By DE Editors
Dassault Systèmes (DS) SolidWorks Corp. has announced that 1 million SolidWorks design software licenses have been purchased by educational institutions. Many millions of students at these institutions have fueled their studies in science, technology, engineering, and math, and gone on to obtain careers in the design and engineering community.
“We want our students learning and applying science and engineering, not struggling with unnecessarily complex software,” says industrial engineering professor Andrés-Amador García Granada, Ph.D., of the IQS-URL engineering university in Barcelona. “SolidWorks gives students all the capabilities a professional engineer needs — including integrated Simulation software that we use to teach statics, dynamics, thermal problems, elasticity, and fluid-dynamics — in the most intuitive package available.”
Many students combine their learning with competition.
“SolidWorks helps us continuously refine our ‘Thunderstruck’ robot’s design for the Battlebots IQ competition, blending the best of offense, defense, weight, material strength, and sheer destructiveness,” says Senai Andai, 20, a junior-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). “The integrated SolidWorks Simulation software and intuitive user interface help us apply classroom theory to hands-on design, manufacturing, and ‘field testing.’ This is invaluable preparation for our futures as engineers.”
DS SolidWorks backs up its software with educational resources, including:
- Robotics Tutorials that introduce basic concepts of robot design from one’s first part to a complete assembly;
- SolidWorks Teacher Blog for educators at all levels who use SolidWorks software for design and engineering instruction;
- Anytime, anywhere access to SolidWorks, including on student laptops and home computers;
- Competitive opportunities in Formula One-style racing, robotics, solar cars, and much more;
- Instruction in sustainable design, a discipline gaining prominence among designers and or engineers; and
- Certification to demonstrate solid design skill sets to first employers.
“Our software is packed with all the sophisticated capabilities that professional engineers use,” says Marie Planchard, director of world education markets for DS SolidWorks. “We think it’s important that students have easy access to these capabilities so they can bring the advantage of experience to their internships and entry-level positions.”
For more information, visit Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.