Nov 12 2002

3D DESIGN COMES ALIVE AT FIFTH ANNUAL SOLIDWORKS INTERNATIONAL RESELLER AND USER CONFERENCE

More than 2,000 SolidWorks users, resellers, and partners from around the world to discuss the latest trends shaping design technology and its impact on engineering



CONCORD, Mass., Nov. 12, 2002 - SolidWorks users, resellers, and partners from around the world will discuss ideas, trends, and the technology shaping the future of mechanical design at the SolidWorks International Reseller and User Conference from January 19-22 in Orlando, the company announced today. Major sponsors of the conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort include AMD, Hewlett-Packard, and Solid Solutions Magazine.

Keynote speakers Tom Kelley, general manager of design firm IDEO; Peter Marks, managing director of design firm Design Insight; and Douglas Ritterling, senior industrial designer for the Electrolux Group, will address conference attendees. Kelley will discuss how to improve design innovation with three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) software in his session titled, "SolidWorks and the Art of Innovation." Marks will discuss how designers can use SolidWorks to out-design and out-perform their competitors while pleasing customers in his session titled, "Beyond Solid Modeling - to Great Products." Ritterling will describe how Electrolux’s industrial design team uses SolidWorks 3D CAD and design communication tools to streamline design and better meet customer needs in his session titled, "SolidWorks and the Convergence of Design Technologies."

SolidWorks’ CEO John McEleney, Vice President of Research and Development Chris Garcia, and company founder and Group Executive Jon Hirschtick will also present information on the company’s latest technology, including SolidWorks® 2003 and new features in its eDrawings, PDMWorks™, SMARTEAM®, and COSMOS™ products. They will also discuss overall corporate goals for the future. The conference will feature over 90 product-oriented breakout sessions, covering a wide range of topics including: hands-on training with SolidWorks fully integrated solutions; manager-oriented CAD training; SolidWorks environment customization training using the SolidWorks application programming interface (API); and academic instruction training with professors sharing tips on best practices in the classroom.

The conference will spotlight SolidWorks’ growing solution partner program as more than 80 partners will exhibit products that enhance 3D solid modeling in conjunction with SolidWorks software. Attendees will have direct access to SolidWorks Gold and Solution Partner products in one venue; in-depth demonstrations of new innovations in design collaboration; sessions on communication using the Internet; and a complete overview of the SolidWorks product line. There will also be special sessions on how to use the SolidWorks Manufacturing Network to shorten design cycles by finding contract manufacturing and design services online that can work directly with SolidWorks files.

In conjunction with the conference, attendees can participate in the Certified SolidWorks Professional Program (CSWP). The CSWP establishes design industry standards by which all professionals using SolidWorks can be evaluated. SolidWorks will also be hosting its annual "ModelMania Contest," in which users face off in a test of modeling speed and skill.

For additional information about SolidWorks World or to register online, visit the conference Web site at

www.solidworks.com/swworld

or call 1-888-769-7859.

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