Rick McDonald


Discussion created by Rick McDonald on Oct 16, 2019
Latest reply on Jan 21, 2020 by David Matula


Nashville, TN. February. 9-12, 2020

    Updated 1/20/20                   (starts in less than  3 Weeks)

    Updated 1/14/20


(#3DXW20 is the official hashtag)   (originally listed as #3DXWORLD2020)

Use#3DXW20 on Twitter (save/monitor this link for constant updates before and during the show)

    Updated 1/14/20                                                            OTHER LINKS:

#3DXW20 hashtag on Twitter 


Dassault Systèmes - YouTube 

Dassault Systèmes - Home | Facebook 




For those not familiar with prior SolidWorksWorlds or the Nashville area (and even for those that are) the purpose of this post is to provide a common location for links and information related to the convention as well as things to do / see, at the event and around the area.  


To make this Experience the best it can be for everyone, I welcome anyone to post information to this thread - regarding events, places to go, things to do and see in Nashville, or any other helpful information you may have.

I will be continuously updating, consolidating and arranging the information and links in this thread.


Come back often for the latest updates

Last updated (1/8/20 4:30 pm Central time)


"Know Before You Go" 

( this document will be posted here a few weeks prior to the convention)

  Be sure to download and view prior to the event to make your experience complete - keep a copy with you (on your phone / tablet ) for easy access during the show to enhance your Experience



For SWW2019, Rachel York created an absolutely fantastic "Know Before You Go" document and provided me a copy to post so everyone would have access to it.  Rachel will again provide a new "Know Before You Go" that I will post here:  This is a "Must Read" comprehensive guide of what you need to know to get the most out of 3DEXPERIENCEWORLD 2020 - Before, during and after.  Available Late January (possibly sooner).


When posted, Copy or print this as your full guide to always have all the information you need at your finger tips.


3DXWORLD 2020 Registration is Now Open

Registration | 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes 

(price increases after 1/10/20 - group rates available) 



The Housing web site 

3DXEXPERIENCE World 2020 has negotiated discounted rates at a variety of different hotels in Nashville. Visit our hotel information page  EventXL ( https://registration.experientevent.com/ShowDSS201to book your hotel reservations today.

Some hotels already have waiting lists.  The closer or lower cost ones will fill first.

 Updated 1/15/20

Housing Link to Hotels: https://www.3dexperienceworld.com/accommodations

Be sure to make your reservations ASAP-

the discounted rate deadlines vary - Cutoff Dates ranged from January 7 to 17th, 2020. (Now closed)

Booking rooms through this site will typically provide you with better room rates than you may be able to get on your own, In many hotels - especially close to the Music Center.  Book rooms as soon as you can - rooms (especially close to the Music Center) will fill weeks before the event. 

 Updated 1/20/20

The Housing Website closed January 17th, 2020 for new room requests. 

If you need to change your reservation made through them you may still be able and should use the Housing group for this if possible.

(Request rooms as soon as you can as the closer and better ones will fill soon - Prices will likely go up as the event gets closer)



Agenda now Open - Select your desired Training Sessions  

 Updated 1/20/20

If you have already setup you agenda - I suggest you revisit the site and verify nothing has changed.  Some classes may have been moved or canceled do to number of people signing up for them.  Check back periodically so you don't get a last minute surprise if a class got rescheduled and conflicts with another selection you have made. 

(You Must be Registered to Select sessions)

(You do NOT need to be registered to View Sessions)

Watch your email and check on the event website

"Hands-On" sessions fill fast. (due to space limitations).

Technical Training | 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes 

Official events begin Sunday (Certifications, Cad Managers Boot camp, welcome reception, badge/event materials)


3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 in Music City Center 

Nashville, Tennessee

Floor Plans | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com 

Wayfinding App | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com 

The new Music City Center mobile app is your personal guide to the Music City Center. Whenever you need help, simply open the app and tell it where you need to go, whether it's the closest restroom or how to get back to the parking garage. The app can pinpoint your location anywhere in the building and provide you with precise, turn-by-turn, photo-based directions to get you where you need to go. Just type in the room or event you are trying to find and the app will lead you there. Click here to learn more about how the wayfinding app was created. The new Music City Center Wayfinding App is now available on iTunes and Google Play.


3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com 


Explore the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground at 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 (formerly known as the Partner Pavilion)


Google Maps 


Explaining the Evolution to 3DEXPERIENCE World 



MORE INFORMATION  will be updated with new information as it comes in.


NOTE: the Acronym 3DXWORLD2020 will be commonly used in this post to save space in place of 3DEXPERIENCEWORLD2020.


  •     Updated 1/14/20 #3DXW20 (official hashtag) on Twitter (save/monitor this link for constant updates before and during the show) - Originally I listed #3DXWORLD2020 as the Official hashtag and that was changed.  However, there is also content available using #3DXWORLD2020 on twitter and other sites as well.
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Most people who fly in will arrive at BNA Nashville International Airport


Places to stay:


Use the Housing link to book your hotel for the best pricing -

see details (above in this post) (now closed).


There are several hotels in the Nashville area. The Housing Link lists a few quality hotels near the Music Center.and there are several more in the surrounding area. 

(1/14) I don't know if the housing link is still open (was expected to close 1/6) for new entries, but you can try. 


