Your Complete Guide To SOLIDWORKS World 2017 [UPDATED]

   By TriMech Marketing on January 13, 2017

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We’re less than a month away from the big event (22 days, to be exact!). SOLIDWORKS World 2017 kicks off on February 5 in sunny Los Angeles, CA.

It will be a much-welcome reprieve from the cold for many of us, but also a time to network and explore new technologies in 3D CAD, simulation, electrical design and schematics, product data management and more.

We’ve got your must-know information for navigating this year’s event.

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Tailgating SOLIDWORKS World 2017

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Football fans love a good tailgate party. This year, SOLIDWORKS is hosting that tailgate party for you. If you’re arriving on Super Bowl Sunday, you don’t have to miss the big game. Join in on the fun happening in the Los Angeles Convention Center’s South Hall lobby beginning at 3:00pm PST.

We’ll even save you a beer.

Inspirational Keynotes


There’s no better way to get motivated for 2017 than to hear from innovators who broke the bounds of what’s possible. SOLIDWORKS has assembled a great community of industry visionaries, engineers and designers to provide new perspectives that will inspire you to reinvent how you approach design. 

>> We’ll be tweeting about the opening sessions. Follow us on Twitter for live updates.

aa_0830120_1_-1-583279-edited.jpgAnousheh Ansari, Co-Founder, Chairwoman & CEO of Prodea Systems

Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer, spent eight days aboard the International Space Station. She is also the co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a platform for the Internet of Things.


silvaj_caa20speakers20photo201-1-461x615.jpgJason Silva, Host of National Geographic’s “Brain Games”

Jason Silva is best known as host of National Geographic’s hit TV series, Brain Games. He is also the creator of Shots of Awe, a short film series that explores innovation, technology creativity, futurism and the metaphysics of the imagination.




paulreedsmith3-1-529x615.jpgPaul Reed Smith and Jon Wasserman from PRS Guitars join Mark Tremonti, guitarist of Alter Bridge and Creed, to share the story of their collaboration for the design and development of the Mark Tremonti Signature guitar.

Plus, sustainability expert and social visionary, Duane Elgin, talks to Jon Friedman, President and co-founder of Freight Farms, a company that provides physical and digital solutions for creating local produce ecosystems on a global scale. Together they will look ahead at the untapped potential for using 3D printing for building a sustainable future at a local scale.

This will be both practical and inspiring as they explore how to use these technologies to live more sustainably in emerging new communities and local living economies.

For a cost-effective (aka FREE) admission to General Session and Expo, register using discount code SWW17RSEO.

Information-Packed Breakout Sessions


SOLIDWORKS 2017 will feature more than 200 educational sessions where you can learn new skills and discover tricks to overcome everyday challenges. Eight TriMech engineers will share their expertise during technical training sessions on injection molding, simulation, large assemblies, configurations, CAD administration and more. 

>> Sign up to receive SOLIDWORKS World 2017 updates and presenter presentations

Hands-on With Visualize: See How Easy It Can Be To Get Started   10:30am – 12:00pm    

Chris Duchaine 

Paul Ludwick 

Sean Belleau

Same But Different   1:30pm – 2:30pm  

Tommy Ray

Injection Molding With SOLIDWORKS Plastics   1:30pm – 2:30pm   Stephen Petrock

Implement SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard In A Day   2:45pm – 3:45pm   Tim Paris

All There Is To Meshing: The Building Blocks of Simulation   4:30pm – 6:00pm   Stephen Petrock

SOLIDWORKS Templates 101: Parts, Assemblies and Drawings   4:30pm – 6:00pm   Eric Bright

Non-Linear Simulation: Accurately Simulating The Real World   10:30am – 12:00pm   Stephen Petrock

Automate Folder & File Creation With Templates In SOLIDWORKS PDM   10:30am – 12:00pm  

Tim Paris

60 Modeling Tips In 60 Minutes   2:45pm – 3:45pm   Stephen Petrock

They’re Large, But You’re In Charge: Monster Assemblies   4:30pm – 6:00pm   Tracy Phillips

Learn How To Create Custom HDR Environments   4:30pm – 6:00pm   Chris Duchaine

Automating Assemblies with Global Variables, Equations & Configurations   4:30pm – 6:00pm   Paul Ludwick

