SOLIDWORKS Simulation Term License

Gain access to FEA, CFD and Simulation software with a lower upfront cost

Manufacturing companies across industries have made 3D virtual simulation a valuable engineering tool to synthesize and define their physical products. Product engineers make their technical decisions driven by simulation insights, uncovering significant product and business benefits.

With powerful and intuitive SOLIDWORKS® Simulation solutions, product engineers can quickly and efficiently evaluate performance, improve quality, and get the knowledge for product innovation.

What is SOLIDWORKS Simulation Term Licensing?

Term Licensing is for individuals and companies that want access to SOLIDWORKS best-in-class virtual simulation solutions with lower upfront costs compared to traditional perpetual licensing.

Now you can adopt virtual simulation for your product development process with a quarterly subscription. A term license gives SOLIDWORKS users access to SOLIDWORKS Simulation the same full version as with a perpetual license — but with a flexible and affordable approach that’s easy on a software budget and easy to manage.

Why Rent SOLIDWORKS Simulation?

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Term Licenses are ideal for companies that need to maximize their cash flow, this could include the following:

  • Low cost of entry to SOLIDWORKS Simulation software.
  • Licenses are required for short term projects or for the specific phase of a project where simulation is needed to validate a design.
  • Licenses are to meet staffing requirements such as contract staff or intern that requires simulation for a short time period.
  • A new division or project has been initiated and cash-flow is a concern.
  • A start-up/new business requires SOLIDWORKS Simulation software at the minimum cost to get started.
Which should you choose?
Term LicensePerpetual License
Will you use Virtual Simulation on a project-by-project basis?

Is it difficult to commit to a perpetual license due to budget constraints?

Will you include virtual Simulation during concept and design phases?

Do you want to adopt a concurrent engineering approach for all projects?

Then the Term license may be your best option. It offers short-term commitment and flexibility to match your workload and software expenses.Then the Perpetual license is the best and most cost effective approach.

Term Licensing Options

Choose between a 3 Month or 1 Year term for renting a SOLIDWORKS Simulation software license.

*Includes SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service

3 Month

Quarterly Term License*


1 Year

Annual Term License*

SOLIDWORKS Simulation, Flow, and Plastics software are available for a short term:

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Benefits

Get products to market faster with less physical prototyping

SOLIDWORKS Dynamic Response

Boost product innovation

Grow market share and differentiate through groundbreaking product design.

Empower the engineering team with intuitive, powerful 3D simulation tools to compare design scenarios and new ideas to bring innovative products to market.


Decrease development costs

Reduce the need for costly prototyping by integrating virtual testing early in product development.

Reduce outsourcing costs by testing performance and functionality internally.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation Efficiency

Improve product efficency

Improve product performance, such as lower pressure drop and increased horsepower.

Optimize assembly performance by verifying part and mold designs in the earliest stages of development.

SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing FAQs

Get answers to frequently asked questions

  • What are the minimum and maximum length Term licenses available?

    SOLIDWORKS Term License products are available for a 3-month or 1-year term.

  • Is a 1-month SOLIDWORKS Term License available?

    No, the minimum length for a SOLIDWORKS Term License is 3-months.

  • Do SOLIDWORKS Term Licenses include a Grace Period?

    Yes. Since customers are paying for the right to use SOLIDWORKS products for a specific amount of time, a grace period will be added to the expiration date of SOLIDWORKS Term Licenses to allow customers sufficient time to install their products and resolve any installation or licensing issues.

  • If I own a Perpetual License can I also add a Term License?

    Yes. For instance if you have a SOLIDWORKS Premium license and wanted to add SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium for a 3-month period a term license could be purchased.

  • How many machines can be activated with a Term License?

    A Term License may only be active on one machine. To move your software from your current computer to a new computer, you will have to use the license transfer functionality inside SOLIDWORKS (Help > Transfer License).

  • Can a Term License asset be transferred from one machine to another?

    Yes. The transfer process is similar to Perpetual assets.

  • How are SOLIDWORKS Term License products installed?

    SOLIDWORKS Term License products are installed like any other SOLIDWORKS standalone products. Customers need to run the SOLIDWORKS Installation Manager and enter their Serial Number(s).

    During the activation process, Term License products will only be activated for the length of the term license (3 months or 1 year + the appropriate grace period for initial purchase).

  • Do Term License products require internet access during the entire term commitment period or just during activation?

    Term License products only need internet access during the activation process. If a Term License product is installed on a computer that has no internet access, SOLIDWORKS can be activated by emailing the request file. This is similar to Perpetual licenses.

  • What services and level of support do SOLIDWORKS Term License customers get access to?

    SOLIDWORKS Term License customers have access to the same benefits and services as SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service customers: Technical support, knowledge base, software upgrades and enhancements, customer portal and My.SolidWorks.

    But please note: these benefits are applicable only for the length of the term license and if customers want uninterrupted support, they only need to renew (or repurchase) their term license.

  • Does a SOLIDWORKS term license include access to and if so, what version of My.SolidWorks is included?

    Yes, SOLIDWORKS CAD Term License customers have access to My.SolidWorks Professional with one user per term license asset. All other Term License customers get access to My.SolidWorks Standard.

  • Can customers using SOLIDWORKS Term License products collaborate with colleagues or customers using traditional Perpetual Licenses?

    Yes. SOLIDWORKS Term License products are no different than their traditional perpetual license counterparts – the only exception being that the activation has an end date. Therefore all file formats are compatible and a company can use a mix of SOLIDWORKS Perpetual and SOLIDWORKS Term License products.

  • Can I run a SOLIDWORKS Perpetual License Add-in product with a Term License of SOLIDWORKS?

    Yes. You can run a perpetual license of an add-in with a Term License of SOLIDWORKS CAD as long as the term license of SOLIDWORKS is not expired and the add-in is licensed independently of SOLIDWORKS CAD or SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

    For example, you can run a perpetual license of SOLIDWORKS Plastics with a Term License of SOLIDWORKS CAD. Similarly, you can run a Term License of SOLIDWORKS Simulation with a perpetual license of SOLIDWORKS CAD. However, you cannot run a perpetual license of SOLIDWORKS Routing (Premium Add-in) with a Term License of SOLIDWORKS Standard.

  • Can a customer use SOLIDWORKS Standard on Term License if their company has an existing SOLIDWORKS PDM setup?


  • Are SOLIDWORKS Term Licenses available for Education, Research, or Global Licenses?

    No. Currently EDU, Research, and Global Licenses are not available with Term Licensing.

  • Is Term Licensing available to both new and existing SOLIDWORKS customers?

    Yes. SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing is available to all new and existing SOLIDWORKS customers.

  • Are SOLIDWORKS Term License products available for a Network License?

    No. SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing products are only available as single-user licenses.

  • Is Subscription Service optional with Term Licensing?

    No, Term License products include subscription.

  • Is Term Licensing Service Pack specific?


  • Can a customer without active Subscription Service for a Perpetual license, order a Term License?


  • Can Term License customers update to the next major version when available?

    Yes. Term License customers are considered on subscription and have access to the same benefits and support as Perpetual License customers on subscription.

  • Can I renew my Term License by myself or do I need to contact Javelin?

    Customers need to contact us to renew their Term License assets.

  • When can I renew a Term License product?

    A customer can renew a Term License product at any time. The additional Term commitment period is added to the existing product End Date.

  • How many times can a Term License be renewed?

    A Term License can be renewed indefinitely.

  • Is the Expiration or End Date calculated from the day the software is purchased, installed or activated?

    The End Date is calculated based on the day the Purchase Order (PO) is placed in the system.

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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