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Celebrating 20 Years of Kick-Ass CAD

Twenty years ago, the first release of SolidWorks software, SolidWorks® 95, was released to bring CAD technology to every engineer.

Where were you in 1995? Surfing the World Wide Web? Creating mix tapes? Paying fees for not rewinding VHS rentals? Certainly design and engineering had a much different look and feel – at least until December 12, 1995.

Before SOLIDWORKS, CAD was expensive, north of $80,000, and not easily accessible from a technological perspective. All of that was going to change.

Check out this timeline to see the evolution of CAD – from features and functions to community and certification going back to the mid-90s until today.

Do you have a favorite SOLIDWORKS feature of all time? Have you used every release? We’d love to hear your SOLIDWORKS story below.

This post was originally published by  on the SOLIDWORKS Blog and is being reposted here with permission from Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corporation.