A big announcement this week at the Fab10 International Fab Lab meeting in Barcelona was a donation from Solidworks to the Fab Foundation.
The software company is donating a Commercial license of the Solidworks 3D CAD Premium version to each Fab Lab in the Fab Lab Network. The application for qualified Fab Labs will be available through the Fab Foundation website very soon. The Fab Academies which offer MIT’s “How to Build ‘almost’ Anything” course will be able to get a 10-seat network license of the education edition that includes simulation, and other extended capabilities. Solidworks is particularly good at handling the triangulations of 3D Printing design files and is the CAD program of choice for many working in modeling.
Fab Foundation Director Sherry Lassiter says, “We are so grateful for the generous contribution of software from Solidworks. This will help many of our Fab Labs expand their capabilities in Digital Fabrication design.”
Here’s a link to the announcement.