Your Guide to Buying SOLIDWORKS

A comprehensive guide to some of the most common questions people have before buying SOLIDWORKS.

WHERE to BUY SOLIDWORKS?


Find a SOLIDWORKS Reseller

The only way to buy SOLIDWORKS is through a certified reseller like GoEngineer.

 

SOLIDWORKS products are sold worldwide through a large network of certified value-added resellers (VARs). SOLIDWORKS resellers also provide additional services, product training, and ongoing support.

GoEngineer is the VAR in the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Browse our office locations to find one near you.

 

Not located in our territory? Follow these steps below to find your local reseller:

  1. Visit the SOLIDWORKS VAR Locator
  2. Enter your country and postal code
  3. Click on  Find Resellers

 

How to BUY SOLIDWORKS?


Interested in purchasing a 3D CAD solution, but not sure where to get started? We've outlined 5 recommended steps to point you in the right direction.

 

Step 1: Do Your Research

The first step for many SOLIDWORKS buyers is research. Many types of resources are available to help you make the right decision for your company. Examples include whitepapers, blog posts, eBooks, product matrices, and videos like the ones available in our resource center . Many people investigating new 3D CAD software find that attending an educational event is helpful . You can also check out how well your computer gear matches up with the SOLIDWORKS hardware requirements.

You may need additional capabilities beyond design, so you will want to visit the Guide to Buying SOLIDWORKS Simulation the Guide to Buying SOLIDWORKS Electrical, and the Guide to Buying SOLIDWORKS PDM.

Step 2: Get a Software Demonstration

The next step is often to Request A Demonstration directly for details and pricing of the software by certified application engineers at your local SOLIDWORKS reseller. This ensures that the features and functionality match the requirements of the organization considering SOLIDWORKS products.

 

 
Step 3: Proposal or Quote

Once you have confirmed for yourself that the tools will work in your environment, the next step will be either a proposal or SOLIDWORKS price quote that includes details of products to be purchased, all costs associated with the software, as well as any services recommended.

Step 4: Purchasing Process

From there, the next step will follow the procurement process inside your organization, often meaning your company will issue a purchase order. Once there is confirmation of your intent to buy SOLIDWORKS software and you have arranged a payment method, we order the software on your behalf. It usually takes SOLIDWORKS about 3 business days to process your order.

Step 5: Get Started with Your New Software

After your order is completed, we provide you with your serial numbers as well as additional information about getting started. We will also begin scheduling any services or training that were purchased.

How to Choose a SOLIDWORKS Solution


Which Solution is Right for You?

Selecting the right 3D design solution depends on your company’s specific needs and use case. SOLIDWORKS provides a variety of options to choose from with different features at different price points.

 

Create parametric parts, assemblies and production level drawings with SOLIDWORKS Standard.

SOLIDWORKS Standard

Even as the entry-level 3D CAD product, SOLIDWORKS Standard users benefit from the ease of use and improved productivity. Create parametric parts, assemblies, and production-level drawings. Take advantage of tools to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural weldments.

SOLIDWORKS Professional builds upon the capabilities of the Standard product.

SOLIDWORKS Professional

SOLIDWORKS Professional builds upon the capabilities of the Standard product. When companies select this version they can take advantage of tools for even better productivity including the Design Checker, SOLIDWORKS Toolbox, costing, visualization, and much more.

SOLIDWORKS Premium integrates 3D design, simulation, motion, product data management, advanced wire and pipe routing functionality, point cloud data import and CAD productivity tools in a single, affordable easy to use package.

SOLIDWORKS Premium

As the flagship product, SOLIDWORKS Premium integrates 3D design, simulation, motion, product data management, advanced wire and pipe routing functionality, point cloud data import, and CAD productivity tools in a single, affordable easy to use package. Go from concept to virtual prototype faster than you ever thought possible with the desired quality using a single easy to use application. 

To help make the most informed decision of which package is best for you, take an in-depth look at the features included in each solution in our SOLIDWORKS Product Matrix .

If you need to collaborate with team members across departments and geography, be sure to check out our  3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS packages that combine the industry-leading functionality of SOLIDWORKS CAD with secure, cloud-based data management and collaboration tools. Contact GoEngineer directly for details and pricing.

What is the Price of SOLIDWORKS?


The Cost of SOLIDWORKS and Subscription Services?

The basic SOLIDWORKS price has not changed since it was first released in 1996. One standalone license is $3,995. The annual subscription service price, which covers technical support, upgrades, and more for one year, is $1,295.

SOLIDWORKS product licenses are offered in a tiered system of Standard, Professional, and Premium. As you move up to Professional and Premium levels, you gain additional capabilities as well as additional license and support costs. Contact us to learn about the latest SOLIDWORKS promotions .

Our customers often have very unique needs and benefit from more of the SOLIDWORKS portfolio than just 3D CAD. Contact GoEngineer directly to discuss your business goals and we can create a custom SOLIDWORKS price quote for the products, services, and/or training that can help you meet your goals quickly.

Four Types of SOLIDWORKS Licenses


How Does SOLIDWORKS Licensing Work?

Before you buy SOLIDWORKS, here is an overview of the types of licenses that are offered to best suit your needs including commercial , academia , research, and entrepreneurs/startups . Contact a SOLIDWORKS sales expert to discuss your unique needs.

 

Commercial Licenses

Companies of all sizes need integrated solutions to help them innovate and grow their business. SOLIDWORKS products are easy-to-learn and use, and work together to help you design products better, faster, and more cost-efficiently.

