Computer-aided design and manufacturing specialist, Intercad , organised the SolidWorks Innovation Day throughout Australia. The latest version of SolidWorks, SolidWorks 2009, and new authoring tool, 3DVIA, were launched at the event.
SolidWorks 2009 includes over 250 enhancements that focus on the performance of the software, including new SpeedPak technology which allows the package to run 65 per cent faster, giving designers 12 hours of productivity in a 7.5-hour workday.
3DVIA is an authoring tool for creating images and 3D animations for technical publications, product documentation and marketing presentations. 3DVIA links with CAD data so that any design changes made to a product automatically flow through to any technical documentation, eliminating time-consuming manual document revision.
The SolidWorks Innovation Day was held in the month of October at Brisbane and Perth Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. The agenda at the event included:
- Keynote speakers and sessions on the new features contained within SolidWorks 2009
- Expert tips and tricks on using the software, including breakout sessions on SolidWorks-associated products, DriveWorks, SolidWorks Simulation and SolidWorks PDM
- Customer examples that showed the technology in action
Keynote speakers at SolidWorks Innovation Day:
During the morning sessions at the SolidWorks Innovation Day, hosted by Intercad throughout Australia in October, attendees heard from Intercad’s Managing Director, Scott Frayne, on the future direction for the company. Frayne also let delegates know about Intercad’s increased technical support team, which has doubled in 2008. The company has also re-equipped their training centres and extended the hours and capabilities of help desk.
Visiting SolidWorks speaker, Vic Leventhal, Co-founder, Consultant and Business Advisor, was a keynote speaker at the SolidWorks Innovation Day, hosted by Intercad throughout Australia in October. Leventhal presented a roadmap for the future development of the software and talked about the latest version, SolidWorks 2009, which was launched at the conference.
SolidWorks 2009 launch:
Intercad’s technical team ran the second session of the morning at the SolidWorks Innovation Day, held throughout Australia in October. Various speakers took delegates through the enhancements to SolidWorks 2009. The package is specifically engineered to be even easier to use, so designers and engineers can focus on design, not on using the software.
Intercad and SolidWorks experts hosted breakout sessions during the afternoon at the SolidWorks Innovation Day, held in Australia throughout October. Delegates could choose to hear sessions on design automation, design analysis and design data management. Maria Sakar, from DriveWorks, took attendees at the Brisbane event through a simulation of DriveWorks design automation technology.
Ba-Thong Phan, Regional Technical Manager, APAC, SolidWorks, presented a session at the SolidWorks Innovation Day, hosted by Intercad, on maximising system performance and how users can install and administer SolidWorks for maximum efficiency. He shared his knowledge on what can go wrong and how best to fix any problems that arise.
Customer speakers at the SolidWorks Innovation Day in Brisbane included commercial kitchen manufacturer, Stoddart Manufacturing. Bill Stoddart, Managing Director and Craig Johnson, product development engineer, showed delegates how Stoddart Manufacturing uses SolidWorks in many stages of design and manufacturing process.
At the SolidWorks Innovation Day in Adelaide, packaging company, Zork, presented how it designed and developed a re-sealable closure for sparkling wine. John Brooks, Technical Director, spoke about how the multi-faceted, concurrent development of the closure created many unique challenges. Brooks touched on all aspects of the design process including design brief, conceptual development, visualisation, engineering, analysis, tooling, manufacturing and usability.