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February 27, 2012
SolidWorks World 2012: The Road Ahead To The Next Platform
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Jeff Rowe - Managing Editor

by Jeff Rowe - Contributing Editor
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SolidWork’s annual user/reseller/partner conference is always an event we enjoy attending because of the people we reconnect with, as well as the news and information that we gather. This year’s edition in San Diego was no exception.

This year’s event marked SolidWorks 2012 as the twentieth version of SolidWorks, with over 5,600 from 33 countries in attendance.

Before any of the “official” events started, we got a chance to sit down and speak with Bertrand Sicot, SolidWorks’ CEO.

MC: How did 2011 treat SolidWorks?

“We had a good year. This tells us that the CAD industry is coming back and our customers are investing in our products to develop new projects. The engineering departments that we deal with are good indicators, because they provide information of what will be happening 6-12 months into the future from a company-wide perspective. We enjoyed strong growth worldwide in 2011, except for Europe, because of its economic difficulties.”

MC: Do you have a theme for 2012?

“The main theme would be to continue our success and to do that we need to maintain the culture that has been created over the years at SolidWorks. By that I mean we need to continue to work together encouraging teamwork, and continue to be user-driven with a focus on the user experience. Maintaining a positive corporate culture is tougher than the technology side, but just as vital for continued success.”

“Another theme for 2012 will be our continued promotion and commitment to the SolidWorks user community. We strive to make it even more multi-faceted and everything that the SolidWorks user is looking for – not just raw information, but a resource for connecting with and exchanging ideas with others in the SolidWorks community.”

“Beyond 2012, you will hear us talk more about what is beyond PLM – 3D experience. More to come on that later.”

MC: What are your thoughts on cloud computing and mobile platforms?

“We [SolidWorks and Dassault Systemes] don’t consider the cloud dead, but it is not our focus because too many of our customers are concerned about IP security issues. We don’t want to go that direction just because some competitors are doing so for the ‘me too’ factor. However, we are seriously considering online solutions for mobility and collaboration purposes. We have big plans in the works for mobile apps in the future. We learned a lot from the mistakes made with nFuze and will re-launch it, as well. ”

“We may be taking more time with our mobile apps, but we want to get it right. Mobile apps are not just a checklist item for us just to say we have some. We would rather be a little late to market than come out with something that is wrong and needs to be fixed.”

MC: How is SolidWorks fitting into the Dassault Systemes family along with CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, etc?

“We continue to be better integrated in Dassult with each release, but the biggest change will come with the V6 release [of SolidWorks]. Keep in mind, though, that SolidWorks as a brand accounts for approximately 20% of Dassault Systemes’ overall revenue.”

MC: How much competition is there between a potential (high end) SolidWorks customer and a potential (low end) CATIA customer?

“Looking back, in 1997, Dassault Systemes did not just buy SolidWorks as a product. Rather, Dassault bought SolidWorks’ indirect sales channel and a way to go to market. SolidWorks appeals to a mass market and we are comfortable with that market and our price points.”

“SolidWorks, which is design centric, and CATIA, which is more process centric, have specific customers. We see only about a 5% competitive cross-over between the two technologies. This minimal cross-over is the primary reason for not having a native CATIA interface and data exchange with SolidWorks.”

MC: What about SolidWorks and PLM

“It is not my dream. I want SolidWorks to continue to be known as the company that changed the way people design in 3D. We will continue to do what we do best. It’s both exciting and scary as we start to transition to our next-generation CAD platform.”

Some of the more interesting things we saw and heard during the course of SolidWorks World 2012 included:
  • SolidWorks has certified over 50,000 of its users at three levels – CSWA, CSWP, and CSWE.
  • There is a difference between efficiency and effectiveness.
  • We are striving to make 3D a universal language.
  • “The best ideas come from the living room, not the boardroom. Make invention accessible.” – Ben Kaufman,
  • Quirky
  • “Solidworks 2013 will have the Parasolid geometric kernel, that will not change.” –Fielder Hiss
  • DraftSight, SolidWorks’ 2D tool, has had more than 2,000,000 downloads.
  • “Collaborative design is all about community + technology = expert team.”
  • There is a huge difference between imitation and innovation.
  • “We have 500,000 commercial licenses out of a total addressable market that we estimate to be 4.5 million, so we still have a lot to do with this huge opportunity” – Bertrand Sicot
  • Total number of SolidWorks users is 1.7 million – the same number of users as match.com.
  • “When you build a team, treat everyone equally.”
  • “Social capabilities are key aspects of SolidWorks going forward.”
  • “Design by committee does not work” – Tony Fadell,
  • Nest
  • The cool new Nest thermostat is more like a smart phone than an on/off switch, and is designed for consumers, not contractors.
  • “The SolidWorks space is between blue collar and white collar, with a willingness to get dirty while using brain and hands” – Mike Rowe
  • “We ALL invent.”

