i am a highschool student looking to purchase solid works on my pc. Just wondering which one would be the best vs amount paid. Does the student version have any real drawbacks? Thanks.
functionality wise, you can't beat a student license for its cost
it has everything for a couple hundred bucks
a commerical license of all that stuff would be 30k or more
the downfall, it is a limited license, I think it has a 2 year time bomb
it can't be used for commercial use
In addition, although all functionality is the same; a watermark (that shows in the Feature Tree) is added to all parts.
I think it watermarks the drawings, too.
Quite possibly. It's been a number of years since I used it so can't remember.
Basically Erik, if you only want it for school projects and private use, the Student version will be fine. You may even be able to get hold of a copy through your school?
When I bought my copy (some 5-6 years ago) I paid £60 and got a free entry to CSWA with it.
I believe that the Student version is the previous year's SW Premium, with a 12-month timeout.
IE: Student 2014-15 will be SW 2014 Premium
The student version is a year behind but it is the full boat with all the bells and whistles. SolidWorks Premium + eDrawings + SolidWorks Plastics. It is a limited time 1 year subscription. Cost is $150 USD but many schools can get it for FREE. It can't legally be used for commercial work. I don't recall if it water stamps or not. I know you can print because we had to turn in hard copies of our work. I'm used to student water marks so I don't really notice them anymore. Check with your schools drafting/architectural/engineering departments if you have them. If not you can contact DASI directly and ask them to check if your school makes you eligible for the free copy.
Thankyou all for your feedback. I will probably go ahead with the student version. Thanks
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