PLANO, Texas -- EDS reported today that the University of Michigans Colleg e of Engineering has added Solid Edge® to complete the computer-aided design (CAD) software needs of its students. Solid Edge, a mid-range CAD system noted for its ease of use, will be used in conjunction with two other powerful EDS CAD applications (Unigraphics® and I-deas®), allowing students to expand th eir skills throughout their academic and professional careers. EDS PLM Solutions can now offer a strong link between the design process and eng ineering curriculum with unmatched association between the premium and mid-range systems. The University of Michigan is one of the first in the nation to provid e and implement scalable software at the freshman level that will provide the bu ilding blocks for higher levels of engineering as students advance to senior-lev el classes. The combination provides a fully associated solution set that takes the students from basic design through finite element analysis and manufacturing . This academic year, a total of 350 incoming students received their own copy of Solid Edge CAD software to load onto their personal computers, kicking off a ful ly integrated engineering design and analysis program that is the first of its k ind for a major university. EDS has provided the University of Michigan, College of Engineering with Solid E dge licenses valued at $2.5 million to help initiate a program in which students in their early years can learn mechanical CAD quickly, with easy-to-use, Window s-native software. As the first CAD system to gain Microsoft Windows and Micros oft Office compatibility, Solid Edge redefined mechanical CAD. Solid Edge allows students to work outside the classroom, and enables their proj ects to be integrated at higher levels in their junior, senior, and graduate lev el classes. University officials said the addition Solid Edge to the Unigraphics and I-deas suite of products puts the University of Michigan andthe College of Engineering at the forefront of preparing its students for the P roduct Lifecycle Management (PLM) practices employers will expect of them follow ing graduation. This user-friendly software enables the students to learn CAD with very li ttle supervision, which allows instructors to focus on teaching engineering, ins tead of spending half of a semester teaching basic CAD skills, said Donald Geister, director of the Wilson Student Team Project Center. This elevate s the level of learning tremendously, Geister said. By giving the fr eshman Solid Edge, it provides the opportunity to bridge a gap which historicall y existed between the engineering curriculum and learning how to use the CAD too ls, said Suman Das, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
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