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SOLIDWORKS: Which Package is Right for Me?

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If you’ve been considering SOLIDWORKS as a design and manufacturing tool for your business, you may have found yourself overwhelmed with the number of available products and versions of the software. If the concepts of Standard, Professional, and Premium have your head spinning, never fear! Whether it’s your very first time looking into CAD software, or even if you’re considering adding another license to your growing design team, we have all the information you need to make an informed decision, along with plenty of options for maximum flexibility.


For the casual designer who wants to get straight to work, SOLIDWORKS Standard offers basic yet powerful tools for product design and documentation. Hobbyists, job shops, and companies who aren’t looking for analysis or data management tools can take advantage of a suite of features for creating solids, surfaces, sheet metal, weldments, mold tooling, assemblies, and manufacturing drawings at our lowest possible price point.

SOLIDWORKS Professional introduces several productivity tools to speed up the design process as design volume and team size increases. Built for the everyday user, SOLIDWORKS Professional is our best-selling license for a reason, with powerful add-ins such as PDM Standard for data management, the Toolbox CAD library of fasteners, and the SOLIDWORKS Task Scheduler for automating repetitive tasks like creating drawings.

Finally, power users rejoice with SOLIDWORKS Premium! The Cadillac of CAD, SOLIDWORKS Premium features specialty tools for strength and motion analysis of assemblies, 3D routing of pipes, tubes, and electrical wires, and flattening for even the most complex surfaces. For the user who want to be able to do anything and everything, Premium is the answer.

Watch Webinar Now

In this webinar, we cover the major differences between each level of SOLIDWORKS CAD to help you understand which is the right tool for you (and save you some money in the process). 

SOLIDWORKS Subscription

Of course, there’s plenty more to consider when purchasing a CAD license. In this webinar, we also discuss the advantages of a SOLIDWORKS Subscription through Hawk Ridge Systems that now includes dedicated technical support, additional software, one on one sessions with our resident experts, and professional training opportunities for your entire team (just to name a few).

SolidWorks subscription packages from Hawk Ridge Systems

Be sure to check out the webinar for all the details and get your questions answered so that you can make the best possible decision for your team (and your wallet). Remember, you can always contact us for more information on our available design solutions and current promotions, and don’t forget to keep an eye on the Hawk Ridge Systems blog for more webinar presentations covering the latest and greatest we have to offer!

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Jacob Ames

Jacob Ames is an applications engineer for Hawk Ridge Systems in Bothell, WA, specializing in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, Simulation, and 3D Printers. Before joining Hawk Ridge Systems, Jacob earned degrees in mechanical engineering and aeronautics from MIT with a focus on renewable fuels. If he's not teaching class, you'll probably find him playing video games with friends or tearing up some trails on a dirt bike.
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