Daniel Kirkman

SOLIDWORKS student license for "informal" business

Discussion created by Daniel Kirkman on Aug 16, 2019
Latest reply on Aug 21, 2019 by Ryan Navarro


I am a Masters student in possession of a SOLIDWORKS student license. I also own a 3D printer and would like to use my design skills to make some extra bucks by designing and 3D printing parts for people. The idea is to have a collection of designs (card holders, laptop stands, etc.) that I could print and sell. Also, I would like to be able to make custom designs for customers. What I would be selling is a physical part and not a CAD model. 


This would be on a very small scale, at least initially. I don't plan to register an official "business" as such and thus wouldn't qualify for SOLIDWORKS for Entrepreneurs as far as I can see. 


To me using a student license is stretching the rules a bit, but there seems to be a gap in licensing when it comes to "informal" use of the software for profit. I know Fusion 360 allows free commercial use for startups without having to have an official business registered. 


Any suggestions / opinions on this?