every million residents. U.K.-based Adlens is trying to fill that need with affordable, adjustable eyeglasses that correct 80 percent of the refractive vision errors encountered by people in the developing world.

Using SolidWorks® software, Adlens created a layered lens that enables wearers to literally dial up custom prescription eyeglasses with no help from an optician, optometrist or ophthalmologist. Under guidance of a trained person (for instance, a community health worker) Adlens’ adaptive eyeglasses adjust with the turn of a knob to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and presbyopia (loss of focus). For people who won’t encounter an eye care professional in their whole lives, Adlens adaptive eyeglasses are a new lease on a productive life.

“There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who need only a simple pair of eyeglasses to remain self sufficient,” said Sjoerd Hannema CEO of Adlens. “We are working through the Vision for a Nation program to raise awareness of the impact impaired vision can have on a person’s education and quality of life. Our product is a way to correct many of those vision problems with the infrastructure available in the developing world.”

Adlens used SolidWorks to design a four-layer polycarbonate eyeglass lens. Two rigid lenses enclose a cavity housing a flexible third lens that contains a volume of oil. Knobs on the eyeglass frames pump the transparent oil in or out of the lens, where the middle layer flexes to provide the optical power the wearer needs. Then the wearer simply removes the levers and the adjustment knobs to lock in the prescription.

Creating a mechanism delicate enough for fine adjustments yet durable enough to survive heat, dust, and transportation over long distances was challenging, said Adlens Product Designer Alex Edginton. SolidWorks enabled the Adlens engineering team to experiment with designs that would balance precision and ruggedness.

“Structural integrity and durability are significant considerations for us. Rwanda, where we are working with the Ministry of Health to provide our spectacles, has a wide range of environmental conditions. The lenses and adjusters mechanisms are designed and tested to cope with the harsh conditions they will be subjected to,” he said. “SolidWorks enabled us to evaluate new designs quickly and easily. We used the 3D data to visualize concepts, create rapid prototypes and produce finished components, and SolidWorks was particularly helpful in understanding the interaction of each component in the product. We’re putting much more functionality than usual into a pair of spectacles with the adjustable lenses, seals and mechanisms, which are assemblies of complex, precision components. Fitting them together optimally was critical.”

Rwanda is typical of sub-Saharan African nations that might have only a handful of eye care professionals to serve the whole country. They usually work in or around the capital cities, mainly treating the wealthy, leaving low income and rural Rwandans to fend for themselves.

“The simple ability to fit a person with a pair of eyeglasses can lead to a better education for a child, a longer working life or advanced education for an adult, or just the ability to remain independent with age,” said DS SolidWorks CEO Jeff Ray. “Adlens is showing how technical innovation can improve living conditions all over the world, and SolidWorks is proud to support their efforts.”

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (  or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks), a world leader in 3D solutions, today announced that the Rocket City Space Pioneers (RCSP) will use SolidWorks® software to “boost” its entry in the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The X PRIZE competition challenges and inspires engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods for robotic space exploration.

A Huntsville, Ala. team featuring leaders in the spaceflight and educational fields is currently developing a low-cost lunar lander/rover system to send to the moon by 2014, which will be able to travel 500 meters and transmit video images and data back to the Earth. Led by Dynetics, the team comprising Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation (VCSI) plans to be the first privately funded team to get to the moon.

Using SolidWorks® CAD and SolidWorks Simulation software, RCSP will be able to quickly and easily validate its designs for the lunar lander system, which will be capable of making a soft landing on a planetary body and deploying the rover. SolidWorks will allow RCSP to test its designs to ensure that the lander and rover stay within the specified dimensions and weight, while minimizing costs. With SolidWorks Simulation, RCSP can subject its designs to the same airflow, stress, and thermal conditions the system will experience while in orbit. RCSP is also using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM software for configuration management to ensure complete control over all design information across its diverse team.

