OK, my turn to RANT....The SolidWorks Student Edition is for, well I guess the student seeking a degree in the engineering or design fields as indicated in the following excerpt from the Solidworks web sit.
"SolidWorks Student Edition purchase eligibility
The SolidWorks® Student Edition is available to degree-seeking students or full-time faculty members using the software for personal learning or academic purposes.
A “degree-seeking student” is defined as a student who can confirm enrollment in a degree-granting program, or who can confirm full-time enrollment in a certificate-granting program. Do not purchase this software if you're not a degree-seeking student or a full-time faculty member. Commercial and institutional use is prohibited."
Speedre, as you know it's all about money and the Corporation has invested large sums of it (money) in developing the the software. The Student Edition is almost a fully functional version of the standard software package retailing for close to $4K when I last checked. It's simply a matter of economics.
OK, now I will climb off of my horse...I'm a longtime advocate of the Solidworks software. I was forced into an early retirement when my previous automotive based company closed it's doors in 2006. There were literally thousands of engineers seeking the few remaining jobs still on the market. People within our age group typically have too much experience and knowledge which usually equates to larger salaries than the eager young individuals willing to work for considerably less money. It's simply a matter of economics.
Corporate America simply does not care about the displaced individuals experiencing the difficult times of today when they can sell the larger product packages to help impact their bottom line.
Do you remember when Dassault purchased Solidworks in 1997, I do?
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