New SOLIDWORKS Business Model: With Effect from July 2023

New SOLIDWORKS Business Model: With Effect from July 2023
  • May 10,2023

SOLIDWORKS, a leading provider of 3D design software, has announced significant changes to its business model that will take effect in July 2023. This announcement has created a buzz among the SOLIDWORKS community and has raised questions about how these changes will affect users and their workflows.

SOLIDWORKS has been a dominant player in the 3D design industry for over two decades, and any changes to its business model can have a significant impact on the industry. In this article, we will explore what we know so far about these changes and what they could mean for SOLIDWORKS users and the industry.

According to Gian Paolo Bassi: Executive VP of 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes

Our clients have expressed a desire to transition smoothly into the new system while maintaining full access to their assets and data. With this in mind, we have announced the following changes:

  1. Starting in July 2023, all new purchases of SOLIDWORKS Desktop CAD licenses (Perpetual, Term, Standalone, or Network) will include Cloud Services as part of the Subscription.
  2. All existing SOLIDWORKS Desktop CAD Subscription licenses will have the opportunity, for a nominal fee, to upgrade to Subscription with Cloud Services, but they will have the flexibility to continue to renew their usual Subscription if they prefer.

We understand that each of our clients has unique needs, and our world-class reseller network is fully equipped to address their specific requirements with great care and attention to ensure their success and satisfaction.

So, What is Changing in SOLIDWORKS Starting from July 2023

  1. All new perpetual licenses for the SOLIDWORKS Desktop portfolio will now require a mandatory two-year subscription. If you choose not to renew your subscription after two years, your Desktop license will become perpetual. However, you will no longer have access to Cloud Services for CAD, version upgrades, and support.
  2. There will be an increase in the subscription and term license prices for new SOLIDWORKS Desktop CAD products only. This price increase will not apply to the rest of the desktop portfolio, including PDM, Simulation, Composer, and others. The increase in price will be a small fraction of the additional value that comes with the upgrade and will ensure that the necessary investments are made in the quality products that SOLIDWORKS users have come to expect, as well as in the state-of-the-art Cloud infrastructure.

Curious to learn more about the changes coming in July, Contact Engineering Technique: An Authorized Value-Added Reseller of SOLIDWORKS in Gujarat, India.

FAQ on Changes of SOLIDWORKS Business Model

  1. Does this change affect 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS?
  2. Will the SOLIDWORKS Network License be Affected by the Changes?
    Yes, the changes that will take effect in July will affect both Standalone and Network (SNL) licenses.
  3. Will Pro/Premium Still Include PDM Standard?
    Yes, PDM Standard will still be included in Pro/Premium.
  4. Can Current Subscription Customers Upgrade to SOLIDWORKS + Cloud Services?
    Absolutely. There will be an upgrade path available for customers currently on subscription who wish to switch to SOLIDWORKS + Cloud Services.
  5. Will Upgrading to SOLIDWORKS Cloud Services Require Upgrading All Assets?
    No, it will not. Customers can choose to upgrade any number of licenses they wish and are not required to upgrade all assets.
  6. Will All SOLIDWORKS Desktop Products be Affected by the Changes?
    The new changes requiring a mandatory two-year subscription upfront will apply to all SOLIDWORKS Desktop products, except for YLC. However, term licenses will not require the mandatory two-year subscription upfront. Furthermore, Cloud Services will only be included with new licenses of SOLIDWORKS Desktop CAD products.
  7. Will the New Changes Affect Global Licenses Starting July 1st?
    Yes, the new changes will go into effect for global licenses on July 1st.
  8. Can Current SOLIDWORKS Desktop CAD Customers Renew Their Licenses Without Cloud Services?
    Yes, customers with existing licenses on active subscriptions will be able to renew their subscription in one-year increments without the Cloud Services.


SOLIDWORKS users and stakeholders should stay updated and informed about the upcoming changes to the company's business model in July 2023. While these changes may bring some uncertainties and apprehensions, SOLIDWORKS has always been committed to providing top-notch software solutions to its customers. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that these changes will ultimately lead to better software and a more robust business model that will benefit both the company and its users in the long run.