No, you didn’t get snapped in the eye with a hand towel. SolidWorks is pasting the paper to poles with a year-end promo to scream at your boss about. If you’re in the market for a shiny new seat of SolidWorks, you’re getting an upgrade worth two knee surgeries and some morphine, or $4000.

The upgrade is SolidWorks Premium for the price of Standard. Here’s the SolidWorks comparison. To give you a better idea of what you’re getting and somethings to think about take a look at this.

Some things you may care about that are included in Premium are the following:

  • eDrawings (full version) for collaboration
  • PhotoView360 for rendering
  • Feature Recognition (not too shabby for simple stuff)
  • SolidWorks Toolbox for massive hardware library
  • CircuitWorks for PCB Design
  • SolidWorks Routing for Piping/Tubing
  • Revision Control
  • Assembly/Mechanism Simulation

Of course, you have ‘no additional cost’… which means you have to go on subscription, if you’re not already.

A couple other things to note:
If you’re on a network license, you can add a seat to that. This would allow anybody to use the Premium level features on a first come, first serve basis. Your reseller probably has some other strings they can pull. It’s the last couple months of the year, so hit them up about other options. Unfortunately, if you just spent all summer selling puppies and bought 20 Standard seats in August, you’re probably out of luck on this promo, but I’d check to see if they can retro-activate you. pormo aaaway, young solidworks user.

Call them up or find out more via SolidWorks.


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.