SOLIDWORKS 2019 is almost ready to debut, and I could not be more excited! Not only is this the ... hold on, lemme count ...

...95, 96, 97, 97Plus, 98, 98Plus, 99, 2000, 2001, 2001Plus, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...

...27th (!) release of the software, but our "What's New" is centered around my very favorite subject: astronomy! Specifically, our story will revolve around the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer, an absolutely MASSIVE engineering project that will see the installation of a 260-ton telescope on top of the highest mountain peak in Hawaii, at an elevation of 13,793 feet. As an added challenge, the 11-meter MSE telescope needs to be sited at the current location of the soon-to-be-retired 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) -- talk about fitting 10 pounds of stuff into a one-pound bag! If you're curious, you can download the MSE Conceptual Design Report and check it out for yourself when you're in the mood for a little light reading. If you really want to nerd out on the science, I recommend looking at the details of the Fibre Transmission System (FiTS).

Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer

Now, you know when we roll out a new version of SOLIDWORKS, we give you the whole story and don't skip anything. Given the subject matter this year, I can tell you that nobody will launch SOLIDWORKS 2019 like GSC! Not only will everyone receive some astro-related goodies, but we're supporting Astronomers Without Borders by giving away an AWB OneSky telescope to one lucky attendee at each of our seven events. The AWB OneSky is an award-winning instrument that will show you craters and mountains on the Moon, the Galilean Moons orbiting the giant planet Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn; all celestial objects that are, by the way, currently visible in our night sky.

In terms of software enhancements, there is so much to talk about and show in SOLIDWORKS 2019, it's hard to single out a favorite -- no area of the platform is untouched. For those who handle large assemblies, however, the performance improvements in this release really change the game. I can't wait to show you all that's new and improved as we Discover New Possibilities with SOLIDWORKS 2019 -- see you there!