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How can any of us be using Solid Works?

By David Fowler on 03 Feb 04:43 3 answers 220 views 1 comment

First, SolidWorks is awesome, I am about 1/2 thought the demo period and already I've done some awesome things with it. But I'll have to go back to Fusion 360 when the demo is done as I cant afford $4K or 1.5K/Year to use SolidWorks for my 3D Printing hobby.

I'm not trying to start a flame war, I really want to use SolidWorks but I cant see how to justify the cost. Is there another option for hobby use where we don't have to pay so much? Why not offer a light, or non-commercial version?

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  • David Fowler
    David Fowler over 1 year ago

    Thanks FredSWUG. From what I can tell, only a student enrolled in a university can purchase a student version.

    I'd be happy with 2012 which is what I've got to play with here. Is there a way to buy a valid license for the older versions at near student prices?

  • FredSWUG
    FredSWUG over 1 year ago

    Yes, you must be a student to buy the student version... Or at least know a student who will buy it for you.

    I'm not sure what the cost of a student version is, but $300 for a laptop and an installed seat of SolidWorks 2015 from ebay sounds like a really good option.

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