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SolidWorks Prices in the UK – Packages and Subscription Levels

SolidWorks is a computer aided design (CAD) program that also links with other packaged software and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology. Developed by Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks was originally aimed at product and mechanical part designers, with a focus on 3D modeling and simulation. Since its release in 1995, the software has become one of the industry-leading CAD packages for designers and engineers alike and remains popular with product designers in particular.

In recent years, SolidWorks added dozens of innovative features, extra toolsets, and a variety of add-on applications. For this reason, SolidWorks is now available for licensed use at three different subscription levels – Standard, Professional, and Premium.

Separate licences can also be “rented” using “term licenses”, which will be explained in greater depth later in this article.

SolidWorks packages

In this section, we will briefly list the benefits and features of each SolidWorks package.

SolidWorks Standard

Overview

SolidWorks Standard is the simplest package and offers all the core design and modelling functions that make up the SolidWorks software.

The 3D-solid modelling tools are ideal for designing parts, products and assemblies. One of the main strengths of SolidWorks is that you can create associative links between the 3D models of your parts and assemblies, which means that drawings auto-update when any linked part is altered.

You can also use a tool to make lifelike visualisations, allowing you to virtually test the parts and products. Naturally, this helps reduce design and testing costs. SolidWorks also allows you to create shop-ready 2D drawings directly from the 3D model.

Features

Benefits

SolidWorks Professional

Overview

SolidWorks Professional includes all the tools and features mentioned in the Standard tier. The added features include a version-control and data-management system. This powerful tool allows teams to collaborate on product development – even from long distances – while retaining secure, centrally-stored data and documents.

The Professional package also includes an expanded toolbox, which has a 3D model library of standard components, including nuts, bolts, bearings, etc., to save time during the design stage. A scan-to-3D tool is also included, which is a handy application for importing scans into SolidWorks and converting them to 3D models.

Features (also includes everything in Standard)

Benefits

SolidWorks Premium

Overview

The next step up, known as Premium, again includes everything found in the Standard and Professional packages. Its primary addition is SolidWorks Simulation, a program that offers deep analysis and design optimisation opportunities. The software has various tools for measuring properties such as linear stress, strain, and displacement.

Another addition is SolidWorks routing. For MEP engineers, this is a great specialist tool that allows you to design and optimise complex routed systems such as pipework, tubing, cables, and wires.

Features (also includes everything in Standard & Professional)

Benefits

SolidWorks Prices UK

Subscription model

The following are average price ranges for an annual subscription in the UK at the time of writing:

To ensure you get the most up-to-date pricing, download a PDF with more accurate subscription pricing details by filling the form at the end of this article.

Term licenses

Term licenses can be a cost-effective and flexible way to use SolidWorks if you only need to use it for a short time period. Rentals are offered in 6- or 12-month increments.

More than 20 pieces of software can be rented under term licences, with prices ranging from £240 to £3,200 for a 6-month rental, depending on the type of software.

The following software can be rented:

Download SolidWorks UK priceguide

Up-to-date pricing for term licenses can be found in the PDF file that you can get by filling this form out:

 

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