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SOLIDWORKS 2016 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 Richard Seymour, Chris Boardman MBE, Sir Ranaulph Fiennes, Richard Noble OBE, Jeff Ray former SOLIDWORKS CEO and Bertrand Sicot, previous CEO of SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS 2016 has arrived! Our regional launch events have been 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 of course, our competition winners!

Keynote Speaker - Sir Clive Woodward

Our Main Launch Event this year was smack bang in the middle of the Rugby World Cup so we thought we would invite Sir Clive Woodward former Rugby World Cup Winning Head Coach, Team GB Olympic Director of sport and Captured Founder to speak about the notion that “Great Teams Are Made of Great Individuals”.

The key note in Clives repitoire was that talent alone is not enough when defining the DNA of a champion. Clive shared his four criteria which he believes characterise a champion individual or team in both business and sport. His speech detailed each of these criteria, but also how they can be coached to achieve high performing teams.

Download Sir Clive's Slide deck here


"As ever I really enjoyed the event and Sir Clive's speech was a real highlight (one of the best in the 5 years I have been attending) despite me having no interest in sport at all! I also thought the new breakout session format was an excellent addition to the day."
Karl Motherwell, Dynafluid

"Just wanted to say thank you very much to all of you at Solid Solutions for the great day we had on Tuesday. It was very interesting and informative, we really enjoyed the day. The presentations were very clear and helpful – lots of food for thought! The venue worked well, and the food was good too. We’re very aware of just how much work goes in to make events like these run smoothly, so thank you to you and all of the team!"
Paul Wells, A J Wells and Sons


Our event sponsors Dell and NVIDIA are providing a great survey prize this year, a Dell Precision 5510 Mobile workstation the lucky winner is announced below. The Model Mania and Simulation Challenges 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. A 3D Connexion Wireless 3DMouse and a 3D Connexion CADMouse were the prizes up for grabs!



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 30 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.


GRM is a design engineering consultancy, providing product, analysis and software solutions. Within its core is the development and application of design optimisation methodologies to solve complex engineering problems in the most efficient, cost effective way.

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.


CAD Partner GmbH's Smap3D product portfolio provides 3D CAD software solutions for planning, construction and data management in mechanical engineering and plant construction.

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.


FabLab Sunderland is part of a global network of digital fabrication spaces that provide 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and even a CNC machine!