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, 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.