SolidWorks Corporation today launched the SolidWorks® 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.
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.
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. Now engineers and designers can just sign up with a participating reseller and begin using 3D immediately.