How much is solidworks?

How much is this software? i want to do design for small metal parts. Does it run on Windows Vista?
thanks for your help.

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Starts at about $2500 for a "basic" version.

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SolidWorks is no longer worth the money even if it's free if you have to work with other people designs and modify them or if you have to work with non-native data.
Jon Banquer San Diego, CA http://jonbanquer.baywords.com/
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Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology when it's released.
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology treats non-native CAD data EXACTLY like it treats native CAD data.
Compare this to how SolidWorks treats non-native CAD data... like some sort of illegal alien.
In many cases modifying someone else's SolidWorks model in Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology is much faster than modifyng the model with SolidWorks itself!
The links on my blog answer a lot of the questions being asked about what Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology can and can't do. One just has to be intelligent enough to figure out what isn't stated outright in those videos.
Both Tom Brewer and Matt Lombard have shown that they can't figure it out and need to be spoon-fed.
Here is a clue for both of these idiots:
Parametric/history data doesn't transfer between SolidWorks and Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology.
Jon Banquer San Diego, CA http://jonbanquer.baywords.com /
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On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 05:54:39 -0700 (PDT), jon_banquer

It was you complaining Jon that you couldn't use SolidWorks however you couldn't articulate exactly what beginner problems you were having so the more experienced users could come to your aid.

OK, so according to you SE deletes the history and model constraints on imported models. So please explain how you determine the imported models original design intent?
Is design intent no longer a concern?
With the original constraints removed when you start hacking and whacking the model, how do you a machinist or anyone else determine original design intent on that imported model, as well as fit, form and function when you start making changes?
How do you determine which (critical) dimensions on the imported model should be locked and which can be unlocked?
When you alter that customer file, what do you give back to them since they don't have SE?
And while your at it, per your previous posts, you are a CNC Machinist/Programmer, what exactly is your engineering department doing while you say you are hacking and whacking customer supplied models, trying to figure out customer design intent before you alter these models so they are easier for you to manufacture?

Jon, you can't even get where he live right. You live in Chula Vista Jon, not San Diego.
Tom
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On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 20:38:35 -0700 (PDT), jon_banquer

It is not even released to the public yet Jon. You have never seen or used it live. So exactly how did you evaluate Synchronous Technology Jon?

How does it handle constraints and design intent of the original model?

And you know this exactly how, some one told you or did you just made it up?

You were the one having beginner problems with SolidWorks Jon not us.

So constraints and design intent are stripped when the model is imported?

The guy that can't even get what city he lives in correct.
Jon, you live in Chula Vista not San Diego.
Tom
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Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology when it's released.
Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology treats non-native CAD data EXACTLY like it treats native CAD data.
Compare this to how SolidWorks treats non-native CAD data... like some sort of illegal alien.
In many cases modifying someone else's SolidWorks model in Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology is much faster than modifyng the model with SolidWorks itself!
The links on my blog answer a lot of the questions being asked about what Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology can and can't do. One just has to be intelligent enough to figure out what isn't stated outright in those videos.
Both Tom Brewer and Matt Lombard have shown that they can't figure it out and need to be spoon-fed.
Here is a clue for both of these idiots:
Parametric/history data doesn't transfer between SolidWorks and Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology.
Jon Banquer San Diego, CA http://jonbanquer.baywords.com /
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On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 22:05:51 -0700 (PDT), jon_banquer

It is not even released to the public yet Jon. You have never seen or used it live. So exactly how did you evaluate Synchronous Technology Jon?

How does it handle constraints and design intent of the original model?

And you know this exactly how, some one told you or did you just made it up?

You were the one having beginner problems with SolidWorks Jon not us.

So constraints and design intent are stripped when the model is imported?

The guy that can't even get what city he lives in correct.
Jon, you live in Chula Vista not San Diego.
Tom
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"No longer worth the money, even if it's free....."
That's funny, coming from a guy who's running cracked copies of Mastercam X2 and Surfcam.
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