solidThinking Offering Free ‘sTudent’ Software at Macworld

Design students can download advanced styling software by attending
solidThinking booth at San Francisco conference

Leading industrial design/styling software company solidThinking, Inc. is
providing a free personal-use version of its solidThinking 7.6 software —
the only industrial design software available to run on both Mac OS and
Windows — to industrial design, architecture and fine arts students who
visit solidThinking’s booth 3320 at the Macworld Conference & Expo 2009 in
San Francisco, Jan. 5-9.

Those enrolled in certified programs at colleges and universities can
obtain a certificate this week at the Macworld solidThinking booth. Valid
proof of student status must be presented. The validated certificate can
then be used to download the free solidThinking software and run it on the
student’s personal computer. The personal-use “sTudent” version of
solidThinking is the same software used around the world by top-name
designers to create and evaluate designs of products ranging from jewelry
and computers to automobiles and yachts.

“Industrial designers globally are adopting solidThinking as their tool of
choice, and today’s design students should have the opportunity to use,
understand and become fluent in the best available software to expand their
creative abilities,” said solidThinking Vice President of Product Strategy
and Marketing Alessandro (Alex) Mazzardo. “By making solidThinking
available to students for convenient use on their own computers, we
anticipate these students will become even more attractive to employers
upon graduation by giving them more time to improve their creativity and
develop a portfolio of their creative work.”

The free annual licenses will enable students to use the software
throughout each academic year. After that period, they will have the
opportunity to either renew the annual license if they are still in school,
or apply for a 60-day “post-graduate” version to use at their new place of
employment. The offer is available to full-time students at approved
institutions. Those who download the free “sTudent” version also will
receive a free electronic manual to help them get started using
solidThinking as a source of new inspiration for their creative options.

At the Macworld Conference & Expo 2009, solidThinking is showing off its
recently launched software solidThinking 7.6 and highlighting how leading
designers are “doing it with a Mac” by using solidThinking to design
exciting new products.

In the commercial world, solidThinking is crucial to many of the world’s
leading designers of furniture, electronic devices, automobiles, lighting,
shoes, jewelry, timepieces, sports equipment, boating, consumer packaging
and other products. Thousands of designers use solidThinking to develop
products and packaging for such renowned companies and brands as Azimut
Yachts, Bulgari, Cartier, Diesel, DuPont, Fujitsu, Hugo Boss, Italdesign
Giugiaro, Korg, MacGregor Golf, Mares, Masterfoods, Merck, Nestle, Nikon,
Panerai, Peg Perego, Pininfarina, Scavolini, Thomson, Tisettanta, Toshiba,
Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

About solidThinking, Inc. (

solidThinking, Inc. develops and markets industrial design/styling software
that helps designers invent, explore and evaluate new ideas easily, rapidly
and cost-effectively, without the limitations of traditional software.
Using solidThinking’s visualization interface, designers render and share
photo-realistic images of their projects on the fly, from architecture and
automobiles to electronic devices, jewelry, product packaging and yachts.
solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy, Mich. (USA) based
Altair Engineering, Inc. ( Altair Engineering is
privately held and employs more than 1,400 in North America, South America,
Europe and Asia/Pacific.