Helping prepare Rwanda’s students for the future with SolidWorks

By Matthew

As some of you may know, we at SolidWorks have been active in Rwanda for a number of years. SolidWorks’ founder Jon Hirschtick first heard of Rwandan president Kagame’s vision for improving Rwandan design and manufacturing education from a friend (and SolidWorks customer) in 2005.

Jon and former CEO Jeff Ray initially helped with creating an engineering software program for local technical colleges, including ETO Gitarama, ETO Muhima and the Kigali Institute of Technology (KIST). SolidWorks provided courseware for design and manufacturing, materials that teachers could use in the classroom, models by which students could learn to digitally create products and embark on careers in 3D design and product development.

SolidWorks later joined with the Rwandan government and Innnovate3D (a division of TenLinks) to create Gasabo 3D, a provider of 3D CAD modeling services to global industries. Today Gasabo 3D is also reverse-engineering the parts used in internationally-made farm equipment, allowing Rwandan engineers to quickly fabricate replacement components or entirely new machines in a short period of time.

One of the teams here at Dassault Systemes recently created a short video about our involvement for a film contest hosted by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. We encourage you to watch it, and if you’re so inclined, vote for the video to proceed to the next stage of the contest (our video is listed as Dassault Systemes).

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DraftSight Halloween Trick and Treat

By Kate

Copyright: Don Scarborough

It’s not often that I get to link Dassault Systèmes software to fun holidays like Halloween, but today I’ve got a trick AND treat in store for you.

The Trick
Use DraftSight to design your Halloween pumpkin!  The software is available online and FREE.  The pumpkin design activity would be a fun, engaging educational/family activity.  Who knows, it may even inspire some professional choices for your kids?

The Treat
Your pumpkin will look dynamite and make all your neighbors jealous!

Here’s a video showing exactly how you can do this at home:

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If you do end up DraftSighting your Halloween pumpkin, please let us know by uploading a photo of your masterpiece to this post’s comment section.  We’d love to see your results!

Have a nice weekend,


2010 Paris Motor Show

By Kate

Today I had the pleasure of accompanying our very own automotive strategy/eco warrior Jonathan Dutton to the Paris Motor Show.  It’s a worldwide gig that happens every two years, and THE rednez-vous for any one working in or interested in the automotive industry. 

Now I’m not a car fanatic like Mr. Dutton, so until he blogs his auto show perspective on Monday (i.e. stay tuned), I thought I’d offer up some Friday evening photos and a thought:

There’s another side to the auto show that maybe you wouldn’t normally think of—a side without ‘car babes’ and metal. 

Here’s a visual tour of what caught my attention . . .

Were you there?  Feel free to add your own photos and thoughts in the comments section.  Meanwhile get ready for Mr. Dutton and more serious business on Monday . . .

Bon weekend!


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