I was fortunate enough to receive an all expense trip to SolidWorks World 2010 held in Anaheim California. For those of you that do not know SolidWorks is three dimensional Computer Aided Design (CAD) software used in engineering and design professions for product development. SolidWorks World is an annual convention where the developers of SolidWorks showcase the latest software enhancements.
The 2010 event was held in the Anaheim Convetion Center. Participants were encouraged to preregister for classes of interest online. Courses were available for all levels of experience and a wide array of subject matter, including but not limited to courses in sheet metal design, cable and harness deisgn, file management and parametric modeling. There was also a convention hall where vendors could display their latest products that use SoildWorks such as computers, printers and software add on packages. The schedule of events was held from Monday, February 1st through Wednesday, February 3rd.
There was a general session held each morning where participants gathered in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena and listened to comany executives and guest speakers give presentations on CAD development subjects. This years key note speaker was James Camaron. It was very interesting to listen to him give insights on the 3D technology he used in the creation of his latest movie, Avator.
I was put up in the Anaheim Marriott and actually got to arrive the day before the convention started and leave the day after the convention ended. The early Feburary weather in southern California was fantastic, especially considering the airport parking lot back home was covered in snow. Even though the convention center was located next to Disneyland, there was not enough time on the trip to visit the theme park. So close but yet so far.
Breakfast and lunch was provided as part of the event and dinner was provided by the trip provider. Resturants were within walking distance of the hotel and the food was excellent. Southern California still hasn't caught onto the concept of sweet tea.
I did manage to see the sun setting on the West Coast on the final evening of the trip. I enjoyed the trip and soaked in all the SolidWorks 2010 material that I could. If you ever get the chance to attend a SolidWorks World event I highly recommend it.