SolidWorks Software Gives Iowa State Students a Head Start in Their Engineering and Design Careers

Easy-to-learn 3D CAD software helps students quickly gain valuable hands-on engineering experience as they learn to design, test, and build products

CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2001-- Iowa State University is giving its engineering students a head start in their professional careers by teaching them three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) skills with SolidWorks® software, an intuitive tool that lets them spend more time designing projects instead of learning how to use the software. Iowa State recently purchased 250 licenses of SolidWorks for its mechanical engineering, agricultural, aerospace, and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering departments.

"We can teach a novice in one session to design a finished sprocket using SolidWorks software," said Chris Lassen, CAD director for Iowa State's mechanical engineering department. "Competing technologies are more complicated, and usually take at least five sessions before students can create complete designs. Unlike other 3D CAD solutions on the market today, SolidWorks' short learning curve enables students to quickly gain expertise with the technologies they'll use throughout their professional careers."

Iowa State's Mechanical Engineering Department, which will have the largest number of students using the software, will teach students how to design, test, and build machine parts and assemblies from one platform using SolidWorks and its partner applications. Traditionally, engineers would have to jump from a CAD design application to a design testing application to a manufacturing application for production. SolidWorks has integrated its 3D CAD software with testing applications so students can design, test, and build these parts from a single platform.

"The big push here is to make students' time more efficient," said Warren DeVries, the Mechanical Engineering Department's executive officer. "We want students to start thinking about integrated environments for product design. SolidWorks makes our job infinitely easier because we don't have to waste time jumping from one platform to another."

Nearly 70 percent of Iowa State's approximately 1,000 mechanical engineering graduates will take at least one course in SolidWorks, according to DeVries. About 1,725 students in all four departments will have access to SolidWorks' 3D solid modeling technology.

Iowa State uses SolidWorks' partner applications to enhance the 3D CAD experience for its students in all four departments. These applications include Structural Research & Analysis Corp.'s COSMOS/Works to conduct stress analyses and TekSoft CAD/CAM System, Inc.'s CAMWorks to prepare SolidWorks designs for the machining process.

"Iowa State has established an outstanding reputation for equipping its mechanical engineering students with the skills and experience they'll need in their professional careers," said Rosanne Kramer, SolidWorks' director of education markets. "Instead of spending weeks learning how to use complicated tools, students can quickly learn 3D CAD with SolidWorks, and spend more time creating new designs and honing their talents."

Iowa State receives ongoing technical training, support, and service from SolidWorks' reseller Tridaq, Inc.

About Iowa State University

Iowa State University, located in Ames, is the land grant university of Iowa. It enrolls 27,800 graduate and undergraduate students in nine colleges: agriculture, business, design, education, engineering, family and consumer sciences, graduate studies, liberal arts and sciences, and veterinary medicine. With over 4,700 students, ISU College of Engineering is the 9th largest in the US. For more information visit the college's Web site at

About Tridaq, Inc.

Tridaq, Inc. is an experienced and successful, privately held company that provides SolidWorks-based CAD/CAM/CAE solutions to the manufacturing industry. With a complete focus on providing the most knowledgeable sales, implementation, training, and support services, Tridaq is uniquely qualified to ensure its clients' success. Tridaq has offices in Omaha and Des Moines to serve the Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota markets. For more information, please call 1-888-901-5693 or visit Tridaq's web site at

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets mechanical design software solutions. Founded in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to deliver the power of 3D to everybody in design and manufacturing. In five years of shipping product, SolidWorks has shipped more than 145,000 total seats of software consisting of over 81,000 commercial seats and more than 64,000 educational seats worldwide. SolidWorks has offices worldwide and distributes its products through a network of resellers selling in 70 countries. For the latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the company's Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright (c) 2001 SolidWorks Corporation.

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