“Choosing SolidWorks software for the X PRIZE competition was a natural extension of the work we do every day. SolidWorks has been Dynetics’ primary CAD software for automotive, space vehicle, and propulsion design since 2001,” said Ricky Jordan, lead mechanical engineer, Space Vehicles Department at Dynetics.

“We are excited to be part of this important mission to return to the moon. RCSP’s experience in the various aspects of space travel, as well as in the commercial market, makes them uniquely qualified to succeed,” said Christine Washburn, vice president of marketing, DS SolidWorks. “Our design software solutions will provide RCSP with the necessary tools to test their ideas, share design information across seven partners, and ultimately deliver proven designs for their mission.”

RCSP was one of six teams competing for the X PRIZE to be awarded the Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract by NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The data from this contract will be used to develop future lander vehicles and exploration systems. RCSP recently delivered the System Definition Review (SDR) package to NASA, which contains the mission concept of operations, integrated vehicle design, engineering analysis, and technical data package on the subsystems. It provides the details of the RCSP’s system-level design as it relates to the overall mission. The system-level design ensures the readiness of the project to move to the implementation phase.

“ModernTech Mechanical is thrilled to have the opportunity to deepen our relationship with our Huntsville, Ala. area customers and the SolidWorks community at large through our support of SolidWorks design, simulation and data management tools,” says Jon Carlton, ModernTech Mechanical vice president.  

More information about the X PRIZE is available at:

About The Rocket City Space Pioneers

The Rocket City Space Pioneers is led by Huntsville-based company Dynetics and comprised of Huntsville partners Teledyne Brown Engineering, Andrews Space, Spaceflight Services, Draper Laboratory, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the Von Braun Center for Science & Innovation. The team will compete for the Google Lunar X PRIZE with its lunar lander and rover.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (  or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Two men who helped save the Apollo 13 crew 40 years ago by finding ingenious solutions to catastrophic mechanical problems will headline SolidWorks World 2011, the world’s largest gathering of the engineering and design community. Their heroics provide an inspirational example of engineering under pressure.

In April 1970, more than 200,000 miles from earth, Apollo 13 sustained a sudden failure of its cryogenic oxygen system. Commander Capt. James Lovell Jr. and his crew successfully modified the craft’s lunar module into an effective “lifeboat” to provide power and water for an emergency return to earth. Gene Kranz, lead flight director, headed the ground-based “Tiger Team” that helped coordinate the successful detour.

Their actions earned Lovell and Kranz Presidential Medals of Freedom. The pair will tell their stories at SolidWorks World, which takes place Jan. 23-26, 2011, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s event is the 13th annual gathering of customers, partners, resellers, and employees of Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp., maker of software for design, simulation, data management, technical communications, and sustainability assessment.

“I faced the ultimate challenge when imparting the words ‘Houston, we have a problem,’” says Lovell. “But we all face challenges – some life-threatening and inescapable, others more routine. I look forward to sharing my story and learning about the unique challenges faced by DS SolidWorks’ customers.”

“Throughout my career I have seen the role teamwork plays in assuring ultimate victory in any circumstances. DS SolidWorks as a team provides engineers and designers with the tools they need to build products for which, as in aeronautics, ‘failure is not an option,’” says Kranz. “I am interested to see firsthand how SolidWorks enables its customers to solve problems in a variety of industries.”

Aerospace continues to be a key industry for DS SolidWorks, a two-time Product of the Year award winner from NASA Tech Briefs. Organizations such as Alliance Spacesystems, Inc. (ASI), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Arizona State University, George Tylinski, Jet Propulsion Laboratories (JPL), and Pacific Design Technologies, Inc. rely on SolidWorks® software to help design, test, and manufacture internal systems, robotics, and structures used in space exploration applications, as well as those for earth observation, asteroid detection and interplanetary space systems. ASI, for example, used SolidWorks to help develop highly precise, complex mechanisms, and collaborate with scientists and NASA mission planners for the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission.

