Your Complete Guide To SOLIDWORKS World 2018

   By TriMech Marketing on January 25, 2018

Your Complete Guide to SOLIDWORKS World 2018

We’re less than a month away from the big event, and the planner in us is busy organizing our agenda before SOLIDWORKS World 2018 kicks off on February 4 in sunny Los Angeles, CA.

It will be a much-welcome reprieve from the cold for our East Coast clients, 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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Football – TriMech Client Appreciation Event

Public School 213 SOLIDWORKS World 2018

Football fans and non-football fans love a good Super Bowl watch party. Some watch it for the game and others may watch it for the commercials and half-time show. Whether you’re watching it for the sport or Justin Timberlake, we are inviting you to our client appreciation reception on Sunday. Join in on the festivities at Public School 213 beginning at 3:30pm PST. 

We’ll even save you a beer!

General Sessions

General Sessions SOLIDWORKS Conference 2018

Each day of SOLIDWORKS will start with a general session to gear you up for the day. These sessions start with everyone gathered together to listen to speakers consisting of amazing engineers, industry leaders and partners. You’ll hear about their visions, perspectives and ideas that you will be able to take back to your company to help expedite innovation and inspire new designs to help grow your business. 

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Not going to make it to LA this year? You can stream SOLIDWORKS World 2018 straight from your home. Add each general session to your calendar, so you don’t miss the webcast! The themes for each session will be as follows:

THINK: Future Bernard Charles SOLIDWORKS World 2018

The first general session is focused the future, something that is always on top of everyone’s mind at SOLIDWORKS World. While they have been keeping specifics of the general sessions pretty tight-lipped, we do know the session contain five exciting speakers: Gian Paolo Bassi, Bernard Charles, Kishore Boyalakuntla, Richard Doyle and Neri Oxman. 

Kyoungchul Kong SOLIDWORKS ConferenceTHINK: Innovation

The next day starts with something every business is striving for: innovation! With six new speakers, there will be a little something for everyone, personally we are looking forward the talk “Wearable Robots That Help People Walk Again” given by Kyoungchul Kong. The other speakers include Suchit Jain, Michel Jagemann, Suchit Jain, Kishore Boyalakuntla and Brent Bushnell. 

Gian Paolo Bassi SOLIDWORKS World 2018

THINK: Next is Now 

The final group session is called Next is Now. This includes a sneak peek into SOLIDWORKS 2019 and wraps up with seven final speakers: Suchit Jain, Kishore Boyalakuntla, Mark Schneider, Joseph Hiura, Robert Andrew Johnson, Kurt Anliker and Gian Paolo Bassi. 

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions Conference at SOLIDWORK 2018 AgendaS World

SOLIDWORKS 2018 will feature more than 200 educational breakout sessions where you can learn new skills and discover tricks to overcome everyday challenges. Nine TriMech engineers will share their expertise during sixteen different technical training sessions on injection molding, surfacing tools, templates, industrial design, and more. 

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Surfacing Tools for Solid Designers: A Hybrid Modeling Approach   1:30pm – 2:30pm   Chris Mowatt

Injection Molding 2.0 With SOLIDWORKS Plastics   1:30pm – 2:30pm   Stephen Petrock

Real Good Tips, Real Bad Puns   2:45pm – 3:45pm  

Sean Belleau 

Paul Ludwick

Weldment Profiles: Configuring, Creating and Tricks!    2:45pm – 3:45pm   Tracy Wettig

Why Are You Not Using SOLIDWORKS Inspection?   4:30pm – 5:30pm   Paul Ludwick

Making Your Renders POP!   1:30pm – 2:30pm  

Sean Belleau

Chris Mowatt

Advanced Assembly Mates in SOLIDWORKS 2018   1:30pm – 2:30pm  

Tracy Wettig

SOLIDWORKS Visualize Motion and Animation Made Easy with the SOLIDWORKS Mate Controller   2:45pm – 3:45pm   Chris Mowatt

