A revolutionary cancer treatment device, next-generation snowboard bindings, a sort of exoskeleton to help the paralyzed walk, a solar-powered trash compactor, and “robots for the masses” are all important advances that have in common the fact that they were developed with SolidWorks® 3D CAD software—that plus the additional fact that they all wowed an audience of more than 4,600 engineering experts at SolidWorks World 2008, held January 20–23 in San Diego, California.
“We know that the success of your companies, not to mention your own careers, hinges on the products you design,” SolidWorks Corp. CEO Jeff Ray said to the products’ creators as he introduced their breakthroughs. “If you have superior products like these—and I know many of you do—you will be successful, and your company will be successful. We will continue to provide the tools you need to design them.”
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this time, the SolidWorks World International User Conference & Exposition is the largest annual worldwide 3D CAD event. This year’s record attendance reflected more than 50 countries, 100 SolidWorks partners, and 140 journalists, along with 106 exhibiting organizations that displayed in excess of 200 new products in the Product Design Showcase.
Also in the first morning’s general session, Ray described a new product from Dassault Systèmes, called 3DVIA™ Composer, for creating product documentation and illustrations—including assembly instructions, 3D animations, user manuals, and marketing materials—from designs in SolidWorks and other 3D CAD formats. Earlier, he reviewed hard data demonstrating improvements in SolidWorks’ customer services and satisfaction rating.
“We will continue to listen to our customers and we will aggressively respond,” the CEO promised. “Our job is never done.”
SolidWorks, a Dassault Systèmes S.A. company, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology.