progeCAD Professional used in Design of the Discovery Channel Telescope housed at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Design of the $44 Million Research Telescope is accomplished with progeCAD Professional Computer Aided Design software through an educational grant program administered by progeCAD USA

Portland, Oregon, USA – September 15, 2010 – progeCAD USA (, a long time supporter of schools, museums, and educational programs, agreed in 2005 to help fund the project by a donation of corporate licenses and upgrades of their flagship product, to help realize the design of the Discovery Channel Telescope.
Lowell Observatory, founded in 1894, is the largest private, non-profit astronomical research institution in the United States. Lowell also hosts a variety of innovative educational and visitor outreach programs to share the wonders of astronomy and science with the public. The Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is a project of Lowell Observatory and Discovery Communications, Inc. to design, construct, and commission a state-of-the-art, 4.3- meter (14-ft) research class telescope. Valued at $44 million, the DCT will significantly advance Lowell’s research capabilities to help expand our understanding of the universe.
Just as important, the partnership with the Discovery Channel, whose current operations include 29 global networks in over 170 countries, will bring the fascinating world of astronomical science and education to more than 1.6 billion people every day.
More information about the project and design of the Discovery Channel Telescope and about other famous progeCAD customer’s is available in our customer Hall of Fame section online at
After researching various CAD software options with respect to performance, price, custom features, and technical support, progeCAD 2010 Professional was the obvious choice. DCT engineering and technical staff confirms that progeCAD Professional delivers highly reliable and robust performance thus improving the ease and speed of design work. progeCAD Professional has also shown to be readily compatible with other software programs in use by the DCT project team including SolidWorks and AutoCAD. Finally, progeSOFT’s proven commitment to supporting educational institutions such as Lowell Observatory yields additional value and confidence in our choice of progeCAD.
As a proven AutoCAD replacement technology, progeCAD 2010 Professional, in use by thousands of design professionals worldwide, offers the closest experience yet to using AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. progeCAD supports the DWG file format, an almost identical command set and support files bi directionally compatible with AutoCAD or AutoCAD LT. The almost non-existent learning curve and purchase cost at 1/10th the Price of AutoCAD, make it an attractive alternative to the higher priced CAD brands. Compatibility with the DWG format and new Windows 7 operating system give users of older, non-installable AutoCAD licenses a proven choice when confronted with the reality of purchasing an AutoCAD license.
In addition to worthy causes such as the Lowell Observatory / Discovery Channel Telescope, progeCAD donates over a million dollars a year in progeCAD Corporate Site Licenses to deserving Elementary and Secondary Schools, Universities and Colleges throughout North America.

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