Things to Do in Nashville:

(updated 1/10)


(anyone that knows the Nashville area and / or thins to do there- Please post so I can add to the main page)


    Updated 1/10/20 

Tuesday night Special Event 

"Bash on Broadway" 7-10pm

Taking over a block of Broadway for an Exclusive party - Entertainment, games and activities




Here are some popular spots on Broadway or nearby (Thanks to Ryan Priddy for posting)

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Welcome to Tootsies World Famous Orchid Lounge 

Ole Red (Blake Shelton's Place)

Ole Red Nashville 

Jason Aldean's Bar

Home - Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar 

Headquarter's (Drink and eat and play old school video games)

Headquarters Nashville 

Kid Rock's Bar


Johnny Cash Museum

Johnny Cash Museum | Nashville, TN 

The Patterson House

The Patterson House 

The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar


Robert's Western World

Robert's Western World | Nashville's Undisputed Home of Traditional Country Music 


Here is a list of some sites where you can check out events happening the weekend before and the week of the conference. 


Link to Concerts and shows; Cirque Du Soleil


The Local Art Museum


TopGolf is a quick 5min Uber/Lyft 

Topgolf Nashville: Golf, Party Venue, Sports Bar & Restaurant 

TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center


Nashville Hot Chicken

Hattie B's Hot Chicken - Nashville Hot Chicken Restaurant 

1:1 Scale of the Parthenon

Nashville > Parks and Recreation > Parthenon 

Adventure Science Center

Adventure Science Center - Nashville, TN Museum 


For those wanting to Uber and venture away from Downtown Nashville here are some cool places to check out


Historic Franklin, TN

City of Franklin, TN | Home 

Andrew Jackson's Estate


One of the largest Concrete Bridges in the US

Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge - Wikipedia 

The Grand Ol Opry


Blue Bird Cafe

Home | The Bluebird Cafe 


Also on food I was told that most of the places on M Street are excellent. https://www.mstreetnashville.com/ (Thanks to Travis Newton for posting)


More from the Solidworks Blog: (added 12/10)

Things To Do Before or After 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 in Nashville 



At the Convention:

Keep some snacks in your backpack (especially Sunday (no food served until Sunday evening reception))

You can usually find water dispensers throughout the convention area but it is advisable to keep a bottle of water / juice /or similar with you.  Keep a mobile charger for your devices with you to eliminate the need to find outlets for recharging (but also locate any available outlets if you get a chance (just in case). Be sure to full charge your devices every night..


You will get a booklet when you register that will list your classes / times and locations. Walk the convention area (and possibly neighboring hotels) before the activities begin to learn the best ways to get between the classes you will attend. You may have long distances between some classes with a short time to get there.  Also locate the meeting areas, meal rooms, bathrooms, Playground (Formerly known as the Partner Pavilion) etc. early.



    Updated 1/3/20    Every Kid Gets a Robot  Every Kid Gets A Robot | Bonfire 

    Updated 1/21/20  - Goal has been hit for EDKAR T-Shirts (70 sold)  - You can still purchase one but will not arrive in time for world.


    Updated 1/3/20   3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2020 T-Shirts


3DEXWORLD2020 Mobile App: 

(Apple iOS and Android devices

Should be released in the the last couple weeks of January (updated 1/10)

   Web Based App:


   Android App:


   iOS App:



Parking - to/from Convention Center: 


General Parking:

Expect Parking on the street to be difficult if even available.  Any spots would probably also be metered (so you would have to go back and feed the meter).   Check with your hotel for their parking rates and locations.


(More from Ryan Priddy )(11/7) There are of course Uber, Lyft, Taxis, and 5-6 scooter companies all in the downtown area. There have been instances where a major conference is going on, a big concert at Bridgestone arena (across the street), and our peak weekend crowds (Sat/Sunday) and the flow downtown is organized quite well


Here is a map of some parking I am aware of near the Conference center. A cool thing about the Music City Center is there is a tunnel that runs through the first floor allowing access to a covered parking garage. I have labeled it on the map. Hopefully, Everyone is staying relatively close to the convention center where their hotel would have parking available. 

 3DExperienceWorld Parking Info

Hotels may offer shuttle service or can recommend services - check with your hotel.


More Links:

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes 


Old information - but many items are still relevant: (WILL BE UPDATED AS AVAILABLE)

Be Prepared (some old, some new but all good information):



Justification Letter to Attend 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2020:

  • Download and modify the 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD 2020 sample justification letter to fit your needs and pesent to your company to show the benefits of your attending the conference: (note:a couple spelling errors have been noted in this generic letter, so check spelling),  you can reword portions to tailor it to be more in line to your specific needs and companies/ bosses focus.
  • It is suggested to get your company approval early.  Pricing will increase January 10th.  Companies may take time to provide approvals.
  • The agenda is available now,  you can suggest classes to show your company where they will improve your abilities and speed - saving them more than the cost for you to go. Financial justification is often the best corporate motivation.





More information go to the post: SolidWorks World 2019 And see Deepak Gupta's post (#3) in that thread for a sample justification letter to your boss. (change the dates and locations ... as needed for this years dates and location) (Edit 11/5/19: That SWW19 justification letter post has recently been removed)




Nashville Winter Weather:


Nashville winters are relatively mild, but they can be wet which can make temperatures feel cold. On average, temperatures range from 30 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 1 to 10 degrees Celsius), but there are occasional snaps of even colder weather due to blasts of arctic Canadian air. Snow does happen, but not more than two or three times per year and even then, just an inch or two.


What to pack: It can get chilly and you'll want to pack for that with warm, layered clothing. But also bring at least one warmer-weather outfit for the occasional day of rebound warmth.  Inside the convention center and class rooms may be cool so it is recommended to carry a light jacket / sweater.   

Average Temperatures by Month

December: 49 F (9 C)/32 F (0 C)  January: 46 F (8 C)/28 F (minus 2 C) 

February: 52 F (11 C)/31 F (minus 1 C)


Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall and Daylight Hours
  • January: 37.5 F (3 C); 3.97 inches of rain; 10 daylight hours
  • February: 42 F (5.5 C); 3.69 inches of rain; 11 daylight hours

Nashville, TN Monthly Weather | AccuWeather 

Long range forecast (last updated 1/21/20)