The MIT of China implements 500 licenses of SolidWorks 3D CAD

May 17, 2007

One of China’s most prestigious universities is implementing 500 licenses of SolidWorks 3D computer aided design (CAD) and COSMOS design validation software to accelerate the popularity of design technology in China’s engineering sector.
Tsinghua University, often described as “the MIT of China.” It counts Chinese President Hu Jintao among its graduates.

The university plans to use 200 licenses in its CAD education center. The other licenses will be distributed to eight of the university’s departments including mechanical engineering, automotive engineering and electromechanical engineering.
The education center will provide training and support to educators at other Chinese universities who want to take the Certified SolidWorks Professional examination. The CAD education center’s mission is to promote creativity and innovation by offering undergraduate and graduate students courses on topics such as CAD use, mechanical principles, mechanical component design, computer aided plotting and integrated CAD/CAM. SolidWorks will also supply 200 licenses of its Student Edition software so students can practice their 3D CAD skills outside of the classroom.

“Our goal is to become a center of 3D CAD knowledge in China,” said Wang Junying, director of CAD Teaching Center, Tsinghua University. “By training our own students in SolidWorks, a leader in 3D CAD, we’re making an immediate impact on the market by providing companies with engineering professionals who have a valuable skill. Training educators from other institutions is part of our long-term goal of raising the general level of 3D design competence throughout China.”

“We believe that all mechanical designs will be created with 3D software in the future because it is the most accurate medium for depicting a product and it encourages designers to innovate,” said Chen Chaoxiang, technical director of the Greater China Region for SolidWorks Corporation. “To help that transition, it is vital for China’s major learning institutions to train students in widely used 3D CAD software such as SolidWorks. We’re looking forward to playing a role in their efforts to extend 3D CAD into every corner of the mechanical engineering community.”