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Make SOLIDWORKS Portable on a Microsoft Surface Book!

Microsoft Surface Book Laptop

Written by Laura Cominotto, Marketing Manager

One common question that our customers have revolves around the hardware required to run SOLIDWORKS software. One of our Account Managers, Bill Baird, recently ran into a customer who was using SOLIDWORKS on a Microsoft Surface Book, something that a number of customers wondered if it was even possible. So we took a minute to catch up with this customer to see what his experience with the Microsoft Surface Book had been like.

Joshua Wickey, Design Engineer at Zoetis in Kalamazoo, has been a SOLIDWORKS user since 072014 and works with Zoetis to design small machines. He has been running SOLIDWORKS on his Microsoft Surface book for approximately a year and has found it to be an extremely useful tool in his design work.

Joshua finds the removable touch screen to be a significant advantage. He told me, “I can more easily take that on the production floor, make notes and then come back to the base to work on design.”

Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of such a great feature? This would prove to be very beneficial to those who manufacture their own products!

But then I thought… maybe it was too good to be true. There had to be some negatives to go with the positives, right?

“The only con was in the beginning when SOLIDWORKS did not support Windows 10,” Joshua commented. However, that is no longer a problem. “Other SOLIDWORKS users will enjoy the power and portability that comes in a small package.”

Wickey would definitely recommend the Microsoft Surface Book to anyone who is looking for a portable, shop floor solutions for their engineering design.