Dassault Systèmes has announced the launch of SOLIDWORKS 2017, the latest annual update to its portfolio of 3D design and engineering solutions for product development. SOLIDWORKS claims more than 3.1 million users worldwide, and 1 million members of MySolidWorks, a community portal launched in 2013.

To drive innovation, SOLIDWORKS is betting on “platform thinking.” Bassi explained: “Today, the most successful companies are in reality a network of connected people, of connected suppliers; a very diverse and different supply chain that can take you to market more rapidly, that can give you more amazing solutions for your design needs.” Platform thinking is “natural” and is already happening in the marketplace, he observed, exemplified by such giants as Amazon, Google, and Facebook. This means that the company is extending the capabilities and integration of its solutions.

In addition to developing more access options, SOLIDWORKS is giving customers more choices with the introduction of term licenses in three-month increments. The added flexibility will help startups and other companies that have limited up-front capital as well as those that bring on temporary personnel, such as summer interns, said Boyalakuntla. Traditional purchase options are still available.

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Introduces New Modeling Tools, Licensing Options