Alibre News November 2009
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CEO Blog: Alibre’s Price Guarantee Challenges CAD Industry to Make 3D CAD Software Affordable to Businesses and Consumers
Effective immediately, customers are guaranteed to get an “Order of Magnitude” better price on Alibre Design software, versus any comparable 3D CAD program, regardless of the number of seats (licenses) purchased.
In August and September, Alibre demonstrated that the 3D CAD market is bloated, over priced and out of touch with customers. With our affordable $99 Challenge Offer, we sold thousands of seats, including hundreds of new multi-seat customers and booked record revenue, cash flow, and profits.
Now we are raising the bar, especially against the large, expensive, CAD vendors. We want customers to realize just how much money they can save by using Alibre Design, especially if they have multiple CAD users in their organizations. The process is very simple. Just get a quote - from any vendor selling comparable software and bring that quote to Alibre.
Everyone knows that prices for 3D CAD software are ridiculously expensive, especially in this economy, during the greatest recession since the Great Depression. Vendors such as Dassault Systemes, Autodesk, Siemens, and Parametric Technologies charge $5,000, $10,000, and upwards of $20,000 per seat for products such as Solidworks, Inventor, Solid Edge, Pro/E, NX, and CATIA.
For example, a quote for SolidWorks Standard at www.solidworks.com runs $3,995 for one license and $1,295/year for a Alibre Subscription Service for a total of $5,290. This means a customer will pay only $529 for Alibre Design Standard with Alibre Subscription Service, saving $4,761 over Solidworks. And the savings really add up with multi-seat purchases; 5 seats of Alibre Design cost $2,645 versus $26,450 for Solidworks, a savings of $23,805!
Competitive quotes tailored for individual companies could be even lower than list price due to promotions and other offers. Alibre's Price Guarantee applies to these competing promotional offers as well.
We are encouraging people to do a thorough evaluation of our software versus the competition. Often they will find they can get their jobs done more efficiently using Alibre Design and at a fraction of the price of the alternatives. Now we are also guaranteeing, that no matter what price the quote, no matter how low the other guys go, we will beat them by a factor of 10. It doesn't matter if the quote is for SolidWorks, Inventor, Solid Edge, Pro Engineer, etc. - any quote for any software product that offers comparable functionality will be beaten by a factor of 10.
You might wonder how Alibre can sell professional 3D CAD software at affordable prices. It’s simple, we have a lean, web-oriented, sales, marketing, and distribution structure with all employees located at a central headquarters near Dallas, TX that is complimented by third party resellers in major geography’s. Since we don’t require a direct sales force, geographically distributed premium office space, travel, or client entertainment expenses like our competitors, we can pass on thousands of dollars in savings to customers and still make a reasonable profit.
Before you spend thousands or tens of thousands of dollars for CAD software you should ask yourself, “Is my money going to pay for support and future software improvements, or just paying the costs of unnecessary overhead?”
It's going to happen, the only question is when. The CAD software industry's monopolistic, anti-competitive practice of offering bloated, overpriced 3D CAD packages will come to an end.
Ralph Hilton of Hilton Engineering in St. George, Utah used SolidWorks until he found out he could do the same design work with greater productivity at a more sustainable price using Alibre Design Professional for his 3D designs. Find out how he is succeeded giving his customers better performance, while reducing costs in this tight economy.
This month's tech tip offers a cornucopia of handy features. For novices in the audience, we'll show you the most effective ways to interact with 3D models in Alibre Design. Our experienced users can look forward to a new 3D sketch tool that will premier with Alibre Design, version 12.1. Alibre Design 12.1 and Alibre CAM 2.0 are due to be released soon. The contents are provided in short, animated screen captures. So sit back, put your feet up, et laissez les bons temps rouler!
Here's a little extra content provided courtesy of Design News. Check it out and let us know what you think.
Rick Crammond has found a way to improve the Tesla turbine design and give it an update that can sharpen pencils at 2,200 rpm. That's some fast cranking. The turbine alone can reach speeds of 8,000-to-12,000 rpm before it self-destructs. So, Rick built a "bullet-proof" containment box. The turbine, which requires no bearings or shafts, runs on compressed air and spins a pair of disks magnetically coupled to the sharpener.