Pay-per-result portal for free 2D/3D CAD software helps smaller manufacturers cut upfront costs

MEDUSA4 Personal(TM) , the powerful 2D/3D CAD package, is now free even for business use / Companies face no upfront investment - commercially viable results can be converted for as little as Euro 2.99.

(PresseBox) (Cambridge, UK and Pittsford, NY, ) The credit crunch has meant that even manufacturers / skilled trades with healthy order books face insolvency as banks refuse the short- term loans needed to finance customer projects. CAD Schroer offers one creative approach that saves upfront costs.

Upfront project costs can stifle small engineers and manufacturers Many small to mediumsized manufacturers and skilled trades, such as metal workers, have suffered extreme hardship during the recession. The lack of credit has hit decadesold family businesses throughout Europe, because longstanding banking partners have pulled the plug on the shortterm financing necessary for upfront project costs. Those who survive have to find creative solutions.

One software company is trying to help. CAD Schroer, founded 24 years ago as an engineering service provider (now a global CAD and plant design software vendor) - has made its free MEDUSA4 Personal CAD package available to businesses.

Payperresult portal for free software Previously the personal version of MEDUSA4 (a powerful, professional drafting suite deployed by companies of all sizes around the world) was only available for private use. But the need for a pay- perresult option among small engineering/manufacturing firms provoked a creative response.

Businesses can now use MEDUSA4 Personal for free at the office on client projects.

Finished designs are converted at CAD Schroer's online services portal for commercial use.

CAD Schroer's online services portal:

http://eservices.cad-schroer.com/r/124

"We can't change the banks, but we have a way to help struggling familyowned or startup firms which need to keep their upfront costs as low as possible," says Managing Director Michael Schroer, whose company has offices throughout Europe and in the United States. "So we are offering a very comprehensive multiplatform CAD system completely free of charge. Only once a design has been refined and released do businesses pay to convert it to a high quality PDF (Euro 2.99) or DXF (Euro 4.99) for commercial use. This means that costs stay very low and are easily attributable to specific customer projects. There is no large software investment required in advance."

2D/3D CAD software for Windows® and Linux®

Business users should register for free at CAD Schroer's eSERVICES portal. Here they can download the 2D/3D CAD software, request their free license, and create an account that allows them to upload and convert their finished designs for commercial use.

CAD Schroer's eSERVICES portal:

http://eservices.cad-schroer.com/r/124

Free MEDUSA4 Personal Download for Windows and Linux:

http://eservices.cad-schroer.com/r/124

CAD Schroer GmbH

CAD Schroer is a global software development company and engineering solutions provider, helping to raise the productivity and competitiveness of customers working in manufacturing and plant design, including the automotive sector and its supply chain, the energy sector and public utilities. CAD Schroer has offices throughout Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, and independent subsidiaries in France, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

CAD Schroer's product portfolio includes 2D/3D CAD, plant design, factory layout and data management solutions. Customers in 39 countries rely on MEDUSA4®, MPDS4(TM) and STHENO/PRO® to provide an efficient, flexible and integrated design environment for all phases of product or plant design - cutting costs while raising quality. CAD Schroer emphasises close customer partnerships and supports its clients' objectives through extensive consultancy, training, development, software support and maintenance services.

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