I’m so close to SolidWorks World 2010, I can almost smell the enormous influx of SolidWorks geekery blanketing the So Cal city of Anaheim over the next week.

This is going to be my 4th SolidWorks World, with an unexplainable gap between thoroughly enjoying the very first SWW out in Palm Springs and the last three in San Diego, Orlando and now, Anaheim.

This is the 2010 SolidWorks event. You’d think there would be some high expectations coming with that, and there are (from my perspective.) For one, this is their first event of the new decade and after going through the last decade, there are a lot of unanswered questions users want some answers to. Questions about translation, performance and compatibility that have been around since the turn of the century. I (want to) have the feeling that SolidWorks World 2010 sets the answers to those technological challenges in motion, if not completely pounding them into a attendee silencing jaw-drop at the final general session (and new product announcement) Wednesday morning.

In the meantime, we’ll be chock full of anticipation and free beverages, wandering the bustling hallways of the Anaheim convention center, bumping into as many SolidWorks users as possible, giving out free SolidSmack sticker (ask me for one if you’re here!) and trying our hardest to find out what your future of designing in SolidWorks is going to entail.

Some goals I have:

  • Get more info on new products at Partner Pavilion
  • Question DriveWorks on future of automation
  • Talk 3D Print tech with HP/Z-corp/Solido/Stratasys
  • Port Security setting for Cloud-based file serving
    Photo of Matthew West (SolidWorks Social Media Extraordinaire) making the rock fist
  • Photo of Al Dean (Editor Develop3D) jumping
  • Video if Brad Peebler (CEO Luxology) freestyling (audio at the very least)
  • Meet/Photograph Twitter peeps
  • Punches (not in the face) from all the bloggers attending
  • Hi-fives to everyone I meet wearing a tie

As you see, I’ve planned for the slow deterioration in mental capacity over the next 4.5 days. By the end I’ll be a pool of twitching mush and single syllable words.

Get on tha Twitter

You’ll want to follow the #SWW10 Twitter stream too. Things happen there faster than on any blog

The interesting Twitter updates so far:

cyclonewade I see many ppl in here typing away on iPhones and I wonder how many will have iPad next year? #sww10

gol10dr Funny to hear SW talk about DrawingsNow and BluePrint Now as newish features. Too bad this stuff has been out for almost 2 years! #sww10

cyclonewade 3dcontent Central has a feature called Hyperview, over lays model on the webpage. Cool stuff #sww10

SWUGN #SWW10 User group leaders are everywhere. Look for the green SWUGN ribbons.

Richard_Hall why is it that all hotels from the lowest budget to the high end have 80 grit sand paper instead of soft toilet tissue? EPIC Fail #SWW10

BrianTheHughes RT @fcsuper: Enterprise PDM for Word? http://bit.ly/dCeylO via @AddToAny #sww10 #microsoftoffice #epdm #solidworks

solidsmack @noych for each scream at the top of your lungs, your jet lag will reduce by one hour, ask @alistardean #SWW10

SWGeek New Blog Post: Let the Festivities Begin – SolidWorks World 2010 http://bit.ly/9WkRKI #SWW10

rickyjordan New Product Announcement at SolidWorks World 2010? – http://bit.ly/bNRmul#SWW10

JeffMirisola Rumor has it #sww11 will be in Biloxi. #sww10

solidmuse SolidWorks World 2010 Swag… http://www.twitpic.com/10lei3 #SWW10


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.