“It’s going to be just like SOLIDWORKS World, right?” “It’s going to be nothing like SOLIDWORKS World, right?” The first day of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 had many unknowns leading up to it, for both newcomers and veterans alike. It’s exciting having a little mystery, but not nearly as exciting as seeing the Black Friday squatters outside of the General Session doors hoping to get front row seating. (ha!)
3DEXPERIENCE World day one general session kicked off with people piling into the room (some charging like Spartans toward the front, some walking slow as molasses at the risk of being trampled), music blaring, and seats quickly filling while attendees searched for others in their group.
To be human is to dream
Once the room went dark, we saw a video, a montage, of three elementary school aged boys, each with their own inspiration: dreaming to fly, wishing to walk on water, or aspiring to reach new heights. Each of those clips transitioned to a present-day adult who are also keynote speakers who have come to 3DEXPERIENCE World to share their stories, making the dream a reality with the help of advanced technology.
SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi opened the show with “to be human is to dream”, and welcomed DELMIA, SIMULIA, and ENOVIA solutions to the event. Bernard Charles then took the stage sharing how Dassault can prepare for our future, recalling the transition from 2D to 3D, and about the progress and evolution of technology and setting the stage for the spotlight topic – the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
Really emphasizing the human aspect and building the future, in the next clip we see people from all around the world asking hypothetical questions. “How can we create an energy positive world?” “How can we control our health better in the future?” “How can virtual worlds change the way we experience emotions?” “How can we consume goods sustainably in the future?” “How can we move freely around the world without impacting the environment “How can we better navigate the future by understanding the past?” The answer? The only progress is human and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is here to help.
What does the 3DEXPERIENCE platform offer?
Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that outfits wheelchairs to transform a dream, from dragons to bulldozers, into a reality for children. We learned more about this organization from Executive Director Christine Getman and Chinloo Lama , the Director of UX and a SOLIDWORKS user. Magic Wheelchair raises awareness of diseases and disabilities while allowing kids to dream bigger. Christine and Chinloo revealed a Beauty and the Beast themed wheelchair called “Be our Guest” adorned with 3D printed characters including Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Lumiere.
Guests were able to interact and see more from Magic Wheelchair and many other highlights in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground (previously known as the Partner Pavilion).
Not a dating app
Gian Paolo Bassi continued to address the void that 3DEXPERIENCE will fill. Applications focused on specific tasks, using only what you need, and paying for only what you use. We see a technical demo of 3D Creator App, with selection helper and sketch helper in action, using ‘machine learning’, which you can assume, ‘learned behavior’. The system is intending to predict actions on your selections and workflow. He also shows Mate Predictor, and just as I was thinking “there’s a Tinder joke in there somewhere”, Bassi jokes “This is not a dating app”. Bassi, you stole my joke, dude.
3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Day 1 announcement: 3DEXPERIENCE Works
Anticipated this summer are 3D Creator Sheet Metal and 3D Shape Creator, but Bassi reminds us that SOLIDWORKS is still the core of the portfolio, and the platform offers scalability and collaboration.
3DEXPERIENCE is launching three product packages: Standard, Professional, and Premium. Bassi states that this is the SOLIDWORKS you already use and love, but it is a “superpower SOLIDWORKS” because it is naturally connected to and all data is stored and automatically updated in the platform.
An additional announcement is that until March 3rd, current SOLIDWORKS customers can take advantage of a special promotion.
“Monster” Mike Schultz prosthetic predicament
We next heard an inspiring story from Mike Schultz, a pro athlete who, at the top of his career in 2008, made the tough decision to amputate his leg due to severe injuries caused in an accident. “I’ve always been a problem solver, working in the shop trying to figure out how things work and what better thing to focus on than my leg. I started drawing a design, figured I had what I needed, went out to the shop and started cutting parts. The next week I had my first prototype – moto knee”.
With the use of SOLIDWORKS, Mike was able to take his pencil and paper 2D drawings and turn them into a reality. Just seven months after his accident, Mike won a silver medal in a competition and later became a gold and silver medalist in the Paralympics.
Bye bye…sort of?
The session seemed to be wrapping up, but there was just one more keynote speaker to hear from, co-founder and former Head of Design for Kickstarter, Charles Adler. Charles tells the story of the early years of Kickstarter and the challenge of getting noticed. His session about finding our space in time not being afraid, but rather embracing change and looking at ideas and innovation in a different way. It’s not “Rules Were Meant to Be Broken”, it’s “Rules Are Temporary”.
That evening, GoEngineer hosted an amazing customer event at Tin Roof on Broadway! And if you were a real party animal (ahem, me) then you made it to the CSWE event, an exclusive event for all CSWEs that included iconic video games including Pac-Man, Street Fighter, and Frogger.
Watch daily 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 video recaps by our team and find out who from GoEngineer is presenting at World here.
3DEXPERIENCE World was a perfect recipe of “just like SOLIDWORKS World” with a splash of “nothing like SOLIDWORKS World.” Let’s find out what tomorrow brings.