Power the Maker Within

With 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, industry leading 3D CAD Software for hobbyists and personal projects

Design. Create. Share. Make.

Make things your way with:

  • Intuitive cloud-connected 3D CAD modeling tools that the professionals use
  • Powerful parametric modeling with SOLIDWORKS CAD design software—program installs locally
  • Fully online cloud-based 3D CAD design solutions you can access from any web browser—no download required**
  • Associative NC programming and digital validation and fabrication with 3-axis milling and wire EDM support—installs locally
  • Simple, easy to learn user interface with streamlined workflows and powerful automation features
  • Online communities filled with makers from fab labs, makerspaces, influencers, and more from around the globe—all ready to connect and share their designs, ideas, and expertise
  • Support and tutorials to help you get the most out of 3DEXPERIENCE® SOLIDWORKS for Makers

**For cloud apps only—not 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS

Makers Offer – SOLIDWORKS


Here’s what you get to help you make cool stuff:

  • 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, the standard for professional CAD users but licensed for home and personal use (software installs locally and requires Windows 10 or Windows 11)
  • 3D Creator and 3D Sculptor, the next generation of premium design tools that are online, browser-based, and built for collaboration
  • NC Shop Floor Programmer, intelligent machining strategies for 3-axis milling and wire EDM in an easy to learn and use package (installs locally and requires Windows 10 or Windows 11)
  • Visualize Connected, easily create photo-quality images, animations, interactive web content and more to impress friends and family (installs locally and requires Windows 10 or Windows 11)
  • Access to an expanded professional ecosystem to rapidly design products, 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

Set up your 3DEXPERIENCE ID or log in with your SOLIDWORKS ID and get all of this $48 per year or $15 per month*.

Watch the videos below to meet the 3D CAD design tools that are going to help you make anything you want!

*Taxes not included

Learn, Teach, and Get Support from the Maker Community

Connecting with peers and building strong relationships is part of a maker’s DNA. Set up your 3DEXPERIENCE ID, get empowered, and share your work to collaborate with other makers around the world today! No matter what you use to make things, every single maker worldwide is welcome to join our communities—all for free.

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MAKERS | Made in 3D

Your community for all things making—connect with fellow makers, share your work, learn tips and tricks, and get inspired

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MAKERS | Support

Community Support to help makers like you create amazing things using 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers

What People Are Saying About 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers

SOLIDWORKS is my go-to for software when designing and creating, but as a maker the price tag has notoriously been way out of my price range. I’ve been begging SOLIDWORKS to make a version that is more affordable. And I am so excited to be telling you that, as a maker, SOLIDWORKS has answered our prayers!

–Brad Thompson, Impact Props

I am astonished that [3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS] is being offered, along with xDesign and xShape, for about the same price as a streaming service! This makes me so excited because I can’t wait for people to take advantage of this offer and start following along with all the fun.

–Rob Maldonado, VirtualFlat CAD

Questions? We have answers.

1. Who is eligible to purchase 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers?

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers is meant for personal projects and non-commercial home use. Per our terms and conditions, you may sell items you make for a profit up to and not exceeding US$2,000 a year. If you are interested in building your business with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD design tools, check out our start up program  or our commercial offers.

2. How much does 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers cost?

A monthly subscription of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers costs US$15 every month (excluding taxes). A yearly subscription costs US$48 per year (excluding taxes). Joining our communities and connecting with other makers is totally free!

3. Is 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers available for users worldwide?

Currently this offer is available for purchase with a billing address within the following countries: Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More countries will be added soon.

4. What is a 3DEXPERIENCE ID? What do I use it for?

The 3DEXPERIENCE ID is your ticket into the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, our home-grown maker communities, and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers. You can create your account in less than a minute.

5. Do I have to download or install anything when I purchase 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers?

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS (SOLIDWORKS Connected) and NC Shop Floor Programmer are software programs that require a download and installation onto your computer with Windows® 10 or Windows 11 operating system. 3D Creator (xDesign) and 3D Sculptor (xShape) are completely online and do not require any installation on your computer. Please note, 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS (SOLIDWORKS Connected) cannot be installed on the same computer as Desktop SOLIDWORKS 2023.

6. What are the hardware requirements?

Our Cloud Eligibility tool is the easiest and quickest way to check the compatibility of your environment with 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud. Check out this web page to run this tool on your environment and discover more information about the requirements.

If you are searching for a workstation to use the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, please have a look at the complete list of certified workstations.

We also recommend to explore the official Cloud Program Directory which contains detailed prerequisites and system requirements. Click “Client Software” on the left-hand navigation for the most up-to-date information.

7. What’s the difference between SOLIDWORKS Desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS is a 3D CAD design program with the same awesome, industry-leading functionality, features, and tools as desktop SOLIDWORKS Professional, but it leverages cloud data management. You can save all your design data to our secure cloud and easily share and connect with other makers. Please note, commercial products and Add-Ins are not supported or included with this version of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers.

8. Are my files or data restricted at all?

Files and data created with your Maker account are digitally watermarked and can only be opened up in another Maker platform. You cannot open up files created with your Maker account within a commercial or academic platform. This digital watermark is added to native 3D file formats, such as .3dxml, .sldprt, .sldasm, and .slddrw. Neutral 3D file formats, such as .stp or .iges can be opened on any platform.

9. What kind of support will I get?

Join our Maker Support community to get peer-to-peer support to help you make amazing things. Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS employees will join you in the communities to help answer your questions. For questions during the ordering process, please explore our FAQ. If you still cannot find your answer, please submit the Online Support Form and our team will get back to you shortly.

10. How long does my purchase of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers last?

You can purchase a monthly or yearly subscription of 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers. Your subscription will be automatically renewed. You can manage your subscription within the “Subscriptions” tab in your “Platform Management” dashboard. You can stop the renewal up to 30 days before your yearly renewal date or up to 5 days before your monthly renewal date. Even if you stop your renewal, you can still use the tools included in 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers until the renewal date, after which time you will lose access. You can always sign up again in the future for a monthly or yearly subscription–please use your same 3DEXPERIENCE ID to re-purchase.

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