More information about DS SolidWorks’ involvement in the aerospace industry is available on the website.

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About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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SolidWorks® Sustainability software, which empowers designers and engineers to easily reduce their products’ environmental impact, won the first-ever Best New Green Product Innovation honor last week at the global GREEN AWARDS™ 2010 in London.

Accredited by the UK Royal Society of Arts, the awards recognize creativity that conveys the importance of corporate and social responsibility, sustainable development, and ethical best practices. Best Green New Product Innovation was a new category this year.

“This entry is our favorite,” said the judges, who are noted professionals in communications, environmental and sustainability fields. “[SolidWorks Sustainability] software has the potential to revolutionize the way designers design their products. By integrating life cycle thinking into the design process, SolidWorks [Sustainability] helps designers to lower the environmental impact of their creation from the design stage. Their partnership with independent organization PE International, which provides a life cycle inventory database, makes their product robust and reliable. A must-have in any designer’s tool box.”

A representative from Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. of Concord, Mass., developer of the software, accepted the award Thursday night at the London Natural History Museum from Mary Anne King, head of environmental sustainability for Microsoft. Also attending the gala ceremony was Sir David Attenborough CBE, who accepted the inaugural green Lifetime Achievement Award for his efforts to broaden public understanding of environmental issues.

What’s your environmental footprint?

Fully integrated with SolidWorks computer-aided design software, SolidWorks Sustainability incorporates powerful Life Cycle Assessment-based tools that gauge impacts on carbon, energy, air, and water throughout the product life cycle, including material selection, manufacture, use, and end of life. DS SolidWorks co-developed Sustainability with PE International, the established experts in environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), whose pioneering GaBi software is the world’s leading LCA package. SolidWorks Sustainability incorporates GaBi’s LCA process models and databases to employ high-quality scientific data in assessing environmental impact.

SolidWorks Sustainability’s material selection tool provides instant feedback to help product designers choose the most environmentally friendly material for a particular design. One-click report generation makes it easy to communicate the findings with the rest of the company.

“We’re grateful for this honor,” said Asheen Phansey, Sustainability product manager for DS SolidWorks. “Consumers are increasingly demanding greener products, and product designers have a tremendous impact on the environment given that they make the products we use every day. That’s why we’ve made sustainable design easy, accessible, fun, and empowering. We’re working toward the day when all design is sustainable design, and we’re leading our passionate customers along this path.”

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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With the Food and Drug Administration preparing to tighten already stringent medical device regulations, success or failure of a potentially life-saving new product can hinge on a manufacturer’s design strategy.

FDA regulations have always required careful and comprehensive documentation. The FDA, however, mentioned that there are concerns “centered on whether [the 510(k) program] allows devices to enter the market without sufficient safety and effectiveness evidence,” according to an Aug. 4 FDA news release. Meticulous management of design information helps a company record the safety and effectiveness of a product.

“To streamline product introduction, many medical device manufacturers are moving away from high-end point solutions for design, analysis, and product data management and toward integrated product development platforms that simultaneously address all of these functions,” said Rich Allen, manager of PDM product management for DS SolidWorks. “This unified approach accelerates validation of innovative design concepts and automates design documentation, helping companies navigate FDA approvals and stay focused on product development.”

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, DJO Incorporated, Dräger Medical, Kinematic Automation, MAKO Surgical Corp., and Southmedic Inc. are among the companies that use SolidWorks® software products to automate design, analysis, and data management.

Design documentation. This is the bedrock of FDA approvals. Device makers introducing new products need to be ready to supply regulators with design details, documented design histories, and proof of a device’s safety. Modeling a product in SolidWorks CAD software automatically captures all design data and automates the production of a wide range of documents, including detailed drawings, sections, orthographic views, bills of material, photorealistic renderings, animations, and fly-throughs.