60 Tips in 60 Minutes   2:45pm – 3:45pm   Stephen Petrock

Demystifying Admin Images: Installing Smarter, Not Harder  

4:30pm – 5:30pm

  Tracy Wetting

Andy vs. Andy: Dueling Design Intent   4:30pm – 5:30pm  

Andrew Barnes

Andy Jaskey

SOLIDWORKS Templates 101: Parts, Assemblies and Drawings   10:30am – 12:00pm    

Eric Bright

Smooth Steezy Transitions: Surfacing with Style and Ease   10:30am – 12:00pm  

Andrew Barnes

What’s Old – SOLIDWORKS Through the Years   2:45pm – 3:45pm  

John Hall

Configuration Tips and Tricks: Make Them Work for You and Save Time   2:45pm – 3:45pm  

Paul Ludwick

SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design: From Hours to Minutes   2:45pm – 3:45pm   Andrew Barnes

 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

SOLIDWORKS User Group Network Summit

The SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN) Summit is a SOLIDWORKS World staple. In its 19th 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 5 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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The Partner Pavilion

The Partner Pavilion at SOLIDWORKS World

The Partner Pavilion offers you a unique opportunity to meet and ask questions, preview new technology and view hundreds of innovative products by SOLIDWORKS Solution partners, like Stratasys, Desktop Metal, Artec 3D, DriveWorks, solidThinking, CAMWorks, Creaform and more. You can also win cool prizes by getting your passport stamped by different solution partners or even just by being in the right place at the right time.


Networking at SOLIDWORKS World

Networking is such an important aspect of SOLIDWORKS World, and there are a ton of opportunities to connect with like-minded people. SOLIDWORKS is offering a new networking chance to veteran attendees, as well as get-togethers for people with similar interests. 

Event Ambassador Nomination

SOLIDWORKS has taken note of the kindness and assistance veteran attendees offer to first-timers and wanted to make it official by creating the SOLIDWORKS World 2018 Event Ambassador position. In this role the ambassadors help first time attendees with where to go and introduce them into how things are done at the conference. 

Community Events

There is more than just the love of SOLIDWORKS that helps bring people together at SOLIDWORKS World. While groups sharing the same passion and getting together isn’t unique, this year there is an easier way to spread the word with the Community Event Registration. Anyone can submit a meetup by filling out this form and letting SOLIDWORKS know what your event is about and how others can RSVP. Currently there are two events listed on the website: SOLIDWORKS World Runners/Walkers and 2018 CAD Monkey Dinner. Find out more information on how to RSVP to the events here

Bonus! Want to get together outside of the conference? Don’t break the bank with the Show Your Badge program. This allows all attendees to receive discounts and special offers at restaurants, activities, transportation and shopping! 

Digital Media Awards

For the third year in a row, TriMech is participating in the SOLIDWORKS World Digital Media Awards. Last year, Todd Troutt (aka: Techline Todd) entered a CAD parody called Can’t Stop the Modeling and Stephen Petrock entered an educational video about SOLIDWORKS Flow SimulationThis year, Todd has another rendition up his sleeve that we think is a real contender. Watch, like and share his 2018 entry: Sweet CAD of Mine.

Beach & Brews

Two Bit Circus at SOLIDWORKS 2018

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, Beach & Brews, on February 6 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm PT at the LA Live Event Deck. Here you can have your fill of California cuisine, drinks and networking with old friends as well as creating new friends. 

But food, drinks and conversation is not all that is in store for the evening! There are going to be mad scientists, artists, inventors and storytellers from Two Bit Circus showing off some of their most popular games. We can’t wait!

SOLIDWORKS will provide transportation to and from the hotels starting at 6:30pm and wrapping up around 10:30pm, freeing you up to enjoy all the food and libations at your leisure. 


Where to stay for SOLIDWORKS World 2018

Since SOLIDWORKS World is the 3D event of the year and has a jam-packed agenda, it’s important to stay close by so you’re not wasting time in traffic. The SOLIDWORKS World housing reservation website is closed, but all hope is not lost! Hotels are still directly taking reservations, so don’t drag your feet and call today before they’re completely full! 

Omni Los Angeles – 213.617.3300

LA Hotel Downtown – 213.617.1133 

Hilton Checkers Los Angeles – 213.624.0000

Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites – 213.624.1000

Courtyard LA Live – 213.443.9222

JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live – 213.765.8600

Luxe City Center Hotel – 213.748.1291

The Millennium Biltmore – 213.624.1011

Residence Inn LA Live – 213.443.9200

Sheraton Grand Los Angeles – 213.488.3500

View our daily recaps from SOLIDWORKS World!

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