SolidWorks Name Change

August 3, 2008 16 Comments »
SolidWorks Name Change

Yes, you read the headline correctly.  SolidWorks is changing its name….but only slightly.  The new name is Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation.  The “DS” has been in their logo for years so is this really that big of a change?  Everyone at SolidWorks I have talked to about this says it’s not.  This puts it more inline with the other DS brands.  It has been described as more of a letterhead/business card type change.  SolidWorks users I’m sure won’t be substituting “Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp.” in place of “SolidWorks” anytime soon when they write or speak of the company.

So with Dassault Systemes being a more “visible” part of SolidWorks now perhaps it is time to FINALLY break down that wall and allow DIRECT data interoperability between SolidWorks and CATIA.  I mean come on…who or what is holding this up?  It is something I haven’t understood for years and that still continues today.  Everytime we get started with Beta or download Service Packs I glance at the file open list to see if it is there.  Luckily for me we are doing a little less automotive related tasks at work so I don’t run into this as often as I used to.  Anyway….thanks for listening to my rant. :-)

Tune in late tonight or tomorrow for some SolidWorks 2009 stuff!

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  • 3dsman

    There is one reason for preventing interoperability between and CATIA and SolidWorks and it comes down to money, meaning DS has no interest in enabling SolidWorks users to directly read CATIA files. Why…why spend $15-$25K on a CATIA license when you can do a majority of your work on a 4$ seat of SolidWorks… DS is living off of CATIA license revenue, a direct integration between SW and CATIA would kill that big revenue source for DS

  • 3dsman

    There is one reason for preventing interoperability between and CATIA and SolidWorks and it comes down to money, meaning DS has no interest in enabling SolidWorks users to directly read CATIA files. Why…why spend $15-$25K on a CATIA license when you can do a majority of your work on a 4$ seat of SolidWorks… DS is living off of CATIA license revenue, a direct integration between SW and CATIA would kill that big revenue source for DS

  • 3dsman…

    Interesting comments. There are third party vendor applications that can convert SolidWorks to CATIA and vice versa. If what you are saying is true then these companies would already be BUYING a translator whose cost doesn't even come close to the difference between buying SolidWorks and CATIA, and switch to SolidWorks. So in my opinion that negates your argument. CATIA is still for the most part intended for a different market. My position on this is that a translator between two products owned by the same company should BE INCLUDED with the software.

    WHAT IS EVEN MORE INTERESTING IS…… Your IP address links you back to another CAD company who just so happens to compete directly with SolidWorks. I would appreciate it if you would leave the competitive trash talking OFF MY BLOG. Judging from the tactics of your company in the past…I can't say I'm surprised at the origin of this comment.

    Ricky Jordan

  • 3dsman…

    Interesting comments. There are third party vendor applications that can convert SolidWorks to CATIA and vice versa. If what you are saying is true then these companies would already be BUYING a translator whose cost doesn’t even come close to the difference between buying SolidWorks and CATIA, and switch to SolidWorks. So in my opinion that negates your argument. CATIA is still for the most part intended for a different market. My position on this is that a translator between two products owned by the same company should BE INCLUDED with the software.

    WHAT IS EVEN MORE INTERESTING IS…… Your IP address links you back to another CAD company who just so happens to compete directly with SolidWorks. I would appreciate it if you would leave the competitive trash talking OFF MY BLOG. Judging from the tactics of your company in the past…I can’t say I’m surprised at the origin of this comment.

    Ricky Jordan

  • tim

    Ricky,
    are the third party translators between CATIA and Solidworks capable of maintaining the part's feature tree? how do they map features which may not be present in one of them?

  • tim

    Ricky,
    are the third party translators between CATIA and Solidworks capable of maintaining the part’s feature tree? how do they map features which may not be present in one of them?

  • Tim,

    I haven't looked at the third party stuff in a while. Most of them will convert without features. There were a few of them in the past that would do it with features but they do the conversion for you on a “pay per model” basis.

    If you are interested, e-mail me and I'll try to dig up some of the translators I looked at in the past.

    Ricky

  • Tim,

    I haven’t looked at the third party stuff in a while. Most of them will convert without features. There were a few of them in the past that would do it with features but they do the conversion for you on a “pay per model” basis.

    If you are interested, e-mail me and I’ll try to dig up some of the translators I looked at in the past.

    Ricky

  • Robert

    I work in the Aerospace field with a certain reloacated “Chicago Airplane Company”. I'm still trying to find a Translator that will read all the Annotations in a CATIA v5 file. Until that happens, I still have to have an Enovia Licence to view the annotations at the very least, but still need a converter so I can create Inspection files for my QA Department. Currently we use Solidworks to create our drawings so a CATIA to Solidworks Converter would be the ideal for us. Has anyone had good luck with any particular converters?

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