SolidWorks 2010 Beta Details

April 2, 2009 19 Comments »
SolidWorks 2010 Beta Details

swlogobeta2010Spring is just around the corner (or already here for some) and usually that means it’s Beta Testing Time for many SolidWorks users.  A few days ago I contacted SolidWorks to see if I could get some details on the SolidWorks 2010 Beta Contest and they were gracious enough to provide some information that I can share with you.  The Beta program will be happening a little later this year as compared to past years.

There are three Beta releases of SolidWorks 2010 currently scheduled.  The tentative schedule is as follows:
SolidWorks 2010 Beta 1:  06/08/09 – 07/03/09
SolidWorks 2010 Beta 2:  07/06/09 – 07/24/09
SolidWorks 2010 Beta 3:  07/27/09 – 08/14/09

As with previous Beta programs, SolidWorks is looking for customers that span many industry sectors which include:

  • Machine Design
  • Consumer Product Design
  • Sheet Metal Design
  • Routed Systems

Remember that you DO NOT need to be an “expert” user to participate!  Feedback is always welcome from ALL users.  If you want to read about some of the enhancements to SolidWorks 2010 that have already been made public, click HERE.

The priorities of the SolidWorks 2010 Beta Program are:

  • To Find/Fix customer critical stability/performance/UI bugs not found internally or incorrectly prioritized
  • Increase bandwith of testing permutations that cannot practically be covered internally

If you want a sneak peek of the new features coming in SolidWorks 2010 this is a GREAT opportunity to test drive the software and provide feedback which can at times be implemented prior to the release of SolidWorks 2010.  Many discussions during last year’s Beta Program directly led to changes in some of the new features of SolidWorks 2009.

No details of the contest prizes or point system have been released yet.  As soon as that information is made available, I’ll post it.

I can’t confirm for certain, but I believe the SolidWorks 2010 Beta Program will be managed through the Customer Portal just as it was last year.  To be eligible for the Beta program last year, you had to be on an active subscription contract.  I have not heard whether or not that will be a requirement for this year’s program, but I suspect it will.  To sign up for the Beta Program log into your Customer Portal Account and look for the “My Profile” icon as shown below.


On your Profile Page set the option for “Notify me for Beta Programs”.


I’m sure more details will be released as we inch closer to the first Beta period.  As with past programs, a special forum will be available for users to discuss the new features while still under the NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement).

Stay tuned….more to come!

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  • Neil

    Unfortunately it looks like the same truncated beta deal as last year..but at least they are admitting they are only looking at finding and fixing the gross stuff.
    I would guess the only purpose to reporting 'minor 'stuff is to earn points for potential prizes then.
    Possibly they should call it something else other than beta testing , hmm.. tire kicking session ;) – yeah ok Ricky only winding them up..

    I suppose it also means SW2010 actually arrives a little later too -unless they miss out RC altogether? -so that some folks who anticipated their subs would allow them sp0 are going to have to renew anyway..
    I wonder if it means the release of 09sp5 will be held over slightly as well?
    These things are usually strategically intermingled..

    Be interesting to see how many companies pass on subs this time with the economic seizure and all. In hindsight SW might regret not following through with their attempted forced subs march.
    I am one of those who are looking to buy other stuff with my $ this time – maybe Rhino, some textbooks, tools etc
    Forgive me for sounding weary of the upgrade cycle and cynical of beta testing program as it exists.
    I am sure there are many users who will be keen to participate come July.

    Keep up the good work :)

  • surfboards

    Your blog work is quite impressive, just carry on the same way. You truly impress me all the time!

  • JeffMirisola

    I'm looking forward to participating this year. It feels like years since I've been able to. I'd hoped to get in on alpha testing at SWW, but that didn't happen.

  • they should have make it more progressive or put new features out of it, well at least they are trying their best to make changes for it.

  • I am new user of solidworks. I am happy.
    Please help me to be beter in design

  • Solidworks users will surely fancy this one! Me including of course. Can't wait to hear more of its development.

  • i get some details on the SolidWorks and they were gracious enough to provide some information.thank you!

  • I like participate.. I'm a new user of solidworks.. by the way.. Nice article..

  • venkataprasad

    iam install sw2010
    but it will not intall fully
    what shouls i do?
    it was 1.67 gb

  • Make sure you check out the SolidWorks Beta Home Page for installation support. Make sure shut off any virus protection programs on your machine during the install.


  • This is quite impressive, I am pleased to read this post, keep posts like this coming,

    you totally rock!

  • Wonderful! Another beta to test and play with. Be back with comments regarding the test. =)

  • su37

    where ?

  • I think Solidwork's idea is simply great. I just hope everything works out as planned.

  • Wow.. I'm looking forward to this event.. I really love using solid work and I enjoy reading your post…

  • Even I'm a newbie to this, but the post is very detailed and more like a tutorial!!

  • unfortunately i dont have time to spend on this :~( .

  • Solidworks is getting popular among users

  • great article, but i still dont understand about it