Building Competitive Teams with the SolidWorks Education Edition

Thank you Kristen Wilson for sharing with the SolidWorks Community, republished from the SolidWorks blog.  Marie

One of the things I love about working for SOLIDWORKS is our Education Program (I’m a teacher’s kid, so education is something near and dear to my heart). Spring is a busy time for the SOLIDWORKS Education Team. They release the latest version of the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition – everything your students need to learn 3D design and sharpen their skills to get the job of their dreams – and its student competition time.

In the past month alone, SOLIDWORKS Education provided software to 73 student teams and participated in three events:

  • FIRST Robotics World Championships – where custom-built robots compete by throwing balls over a truss, catching balls, and putting as many balls in goals as possible. My very own hometown Walpole Robo-Rebels were division finalists.
  • Baja SAE – where engineering students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.
  • SAE Aero Design  – where teams strive to achieve autonomous flight.

Resolution_plainHow do student teams use SOLIDWORKS in engineering competitions? One of our newer case studies on the Cambridge University Eco Racing (CUER) team answers that question. The CUER team is a group of 60 students at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom who build and race solar-powered vehicles. Since its founding in 2007, CUER has grown to become the top UK developer of solar-powered vehicle technologies and a leading contender to win the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Fulfilling CUER’s mission and developing competitive solar cars required an easy-to-use, yet robust, 3D design platform.

Learn more about how the team is using SOLIDWORKS at:

Follow competition news and other Education updates at the SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog.

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard