Ok, thanks anyway. But, I guess I'll have to go with using VariCAD. Since it's the only solid modeler that I've been able to find that will run under on Linux.
Don't worry guys, I'm still using Solidworks at work and love it. I just need something, like VariCAD, to use at home that runs on my Linux Laptop.
I did a little more checking and MachineWorks now claims to support Unix environments.
Perhaps a small company like VX feels it would be to expensive and to difficult to support both platforms especially because VX seems to be sold mainly to small and mid-size companies most of whom run Windows XP.
VX is *just beginning to learn how to market* and they seem to be making good progress. For years they just developed for one large client.
"Founded in 1985, VX provides design-through-manufacturing solutions to help companies speed time-to-market, increase profitability and gain a sustainable, competitive advantage. Formed by a group of talented mechanical and software engineers headed by Mark Vorwaller, their vision was to develop highly functional, highly productive and extremely accurate software tools to serve the needs of both design engineers and manufacturers.
Originally known as Control Automation Inc. (CAI), the company entered into a four-year joint development agreement with NKK Corp. of Japan and introduced the industry's first hybrid solid/surface/wireframe CAD/CAM system in 1991. In 1994, the company became known as Varimetrix, deriving its name from "variational geometry" and "parametric technology" to reflect the two key components of VX's core technology. Also that year, a long-term partnership was formed with South Korean-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to develop and produce an advanced CAD/CAM system for Samsung's internal product development.
The result was VX CAD/CAMT, an advanced, integrated CAD/CAM solution that delivered powerful and affordable, three-dimensional hybrid modeling capabilities to the desktop. In March 1999, VX CAD/CAM was released and made available commercially, featuring assembly-centric wireframe, surface and solid modeling with drafting, manufacturing and rendering built in. In April 2000, Shin Nippon Koki (SNK) of Osaka, Japan, invested $20 million in VX to sell, market and distribute its products globally. In 2001, Varimetrix was shortened to VX, with a new logo and brand, to further drive the sales and marketing of its enterprise-level products globally. VX CAD/CAMT
VX technology is built on an exclusive, high-performance engine, the VX kernel, that delivers sophisticated 3D hybrid modeling capabilities and provides interoperability with emerging process management and engineering tools. Some of the world's leading manufacturers already rely on VX CAD/CAM software to drive the design, engineering and manufacturing of their innovative products.
With the introduction of VX CAD/CAM, VX extends enterprise-level mechanical design and engineering capabilities to the desktop-at a fraction of the cost of comparable systems. VX's fully-integrated CAD/CAM environment provides an intuitive user interface, advanced 3D modeling and the open, powerful VX kernel, needed to rapidly develop high-quality products.
VX is privately held. In addition to Shin Nippon Koki (SNK, Osaka, Japan), a privately held, major machining systems supplier affiliated with Daiwa Can Co., Nissan Machine Co. and Nippon Steel Corp, VX's investor partners have included Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
With global headquarters in Palm Bay, Fla., VX maintains sales and marketing offices worldwide and can be accessed on the Web at