SOLIDWORKS World Day 2 started out as another lovely morning. I’ll take 60 degrees at 7:30 am in February any time!
After breakfast (in which I successfully managed to not spill my coffee today, unlike yesterday), we joined the herd going to the General Session.
The highlight of today’s session was, for me, SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids. These are apps targeted to kids, ages 4-14, to introduce tools that allow them to express their creativity in a digital 3D world. From taking pictures and story boarding to making 3D models, painting them, and even 3D printing them, these are great, runs apps that will give any kid a chance to be their own designer. Check out www.solidworks.com/appsforkids and sign up for the beta. When the beta is ready, you and your kids will be able to help shape this new generation of tools for the next generation of designers. How exciting! I have to admit getting misty during the announcement of this initiative and being emotional in a way I’ve never been before at a product launch.
Other things that showed up:
- Brewbot, a beer-brewing robot that will let anyone make their own recipes or brew from a library of existing recipes.
- Clearvision, an online storefront where you can literally design your own pair of glasses; the intimate in personal fashion.
- A concept for a “space elevator” which is just like it sounds: create a geosynchronous elevator from Earth to an orbiting satellite 100,000 km above the planet.
- Trusst, a revolution in women’s undergarments designed and engineered for women by women to make the most comfortable bras ever through Simulation studies and a truss design.
Later, I spent some time in the Partner Pavilion, seeing old friends and new. The coolest thing I saw today: a massive 3D printer. Check out the pictures and click to gain a sense of the scale!
The last thing I was going to do before writing this blog: take on my brother Jeff in a rematch of bubble hockey; in case you missed the Tweets last night, I beat him 3-2, one handed, and didn’t even spill a drop of the coffee I was holding during the game. Alas, it was occupied so maybe he can try to get his revenge on me tomorrow.
And speaking of my brother, his face was up for all to see as Graphics Systems is up for an award for Best Digital Content of the Year! For some reason, people thought it was me up on that screen…
That's concludes Day 2! I have some meetings to attend and then there’s the evening event at Gilly’s Dallas; I’m sure there will be some fun pics of that floating around tonight. Wish you were here!
By: John Setzer, Training Coordinator