Most of you are familiar with the name SOLIDWORKS, it’s 3D design software for the serious professional and over the years, we’ve shown you project after project owing its existence to its skillful use. Unfortunately, tools this powerful are often priced beyond reach for many of us, but software companies are very aware of the maker movement and its legions of builders. How can these tools be made accessible to them? Well, SOLIDWORKS came up with an answer, 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers for the hobbyist, all kinds of personal DIY projects and non-commercial use and it’s probably perfect for someone just like you.
So, what do you get?
- 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, the standard for professional CAD users
- 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor, the next generation of design tools that are online, browser-based, and built for collaboration
- Access to an expanded professional ecosystem to rapidly prototype your parts or receive engineering services via the 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace
- No need to start from scratch—connect with other makers and customize shared models
All of this for $99 per year!
Are there any restrictions? Yes, a few. You can earn a profit from the 3DEXPERIENCE package up to $2000 per year, after which you’ll need to look into one of their startup packages. Also, files you create will be stored in the cloud and digitally watermarked so they will not open in the standard commercial packages. Other than that, you’re free to design and create to your heart’s content or at least to the limits of your abilities. Of course, if you have this package, your ability to learn is unlimited, all you have to add is your own determination. You can do that, right?