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Friday, August 13, 2010

Download & install Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for free [Students offer]

[Update] Note: PTC may now require that your College/University be a part of its PTC University Plus program, before you may successfully download and use this free edition of Creo Parametric [earlier called Pro-Engineer]. Please confirm before proceeding.
Parametric Technology Corporation [PTC], makers of the Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire CAD-CAM-CAE software are offering Engineering students a free 1-year license of the software.
Download and use Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire (Schools Edition) for free
The seat of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Schools Edition comes with the following modules:

  • Mechanism Design/Dynamics
  • Behavioral Modeling
  • Advanced Rendering
  • Design Animation
  • NC Sheet metal
  • CAM Lite (Expert Machinist)
  • CAE Lite (Mechanica)
Besides the primary Solid Modeling, Surface Modeling, Assembly & Drafting [both associative & unassociative] functions present in all software.
A good complement of modules to get one started, learning the ropes of CAD-CAM-CAE - an integral tool in the design and development process today.
You can sign up for your own seat of Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire Schools Edition here.
Autodesk too similarly allows students the use of all their software - completely free of cost. You need to sign-up with the Autodesk Education Community after which you can choose from the various softwares developed by them, download & use for a 13-month period completely free of cost and completely legally.
However, a BIG downer with the Autodesk offer is the need to install all the software through an online installer -  a near mission impossible, considering the large installation file size and the pathetic Internet speed an average Indian undergrad Engineer, studying in a U-U-Coffee institute, has access to.
If a free AutoCAD-compatible Drafting software you are looking for, then you must give ProgeCAD Smart a try. Had used it for nearly the whole of last semester, & there was absolutely no time wasted learning the software. This is because it is completely compatible with AutoCAD - its interface [AutoCAD's pre-ribbon days], its commands, everything about it felt the same as using AutoCAD. The best part of it was that all of AutoCAD commands work the same way in ProgeCAD - power-user in AutoCAD draw using commands; no toolbars & icons for them. It can also open all files made in all versions of AutoCAD up to AutoCAD 2009.
A minor hindrance, though a non-issue for students using it to complete assignments, is that since it also has a commercial version of the software, any attempt to plot drawings from ProgeCAD will cause a small message to be added on one edge of the plot saying that it was printed with the free version of ProgeCAD any commercial use of the software is prohibited.
Godspeed
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