  • SolidWorks 2013 was briefly introduced with some incremental feature upgrades and additions, but only incremental, not too much that we considered monumental. However, they will make life easier for everyday users. The change that did catch our attention, though, was compatibility between versions. Granted, compatibility will only go from SolidWorks 2012 SP5 to 2013, but it is a start, and it won’t force you to upgrade if you don’t want or need to. So, you better have a current maintenance agreement to take advantage of it.

    Finally, and again, we heard (from several impeccable sources) that the future platform for SolidWorks will indeed be called “SolidWorks V6,” and will consist of several products. Admittedly, and for obvious reasons, details on V6 are being closely held to the chest, but for our purposes, that’s when the real excitement begins.

    In the near future we’ll discuss more product-specific things we learned at SolidWorks World, from both SolidWorks and some its partners, because that’s where the action is for us.

    Also, check the MCADCafe.com site for videos we recorded at SolidWorks World 2012 of SolidWorks partners and direct employees.

    SolidWorks 2013 will be held January 20-23, 2013 at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin.

    Editor’s Disclosure: SolidWorks provided hotel, meal, and registration expenses for the event, but did not influence observations or comments.


    The Week’s Top 5

    At MCADCafé we track many things, including the stories that have attracted the most interest from our subscribers. Below are the five news items that were the most viewed during last week.


    HP Introduces World’s First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation

    HP unveiled its all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display.Built for CAD, digital media, and entertainment professionals, the HP Z1 provides blazingly fast rendering and performance. Highlights include:
  • Workstation performance. Features professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics, ECC memory, quad-core Intel Xeon processors, independent software vendor solutions and whisper-quiet acoustics.
  • Tool-less chassis. Users can easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory or access the graphics card by snapping open the chassis to swap out parts.
  • Workstation-class storage. Users can choose from a variety of storage types, including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD, optional RAID configurations, removable drives (AMO), a multiformat media card reader and optical drives including a slot-load Blu-ray Writer.
  • Professional display. The 27-inch white LED diagonal display supports more than a billion colors and features a wide, 178-degree viewing angle and an in-plane switching (IPS) panel.
  • High-fidelity audio.
  • High-definition Webcam.
  • HP Remote Graphics Software.
  • HP Performance Advisor.

  • The HP Z1 Workstation is expected to be available worldwide in April. Pricing starts at $1,899 (US).

    Theorem Solutions JT > 3DXML translator helps the CATIA Community to work with JT data

    Theorem Solutions announcedits latest visualization products helping resolve the issue of working with JT data for the CATIA community. Theorem's JT to 3DXML CADverter makes accurate JT data available to users of CATIA V5, 3DLive, 3DVIA Composer, Delmia, and Enovia.Dassault Systemes strategic XCAD and Siemens JT Open technology ensures full compatibility, delivers high quality data and business benefits with the latest version of Theorem’s JT to 3DXML CADverter.Theorem’s JT to 3DXML CADverter is easy to use, saves time and reduces costs through not having to re-work data, also removing the occurrence of manual errors.The JT to 3DXML product is available on Windows XP, Vista and 7,
    32- and 64-bit platforms. Access to a licensed copy of CATIA V5 is required for operation.

    Aras Announces New Release of Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM

    Aras announced the latest release of Aras Enterprise PLM (Aras EPLM) for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. New features include Redline Revision Comparison, Dynamic Team Collaboration Security, Enterprise Virtualization, and even better SolidWorks-style look and feel and more. Release highlights include:
  • SolidWorks Look and Feel - New SolidWorks EPDM screen design further simplifies use for SolidWorks designers.
  • Redline Revision Comparison - Makes it quick and easy to visually identify and compare changes to Bill of Materials (BOMs), suppliers, documents, and more.
  • Dynamic Team Collaboration Security - Enables the definition of collaboration teams on-the-fly for any item or group of items such as a BOM and related MCAD, EDA and software/firmware files for easy extended enterprise collaboration.
  • Enterprise Virtualization - Comprehensive support for data center virtualization enabling distributed deployment scenarios across physical server infrastructure resources.

