Dassault Systèmes has unveiled SolidWorks Education Edition 2013-2014, a program it hopes will prepare students for the real world of 3D design.
The world leader in 3D design software, which is also known for being the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, is renowned for its Mock UP and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions and is proud to unveil the latest edition of SolidWorks Education.
This most recent incarnation of the popular program includes new functionalities to simplify complex design tasks, enables students to create models more easily and expediently, and provides broader connectivity to expand collaboration between users.
Teaching guides and lessons are also available to provide educators with additional support for developing the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. In addition, qualified schools are given SolidWorks Student licenses at no charge, while institutions with a SolidWorks Education subscription can also administer the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam to their students.
More than 6,400 students were certified in the last year alone and the recognition is considered a major asset in a job search because it effectively validates student expertise to prospective employers.
Kieran Flannery, who is a teacher at Castletroy College in Limerick and a regional development officer for t4 Technology Subjects Support Service, commented: "Technical skills are critically important for career development in the 21st century and we felt it was crucial to provide students with services and technology in the classroom that would prepare them for the real world.
"The Irish Department of Education and Skills searched for an educational tool to execute its mission and turned to SolidWorks. Through its ease of use and support capabilities, SolidWorks Education program is enhancing teaching and learning, and in a short period of time has already dramatically improved technology education in Ireland."
Dassault Systèmes provides an array of support tools to ensure design projects are successfully executed. Students now have access to My.SolidWorks, to help them increase their professional skill set and gain insight and expertise from the SolidWorks Community.
Powered by Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform, the new SolidWorks Education Edition includes the following enhancements:
- SolidWorks Plastics - Provides students the insight to predict and avoid manufacturing defects during the earliest stages of plastics part and injection mold design.
- SolidWorks Simulation Premium - Makes it possible to easily subject designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world.
- SolidWorks Flow Simulation - Takes the complexity out of flow designs by allowing students to visualise fluid flow and compare analysis results between multiple design configurations.
- SolidWorks Sustainability - Evaluates the financial and environmental impact of a design decision during the development process.
SolidWorks' newest product, SolidWorks Electrical, is also part of this version. SolidWorks Electrical enables students in engineering, robotics and other disciplines to create electrical projects starting with 2D system schematics and ending with 3D routing and cabling interconnecting components.
Philippe Forestier, Executive Vice-President of Global Affairs & Communities at Dassault Systèmes, stated: "Preparing future designers and engineers with high quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education is a core part of our 3DEXPERIENCE strategy.
"More than 25,000 secondary schools and universities worldwide rely on the SolidWorks Education Edition to engage the next generation. We look forward to seeing how these students leverage the applications to make a difference in the world, addressing global challenges like sustainability, clean water and air."
CEO of Solidworks at Dassault Systèmes Bertrand Sicot added: "We are passionate about providing our community of designers and engineers at every level with the means to expand their abilities through formal training, certification and informal connections with other users.
"The latest release of SolidWorks Education Edition helps prepare the next generation of design leaders for their future successes with the tools to allow them to immediately contribute."
SolidWorks Education Edition 2013-2014 is currently available through local resellers. For more information, visit: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/education_products.htm