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Giving Mobility to Millions with SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS, the paramount design and engineering tool, evolved into a catalyst for a distinct form of accomplishment – one that extended well beyond individual success to profoundly impact the lives of those facing challenges.

Don Schoendorfer’s transition from an MIT-educated professional to the originator of a nonprofit reshaping lives through enhanced wheelchair accessibility stands as a testament to the profound influence of empathy and a readiness to embrace unexpected paths.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I buy SOLIDWORKS from Hawk Ridge Systems?

Hawk Ridge Systems has been supporting SOLIDWORKS customers for over 20 years across every industry and we have one of the largest SOLIDWORKS technical teams in North America. When we say that we’ve been there, we really have seen almost any challenge you present. Our dedicated services team has helped thousands of customers implement and become truly successful with SOLIDWORKS solutions.

How difficult is it to learn the different SOLIDWORKS tools?

SOLIDWORKS solutions have been designed to be highly intuitive and easy to learn and while they feature powerful tools, most users pick up the software quickly. With multiple modes of training for every learning style available from Hawk Ridge Systems, new user ramp-up time can be shortened even further.

What platform do SOLIDWORKS solutions operate on?

SOLIDWORKS desktop solutions run on Microsoft Windows, with optional connections to the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform from Dassault Systèmes.

Can I try SOLIDWORKS for free?

Yes, you can get a free trial of the software that gives you access to try the latest release of SOLIDWORKS Premium, as well as SOLIDWORKS Simulation, SOLIDWORKS MBD, SOLIDWORKS CAM, and SOLIDWORKS Visualize. If you want to try other products, contact us and we can get a trial setup for you.

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Yes! SOLIDWORKS now offers term licenses, which gives you the flexibility to choose from either 3- or 12-month term contracts. This allows you to take advantage of lower upfront costs. Term licenses are a good solution if you hire interns or contract workers who will only need to use the software for a limited time.

Full subscription benefits, including technical support, is included with term licenses.

How does SOLIDWORKS licensing work?

SOLIDWORKS offers both term licenses – where you are essentially renting the software for 3 or 12 months – and perpetual licenses, where you own the software and can add subscription to keep the licenses up to date. For perpetual licensing, there are three main options:

  • Standalone Licenses (installed on a specific computer)
  • Online Licenses (tied to a particular user)
  • Network Licenses (float between different users and computers on a specific network)
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