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Siemens offers subscription model of Solid Edge

Anuradha Shukla | Jan. 18, 2012
Software can be downloaded and licensed on a month-to-month basis with no long-term commitment.

Siemens PLM Software has introduced a new subscription licensing model for several functional levels of Solid Edge software.

Solid Edge software is being introduced exclusively through Siemens PLM Software partner Local Motors to the latter's global community.

Siemens PLM Software is a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. Through this model, the company is offering the Local Motors global community an option to choose from multiple levels of professional-grade computer-aided design (CAD) functionality.

Users can download Solid Edge software at an easy-to-afford monthly rate with no long-term commitment. Thanks to an easy-to-afford monthly licensing model, each community member can access the appropriate level of capability corresponding to their needs at any given time.

"Local Motors' unique co-creation process attracts a number of different personas to our on-line automotive design community, and each one brings a different background and set of requirements for the level of functionality they need in a CAD tool," said Jay Rogers, president, CEO and co-founder, Local Motors.

"The Solid Edge Design1 software is primarily targeted at the needs of the typical design and engineering enthusiasts in our community. However, small proprietors in the OEM or supplier aftermarket, or even managers working for automotive OEMs also want to tap into this community or possibly outsource projects to leverage the crowdsourcing model for a targeted Local Motors project. For these use cases, a broader spectrum of CAD functionality is important, and the pay-as-you-go subscription model presents an ideal business model for them to leverage."

Eliminating cost barrier

As a complete hybrid 2D/3D CAD system, Solid Edge software helps companies achieve accelerated design, faster change, and improved imported reuse with synchronous technology.

"We are continuing to push the boundaries in the CAD industry to meet changing demands of the market and address the needs of innovative product development environments like Local Motors." said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager, Mainstream Engineering Software Business Segment, Siemens PLM Software.

"Solid Edge Design1 eliminated the cost barrier that prevented access to professional grade CAD software for the design and engineering enthusiasts in Local Motors' community. With its easy-to-afford monthly subscription and industry-leading synchronous technology, Solid Edge Design1 is the perfect starting point for the design enthusiast.

"Today's announcement creates a complete spectrum of offerings for the Local Motors community that deliver the CAD functionality and scalable pricing structure needed for any given job. As a result, we are taking another step forward towards making professional-grade CAD more easily available to a broad cross section of users, from the design enthusiast to the maker of new products."

The newly announced subscription model is available immediately to the Local Motors global community and those interested to read a complete description of the capabilities and subscription pricing for each level of Solid Edge can do so by visiting


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