Engaging PROCAT Students with SOLIDWORKS

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Did you know that more than two million students use SOLIDWORKS every day?   

The 3D CAD software from Dassault Systèmes is fast becoming the industry standard for getting students all over the world engaged and ‘job ready’ for a career in engineering and design. But don’t just take our word for it.

Watch our video with Alan Claughan, engineering lecturer at PROCAT, who together with SOLIDWORKS reseller NT CADCAM introduced a SOLIDWORKS education license for 500 students at PROCAT College in Essex.

PROCAT is the UK’s first college of advanced technology to be opened in 22 years and it decided to use SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software to help train and develop high quality engineers for UK industry. 

With £1.6million of investment including 16 SOLIDWORKS Workstations, Alan talks about how SOLIDWORKS is improving the learning experience for hundreds of apprentices coming through PROCAT’s doors.  

Alan says: “Apprentices are very visual learners. With SOLIDWORKS, they can model something up from scratch, incorporate electronics and see their ideas appear straight away on screen before sending it to 3D print. It has turned our CAD teaching on its head.

“SOLIDWORKS is used in 9 out of 10 of the top universities. In terms of job prospects, it’s becoming the industry standard platform for learning.”

Dominic Callahan, Mechanical Engineering student at PROCAT, says SOLIDWORKS is the most user-friendly software he’s ever come across. “I’ve used CATIA and Autodesk but SOLIDWORKS is the one that’s up there for me. It gets me up to speed before I go into an industry position. The tutorials are really useful and I have a student version of SOLIDWORKS that I can use at home that helps me get through the assignments much quicker.”  

Watch the PROCAT video with Alan and Dominic.

To find out more about a SOLIDWORKS education license call NT CADCAM on 0800 018 6957.

Read the full PROCAT case study.

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