[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.
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.
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