SolidWorks Offers 3D CAD Skills to More Than 1.5 Million Design Engineers
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SolidWorks Offers 3D CAD Skills to More Than 1.5 Million Design Engineers


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 priceless."

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 www.solidworks.com/3dskills.

About SolidWorks Corporation

SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, 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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