SOLIDWORKS has introduced that they’ve a brand new providing, particularly for makers! Now you can get 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, a complete suite of cloud primarily based instruments, for $99 a yr.

Let’s check out a few of the superior stuff that is available in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers.

First off, you obtain 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS, which is sort of similar to the desktop SOLIDWORKS you will have already heard of earlier than. This new model lets you save all of your knowledge to your personal safe cloud storage, which allows you to easily transition forwards and backwards between SOLIDWORKS and the brand new pure-cloud X-apps, using cool new options by no means earlier than launched inside SOLIDWOKRS. This model of SOLIDWORKS is regionally put in, and requires a reasonable Home windows 10 machine + web connection.

All the pieces else showcased under is 100% pure-cloud, so all of this works out of your laptop computer or pill wherever you’ve bought an web connection!


With 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, you begin off by drawing correct layouts of components in 2D, then use every kind of instruments at your disposal. The ability of those design instruments is that all the things is correct, and you are able to do every kind of issues like specify precise sizes for holes and distances.

I got here to this, having by no means touched SOLIDWORKS earlier than, and I used to be capable of produce this admittedly easy design and 3D printed it within the first few hours.


This one has me so excited. Coming from a 3D modeling background that was centered extra on particular results and recreation belongings, I used to be used to extra handbook model modeling the place I may seize vertexes and polygons and transfer them round. Most 3D CAD packages have a unique workflow the place issues are modeled utilizing sketches and parametric adjustments. Neither methodology is less complicated or tougher, or higher or worse. They’re simply completely different strategies. The great factor is, you don’t have to decide on!

xShape lets you make the most of a few of these extra natural strategies (that really feel extra intuitive to me), and nonetheless exist inside the engineering centered system. You possibly can actually hop between the 2 workflows on the click on of a single button.

As you possibly can see within the video above, doing easy natural shapes is comparatively straightforward since you possibly can simply drag factors round to get what you need visually. I can’t even wrap my thoughts round how I might have created this within the typical CAD model methodology.


I used to be very blissful to see that the net group for 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers was already fairly energetic. I posted some questions and bought suggestions fairly rapidly. As you possibly can see within the screenshot above, they have already got a group for makers, and a group particularly for assist.

A lot extra

I’m no engineer. The instance I’ve proven doesn’t even start to scratch the floor of what’s obtainable. There are options on this supply that I frankly don’t even perceive the utilization of, and that’s a great factor! I’m wanting to dig in to 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers and study extra.

For simply $99/yr, the Maker supply is for makers and hobbyists that earn lower than $2,000 per yr on their design work. In the event you’re going past that, you’ll want to speak with SOLIDWORKS in regards to the different licensing choices which can be obtainable, such because the startup program or full license.