If I were to ask you where I should go if I wanted to buy a license of Solid Edge, what would you tell me? The criticism that Solid Edge resellers are fairly well concealed is one that I’ve heard more than once.
The text book answer is that you should go to the Find a Partner page for Siemens PLM. (Solid Edge calls their resellers “partners” or “reseller partners”.) That page will help you apply several different criteria to find a company that can help you out with your Solid Edge needs.
To help make resellers a little more visible in the community, I’ve started a simple list on the left side of this blog that shows some of the more active English-speaking Solid Edge resellers. (Limited to English only because this blog is in English). If I’ve left anyone out (looking at you, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa) leave a comment, and I’ll add you to my list.
Several of the Solid Edge resellers actually have very valuable websites. Ally PLM has an archive of webinars. Design Fusion has a blog. Majenta has a Tips & Tricks area. Saratech has a blog. Swoosh has a subscription area for customers. Check them out to see who you would like to do business with.
One of the interesting things about Solid Edge resellers is that they do not seem to have the same geographical limits that other CAD resellers tend to have. This is good for the customer because you are not going to be forced to do business with a certain company just because they have an office in your city. In my opinion this is a more modern method that reflects the reality of the digital age.
Did you also know that there are several ways to get your hands on Solid Edge? Not all of them involve a giant purchase order? I mentioned some of these in a previous post.
- 3DSync – Version with just the 3D Synchronous functions – no 2D and no history
- Free 2D – Just Solid Edge’s legendary drafting
- Design and Draft – Gives you Synchronous modeling and 2D drafting
- Design1 – Version sold by Local Motors for crowdsource projects $20/month
- Free 45 day trial – There’s nothing like actually trying it out
- student version – There’s nothing like using legit software
- monthly subscription – Rent it as low as $130/month
- just go buy it in one of four levels: Design & Draft, Foundation, Classic, Premium
With all these options, there is something here that you need at a price you can afford.