Rick McDonald


Discussion created by Rick McDonald on Oct 16, 2019
Latest reply on Mar 20, 2020 by David Matula

Nashville, TN. February. 9-12, 2020

Come back to this post often for the latest updates

Last updated (2/6/20 2:30 pm Central time)

    Updated 2/7/20                    (starts in just 2 Days)     (unofficial start at Cad Monkey Dinner tomorrow)


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.



(#3DXW20 is the official hashtag of 3DEXPERIENCEWORLD 2020


(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.)

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


   #3DXW20 hashtag on Twitter 


Dassault Systèmes - YouTube 

Dassault Systèmes - Home | Facebook 




3DEXPERIENCE World 2020: 

Know Before You Go

Printable Document

 Updated 2/7/20                  HERE NOW:

"Know Before You Go" 

(PDF) attached at the bottom of this main page

  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


 Updated 2/6/20                         Special Webinar:  

Was presented on Feb 05, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Possible rebroadcast 2/7  

Please register in advance at::   


We're excited to share with you everything you should Know Before You Go!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Brought to you by GoToWebinar  Webinars Made Easy


Rachel YORK  - Senior Community Manager, SWUGN



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 Open

Registration | 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 - Dassault Systèmes 

(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 housing, you should use the Housing group for these changes.

(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 is Open - Select your desired Training Sessions  

 Updated 1/23/20

on 1/23 the breakout sessions were not being displayed - do not make any changes to your agenda until you confirm all sessions (breakout, hands on...) are showing properly.

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)


   Updated 2/6/20                Mobile App: 


3DEXPERIENCE World 2020  


Redesigned and more powerful than in previous years

Building on the legacy of SOLIDWORKS World, 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 is an opportunity for designers, engineers, entrepreneurs and business leaders to learn, innovate, collaborate and celebrate together. It’s your must-attend source for innovative tools and technologies that will help you shape the world of design, today and tomorrow. With this free app, you can: 

• Build your personal agenda,  • Search for sessions by topic, subtopic, role and/or industry,  • Download and view session presentations,  • Provide session and speaker feedback

The 3DEXPERIENCE World app is available offline and stores session, speaker, and exhibitor data on the device, allowing you to view your schedule even without service or on airplane mode.


3DEXPERIENCE World - Apps on Google Play 

Just Released (2/1/20 - 4:30pm)


    Updated 2/1/20

All conference program information is accessible via the 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 Mobile App. The conference app is available for download and will enable attendees to build / edit personalized agendas, view course information and speaker details, navigate the convention center with interactive maps and floorplans, preview and plan their visit to the 3DEXPERIENCE World Playground, and network with other World attendees. A printed Agenda-at-a-Glance guide will also be available on site at registration.

    Updated 1/30/20

At the end of each session you will be asked to use the app to provide information about how / what you liked or disliked about the session - I past years it was about 6 or 10 questions - This year it will only be 3 questions for each session to make it more convenient - so please answer each question for each session - this improves future sessions. 

   Web Based App: (Link will be inserted here when the app is available for download)

   Android App: (3DEXPERIENCE World - Apps on Google Play )

   iOS App: (I do not have an android device so I can not verify or check - but the app should be available)


3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 in Music City Center 

Nashville, Tennessee

Floor Plans | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com 

Wayfinding App | nashvillemusiccitycenter.com 

NOTE: the functions of this wayfinding app are merged into the 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD APP

this wayfinding app will not have all the functionality of the 3DEXPERIENCE WORLD APP 

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.


Other Links:

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 

Your Complete Guide To 3DEXPERIENCE World 2020  -  TriMech Blog


Tuesday night Special Event 

"Bash on Broadway" 7-10pm

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


A 5-10 minute walking distance. The entrance to the party will be on 4th Ave.

We will be shutting down a part of Broadway (between 3rd and 4th Ave) and taking over the bars and street for our Special Event this year. We will have live music and other entertainment, as well as food and drinks with a Nashville-flair. The event is open for all full conference pass holders, as well as those Expo Only, Tuesday, and Booth Staff attendees who purchased the Special Event add-on.

You must have your badge and photo ID in order to attend the Special Event – there will be no exceptions.


      Added 2/1/20                                                                                                                                            

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



Most people who fly in will arrive at   Nashville Airport (BNA) 

Transportation to / from airport and Downtown Hotels 

Nashville Airport Shuttle -  There are several shuttle companies 


Buss http://www.nashvillemta.org/maps/route18.pdf  (bus stops are about 1 mile from Music City Center)

Check with your hotel to see if they offer shuttle to and from the airport - some do.


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. 


Things to Do in Nashville:

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


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.



    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.





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 

3DEXPERIENCE World 2020 – Tips & Hints for a better experience #SOLIDWORKS #3DXW20

by ml13ml  

(check out Michael Lords trick (in his post above) for improving your badge lanyard - it seems, more often than not, that your badge gets turned around and people can't see your name - this solves that problem)


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)


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



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 1/27/20)

The weather in Nashville at this time of year is very dynamic and the forecast is changing daily.

Plan for anything from sun to rain or even possible sleet or snow.  Generally, nights will be cold, ranging from low 40's to upper 20's, and days will range form upper 50's to upper 30's.


The latest Forecast sent by Omni Hotel this morning 2/3/20, is quite a change from a couple days ago.  Never seen a forecast with the icon shown for Tuesday 02-11.  Looks like a VERY WET Monday and Tuesday.  Be ready for rain for Special Event (at least it will be a bit warmer that earlier predictions).  Also remember, this changes daily.



2/5 9am - no update from Omni but Acuweather is showing light rain/snow for Saturday and rain for Tuesday