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How Much Does Solid Edge Cost? Pricing Explained

Updated Sep 21, 2020
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Solid Edge is a drafting, solid modeling, and simulation CAD software for mechanical and electrical designs, and product development. It is owned by Siemens PLM software. Through the use of synchronous technology, Solid Edge merges the simplicity and speed of direct modeling, with the control and flexibility of parametric technology. The software package has a comprehensive portfolio of the tools needed for all aspects of the product development process. This portfolio includes mechanical and electrical design, simulation, data management, technical publications, manufacturing solutions, and cloud-based collaboration. Considering these features, we can agree that Solid Edge is a powerful and complete CAD software solution. The question is, is it suitable for you?

After capability, the next consideration before choosing the right application for you is cost. Solid Edge has different packages that can each be procured through various licensing options. As a result of this, carrying out a cost analysis of the application on your own can be a daunting task. But do not despair! To make things a lot easier for you, Scan2CAD has put together this exhaustive pricing article on Solid Edge. In this article, we will be exploring the different Solid Edge packages and the different purchasing options for them.

Solid edge packages

Before we take a look at the different purchasing options and their prices, it is important that we take a look at what each Solid Edge package contains so that you know what you are getting for your money. There are four different Solid Edge packages with the fundamental difference between them being advancements in functionality. In ascending order of level of functionality, the packages are Solid Edge design and drafting, Solid Edge Foundation, Solid Edge classic, and Solid Edge premium.

Solid Edge Design and Drafting

This package is the most basic Solid Edge package. It contains all the basic tools required for introductory parts and assembly design, standard 2D drafting, basic 3D design, and minimal stimulation

Solid Edge Foundation

In addition to the features available in the Solid Edge design and drafting package, Solid Edge Foundation includes tools for sheet metal design, frame and weldment design, and conceptual assembly layout. This package also has minimal simulation capabilities.

Solid Edge Classic

This package has design management, basic FEA (Finite Element Analysis) simulation, and key shot rendering features. It also contains all the necessary tools for advanced mechanical parts and assembly design and modeling.

Solid Edge Premium

As the name suggests, Solid Edge premium is the most advanced and complete Solid Edge package. In addition to a complete portfolio of tools needed for highly advanced modeling, this package has full FEA simulation features as well as features for electric routing and plumbing/tubing design.

A more in-depth comparative analysis of all Solid Edge packages can be found on the official Siemens PLM website.

Solid Edge license options

Solid Edge License Options

This is where it starts to get a bit tricky. There are two license options which apply to every Solid Edge package, both of which come with maintenance and support. They are; subscription license and perpetual license. Now, these two options may themselves be of two types; Node-locked license, and floating license.

Node-locked license

A Node-locked license is a single-seat license that allows a single user to use Solid Edge on a single machine. This license is locked to a specific machine using a number known as a CID (Composite Host ID).

Floating license

A floating license allows a limited amount of multiple users to use the software simultaneously. This license allows for greater flexibility as it can be installed on as many computers as needed, provided the number of simultaneous users does not exceed the number stipulated in the license configuration. Floating licenses are ideal for companies with many employees.

In addition to the node-locked and floating licenses, Siemens PLM also offers travel and home use licenses. These licenses can only be purchased as an addition to the node-locked or floating license. Users can apply for a travel license for up to 30 days in a year. This license allows them to temporarily use Solid Edge on a different machine off-site. The home-use license allows node-locked or floating licenses purchased and installed on an employer’s computer, to be used at home by an employee on a PC. Home use licenses expire after 6 months and have to be renewed. This prevents a situation where a former employee continues to use an employer’s license even after they no longer work together.

Now, let’s get back to the two main license options; subscription license and perpetual license.

Subscription license

The subscription license is a period based option that allows you to use Solid Edge for a limited period of time. This option is best when you are on a budget or when you have the end of your project in sight. Subscriptions are available as monthly or yearly plans with yearly plans being more expensive than monthly plans. These plans are renewed automatically but you can cancel at any time. All subscription plans are single-seat and node-locked. To purchase a Solid Edge subscription license, simply head to the software’s online store.

Perpetual license

As the name implies, payment for this license is made once after which you can use the application indefinitely. However, the license is attached to the Solid Edge version purchased. You can always upgrade to a newer version for a fee. Perpetual licenses may be single-seat, node-locked or floating.

There are many factors to consider when going for a perpetual license; what industry do you work in? What does your company do? Do you require Solid Edge for private use? Do you want a node-locked or floating license? How many users? Would you like to add travel and home use licenses? Because of this, Siemens PLM doesn’t fix any definite price on perpetual licenses. The price of these licenses varies with the factors earlier listed. Price also varies by country. To purchase a perpetual license, you’ll need to contact Siemens PLM or any authorized reseller and provide your details and preferences. You’ll then receive a quote from them on the plan that best suits you.

Solid Edge pricing

Now that we’ve understood the different Solid Edge packages and their license options, let us explore the pricing. We can only explore subscription licenses as prices of perpetual licenses differ according to your requirements. The table below shows Solid Edge packages and their prices in $USD. These prices were sourced from the official Siemens PLM Solid Edge store.


Price of monthly subscription

Price of annual subscription

Amount saved on annual subscription

Solid Edge Design and Drafting




Solid Edge Foundation




Solid Edge Classic




Solid Edge Premium




Any Solid Edge discount or free software package?

Yes! Siemens PLM offers a number of discounts and free applications. For starters, for any Solid Edge package you purchase, you get the first month for only $1. In addition to this, the following are some free software packages from Solid Edge.

Solid Edge free trial

You can download a limited test run version of Solid Edge for free. This version allows you to explore the software package for a period of 45 days, in order to help you decide whether or not the software package is for you.

Solid Edge 2D drafting

This is a complete application dedicated to 2D drafting only.

Solid Edge for students

Solid Edge offers a free solution for students. This is free 3D CAD software for students. It comes with free access to tutorials. This version helps students build their skills and is only intended for academic course work. The files created on this version are watermarked and cannot be opened in the commercial version.

Solid Edge for teachers

This is a free campus-wide license to Solid Edge for teachers to help prepare students for careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).

Solid Edge free viewer

With this downloadable Solid Edge viewer, users can interactively view Solid Edge 3D models and drawings. You can zoom, pan, and rotate your models as well as save drawings and files of different formats.

Are there alternatives to Solid Edge?

Having gone through the capabilities and pricing of Solid Edge, you may be wondering if it has any alternatives. In the world of CAD, you always a number of options. The following are some CAD software packages worth considering.


You may also find our popular CAD software comparisons useful in your purchase decision such as: SolidWorks vs Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks vs Fusion 360 and Catia vs Solidworks.


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