  • Anark Announces MBEWorks for SolidWorks 2012

    Anark Corp. announced its new 3D MBE capability integrated into SolidWorks 2012, called Anark Core MBEWorks. Anark Core MBEWorks transforms SolidWorks 2012 parts and assemblies with 3D linear dimensions and tolerances, 3D GD&T, and other 3D notes into high-resolution 3D PDF and 3D HTML MBE documents. These open format documents contain manufacture-quality B-REP geometry, interactive associativity (between features and their 3D Dimensions and Tolerances per ASME Y14.41 "visual response"), and "machine readable" semantic definitions for each component part. With MBEWorks you can transform SolidWorks 3D Parts, Assemblies with 3D Dimension and Tolerance data into 3D MBE Technical Data
    Packages (TDPs), Requests for Quotes, Digital Work Instructions, Inspection Documents and other 3D PDF and 3D HTML based manufacturing process documents.

    Kenesto Chooses Tech Soft 3D as Cloud-Based 3D Partner

    Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of 3D component technology to the engineering software industry, today announced that Kenesto, a business process automation system for manufacturing, will feature Tech Soft 3D technology. Kenesto will use Tech Soft 3D's HOOPS Exchange for 3D CAD conversion and HOOPS Visualize for visualization. Michael Payne, CEO of Kenesto, said, "The promise of the HOOPS technologies from the outset is to provide our customers with flexible development tools for deploying unique applications in a range of environments, and on a range of platforms," added Ron Fritz, CEO of Tech Soft 3D. "Our 350+ HOOPS customers demonstrate our long history of providing solutions
    for desktop and mobile environments. With its exciting new approach, Kenesto is the perfect partner to demonstrate our ability to help developers deploy rich applications in cloud environments."

    Jeffrey Rowe is the editor of
    MCADCafé and MCAD Weekly Review. He can be reached at
    Email Contact or 719.221.1867.

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    SpaceClaim Engineer Links Directly to Aptia

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    Cineplex Entertainment to Add 100 RealD 3D Systems

    Parametric Technology Corp. Being Investigated on Behalf of its Shareholders

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    SolidWorks’ Let’s Go Design Web Series Delivers “Hot Rod Baby Buggy”

    Theorem’s single translator seamlessly processes all formats of CATIA data to NX

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    SolidCAD Awarded Autodesk Consulting Specialization

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    Tech Soft 3D Empowers 3D CAD Project Collaboration for New Cloud-Based Service TeamPlatform.com

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    ZW3D 2012 Beta 2 Arrives with Extended Modeling Enhancements

    New CAM Solutions Added to the Upcoming ZW3D 2012

    SolidCAD Awarded Autodesk Consulting Specialization

    Autodesk Brings LEGO Brickley to Life Digitally with 3D Instructions

    Delcam France appoints Avénao as reseller for FeatureCAM and Delcam for SolidWorks

    Triumph Motorbikes Selects PTC for Enterprise PLM

    Record Breaking FY2011 Sales For Rapidform 3D Scanning Software

    Gstarsoft Brings CAD Application to Android

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    2012 Kinetic Process Innovation Award Winners Announced

    MLC CAD Systems Wins SWUGN Top Reseller Award 2012

    Delcam’s PowerMILL “the best for five-axis” claims Viking Yachts

    Boeing Emphasizes Importance of Standards at the CADENAS PARTsolutions Industry Forum

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    Dassault Systèmes Posts Record Revenue and Earnings in 2011 as PLM Adoption Drives License Revenue Growth

    PSA Peugeot Citroën Improves Powertrain Digital Manufacturing Efficiency with Dassault Systèmes Solutions

    SofTech Case Study: Cryogenic Industries Gels with ProductCenter PLM

    CadFaster Delivers Richer User Experience with Free Updated iPad Application for Real-Time Collaboration of 3D CAD and BIM

    TFTLabs announces TFTPad V1.0, View your 3D Native Model on Mobile/Tablet

    PLMIG confirms structure of the PLM Governance Benchmark

    Strand Aerospace Malaysia Uses MSC Software to Improve Structural Analysis Efficiency

    Autodesk Elevates Three More Partners to Platinum Tier Status

    CIMdata Announces Aerospace & Defense PLM Consulting Practice

    The vdR Group Joins the Aras Partner Program

    NovaQuest Enhances VisiQuity with Knowledge Management (KM) Capabilities

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    CDS Catalog and CAD Download Solution Selected by Atlas Bronze

