By DE Editors
SolidWorks (Concord, MA) has teamed with other leading design software providers to launch The CAD Academy, a secondary and post-secondary pre-engineering and pre-architectural program designed to inspire a new generation of engineers and architects at a price educators can afford. The program bundles industry-leading design, engineering, and architecture software with curriculum, support, and multimedia content, all at a fraction of the cost of other design education packages.
The CAD Academy software offering includes SolidWorks Education Edition 3D CAD software for product design and mechanical engineering; Graphisoft ArchiCAD, a Building Information Modeling (BIM) software program for architectural modeling; Google SketchUp Pro, one of the simplest 3D design tools, with Podium photorealistic rendering; A+ CAD, a proprietary The CAD Academy software product that uses the familiar AutoCAD user interface, commands, applications, and compatibility "without the high cost;" and Discovery Channel multimedia content, including excerpts from the "Extreme Engineering" show.
Students emerge prepared to take the Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) exam, demonstrating industry standard competencies in design and engineering principles, as well as meeting other criteria.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.