As part of its ongoing investment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Siemens PLM Software announced a free High School Edition of its Solid Edge software for 3D computer-aided design (CAD) that is now available for educators in all secondary schools throughout the world. The software is being made available to teachers and instructors in an effort to expose students to the same engineering and product design tools used by manufacturers, and encourage them to pursue STEM careers, the company says.
Educators can download a free 12-month academic site license at www.siemens.com/plm/solid-edge-highschool.
"The global manufacturing community needs a steady stream of engineering talent that understands how to use modern technology to innovate and create products to meet the growing demands and challenges of the marketplace," said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager, Mainstream Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. "Through our long-term commitment to STEM education, we hope to nurture the inventors and innovators of the future. As students enter high school they begin making decisions about higher-education and potential careers. The free High School Edition of Solid Edge will help educators expose students to advanced CAD design, giving them a glimpse into possible career opportunities."
The High School Edition of Solid Edge contains Siemens PLM Software's synchronous technology, which combines direct modeling with dimension-driven design. Schools will have access to the full function modules of Solid Edge drafting, sheet metal, surfacing and advanced assembly design. The 12 month, free license can be renewed on an annual basis.
For more information, visit Siemens PLM Software.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.