News travels fast up har in the hills and mountains o’ CAD country… stimulatin’ news… news on the magnitude of HUGE and TIMELY. This is just such news.

SolidWorks announced at SolidWorks World 2009 the enormous plans of helping every ailing engineer that has meet the cold hand of unemployment. The SolidWorks Engineering Stimulus Package (ESP). Interested in a free copy of SolidWorks? Are you unemployed? Would this help you? Here are some more details.

Crank The 3D CAD
Here’s the latest Engineering Stimulus Plan details from Mathew West over at the Dassault 3D Perspectives blog.

    • Any unemployed design professional will be able to register and download a Personal Edition copy of SolidWorks online. The license is good for 90 days, and will be renewable once. There will also be a watermark preventing the software from being used for commercial purposes.
    • The software will be accompanied by extensive training materials that a current SolidWorks user can use to sharpen his or her skills. People new to SolidWorks should actually be able to use these materials to learn the application and become proficient. Which leads to the next part.
    • Once the user is comfortable with the application, he or she will get a chance to take the Certified SolidWorks Associate test for free. We’ve found that employers actively seek people with SolidWorks certification, and applicants with a CSWA (or CSWP, the next step up) certification stand out in the interview process.

Unfortunately, this won’t be set up so you can start that hill country consulting biz you’ve always wanted to. It will help you keep you as spry as a three-legged raccoon in a demolition derby, keeping your SolidWorks skills up and even learning some new stuff. Any questions about this? Do you really think it would help you? I know 2 (soon to be 3) people that this will interest, but where do they go from there?

What would be even better
On top of this, it would greatly help if SolidWorks worked with the VAR’s to get anyone in the program in front of companies that are using SolidWorks. It’s just one more way, a much easier way, to help people get back into the marketplace.

Things you better be doing
In the meantime, instead of waiting for this, get off your haunches and start acting:

  • Update/Create your LinkedIn profile. Get recommendations.
  • Contact a reseller. let them know the situation. Give them your info.
  • Connect with users. Online via Twitter. or a User Group. or the Forums.
  • Try consulting. There’s or your own hard work promoting yourself. Go after it.
  • Try doing something you love. Not that sitting in a cubicle for 8 hours isn’t enjoyable. Build something.

Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.