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SolidWorks 2014 Launch Event Report

Each year our subscription customers are invited to attend one of our regional SOLIDWORKS "What's New" launch events. These sessions offer a unique opportunity for our customers to network with other customers, exhibitors, sponsors and our team. Hands on sessions allow our customers to experience the new version for themselves. Every year at the main launch event we invite a guest speaker to give a keynote speech. Previous speakers have included Sir Ranaulph Fiennes, Richard Noble OBE and Jeff Ray former SOLIDWORKS CEO. Watch the video to discover the speaker at our 2014 SOLIDWORKS launch event!

SOLIDWORKS 2014 has arrived! Our launch events around the country were a huge success.Thank you to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. Below are some quotes from your feedback and competition winners...


Our event sponsors Dell and NVIDIA are providing a great survey prize this year, a Dell M3800 Mobile Workstation the lucky winner is announced below. The Model Mania and Plastics Challenge were popular competitions this year. The challenge of modelling a part as quickly and accurately as possible proved to stimulate the competitive edge in many customers. The Plastics challenge of getting the fastest fill time for the mould depending on the injection location was an extremely close result. A 3D Connexion Wireless CAD Mouse and a Kindle Fire HD were the prizes up for grabs, winners and times below...

SOLIDWORKS 2014 Launch Model Mania Prize Winners
SOLIDWORKS 2014 Launch Plastics Analysis Optimisation Prize Winners
SOLIDWORKS 2014 Launch Dell Prize Draw Winner
Keynote Speaker - Bertrand Sicot

We were fortunate enough to be joined by SOLIDWORKS CEO Bertrand Sicot who was able to give us a taste of some of the fantastic new features SOLIDWORKS is soon to reveal whilst talking us through recent advancements in augmented reality and

Whilst not presenting, the SOLIDWORKS CEO could be seen scooting around the exhibitor stands on a Dahon folding bike, take a look at our twitter for pictures! (@SolidSolutions)

Keynote Speaker - Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman’s speech was a standout feature of the event, taking us on his journey from winning an Olympic gold medal through to his recent involvement in the GB Cycling Development team Boardman was a truly fascinating guest speaker.

Covering a variety of topics from the inclusion of CAD in Team GB’s London 2012 preparation through to audience participation prompting us to consider the true value of teamwork and the importance of clear communication it was evident the Olympian made quite the impression.


"Really good day yesterday – I found the What’s New in 2014 section very useful."
Iain Morgan - J+S Limited

"I was so pleased to come to the launch event yesterday.  I only have the most rudimentary understanding of SOLIDWORKS.  Yet I was surprised just how useful the day was and how much I learnt."
Tony Loyd – Loyd & Loyd

"The launch event as a whole was the best you have done to date. Very, very impressed with the breakout sessions choice."
Russell Abraham – Hale Hamilton

"Great day today at the launch."
Andrew Mellor – Damper Technology Ltd

"We all really enjoyed the event yesterday"
Nigel Molton - Johnson Sweepers

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors Dell and NVIDIA for partnering with Solid Solutions to provide these great launch events.


For more than 29 years, Dell has empowered countries, communities, customers and people everywhere to use technology to realize their dreams. Customers trust us to deliver technology solutions that help them do and achieve more, whether they’re at home, work, school or anywhere in their world.


NVIDIA awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. From our roots in visual computing, we’ve into super, mobile and cloud computing. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in smartphones, tablets and auto infotainment systems.

Event Exhibitors

A huge thank you to our fantastic range of exhibitors who helped make the event such a success.

3D Connexion

3Dconnexion is the world’s leading provider of 3D mice for design and visualization professionals. 3Dconnexion 3D mice make interacting with digital 3D content more natural, resulting in shortened product design cycles, a reduction in work-related fatigue and improvements in design quality.


DriveWorks is proven technology for automating repetitive tasks to generate accurate manufacturing drawings, 3D models and sales documents quickly and easily. From a single seat to enterprise-wide deployments, there is a DriveWorks Automation product to suit the needs of most companies creating custom products


Laser Lines Ltd is a Platinum reseller for the UK & Ireland for Stratasys Ltd. They also offer a Rapid Manufacturing Service, this provides an opportunity to evaluate the technology and gain an understanding of the benefits offered without making a significant financial commitment.


Lantek is an Information Technology company specialised in their own developed software solutions whose main goal is to provide the customer with an integral product and service to suit his needs.

Malcolm Nicholls

Malcolm Nicholls Limited has established itself as one of the most prestigious rapid prototyping companies in Europe. MNL offer concept models through to fully operational working prototypes, Hi-tech rapid prototyping methods and traditional skills coupled with integrated project management ensure that high quality prototypes are delivered on time, every time.


SolidCAM UK Ltd offers bestin-class CAD/CAM solutions for manufacturing and is the UK reseller for SolidCAM; the de facto standard Gold-Certified fully integrated CAMengine for SOLIDWORKS. SolidCAM2013; SolidCAM supports 2.5D/3D HSM Milling, iMachining™, Simultaneous 5-Axis Milling, Turning, Mill/Turn and Wire EDM.

Measurement Solutions

The UK’s premier supplier of 3D scanning systems for product design, development, quality control and archiving. Our scanners are fully compatible with SOLIDWORKS software, providing a rapid path from physical component to digital data, including industrial solutions many industries.

Plunkett Associates

Plunket Associates uses an extensive network of suppliers in the UK and in Asia to produce tooling, prototype and low volume production parts for a wide range of industries. We combine an unparalleled knowledge of materials and production processes, from additive to more conventional machining options, to source the ideal solution for your requirements.


Materialise has been playing an active role in the field of addictive manufacturing since 1990. In addition to having the largest factory for 3D Printing in Europe, Materialise also enjoys a stellar reputation as a provider of innovative software solutions. Their aim is to bring great ideas to life

Haughton Design

We are a design development consultancy that combines innovative thinking and engineering background to create unique designs,¸we then develop them from concept to manufacture. Feedback tells us that our proven design development process saves them both time and money. We deliver this through a blend of design creativity and engineering talent.

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