SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package

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SolidWorks (3D modeling package) has launched a ‘SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package’ program to assist out of work engineers. The package includes a free downloadable 90 day version of the SolidWorks Student Design Kit including eDrawings and access to the customer portal, access to Solid Professor training materials and a free opportunity at achieving the Certified SolidWorks Associate certification. Keep in mind, the SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package is currently only available to those in the United States and Canada;

Apparently they are looking to roll it out beyond the North American shores..

so, at the end of the 90-day trial, you can also get certified by taking the free Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam. The well-recognized CSWA certification documents your SolidWorks skills for prospective employers. That’s important because you get free access to Aerotek, the number one online source of design and engineering jobs that require SolidWorks experience.

Download here….and good luck.


Great idea… I can’t help but wonder how much of a role AutoDesk played in this as they have been offering free student versions etc. as well for some time now.

Jon – Create Unique Memories

yeah, but the accreditation is a nice little add-on.

Like getting a free associate diploma, 90 days practice and a 3 hour exam…

would love to see how many Ponoko takers there are…

and check out the CEO presenting the package here on youtube

Hi Duann, I think that SolidWorks is wicked overkill for doing Ponoko type work, just like 3DS Max is (for me). You can get an almost as powerful program at for free. I do agree, the associates diploma is nice… not sure if engineers are like designers in which it’s the work you produce rather than the tools you used to make it that are important.

This diploma doesn’t solve the fundamental problem with manufacturing right now though, it’s all being shipped to China and India (to a lesser extent). Having one engineer in the USA vs 4 or 5 at the same price offshore is very tough to beat even with the issues they bring-up. About 90% of my industrial clients get their molds done in China with manufacturing in Korea, China or India. Manufacturing has it very tough in the industrialized world.

Jon – Create Unique Memories

I may be a bit jaded here, as I used to work for SolidWorks (= …I have found SW to be an invaluable tool for generating Ponoko products. At $5K, it may be overkill for the casual Ponoko user, but for me it is a natural fit…as I am a SolidWorks/product design consultant by day. As well as a SolidWorks Prof at a couple of NYC design schools.

This ‘esp’ program sounds like a great package, and should be taken advantage of. Here in the US, SW is just about the de facto standard for product designers and engineers…even a few architects are finding SW to be of value to their process.


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