Jon Hirschtick leaves Dassault Systemes SolidWorks

The founder of SolidWorks announced the news in an email to employees. His resignation is effective immediately. 

Jon Hirschtick

SolidWorks founder Jon Hirschtick, for the last 14 years a member of the executive board of Dassault Systemes, today announced his immediate resignation.

In an email to SolidWorks employees, Hirschtick said, “This is a difficult decision for me, but one I am confident is right.”

In the email, Hirschtick said he looks forward to “spending my time learning, researching and pushing the envelope on new technological advancements.  I will do this best in a fresh new independent environment.”

As of this posting, SolidWorks has not released a statement.

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5 Comments on "Jon Hirschtick leaves Dassault Systemes SolidWorks"

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  1. Jon Banquer (@JonBanquer) says:

    It would be nice to see Jon Hirschtick learn from the many mistakes SolidWorks Corp. has made and develop a system that is more manufacturing centric rather than design centric. Even design wise, SolidWorks has some very serious problems with it’s lack of functionality. Reference Geometry Coordinate Systems and Reference Geometry Planes in SolidWorks are missing tons of functionality and the user interface for Reference Geometry Planes is very poor. SolidWorks main user interface also needs works as it doesn’t use Tabs for part and assembly file display management.

    I’ve started to lay out many of the problems that SolidWorks has that are never discussed in the CADCAM press here:

    Jon Banquer
    San Diego, CA

  2. I really admired and liked Jon, I wish him well.

    I wonder who will follow him out? I would. I wonder what Scott Harris & Jon are talking about tonight?

    The assimilation of SolidWorks by the Borg, err Dassault Systems, is 99% complete. 100% when 800 DS clones join hands, sing songs and move into the new building.

    SolidWorks WAS the most exciting company I ever worked with. It’s the end of an era.

    SolidWorks World 2012 will be a Wake.


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