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SolidWorks World 2014: Two New Products and a Move Toward Subscription

Along the San Diego Bay and the popular Gaslamp Quarter, the week began with a cloudy sky. Inside the San Diego Convention Center’s 90,000 sq. ft. twin-ballroom theater, SolidWorks CEO Bertrand Sicot kicked off the day with a warm welcome to the 6,000-plus customers who’d flown or driven into town for the annual user conference, SolidWorks World 2014.

Sicot said, “Our goal at SolidWorks World is to inspire you — to be more creative, to be more productive, to be more passionate. We believe inspired people create inspired design.”

Most attendees knew this year they might bear witness to the birth of a brand new product. The industry press had tipped them off a full year ago with tidbits about Mechanical Conceptual. But the company had another surprise in store. Continue reading

Give Up Video Game for CAD? Some Students Did.

Justin Erickson, engineering technology instructor for Haile Middle School, Florida, somehow succeeded where many parents have admitted defeat. He managed to lure his students away from their video games with something else. That something turned out to be SolidWorks CAD software.

Last August, Braxton Cox and Colton Cox, twin brothers in Justin’s class, became the youngest Certified SolidWorks Associates (CSWA) after passing the industry certification exam. Braxton (age 14), a fan of the game Battlefield, recalled, “[The exam] wasn’t hard, but I wouldn’t say it was easy either. I had to study for it for about two and a half months.” Asked if he felt deprived of some of his favorite pastime activities while studying for the CSWA exam, Braxton replied, “No. I don’t think of working in SolidWorks as a chore. It’s something fun I like to do, like a video game.” Continue reading

Dassault Set to Acquire RTT

As the year draws to a close, Dassault Systemes is making a move to acquire RTT, a visualization software powerhouse. When the transaction is completed, Dassault will own 84% controlling stakes in RTT’s interest.

“Our clients express a growing need to fully exploit their 3D digital assets, to transform their marketing and sales as part of their ultimate customer experience. The people at RTT have demonstrated remarkable talents in delivering innovative solutions to their clients,” said Bernard Charlès, President & CEO of Dassault. Continue reading

Dassault Systemes 3D Experience Forum 2013: “Taking the Cloud Back to the Enterprise, Not the Other Way Around.”

It’s an interesting exercise to study the evolving vocabulary at tech conference keynotes. About five or six years ago, speakers went out of their way to hail PLM. Today many prefer to keep PLM references to a minimum. Instead, they pepper their talks with “social,” “community,” “apps,” and “cloud.” It’s a reflection of tech consumers’ changing attitude. They want easily deployable, social media-inspired solutions with an always-on connection to the web and a cancel-anytime option. Continue reading

Investigating the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: FEA as an Industrial Forensic Tool

Call it an industrial detective story: The site is a floating oil rig, operating 40 miles off the southeast coast of Louisiana. The incident is an explosion, leading to an oil spill that unleashed about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil into Gulf of Mexico. (On Meet the Press, White House energy adviser Carol Browner called the incident “the biggest eco-disaster ever.”) The evidence collection involved raising the blowout preventer (BOP), along with recovered pieces of the drill pipe; transferring them to a holding facility; obtaining hydraulic fluid and metal samples; and laser-scanning the damaged blind-shear ram (BSR). The mystery: what happened? Continue reading






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