DraftSight Licenses – Everything You Need to Know

Article by Mike Walloch, CSWE updated April 15, 2024


As a DraftSight expert with TriMech, I’m frequently asked which DraftSight licenses would best suit a particular client. Dassault Systèmes provides us with a wealth of choices rather than the exclusive one-size-fits-all approach other companies have moved to.

However, with many options available it can be hard to understand them all. That’s where this handy guide fits in. Keep reading to learn all you need to know about DraftSight licensing.

DraftSight Licenses

DraftSight Licensing – Flexible Options for Every User

2024 DraftSight Licenses

The DraftSight lineup has changed over time and will doubtless be updated in the future. Currently, there are three types of DraftSight licenses: stand-alone, network, and cloud-based. There are 2-3 performance tiers in each category, as well as some other options which we’ll get to later.

Stand-Alone Licenses:

  • DraftSight Professional
  • DraftSight Premium

Network Licenses:

  • DraftSight Enterprise
  • DraftSight Enterprise Plus
  • DraftSight Mechanical

Cloud-Based Licenses

  • 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Professional
  • 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Premium
  • 3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Mechanical
  • DraftSight Connected*

*DraftSight Connected is an option to link existing stand-alone or network licenses to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for the benefits of cloud services, not a separate performance tier.

DraftSight Performance Tiers

Like it’s big brother SOLIDWORKS, DraftSight comes in more than one ‘flavor’ to accommodate the needs of different clients. Not all CAD users have the same needs. Some only need the basics, while others need advanced or specialty capabilities.


Tier 1 – DraftSight Professional & Enterprise

These licenses are robust 2D drafting and design applications with a host of productivity tools.


Tier 2 – DraftSight Premium & Enterprise Plus

These have everything in the first tier, plus 3D modeling and other advanced features to delight power users.


Tier 3 – DraftSight Mechanical

This has everything in the previous tiers plus specialty tools for mechanical design, like part references and automation for BOMs and balloons.


For more information about the features available in different versions of DraftSight, please see the Feature Comparison chart. Scroll down the Features page to view the chart.

Stand-Alone DraftSight Licenses

The two stand-alone licenses are DraftSight Professional and Premium. Professional is the 2D-only version, while Premium is the tier 2 option with 3D modeling and other advanced features.

Stand-alone licenses use the ‘machine activation’ method for license management. This means when you install the software on a computer and register the license, the unique Computer ID of that machine is linked to your DraftSight serial number. You can’t use the same license on another machine without deactivating it on the first machine, and then reactivating it on the second.

This type of license is a good choice for an individual who needs a single seat of DraftSight to be used on a single computer. If, for example, you wanted to be able to use your license on your desktop PC most of the time, but also on your laptop while traveling you could do so. But you’d have to go through the deactivation/activation process each time you wanted to switch machines. It only takes a few minutes, but you must remember to do it.

Stand-alone licenses are normally purchased directly from DraftSight.com, not through TriMech. Technical support is by email and is limited to the basics of making sure the software is installed and running correctly. There’s also community support from forums.

It’s possible to purchase stand-alone licenses from TriMech, in which case support is more robust.

Stand-alone licenses use the Software as a Service (Saas) pricing model. You pay a fixed annual price to use the software. If you don’t renew at the end of the subscription period, the software stops working.

Network DraftSight Licenses

DraftSight Enterprise and Enterprise Plus are the network equivalents of DraftSight Professional and Premium. DraftSight Mechanical, the 3rd performance tier, is also a network license.

A network license is a single serial number allowing users to share a pool of 2 or more seats of DraftSight. A server manages the license and hands out access to client computers on the network.

For example, a client may only have 2 seats of DraftSight, but 3 or more people with it installed on their computers. Only 2 can use it at any given time, but more seats can be added to the network later if needed.

This is a huge benefit to clients with users who don’t need DraftSight all the time. They can save a lot by not having to pay for a separate license for each and every user.

If you already have network licenses of SOLIDWORKS, network seats of DraftSight can easily be added to the same SolidNetWork License Manager, so there’s no need to set up another server. Otherwise, DraftSight network licenses come with the Dassault Systèmes License Manager (DSLM) for no extra cost.

You can also choose between Term and Perpetual network licenses:

Term Network Licenses use the SaaS model. Tech support, upgrades, and other benefits are all included. The term can be less than a year, which is a good option for summer interns or other temporary employees.

Perpetual Network Licenses do not use the SaaS model. You pay a one-time purchase price, and the software is yours forever. There is an annual subscription charge covering full tech support, upgrades, and other benefits. If you choose to go off subscription in the future, your software will still work.

Cloud-Based DraftSight Licenses

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a cloud-based system accessed through a browser tab. It provides many powerful options for large and small businesses alike and another option for all tiers of DraftSight Licensing.

3DEXPERIENCE DraftSight Professional, Premium, and Mechanical have the same capabilities as their stand-alone and network namesakes, plus cloud services like data management and collaboration tools.

These are named-user licenses purchased as platform roles and don’t have serial numbers like stand-alone and network licenses. This is a SaaS option, so annual renewal of your platform roles is required to continue accessing the software. Tech support, upgrades, and other benefits are included.

Visit our website to learn more about the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, DraftSight, and its benefits. 

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Mike Walloch, CSWE

Mike Walloch is a Certified SOLIDWORKS Expert (CSWE) and works as a Process & Training Consultant at TriMech