Being a SOLIDWORKS CAD Administrator   10:30am – 12:00pm    

Stephen Petrock

Time-Saving Tips With Configurations   1:30pm – 2:30pm  

Paul Ludwick

Toolbox Do’s and Don’ts   2:45pm – 3:45pm   Tommy Ray


There will be more than 5,000 SOLIDWORKS users attending this year. Be sure to sign up before these sessions are filled. You can check out the full session agenda here

SOLIDWORKS User Group Network Summit


The SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) Summit is a SOLIDWORKS World staple. In its 18th year, the summit brings together hundreds of SWUGN leaders, officers, group members and SOLIDWORKS executives to network, share stories and talk about the success of the SWUGs. You may even see the SOLIDWORKS CEO stop by! 

This year’s summit will be held on Monday, February 6 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. Everyone is invited to attend to see how they can get involved with a local SWUG or form their own group.

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Plus (a little TriMech plug): TriMech has been voted the SWUGN Reseller of the Year for 2016. Our engineering director, Kevin Zich, will be there to accept the award and say a few words. Way to go, TriMech engineers!

Perusing The Partner Pavilion


The Partner Pavilion offers you a unique opportunity to meet and ask questions of SOLIDWORKS Solution partners, like Dell, HP, Lenovo, CAMWorks, DriveWorks, CreaForm, KeyShot and more. You can also check out innovative new products hitting the market, including a special announcment from one of our 3D printer partners.

>> See how 3D printing is changing the way industries design and manufacture

What’s the big reveal, you ask? You’ll have to check back here on February 6 to find out.

DraftSight Live


An exciting new add-on this year is DraftSight Live, an event for the 2D design and drafting community. If you’re an architect, engineer, construction service provider, professional CAD user, designer, educator or hobbyist, you won’t want to miss this. 

In addition to industry insights and live product demos, you’ll get a full year subscription to DraftSight Professional (a $199 value) with your participation fee.

SOLIDWORKS World Style: Three New T-Shirts

You’ll have your choice of three user-designed t-shirts. The first is from William from Graniteville. His shirt features the SOLIDWORKS World logo in place of the Hollywood sign.


Your second option (and my personal favorite) comes from Daniel from Honolulu. His design shows the beautiful California sun shining over the LA skyline.


Last but not least is a submission from Buddy of Fountain Valley. His shirt represents the conference as a whole with the letters “LA” flanked by the Hollywood sign.


While they didn’t win, two TriMech AEs entered their designs into the contest this year.

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Devin and Tracy are very creative, and we are proud to have them on the team. Nice work, Devin and Tracy!

SOLIDWORKS World 2017 Special “Fun” Event


We said this was a complete guide, and our guide wouldn’t truly be complete without everyone’s favorite: the Tuesday evening special event.

SOLIDWORKS is hosting this year’s event on February 7 from 7:30pm – 10:30pm PT on the New York City Street backlot of Paramount Pictures StudiosYou might recognize the backlot as the scene of many of your favorite shows, like Seinfeld, NCIS-LA, Mad Men, This Is Us, Glee, Casle and Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Forrest Gump, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and other movie classics have also been filmed at this famous location. Wow!

Get ready for lots of performances, arcade games, live music and more at this once-in-a-lifetime block party. We can’t wait!

SOLIDWORKS will provide transportation to and from the hotel beginning at 6:45pm freeing you up to enjoy all the food and libations at your leisure. 

Staying at SOLIDWORKS World


SOLIDWORKS has room blocks at several hotels in the area. Due to high demand, there are only two hotels taking new reservations, so call quickly!

Omni Los Angeles – 213.617.3300
LA Hotel Downtown – 213.617.1133 

Don’t have your conference pass? It’s not too late to register! You can get your full conference pass, educator pass, student pass or one-day pass now at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 website.

Can’t Make It to SOLIDWORKS World? 


Just because you aren’t headed to California doesn’t mean you have to miss all the action. You can stream the opening sessions live each day right from your desk.

Register now to watch live, or sign up to receive SOLIDWORKS World 2017 updates from TriMech!


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TriMech provides thousands of engineering teams with 3D design and rapid prototyping solutions that work hand-in-hand, from sketch to manufacturing. InterPro became a part of TriMech Solutions LLC in 2021.

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