Academia Licenses

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition offers schools the complete CAD teaching tool, featuring software, certification full curriculum, and interactive courseware.

Research Licenses

The SOLIDWORKS Research Edition gives researchers the latest in engineering technology with no restrictions for use in publications, industry-funded projects, intellectual property transfer, and patent applications. Plus there's no educational watermark - allowing you to clearly present your work.

Entrepreneurs and Startup Licenses

The SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs program offers software, training, and co-marketing resources at no cost to help you succeed.

Benefits of a SOLIDWORKS Subscription


Can You Buy SOLIDWORKS without a Subscription?

Yes, you can buy what is called a perpetual license of SOLIDWORKS without a subscription. However, yearly SOLIDWORKS Subscription includes support, upgrades, new versions, free certification exams, and free training to improve your performance and productivity with an intuitive 3D design experience, giving you a competitive advantage. You also receive free licenses for SOLIDWORKS Visualize Standard and SOLIDWORKS CAM Standard, as well as access to   MySolidWorks where you can view 600+ product tutorial videos.

For a full list of the benefits included with a license on an active subscription, click the button below.

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Learn More about how SOLIDWORKS subscription licensing can help you and your organization,

Options to Rent vs. Buy SOLIDWORKS


Choosing a SOLIDWORKS License Option

When you are ready to purchase, there are two different SOLIDWORKS licensing options that give you the ability to buy or rent SOLIDWORKS products. Those licensing types include term licenses and perpetual licenses.

 

What is a SOLIDWORKS Term License?

SOLIDWORKS term licenses offer a short-term commitment with the flexibility to match your workload and expenses. They are available to rent in increments of 3 months or 1 year. Term licenses offer a considerably lower upfront initial investment that is attractive to startups or freelancers as well as to people who want to buy SOLIDWORKS for personal use.

For a full list of products available for term licensing and answers to some commonly asked questions, click the button below.

Learn More about options to rent vs. buy SOLIDWORKS with term or perpetual licenses.

What is a SOLIDWORKS Perpetual License?

There are two different types of perpetual licenses to choose from: Standalone and SNL (SolidNetWork Licenses).

A perpetual license is by far the most popular option for SOLIDWORKS customers. A perpetual license, as the name implies, never expires and will run indefinitely. Perpetual licensing with subscription also offers the lowest total cost of ownership over the long term. Customers get peace of mind knowing that the data and intellectual property that they create will always be accessible and available.

SOLIDWORKS has no plans to retire or stop selling perpetual licenses. They understand that perpetual and term serve different needs, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach for licensing. This is very different from other vendors in the CAD industry like Autodesk and PTC that are eliminating perpetual licenses and are instead only offering term licenses that are more expensive in the long term.

What is a SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Standalone License?

Standalone licenses, as the name implies, are intended for an individual user of SOLIDWORKS or any related product such as Simulation, Composer, or Electrical. It uses an Activate/Deactivate mechanism to entitle the software for use after installation or to move a license entitlement to another device or to a new user at the same company while ensuring that just one license is being used at any one time. Activation is a one-time process that requires that you have internet or email access to complete the process. Once activated, you do not need to be online to use your software.

What is a SOLIDWORKS Perpetual Floating License or SOLIDWORKS SNL License?

SNL licenses (also called floating licenses) let you to stretch your investment across all your users. SNL relies on a utility that runs on a computer that is in the same network as the users. Any computer can be used – it just needs to be one all the time. Here’s how it works: when a user starts SOLIDWORKS or any related product or add-in, it checks to see if licenses are either in use or available. Once a user closes their software, the license is immediately released back to the server for another person to use.

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Additional Resources

Take Advantage of GoEngineer’s Extensive Knowledge Base and Resources

GoEngineer Knowledge Base and website search

Find a Solution

Our robust Knowledge Base contains over 12,000 resources to help answer your product design questions. From basic CAD questions to in-depth guides and tutorials, find your solution here. Find a Solution

Get Certified Professional SOLIDWORKS Training at GoEngineer

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING 

Improve your skills with professional training and certifications in SOLIDWORKS, CAM, 3D Printing, and 3D Scanning offered four ways: self-paced, online, on-site, or in-classroom. Certified Training Courses

GoEngineer blog page

BLOG

#1 Technical Resource Worldwide - Right at your fingertips. Search or browse through hundreds of SOLIDWORKS tips & tricks, additive manufacturing product developments, announcements, how-to guides, and tutorials. Blog

GoEngineer YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel

Our YouTube channel hosts hundreds of educational tutorials, product demonstrations, recorded webinars, and best practices for all of our products and services. GoEngineer's YouTube Channel

Order 3D printing materials and consumables from GoEngineer

ONLINE STORE

Order 3D printing materials and consumables, enroll in SOLIDWORKS training classes, and buy official GoEngineer gear directly from our online store. Online Store

Free SOLIDWORKS tools offered from GoEngineer

FREE SOLIDWORKS Tools

Enjoy this collection of small ‘macros’ that were tailored to help our customers. These free SOLIDWORKS tools are for you to use, review, and modify. SOLIDWORKS Automation Tools

Webinars offered by GoEngineer

WEBINARS

Our engineering webinars are hosted by some of the top experts in the industry. They are always recorded, always free, and always offer a live Q&A. WEBINARS

3D design and part printing services available at GoEngineer

3D Printing Services

Need to 3D print a part? Our Additive Manufacturing experts will 3D print your part and deliver it to you using the latest technology on one of our professional FDM, PolyJet, SL, or Metal 3D printers. 3D Printing Services