EAA Announcement with SOLIDWORKS – Dream. Design. Build.

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Passion for aviation and education.  You can feel it this week in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the Experimental Aircraft Association  (EAA) AirVenture, the largest annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts held each summer.

Dave at Membership EAA booth

We see passion for design in the SOLIDWORKS User Community. Now EAA members  will have access to SOLIDWORKS Student Design Kit – EAA Maker Edition, access to MySolidWorks online video tutorials, and MySolidWorks Manufacturing Network,  for designing and building their own personal aircraft.


With the support of our SOLIDWORKS Value Added Reseller, GSC (Graphics Systems), members will also receive additional training and design resources.


EAA CEO/Chairman, Jack Pelton, made the announcement on Monday, ““Since its humble beginnings in Paul and Audrey’s basement, EAA has inspired, enabled, and defended our members’ right to take a dream sketched on a napkin at the dinner table to first flight and beyond,” said Jack Pelton, EAA CEO/Chairman. “SOLIDWORKS is the industry standard for computer-aided design. Aircraft and kit manufacturers from Cirrus to Zenith are designing today’s aircraft in SOLIDWORKS, and now EAA members can get free access to this powerful tool.”

SOLIDWORKS and EAA How it Began

Suchit Jain, VP of Business Strategy and Community, and I, got to visit with Cirrus, Zenith Aircraft , and so many other SOLIDWORKS customers that use SOLIDWORKS for their “day job”  and want to use SOLIDWORKS at night and on the weekends to design their own plane.  It was SOLIDWORKS user from Nvidia and EAA member,  Fedor Fomichev that connected me with Cory Puuri at EAA.

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We also toured the field with EAA membership manager, Cory Puuri, we visited with Zenith Aircraft’s, “one week plane”, a plane that was built in a week!  I met the new “Wright Brothers”  Sebastien and Matt, that are sharing their SOLIDWORKS models with the EAA community, making to modifications to their airplanes.   Zenith Air works with Able Flight too.  I also had lunch with Purdue’s Aviation Able Flight pilot Johnny Ragland and his classmates getting their pilot wings at the Boeing Plaza.


GSC president, Dave Kasinskas, also gave us a introduction to so many SOLIDWORKS customers – I lost count, then looked up into the sky to see the most amazing airshow!

With Dad and Planes

My love of planes started when I was young and I used to build model aircraft with my dad.


Thank you EAA members for an experience I will never forget.  EAA SOLIDWORKS resource center is available through their website, www.EAA.org/SOLIDWORKS.  Marie









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