SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda: Part One

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For the past thirteen years, Dassault Sytemes has been helping to create a brighter future for the youth of Rwanda. What started with a visit by Rwanda’s president, H.E. In 2009, President Kagame introduced Rwanda’s Nine Year Basic Education Program (9YBE), which offers six years of primary and three years of secondary education to all children. While we were in Rwanda, the FabLab celebrated its three-year anniversary, and we were honored to be there for the celebration.

SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda – Part Two: Arriving in Rwanda

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As we were taxiing in when our plane arrived, the flight attendant announced that “single use” plastic bags are illegal in Rwanda, and that if anyone had any, to leave them on the airplane to avoid having them confiscated, or being fined or imprisoned. Most developing countries are littered with plastic and garbage – I was really impressed with how clean it is in Rwanda. All Rwandans aged 18-65 are expected to help improve Rwanda at least once a month for Umuganda.

SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda – Part Four: Touring Around

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While in Rwanda, we went on a fantastic safari at the Akagera National Park, where we saw hippos, impalas, giraffes, elephants, zebra, baboons, topi, several bird species, water buffalo, and eland. Over the past 25 years, Rwanda has been rebuilt into the gorgeous country it is today, and I’m so proud to be a small part of an ongoing mission to help Rwanda continue to grow technologically. Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda – Part Three: Genocide History

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Just about everyone knows that Rwanda suffered a horrible genocide in 1994. This is what brought Dassault Systemes to Rwanda, 13 years ago, in 2006 – to help rebuild Rwanda and uplift the people. When we went to Rwanda in 2019, it marked the 25 year anniversary of the genocide, and we saw “kwibuka25” signs everywhere we went, which means “remember25.” There were formerly two main ethnic groups in Rwanda – the Tutsi and Hutu. SOLIDWORKS RwandaPart One.

SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda – Part Six: Rwandan Entrepreneurs

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They’ve created a company called “Guavatech” and plan to develop products that will be Made-in-Rwanda, a campaign that President Kagame implemented about four years ago. They have spent a lot of time at the FabLab in Rwanda and I know they’re going to go far in their careers. The card says: “Dear Jenn, Thank you for being with us, it’s our great pleasure for having you all this time here in Rwanda and we’re looking forward to having you back. Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda – Part Five: Educating the Rwandan Youth

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While in Rwanda, we met with the Rwanda Education Minister, and traveled each day with one of his employees, who introduced us to the school principal at each school we visited, and sat in the class along with the students, during each lesson. However, Rwanda is known for elevating women to respected positions. 62 percent of the members of parliament in Rwanda are women. On Friday we went to the University of Rwanda, in the College of Science & Technology.

SOLIDWORKS and Rwanda: the Journey Continues

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In the mid 2000’s SOLIDWORKS began working closely with the Ministry of Education in Rwanda and entered into an agreement in which it began supporting the technical secondary schools and colleges in the country. In addition to providing software and training materials, several delegations from SOLIDWORKS have made the long journey to Rwanda to participate in training and educational events. SOLIDWORKS 3D printing Rwanda

SOLIDWORKS in Rwanda: Are We Making a Difference?

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When I first went to Rwanda in October of 2014, I really didn’t know what to expect. When you came to Rwanda in 2014, I was losing hope that I would be able to realize my dream of being able to work with electronics, and that maybe my future was better off dropping out of school and working on my family’s farm. After his graduation he joined FabLab Rwanda that was established in 2016 by a partnership with the Rwandan Government, local institutions, and SOLIDWORKS.

GCU Students Trying Not to 3D Print Prosthetics for Amputees in Rwanda

3D Design 3D Printing Science & Technology 3d printed bandage 3d printed prosthetics amputees bandages gcu grand canyon university hydrocolloidal bandage limb loss prosthetics research and design program Rwanda student researchIt sounds cruel, but actually it’s one of the best things this group of young researchers can be doing. The use of 3D printers to make prosthetics is widely known, from large-scale projects. View the entire article via our website.

Rocky Hill School’s Interact Club & NEIT Collaborate to 3D Print Prosthetic Hands for Child Amputees

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Companies and Even Countries Join Forces in a Busy Week for 3D Printing Industry Partnerships

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Fab Labs Inspire Innovation Through Digital Fabrication Tools

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Fab Lab Rwanda . One of the newest fab labs to open is in Rwanda, with support from Solidworks.

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Just Press Play: Our Favorite Videos from 2016

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SOLIDWORKS and Rwanda: the Journey Continues. SOLIDWORKS has been active in bringing technology to Rwanda since the mid-2000s. From demos and tutorials to goofs and customer testimonials, we love creating videos showcasing SOLIDWORKS and its amazing user community. Since pictures speak 1,000 words, I’ll stop here and let the visuals do the talking. Here are our favorite SOLIDWORKS Videos from 2016. Team Icewave Puts the Competition in a Deep Freeze with SOLIDWORKS.

Here's What's Happening in the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network

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A First in Rwanda. SOLIDWORKS has been supporting several initiatives in Rwanda since the mid 2000’s, most recently supporting 3D Printing and the FabLab in Kigali. There’s always something happening in the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network – special meetings, guest stars, and our user group leaders making plans to dominate the CAD community. Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening recently, and a peek at what’s coming up.

International Drone Film Festival Accepting Submissions

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Last year, the Drones for Good category was won by a film called Zipline in Rwanda: Zipline provides drone delivery of medical supplies in Africa. FRiFF is hosting their third annual film festival in San Francisco. FRiFF stands for the Flying Robot international Film Festival and it is a competition to find the best drone footage from around the world. FRiFF was started in 2015 by aerial filmmaker Eddie Codel, no stranger to capturing beautiful drone footage.

SOLIDWORKS Education Blog Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2018

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SOLIDWORKS Education has supported the Fab Academy, sponsoring Fab Labs in Rwanda and Bhutan, and FABx Events for years. SOLIDWORKS Education had a big year in 2018, and we wanted to share some of our most inspiring stories with the larger SOLIDWORKS community. Want to see what’s going on outside of commercial SOLIDWORKS? Visit us over at the Education Blog , and read along here to check out ten of our favorite posts and series from the past year.

Are Women Being Pushed Out of STEM Jobs?

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about her visit with the recent graduates of Nyanza Technical High School in Rwanda. We’re all aware that women are way outnumbered in the tech industry. According to the Verizon Foundation, while the need for tech skills will only increase in demand for all jobs in the future, the chances of women getting and excelling in these positions is being impeded by social perceptions that STEM jobs are in “male industries.”.

SOLIDWORKS World 2018 General Session Recap: Day Two

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If you’ve been following the Fab Lab efforts at SOLIDWORKS, you may know that the company has recently helped launch Fab Lab locations in Bhutan and Rwanda. Before diving into an amazing day two, let’s briefly revisit day one’s proceedings, specifically its focus on the user community. SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi stated that users are constantly top of mind. This focus permeates throughout the company.

The 3DExperience Lab: How Interns Are Becoming the Experts

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Which manufacturing technique is stronger, [which one is] easier to assemble, [which one] requires fewer pieces, [which one is] easier for someone to make, say, in the Fab Lab in Rwanda?” (From left to right) Alessandra Paolucci, Patrick Schulper, and Rachael Naoum are interns who work primarily in the 3DExperience Lab. Interns usually have a certain reputation of being undermined by their company’s full-time employees and bosses.

Q&A: CEO Gian Paolo Bassi and Former CEO Bertrand Sicot

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My visit to Rwanda and seeing in-person what SOLIDWORKS is doing for that country will stay with me forever. New SOLIDWORKS CEO, Gian Paolo Bassi. Last week Dassault Systèmes announced that Gian Paolo Bassi has been appointed CEO of SOLIDWORKS, replacing Bertrand Sicot, who was promoted to Vice President Sales of Dassault Systèmes’ Value Solutions sales channel.

SOLIDWORKS World 2018 General Session Recap: Day Two

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If you’ve been following the Fab Lab efforts at SOLIDWORKS, you may know that the company has recently helped launch Fab Lab locations in Bhutan and Rwanda. Before diving into an amazing day two, let’s briefly revisit day one’s proceedings, specifically its focus on the user community. SOLIDWORKS CEO Gian Paolo Bassi stated that users are constantly top of mind. This focus permeates throughout the company.

Sued & Sacked: Has The 3D Printing IP Storm Begun?


Whether a marketing professional of a five billion dollar corporation or a student learning computer aided design, whether a hobbyist open source desktop 3D printer owner or an entrepreneur seeking growth for their closed source 3D printables marketplace, in the US or Russia, Rwanda or Congo, there is a chance to reach an early common understanding that no matter what the interest of the company or individual in 3D printing, piracy is wrong.

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Mulindi Japan One Love to bring 3D printed prosthetics to Rwanda


As the burgeoning field of 3D printed prosthetics continues to expand, a Japanese-Rwandan NGO is looking to bring the innovation to home soil. Mulindi Japan One Love is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing mobility and independence to East Africans with disabilities. 3D Printing Applications