SolidWorks World 2016 wrapped up earlier this month, but not everybody was able to make the trip out to sunny Dallas. Here are the top five takeaways from the trade show.
5. SolidWorks Apps for Kids – Coming in at the number five spot is SolidWorks Apps for Kids. The collection of apps is designed to get kids between the ages of 4 to 14 into STEM.
4. Enhanced 3D Printers – Ultimaker showcased two new 3D printers, the Ultimaker 2+ and Ultimaker 2 Extended+. As successors to the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2 Extended, the new printers feature interchangeable nozzles, a more powerful geared feeder, and improved surface quality.
3. Connecting the World – Peter Diamandis, XPRIZE chairman and CEO, takes the number three spot with his keynote speech on day three of the event. After taking the stage, he quickly gave the advice, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”
2. Space Elevator – On day two of SolidWorks World 2016, the Japan Space Elevator Association presented their solution for the next generation of space transport during the general session. Instead of using rockets, Space Elevator is experimenting with the concept of a 100,000-kilometer lift into space.
1. 3D Printed Circuit Boards – The number one spot goes to Nano Dimension’s professional desktop printer for multilayer printed circuit boards. The DragonFly 2020 combines a precise inkjet deposition system, advanced software, and innovative nano chemistry to print rapid prototypes of professional multilayer PCBs in-house.