Safety and performance analysis. The FDA expects written finite element analysis results to be submitted with Class II and Class III devices – e.g., those that administer fluids or are implanted. Many medical device makers hire specialized analysts who may use complex software for analysis. Designers and engineers, however, can actually perform many of these tests themselves in SolidWorks Simulation software, which is integrated into the SolidWorks design environment.

Data management. Many device makers lose time and vital information by storing design documentation and safety data separately from their design environment, in manual, paper, or high-end enterprise management systems. With SolidWorks, design, simulation, and data management is a cost-efficient and seamlessly integrated process with full audit trails.

Regulatory compliance aside, SolidWorks products can help medical device makers:

* Develop ergonomically friendly products that may shorten medical procedures, improve outcomes, and appeal to health-care professionals
* Predict behavior of new sophisticated device materials, including strength, conductivity, and ability to be sterilized
* Ensure durability and dependability of implants
* Quickly obtain reference designs, including models of patients’ bones, from 3D scans
* Create photorealistic images and animations for part and assemblies for marketing and educational purposes
* Focus on their core competencies and intellectual property, not managing complex information technology.

“By using powerful design software and a comprehensive design strategy,” Allen said, “companies can quickly and cost-effectively bring new products to market that can make an immediate impact on patients’ lives.”

These imperatives are discussed at length in two SolidWorks white papers “Bringing Innovative Medical Products to Market Faster” and “Analysis guide for Medical Product Designers.”

See the white papers, as well as medical case studies, images, and videos here.

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (  or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Kids love LEGO® building blocks, but can playing with cute colored blocks spawn the next generation of engineers?

Absolutely, says Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

“Building even the simplest creation from scratch introduces kids to principles of geometry and physics in action,” said Marie Planchard, DS SolidWorks’ director of world education markets. “This makes math and science not just relevant, but also potentially a lifetime passion. When geometry and physics can make or break a project – whether it’s a LEGO car, robot, or autonomous undersea vehicle for competition – suddenly math and science are more than problems on a page, they’re the keys to the kingdom. Engineers employ this kind of thinking every day.”

To that end, DS SolidWorks today introduced two new free tutorial programs for creating LEGO cars and sophisticated robots  for creating LEGO cars and sophisticated robots with SolidWorks® CAD software. The tutorials include a dozen lessons, videos, and part models for download. Projects range from elementary through college level, with straightforward instructions supporting those without prior SolidWorks experience.

As students learn the foundation of physics and engineering, they gain instant proficiency in the world’s most widely used 3D design software. Lessons get progressively more sophisticated, introducing higher-level math and physics principles via integrated SolidWorks capabilities such as simulation. Students engage as deeply as they would with a video game while acquiring valuable skills and knowledge, and earning a sense of accomplishment.

“We’ve discovered a lot about learning styles over recent decades,” says Planchard. “Although some students will grasp math and science in the abstract, the world is full of intelligent tactile learners who need to do, touch, and make things, whether virtually on a SolidWorks screen or in their garage. In school and in society, we’ve gotten away from making things. But when you let students do that, and when you add in the element of teamwork and competition, they’re hooked.”

Planchard’s team articulated these messages at the inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival (see video) recently in Washington, DC. With the help of SolidWorks partner the STEM Academy, thousands of students raced dragsters and built their own elastic materials (Planchard’s blog posts).

The festival wrapped up a week of student-focused activities such as the White House Science Fair, where middle and high school students from around the country presented award-winning projects. “It’s in these pursuits that talents are discovered and passions are lit, and the future scientists, engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs are born,” observed President Obama.

Competing in LEGOs and beyond

DS SolidWorks has shipped nearly a million educational software licenses, and sponsors a wide range of student activities, including:

Concrete Canoe – This contest for college civil engineering students involves designing, making, and racing a vessel, often relying on stress and flow analysis in SolidWorks Simulation software. Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Solar Splash – Students design, build, and race solar-powered boats. SolidWorks Sustainability software is especially relevant.

