Dassault System, a French company, manufactures both Solidworks & CATIA. CATIA being high-end design package and SolidWorks being lower-end design package designed for small & mid tire Company. SolidWorks is a solid modeler, and utilizes a parametric feature-based approach which was initially developed by PTC (Creo/Pro-Engineer) to create models and assemblies. The software is written on Parasolid-kernel. The implementation of such software can lend several benefits to the users, such as: Shortened Design Cycle, Increased Productivity of Engineers and Designer, Faster Deliver Innovative Products.
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NOTE: SolidsWorks does not provide free student version it cost (approx $150)