    Interstate Specialty Introduces Speed to Market Program for Die Cut Parts

    VISI Flow Removes Guesswork From Mold Manufacture

    Delcam’s 25th Sales Partner Meeting celebrates record sales

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    IMAGINiT Technologies Earns Autodesk Consulting Specialization Designation in Australia

    CDS Catalog, CAD Download and eCommerce Solution Live on GAM Website

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    Objet Further Expands its Presence in China with New Channel Partners

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    Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 66.4% in 2011

    CSIA Forecasts Manufacturing Growth in 2012

    Global Leaders to Discuss Manufacturing's Future

    IEDC Releases Report on Manufacturing as President Obama Declares Sector a Top Economic Priority

    [Video] HP Introduces World’s First 27-inch All-in-One Workstation

    Advanced Solutions Earns Autodesk Factory Specialization

    AIS Releases a Low Cost Human Machine Interface with Advanced Graphics Visualization for Process Manufacturing Industries

    Expert Global Solutions and Mark Design Solutions Tie-Up for Equipment Configurator Implementations In USA

    Nuage Launches into Collaboration Space with Nuage Café, the Industry’s First Platform for Social Business Media

    Sciaky Teams Up With Penn State University and DARPA to Advance Direct Digital Manufacturing Technology

    NVIDIA Joins Forces with HP to Free the Workstation from its Tower

    Goodrich Delivers 1,000th 777 Landing Gear to Boeing

    CollabNet Offers New PMI Certified Training - Agility Beyond Scrum: Preparing for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Exam

    Manufacturing Executives Explore Future Factories

    Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Program Introduces Pathevo to STEM All-Stars

    PrototypeUS Will Help Manufacturers Move Toward the Knowledge Economy

    350,000 Aerospace and Defense Workers' Jobs at Stake

    The Design Concept behind Vincotech Power Modules

    3Shape’s Dental System 2013 and TRIOS* digital impression-taking solution


    Corporate Moves

    Dassault Systèmes Appoints Monica Menghini to Drive Industry Solutions and Reveal New Strategic Horizons: 3DExperience

    SYSPRO ERP Users Honored for Manufacturing Leadership

    FISHER/UNITECH to Partner with Finite Engineering

    Siemens Appoints Rose Marie Glazer as General Counsel for the Americas

    Selerant Joins The Sustainability Consortium


    Industry Events

    SolidWorks World 2012 Video Interview: Tom Salamone Worldwide Segment Manager, Workstations - Hewlett-Packard

    Tata Technologies Displays eMO EV in Detroit at NAIAS First Full Vehicle by Indian Engineering Services Firm

    3D PDF Consortium to Hold Annual Meeting at Collaboration & Interoperability Congress

    Don’t Let CAD Crash Your CNC! SpaceClaim Webinar

    ReverseEngineering.com™ 2012 Releases MESH SURFACE Laser Scanning Software at SolidWorks World 2012

    nforbix Announces Breakthrough Product Data Apps at SWW 2012 That Revolutionize How SolidWorks Users Extract More Value from Engineering and Manufacturing Data

    Infinite Z Showcases Technical Proof of zSpace Running on Dassault Systemes 3D Technology at SolidWorks World

    PLMIG calls for Benchmark Coaching Workshop dates

    AMUG Accepting Entries for Technical Competition

    Delcam to show quick and easy programming with FeatureCAM at WESTEC

    Delcam to show latest in feature-based programming at MACH

    Delcam marks Student Employment Week by announcing recruitment plans

    WorkNC Dental open dental CADCAM on show around the globe

    Applied Manufacturing Technologies to Host Robot Safety Standard Seminar

    2012 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference Heads to New Orleans

    Actify and ShapeSpace Attend PLM Innovation 2012

    Free Webinar - Creating Custom Tools in CAMWorks 2012 , 22 Feb 2012


    Annual TopSolid Seminar Kicks off 2012 After a Successful 2011 for Missler Software

    WESTEC 2012 to Showcase Changing World of Manufacturing

    Delcam to show data repair and design for manufacture at Develop 3D Live

    Geometric to display intelligent machining products at METAV 2012

    Meet Astronaut Greg Johnson at the International Manufacturing Conference & EXPO

    Delcam to show new 3D tools in ArtCAM Insignia at Sign & Digital


    Corporate Newsletters

    Moldex3D Corporate Newsletter-Molding Innovation FEB. 2012

    SolidCAM Newsletter - February 2012

    CAMWorks Newsletter – Feb 2012 Issue

    EMA Design Automation: Mechanically Speaking - Newsletter Issue No.4

    TopSolid - Newsletter #64

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    -- Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe.com Contributing Editor.