My.SolidWorks November Update

By Andreas Kulik
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We are excited to announce the release of a new update to My.SolidWorks. In this new version we’ve  included several improvements making it easier for you to use the site and search for answers to your questions.

3D ContentCentral Integration

We’ve redesigned the presentation of 3D ContentCentral models in My.SolidWorks. Users and vendors invest a lot of time and resources into making high quality CAD models available to you and we want to make sure these models are presented to you in the best possible way.

Enhanced Search

My.SolidWorks is all about helping you get the answers you need, to get the most out of SolidWorks.  So with every release of My.SolidWorks, we fine tune the search engine to give you better, more relevant results.  For example,  “What’s the best video card for SolidWorks?”

For this release, we’ve also added two new search sources:

  • You can search for 3D ContentCentral models directly from My.SolidWorks.
  • We’ve added our YouTube channels to the search results.

Online Training Manuals

Are you attending a SolidWorks training class? SolidWorks Training is introducing online copies of Training manuals via My.SolidWorks.  Users who attend a training class can now easily access an online copy of their training manual on a PC, tablet or smartphone.

More To Come

My.SolidWorks is an ongoing project, and we have much more in store.  Join us at SolidWorks World 2014, January 26th through 29th, at the San Diego Convention Center, and be among the first to learn about the next round of enhancements.  We hope to see you there!

Thank you for all of the feedback you’ve given us, so far.  We’re always listening and open to new ideas – so please keep it coming!


Andreas Kulik is Senior Product Portfolio Manager, Strategy and Community at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.

Andreas utilizes his product management expertise and field services experience in the PLM, MCAD and ECAD industries to improve SolidWorks Community projects such as My.SolidWorks. In this role, he is responsible for understanding customer needs and opportunities to serve those needs including defining requirements, driving the cross-functional delivery against those requirements, creating baseline messaging and much more.

Please don’t hesitate to share your feedback with Andreas!


Check out the latest updates to My.SolidWorks!

By Suzanne Locke
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The My.SolidWorks team has released updates to that make it easier for users to find answers to their questions across the SolidWorks community.

Starting Sept 18th, you will find a new Home Page for My.SolidWorks that places the search option front and center, making it easy for you to stay productive with SolidWorks.  In addition, you can quickly dive into recent articles about popular topics, or even browse the latest videos, discussions and blog posts, by type.

Now included on the My.SolidWorks Home page is access to the Support Home Page at – one of the most useful web pages for end users.  This facilitates access to downloads, systems requirements and other resources from My.SolidWorks, all with a single login.  Plus the My.SolidWorks search feature has been added to the SolidWorks Forums, putting access to everything on My.SolidWorks right inside the most active part of the SolidWorks online Community.

This release also includes new sharing features that make it easy to invite others in your organization to take advantage of this great resource, and benefit from the same tips, insights and knowledge that you do!

There are many more enhancements in this new version – all aimed at making My.SolidWorks better, whether you’re using a PC browser, a tablet, or your smart phone.

Thanks to everyone who visited and provided us the feedback we need to continue to enhance the experience with My.SolidWorks.

Be sure to check out what’s new – visit now  :-)

The Future Of CAD Usage in China

By Cyril
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From Manufacturing To Design, A Trend Leading Chinese Education Transformation

The first indication of the accelerating transition is the rapid increase in gross domestic expenditure in the Chinese R&D sector0.73% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 1991 to 1.75% of GDP in 2010.

The Chinese research and innovation system is largely leading at the government level. The leading body is the Ministry Of Science and Technology (MOST) which defines policy guidelines and priorities of Chinese scientific research through five year plans. This body offers support for high-tech, for basic research, for R&D programs on key technologies. In addition, the State Key Laboratories certification (SKL) offers financial support to the best laboratories.

China is definitely moving from “Made in China” to “Designed in China”, and it is clear that design and engineering education is a part of this change. The number of engineering schools and universities is growing very quickly and there are more than 400 Engineering school programs in China alone right now, with an estimated 10,000 designers graduating every year.

Engineering Education Audiences

Source: Aggregate of World Bank, UNESCO, Governments figures (2011/2012)

If we look at Asia in general on the table above, the number of engineering graduates shows a total of 780,000 students versus 160,000 students in the US. Moreover, in China, 38 percent of the student population chose an engineering course! Outside the demographic explanations, the “Designed in China” trend is partially responsible for creating a fast-growing population of potential future CAD users throughout the academic program.

CATIA Community Conference

CAD users in China are distinctly younger than in North America, for example, where the average age is closer to 40 versus 25 in China. Bearing this in mind, and recognizing the potential for growth in the number of CATIA users, Dassault Systemes decided to organize a CATIA Community Conference in order to bring together experienced as well as future users.

From a general point of view, the conference was a great success, providing all participants with the opportunity to learn about product strategies and new features. As it was also the first global CATIA Conference in China, emphasis was placed on the theme “Let’s go and see the moon”, with the presence of a special guest J.F Clervoy, a French spationaut who traveled into space 3 times. The theme was justified by the influenced by China’s latest Shenzhou manned space mission, carrying three taikonauts on their journey to the orbiting Tiangong Space Lab.

Below is our team of CATIA Astronauts with Hao Feng Wang (General Manager, China), Philippe Laufer (CATIA CEO) and Bernard Parrenin (CATIA China)  :-)

Collaborative ECO-Design Contest

In China, due to the young age of the users, there is an incredible appetite for social technologies, as well as for 3D. Thus a fertile ground for the leveraging the innovation  capacities from our 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

The “ECO Design Contest”, had the  theme “Beautiful, Transportation, Green, Collaboration”. It was an initiative to promote the talent of students from China and Taiwan. Participants, from both locations, were mixed to form different teams and got to work on the same project. This initiative illustrated the value of collaboration between different cultures and locations. Students were all using the 3DSWYM collaborative platform while one  team  used 3DVIA Scene. It is interesting to emphasize the fact that participants from within one team did not know each other. What a great opportunity for China and Taiwan to discover themselves by winning a contest!

Below are the project and the team which won the ECO Design Contest:

The winning project (“Falcon”), with a helicopter design, was the only project able to combine social utility as well as industrial feasibility. The “Falcon team” was also the one which demonstrated an optimal use of Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative tools, such as 3DSWYM, and which had the strongest organization in team based design: one in charge of the concept definition, one in styling, and one in engineering.

Today’s young generation is more and more creative, possessing the knowledge and capacity to leverage social media and collaborative tools in a natural way. Knowing that this generation is exponentially represented in China, CATIA has to stay a reference and encourage innovative inspiration. The background of government initiatives, demographic changes and the development of social technologies, all mixed with 3D, show how China is at the turning point for a CAD usage revolution!

Thank you for reading this post and see you at the next CATIA Community Conference !  :wink:


Cyril is a member of the CATIA Communications and Events team.

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