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.
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.
SOLIDWORKS Top Ten
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!
(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.
3DEXPERIENCE World Overview & Agenda
There are four days of sessions and activities at 3DEXPERIENCE World. You can get a quick overview of times and locations here. (To date, there are 226 SOLIDWORKS-related sessions, 40 3DEXPERIENCE sessions.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh. And, Speakeasies.
Here are just a few other links and resources to have on hand at the conference this year.
Must-Have Things to Bring
- A mobile charger (Anker PowerCore HIGHLY recommended.)
- Snacks (granola bars, jerky, trail mix, etc.)
- Water bottle
- Business cards
- Scan app – Handy (Evernote or Dropbox)
- Winter clothing (it can get cold/below freezing)