SolidWorks 3D Skills Program Includes Free SolidWorks Software, Plus Introductory Training and Support
CONCORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 3, 2003-- SolidWorks Corporation today launched the SolidWorks(R) 3D Skills Program, a wide-ranging initiative to give designers and engineers an opportunity to learn three-dimensional computer-aided design (3D CAD) skills. The SolidWorks 3D Skills Program includes a license of SolidWorks software, the standard in 3D design, plus introductory training and support.
Conducted in concert with SolidWorks resellers around the world,
the program provides participants with SolidWorks Personal Edition
software, a 3D CAD package that includes all the core features of
SolidWorks 2003. With SolidWorks Personal Edition, design engineers
can quickly develop 3D models of components and assemblies and share
them on the Web or via e-mail using SolidWorks eDrawings technology.
The license is valid for 90 days of personal, non-commercial use at no
cost with options for renewal. Since Personal Edition is a
non-commercial version, models created with it cannot be shared with
users of the commercial version. Personal Edition is available in all
11 languages supported by SolidWorks.
The 3D Skills Program builds on the success of the SolidWorks
Retraining Program, announced last spring, which received more than
10,000 applications. The SolidWorks 3D Skills Program is available to
anyone who wants to learn 3D CAD, whether employed or not, including
engineers, product designers, recent mechanical engineering college
graduates, professional engineering society members, and people in
existing CAD and partner software communities - an estimated universe
of more than 1.5 million individuals.
A typical participant would be Ken Davis of Dayton, Ohio, a design
engineer who has used Pro/ENGINEER in the past and took advantage of
the retraining program. "The SolidWorks Retraining Program was a
godsend. It gave me the chance to land a well-paying contract position
and build up more than 700 hours of experience in SolidWorks with a
company that will likely have more work for me in the future," said
Davis. "Either way, I'm much more marketable than I was six months
ago, and I'm finding SolidWorks far more user friendly than any CAD
software I've used, including Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, AutoCAD 2D,
and Computervision. I'd urge anyone in a similar situation, or anyone
just wanting SolidWorks 3D skills, to take advantage of the SolidWorks
3D Skills Program. The software is free, but the experience is
Steve Wolfe, publisher of CADCAMNet, said the 3D Skills Program is
another example of SolidWorks Corporation's innovative approach to
training and marketing. "Since its founding, SolidWorks has focused on
ease of use, yet the software is sophisticated enough to tackle most
design projects," said Wolfe. "The SolidWorks Personal Edition is an
excellent tool for engineers to learn 3D design concepts. And since
the software is free, the price is hard to beat."
Many engineers want to try 3D solid modeling but simply haven't
had the opportunity, often because they're working in a 2D CAD
environment or paralyzed with first-generation 3D tools, according to
Paul Mazur, SolidWorks' director of marketing. "Just as we've removed
complexity from designing with 3D CAD software, we're removing the
barriers to entering the 3D world. The SolidWorks 3D Skills Program
provides sufficient introduction and support, plus software at no
cost. Means and opportunity are no longer obstacles. Now engineers and
designers can just sign up with a participating reseller and begin
using 3D immediately."
The SolidWorks 3D Skills Program is available through the
company's global reseller network. To sign up for the SolidWorks 3D
Skills Program, visit
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for mechanical design, analysis, and product data management. Founded
in 1993, SolidWorks' mission is to unleash the power of 3D for
everyone in product development and foster a collaborative user
community. In seven years of delivering product, SolidWorks has
shipped more than 230,000 total seats of software worldwide.
SolidWorks has offices around the globe and sells, distributes, and
supports its products through a worldwide reseller network. For the
latest news, information, or a live online demonstration, visit the
company's Web site (
www.solidworks.com) 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) 2003 SolidWorks Corporation
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