We’re just not going to let that “Kill SolidWorks” thing die… ahem. One comment from former SolidWorks CEO, Jeff Ray is all it takes for a firestorm to start whipping our sanity. What most people do not realize is that the is about creating a better product and providing some more options, not about violently poking a product with the sharp end of C++ stick while watching it bleed out.

Times are changing, and Develop3D has published a pivotal piece of industry insight that settles exactly that. It’s titled, The Death of SolidWorks? Yes, a question. A question that brings up other questions, but an article that puts a lot of the hype to rest, nails down the context and reveals what we should really be thinking about – the death of something much, MUCH bigger…

Now, that’s all well and good, but way too deep and serious for the likes of us. What we need are wallpapers. Dang big ones to put on our dang big screens that will make passer-by say, “DaaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAANG!” Here they are.

Fresh, Hot ‘Death of SolidWorks’ Wallpaper

The tomberific illustrations for the Develop3D article were done by, UK magazine designer of the year, Rob Biddulph (who is also Art director of the Observer Magazine.) There are three to choose from and send out to your SolidWorks lovin’/hatin’ friends. Display it with pride and be sure to tell them where you got it.

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More death!!!

In an interview with Jeff Ray and new SolidWorks CEO, Betrand Sicot, I did last week, Jeff explained the comment he made about killing off SolidWorks more thoroughly. It makes complete sense too. And, besides being good fodder for blog posts and new articles, it’s good for the industry. Yeah, that’s right, a rough, spine-shifting massage to the world of CAD. What software company wouldn’t approach development like this? All the (software developer) kids are doing it.

If you think about it, SolidWorks 2011 would drop SolidWorks 96 in it’s tracks. Will the next couple of versions do the same to 2011? I so hope so. If it doesn’t, there are other products and other companies killing of their existing products and looking at developing software/hardware tech for direction in their own death-dealing development. If you caught any of the CES coverage, you’ll notice a trend away from Windows – It’s more like a complete departure. Android and ARM chips are all the rage. Maybe we won’t be developing products and running analysis on tablets or mobile computers. Maybe there will always be a place for Windows in the CAD World. Or maybe, we’re getting ready for another technology shift that will bring more powerful processing and open platforms to our desktops. I’m ready. Are you?


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.