Well, well, well. What’s this? We’ve left the previous two decades behind and with it the conference that defined the era for a generation of designers and engineers. SOLIDWORKS World is no longer, but that’s OK, because now we have 3DEXPERIENCE World to take us into the next decade with all the experiential experiencing we can experience.

While we may not be entirely sure what the new conference name means for the user experience as a whole, we know the agenda is set, the parties are planned and the show must go on. Here’s what you need to know and where you need to be for 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020.

Changes to Note:

  • Monday and Wednesday have an 8:30 ‘General Session’. Tuesday has changed to an 8:30 ‘Keynote: Innovate with 3DEXPERIENCE® WORKS’ with a simultaneous ‘Innovation Keynote: DELMIAWORKS’.
  • The Partner Pavilion is now 3DEXPERIENCE Playground.


The Top Ten SOLIDWORKS enhancement requests voting has changed a little this year. 1) It’s hosted on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and 2) ‘Likes’ are counted as votes. Submissions are closed but there’s still time to vote!

Vote Here

(Login with your SOLIDWORKS forum login or create a new 3DPassport login)

Location – Music City Center

The 3DEXPERIENCE World conference is taking place in downtown Nashville at Music City Center. It’s approximately 16 minutes from Nashville International Airport (BNA) to Music City Center.

Music City Center Website
Wayfinding App – iOS | Android

Directions (from airport)

3DEXPERIENCE World Overview & Agenda

Free Certification Exams

On Sunday, from 10-2 and 3-7, you have the opportunity to take a certification exam for free (included with each full conference pass). NEW for 2020 are TWO new 3DEXPERIENCE platform certifications to get your foot in the door on 3DXP.

Party, Party, Party

There’s no lack of off-site parties, after-parties, customer appreciation events, and more. Register at these links to join in.

General Session Live Stream (?)

If you’re not able to attend 3DEXPERIENCE World, the livestream is the next best thing. Catch the keynotes and announcements via these links.

Links coming soon!

SOLIDWORKS typically provides a livestream of the General Sessions. If made available, we’ll post them here.

Special Event – Bash on Broadway

This year’s speical event is a hop, skip, and a jump from Music City Hall. SolidWorks users will take over a city block of Nashville bars and eateries with live music and entertainment scattered throughout. Don’t miss it Tuesday night at 7-10 PM.

3DX Playground

The Partner Pavilion is now 3DEXPERIENCE Playground. It’s split up into four sections (Design, Simulate, Manufacture, Plan) with the Dassault Systemes booth slap dab in the middle.

Exhibitor Directory

See ‘Location’ above for floorplan and conference center app.

Get Ribboned

You might have a ribbon or ten on your badge, but make note of these fun subgroups not officially endorsed by SOLIDWORKS, but totally legit. It’s easy to join up too.

CAD Monkey

Previous years – awaiting confirmation
Bacon Brotherhood

#Hashtag #atcha

If you want to stay in the loop on the socials, follow the hashtags. The official 3DEXPERIENCE World hashtag is #3DXW20. Use it wisely or don’t.

Things To Do in Nashville?

There are loads of things to do in and around Nashville! Here are a few references and some of my own recommendations. Enjoy.

Things To Do Before/After 3DXW – Matt Lorono shares his yearly things to do before and after the conference.

And my picks…
Smokey Mountain National Park – Just a 3.5-hour jaunt east from Nashville.
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Where is all started for Willie Nelson.
Listening Room Cafe – Great venue to eat and hear up and coming artists.
Johnny Cash Museum – Get to know The Man in Black a little better.
Madam Tussaud’s – Creepy wax people? Yes, please.
RCA Studio B – Into the oldies? Take a tour where it all started.
The Hermitage – Andrew Jackson’s home away from DC.
Grand Ole Opry Calendar – Plenty of shows weekend before and after.
Adventure Science Center – Good day activity for the whole family.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Best Peach Cobbler. Chicken ain’t half-bad either.
Bajo Sexto – Some proper Mexican food in the heart of country.

Breweries? Yes.

Yazoo, Fat Bottom, Little Harpeth, Tailgate, Smith & Lintz, Black Abbey, Blackstone, Jackalope, Tennessee Brew Works, Bearded Iris, Southern Grist, New Heights.

Oh. And, Speakeasies.

Old Glory, Attaboy, Fox Bar, Patterson House, Skull’s, Rudy’s.

Other Links

Here are just a few other links and resources to have on hand at the conference this year.

3DXW Registration (until Feb 12)
SWW Survival Guide (Old but valid!)
Feb Nashville Weather (50s/20s)

Must-Have Things to Bring

  • A mobile charger (Anker PowerCore HIGHLY recommended.)
  • Snacks (granola bars, jerky, trail mix, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Notepad/pens
  • Business cards
  • Scan app – Handy (Evernote or Dropbox)
  • Winter clothing (it can get cold/below freezing)

Going to 3DEXPERIENCE World? I would love to meet you. Follow @solidsmack on Twitter for 3DXW coverage and you can get a hold of me @joshmings or over on LinkedIn.

3DEXPERIENCE World Platform SolidWorks World 2020

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.