Structural Steel Bridge – This structural engineering competition requires design, fabrication, and analysis of a scale steel bridge. Students are judged on construction speed, stiffness, lightness, economy, display, and efficiency. Sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Unmanned Systems – College and high school students create autonomous unmanned vehicles for land and sea. This multidisciplinary competition involves all the simulation realms and comprises electronics, software, and mechanical systems. Sponsored by Association for Unmanned Vehicles International and the Marine Advanced Technology Center (MATE).

Vehicle racing – High school and college students design, build, and race Formula-style cars and hybrid, aero, snowmobile, and Baja vehicles. Sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

FIRST® Robotics – The premier high school robotics competition. Students design, build, and put robots to the test. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST® LEGO® League – A robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds (9 to 14 in the US and Canada).

MIT Lemelson InvenTeams – InvenTeams are teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors that receive grants up to $10,000 each to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.  

“Hands-on activities cultivate real-life skills students will need in their careers,” says Planchard. “And whether you become an engineer, cake baker, or judge, you need basic science and mathematics competency, at least until you make lasting career decisions. Adding the competitive element builds on this foundation and develops collaboration, teamwork and innovative problem-solving on deadline.”

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (  or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

A leading Chinese air conditioning and refrigeration components manufacturer has purchased SolidWorks® software to shorten its product design cycles and improve product quality.

Zhejiang Sanhua Co., Ltd. holds a share of over 50 percent in the market for air conditioning and refrigeration unit control valves globally. It is the supplier of some world’s leading manufacturers, including Sanyo, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, and Emerson. Sanhua is using 115 seats of SolidWorks CAD software, 12 seats of SolidWorks Simulation software, and 35 seats of SolidWorks Enterprise Product Data Management solutions to overhaul its design processes. Sanhua’s deployment of SolidWorks solutions marks a big leap towards its transformation from a supplier into a R&D-oriented organization that provides high-value design schemes. SolidWorks solutions are conducive to accelerating change management throughout the design and production processes and allow Sanhua engineers to predict the performance of the finished products even during scheme designing.

“We usually have a tight timeframe for designing schemes and a relatively flexible organizational system and designer team. This requires a sound guarantee for symmetrical and timely information transmission so that we can accommodate changes quickly to minimize the risk of customer drain,” said Qiu Yongwei, Zhejiang Sanhua’s department director. “SolidWorks CAD software makes change management faster because every change our designers make on a model can automatically become part of the drawings associated with the model. Our previous 2D CAD software couldn’t support this kind of fast change process.”

SolidWorks solutions will enable Sanhua to work concurrently on designing, testing, prototyping, and production planning, which will shorten time to market. When a customer requests a change, Sanhua engineers modify the SolidWorks model, which automatically propagates the change to all of the drawings made from the model. Prior to deployment of SolidWorks solutions, every change had to go through a time-consuming six-step process that required creating new drawings manually. Sanhua also plans to use SolidWorks Simulation to test product performance before production to improve quality and reduce prototyping costs.

Sanhua works with SolidWorks authorized reseller Hangzhou Huarui for training and technical support.

About Zhejiang Sanhua Co. Ltd.

Zhejiang Sanhua Co., Ltd. specializes in research, manufacture, and sales of refrigeration & air-conditioning control components. Located in Xialiquan Qixing Street Xinchang County Zhejiang Province, Zhejiang Sanhua has 6,529 employees and total assets of RMB 2.549 billion. The company specializes in research, manufacture, and sales of refrigeration and air conditioning control components. For more information please visit

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. subsidiary, is a world leader in 3D solutions that help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovation. Our products deliver an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site (  or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product – SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design – DELMIA for virtual production – SIMULIA for virtual testing – ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes’ shares are listed on Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA). For more information, visit

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation in the US and other countries. 3D VIA is a registered trademark and 3DVIA Composer is a trademark of Dassault Systèmes in the US and other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. © 2010 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

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