As far as I know, Siemens PLM had an education program where schools and colleges could get licenses of Solid Edge after paying a nominal fee. Now even that has been removed making it easy for any student to have a full blown license of a robust MCAD system. I visited http: To my surprise I got an email with a license file and a link to download the software, which I promptly did. After installation I fired it up and was greeted by a splash screen containing this message. It looks like the file incompatibility is the only or main difference between the commercial and student edition.
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