By now you’ve probably heard that SolidWorks World 2019 has already been announced as the last SolidWorks World. Next year’s big event from DS/SW will be called 3D Connection World. No wonder the user group guy from SW retired this past year. Dassault has been trying to figure out how to switch SW users to V6 for most of the last decade. This at least will give their new event a lot of momentum to start.
It seems to me that 3DXW is going to look a lot like PLM World from Siemens. It’s not about CAD. CAD users are definitely the most excitable, but there’s a lot of profit to be made from other corners of the product development universe. From my time with Siemens, the Solid Edge people were very unhappy with the PLM World treatment. I’m going to guess that the Works users are going to feel the same disappointment.
I’m not sure who’s circulating the memo, but CAD just isn’t cool enough to support a bunch of rabid users any more. We have to be propped up by the rest of PLM applications now. And with all the cloud in CAD these days, we may have to share more spotlight at our own conferences with IT people, accountants, librarians, and the like.
We’ve been through the discussion about the slow migration from Parasolid to V6 many years ago. We don’t really have to go through all of that again. It seems that all of the people driving the enthusiasm for Works have left for new adventures. It’s time for something new. I just think that users aren’t going to give Dassault as much credit moving forward as they are hoping for. Personally, if I’ve got to choose between PTC, DS V6, Autodesk Cloud, or Siemens, I’ll probably pick Siemens, with an occasional eye on some of the Autodesk toys. Or maybe I go rebel and pick IronCAD.
Anyway, people can agonize over this, but I’m a little burnt out on it, having been expecting it since the last time their plan misfired. I will continue to work with the product as long as there is a demand for the stuff I do. But this is why I decided years ago to diversify my skills and work with other tools that are more forward looking.