SolidWorks is one of the most popular CAD packages on the market. Its robust 3D modeling, drawing, and assembly modules are known for being easy to learn and extremely powerful, with many additional functions available for everything from sheet metal components to electrical system design to finite element analysis.
One of the most common questions for engineers when they first hear about this powerful software is, “How much does it cost?” Since the company does not publish its pricing on their website (they ask for your contact info for a custom quote), this SolidWorks Price Guide was created to give you an idea what you should expect to pay for each version of the software.
As of the publication of this article (August 2016), the latest released version of the software is SolidWorks 2016 (with a 2017 beta version coming soon). Pricing is of course subject to change, so please use this guide as a reference, not as a definitive price list.
SolidWorks Price and Packages
SolidWorks comes in three basic packages; Basic, Professional, and Premium.
The Basic package contains all of the most common features, including 3D solid modeling, 2D drawing, and assembly capability, with many of advanced features built in. The price for one license of SolidWorks Standard is $3995.
The Professional package comes with all the functionality of the Basic package, plus a comprehensive component library, task scheduling and rendering capabilities. One license costs $5490.
The Premium packages includes everything in the Basic and Professional packages, with the addition of tolerance analysis, motion simulation, and advanced structural analysis capability. A Premium license will run you $7995.
In addition to the license costs, an optional annual subscription service, which includes upgrades and technical support for a year, costs an additional $1295.
For students, they offer a Student version for $150, which can be purchased directly through the website. The student version is a time-limited version that works for one year and has almost all of the full-size features, but with some minor modifications that make it unsuitable for commercial applications
In addition, they offer an Educator version for college professors, which includes all of the normal functionality with built –in courses and interactive lessons. Educational licenses are normally priced in bulk, so you’ll need to get a quote from an authorized reseller to purchase it.
How to Buy SolidWorks
Unlike some other CAD packages, SolidWorks can’t be purchased directly through the manufacturer’s website (aside from the Student version). The only way to purchase it is through a certified reseller.
You can locate a reseller in your region by browsing to the “Find a Reseller” page.
Free CAD Tools
In addition to their heavy-duty software, there are a handful of free tools available on the website that interface with their main CAD packages.
eDrawings Viewer is a free tool for opening and viewing SolidWorks drawings. It can be downloaded for free on the Free Tools page.
In addition, you can download Draftsight, a 2D CAD program, a CAD file manager called SolidWorks Explorer, and several other useful applications from the same page.
Buying Multiple Licenses
For companies and universities looking to buy multiple licenses, you will have to contact a reseller for a quote, and negotiate your costs based on the number of licenses and features you need. However, you can use this SolidWorks Price Guide as a baseline to understand the market rate for a single license.