Richardson, TX – Alibre, Inc. announced price cuts to its line of 3D CAD software. Alibre develops and markets Alibre Design™, a powerful parametric 3D/2D design application. The entry level package, Alibre Design Standard, is now $97 (down from $1000) and includes full 3D design and associative 2D drawings, along with Alibre Translate (formerly $499), an import/export suite that supports Solidworks®, Pro/Engineer™, Autodesk® Inventor™, SolidEdge™, Catia®, and Parasolid formats in addition to all neutral CAD formats.
All levels of Alibre Design software and software maintenance have been reduced in price, positioning Alibre products as the extreme value leader in the design and manufacturing industries. The product levels, pricing, and optional software maintenance prices are:
Alibre Design Standard – $97 (software), $97 (1 year support and updates) Includes parametric 3D design (parts and assemblies), 2D drafting, import/export options for native CAD formats and neutral formats, and 3D PDF creation.
Alibre Design Professional – $497 (software), $147 (1 year support and updates)Adds sheet metal design module, push/pull editing, standard part libraries, design configurations, photorealistic rendering, and single part FEA analysis.
Alibre Design Expert – $997 (software), $197 (1 year support and updates) Adds Windows-integrated data/product management solution, integrated physics-based motion analysis, an integrated CAM solution, and Machinist Toolbox, a shop utility offering features such as unit conversion, speeds and feeds, trig calculations, and reference materials.
The new price points position Alibre products to enter new markets – primarily the individual and home user – while still providing the professional grade tools higher end users expect. The DIY phenomenon, as covered by many publications such as Wired, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, presents a huge opportunity for vendors willing to cater to lower price points. People are designing things for themselves, either as products or as side projects, and benefit from professional design tools. It’s been the case in the past that they simply could not afford them.