Solidworks (trial version available to expand knowledge?)
I've been using Autodesk Inventor ever since version 1 and have recently been questioning my lack of Solidworks knowledge. I wanted to give it a spin and see what I've been missing. Is there a trial version of Solidworks available?
SDK is free, but only when the University has bought the license and there is a free one available (ie all the licenses are not in use already). But the last one is "I believe/think". But to download you do need some information from University to fill the download form blanks with. I have heard, though, that when you download a SW through torrent, or use an original (from a friend of from work, for example) but without the serial, you can install it as trial version instead of pirating it. But I am not sure in this, just a rumour.
Otherwise as already pointed out: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/education/SDL_welcome.html and put in the right information in the download form.
if you are a boy or girl scout you can get a free license here: http://www.solidworks.com/sw/education/9391_ENU_HTML.htm
You fill out the information there and you get an email with installation instructions then you have a Student version od Solid works for 60 or 90 days to give it a try
You can try Solid Edge for 45 days (http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/free-solid-edge.shtml), or download student version (http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/forms/solid-edge-student.cfm) for free.
For the Student version or SolidWorks to work, you must be a registered student or teacher at an accredited college or university. Many moons ago when I was in school, they accepted a simple copy of your student ID, but today I believe they require more solid proof. You can call them to ask, or search their website for specific requirments.
For lack of a better name there is a "home version" standard license that is issued for each purchased license at my work. Ask your CAD admin if they do not know about it contact the SW salesman. Every time a new version comes out I go see the CAD admin guy and he gives me a flash drive with the install image on it.
student version costs $150 and lasts for 1 year
the demo version lasts 30 days and you have to register with a VAR
Another option is that SolidWorks provides beta versions prior to release of the official version every year. I'm not sure if you need to have an active seat in order to obtain the beta or not. Of course having come from SW and now being an Inventor user of 7 months I would recommend not trying SW or you are going to hate your day job when you go back to inventor.
Bear in mind, any parts designed in the student version are NOT portable into the mainstream Soldiworks edition. Also, as started above, all Soldiworks licenses come with an office license and home license, on the basis you cannot be using the software in two different locations simultaneously. I run 2010 on a HP box in work and on my MacBookPro at home running bootcamp Win7 64bit with no qualms on licensing.
Why try SW when you have Solid Edge available? Get the Student Edition here: http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/forms/solid-edge-student.cfm
It's free, valid for 1 year and then you can renew it.
Solid Edge is the current state-of-the-art 3D CAD modeller, based in Parasolid just like SW,but it has Synchronous Technology, the new technology by Siemens that is the current "big thing" in the CAD world. SW doesn't even come close to this!
I believe only if you are a student or tutor. But even then you have to pay for it. and if you have the correct codes. i may be wrong though. keep in mind does Solidworks really want trial versions out there like Inventors done. anyone with a email address can get a student edition Inventor from what i have seen.
But i could be wrong...