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Day 1 Recap of 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021

Yesterday was the first day of general sessions for the all-virtual 3DEXPERIENCE World 2021! While it was certainly different than SOLIDWORKS in-person event, the speakers covered a lot of ground and stated some really exciting announcements. In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights.

Get certified. Many attendees took advantage of the free certification exams this year. Attendees were able to get up to 17 different certifications for SOLIDWORKS and five for the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. These certifications are the best way for users to prove their respective competencies, increase their skill sets and make themselves more marketable in their industries. Congrats to everyone who earned their certifications yesterday!

In the general session, we heard from Bernard Charles, vice chairman and CEO of Dassault Systemes, as he provided examples of real-world customers who are creating sustainable innovations and helping to solve big problems. We also heard from SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi, who shared the stories of four different SOLIDWORKS customers who are using the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio of tools to increase their organizations’ ability to collaborate more efficiently.

Newly announced was 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers program. With the 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Offer for Makers you’ll get:

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use cloud-based 3D design tools including 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, 3D Creator, and 3D Sculptor.
  • An invitation to join an online community of makers filled with “Champion” makers, influencers, and innovators to inspire and help you with your projects.
  • Access to new ways to collaborate and share designs.

The morning wrapped up with Duncan Wardle, former head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney. He and his team helped Imagineering, LucasFilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. Wardle’s unique Design Thinking process helps companies embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA. It was inspiring to hear his perspective on how to “swim out of your river of thinking” to develop your best ideas.

The morning’s general session ended with the “What’s New” demo skit, a cherished element of this event over the years during which technical experts—and a few surprise guests—provide a fun teaser of  upcoming new functionality in 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio, both on the desktop and in the cloud. This year’s skit, “Work from Home Alone,” didn’t disappoint. Don’t miss tomorrow’s episode to find out if Kevin, the intern, can save the company from the CAD bandits by using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Playground

This year’s 3DEXPERIENCE Playground features several zones. The EDU Zone will show how high school and university engineering students are using SOLIDWORKS and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to build the products of the future. The 3DEXPERIENCE Lab zone highlights how the open innovation lab is nurturing disruptive projects that will have a positive impact on society and create a better, more sustainable world. At the Sponsor Hubs you can learn about the innovative partner products and services that cater to SOLIDWORKS users.

Another super cool area is the Shop Floor. This year SOLIDWORKS is sharing great stories from a number of companies that are keeping manufacturing alive in the heart of the U.S. and teaching those skills to new audiences.

Miss something today? No worries. Replays will be available on the virtual event platform. Just head to the agenda tab on the top of the navigation on the event site. Once you are there, you can explore the virtual event platform where you can see your digital badges, which you can earn for participating in sessions, visiting sponsors, scheduling one-on-one meetings, and filling out surveys.

Click to watch the video below to get a full recap of all the action from day one. There’s still time to register to watch the rest of 3DEXPERIENCE World so get going and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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