SOLIDWORKS Simulation Term Licenses

Article by TriMech Solutions, LLC updated February 15, 2022


SOLIDWORKS Simulation Term License is a licensing option that lowers the upfront cost of simulation software and allows for more flexible deployment options for start-ups, makers, consultants, contractors and businesses of any size.

Term Licensing is essentially renting a SOLIDWORKS Simulation License for a 3 month or 1 year term rather than purchasing a perpetual license which you own.

Chances are at some point during the year we all get busier than usual, this may be due to cyclical projects, new customer requirements, or just the usual deadlines. In this blog, we are going to lay out some ways that TriMech can help your team make sure you never miss a deadline or lose business, due to your simulation capabilities.

SOLIDWORKS Simulation products are broken up into several different package levels, to address different study capability needs. When you have specific projects pop up that require higher level studies you have many options to complete your analysis.

Here are some reasons a term license might be the right solution for you:

1. You only need simulation a few times a year, or for a short-term project

All Simulation licenses can be purchased as a term license from 3 months to 1 year. This license will allow you and your team to get the necessary studies done, without making a long-term commitment to the software if it is not needed. We highly recommend term licensing for anyone who needs high end software at a low frequency per year. This applies to FEA, CFD, and injection molding simulations. A term license allows you to be flexible year to year as many projects have different validation needs.

2. You have a great new contract opportunity, but they require validation of a product

New opportunities may have presented themselves and now require a more formal validation of the product, rather than just the tribal and industry knowledge your team may have. Term licenses are a great solution to getting the mathematical solutions to matchup and verify what your team already knew about your product are correct, which can help prospective customers with some peace of mind.

If your team is worried about being able to obtain accurate results, the TriMech team is here to help you succeed. You will have access to our tech support team to help with any questions a long the way, as well as many training options if it is needed.

3. Validation of Software

Term licensing can also be a great way for your company to verify that simulation tools will be a good fit for your workflow. Testing out the software for a short period can help verify user experience level and results quality to determine if it is worth the investment prior to purchasing.

If your team requires some assistance with the tools, our Project Engineering Group (PEG) can help complete your project, getting a results and analysis breakdown from our very experienced validation team. This can give your company a roadmap to doing these analyses yourselves, or provide valuable info to make design decisions in the future. Working with our PEG team can allow your team to get even more done within a short time frame of a 3-month term license and have confidence in the answers you get as the process has already been proven.

Shop for a Term License

Visit our webstore to purchase a SOLIDWORKS Simulation Term License and learn more about the term licenses available to SOLIDWORKS users.

Term License FAQs

Common questions we receive about SOLIDWORKS Term Licensing are listed below:

Q: What are the minimum and maximum length Term licenses available?

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

Q: Is a 1-month SOLIDWORKS Term License available?

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

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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).

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

Yes. The transfer process is similar to Perpetual assets.

Q: 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).

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: Can I use SOLIDWORKS Term License if my company has an existing SOLIDWORKS PDM setup?


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

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

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

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

Q: Are SOLIDWORKS Term License products available for a Network License?

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

Q: Is Subscription Service optional with Term Licensing?

No, Term License products include subscription.

Q: Is Term Licensing Service Pack specific?


Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: 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.

Q: How many times can a Term License be renewed?

A Term License can be renewed indefinitely.

Q: 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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