Nuremberg, 27 August 2013

Siemens Launches New Monthly Subscription Option for Solid Edge CAD Software

Siemens is providing its customers with a new option to license Solid Edge® software, its mainstream computer-aided design (CAD) solution. Beginning today – in select countries – customers can purchase a monthly subscription to Solid Edge. Companies can now choose the Solid Edge licensing option that best aligns to their projects and budgets. This will make it easier for Solid Edge customers to increase productivity, get to market faster and lower their total cost of ownership.

“Solid Edge is widely recognized in the industry as a cost effective and easy-to-use CAD solution,” said Dr. Ken Versprille, Executive Consultant at CIMdata, a leading PLM consulting firm. “The additional flexibility to access the software via a subscription model will provide added benefit to customers focused on maintaining low operating costs.”

The Solid Edge monthly subscription license is available from the Solid Edge online store where customers can select from four different versions of the software based on the features that best fit their needs. Subscriptions can be purchased on a month-to-month basis. The unique flexibility of this licensing model enables companies to ramp up to meet project demands, or manage cash constrained operating expenses by paying for software licenses only when they are needed.

“We recently started using the new subscription license model,” said Oliver Kuttner, CEO of Edison2, one of a small group of customers provided with early access. “The flexibility has allowed us to expand our engineering resources while managing cash flow. Additionally, the new model provides opportunities to improve cost effectiveness in ways that we previously wouldn’t have considered. For example, we’ve been able to accelerate our production process by making Solid Edge available to one of our machinists for editing designed parts. In addition, we could affordably provide professional CAD software to a short-term intern, or enhance collaboration with our vendors, because now it is more feasible for them to work with the same software that we use during the course of our project.”

“Unlike other subscription models, subscribers to Solid Edge will not be locked-in to an extended usage period,” said Karsten Newbury, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mainstream Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “Siemens PLM Software now offers its B2B-customers the most flexible way to access the professional CAD software they need to solve their engineering problems. Solid Edge is already known for its ease-of-use, unrivaled speed, and unique compatibility with other CAD packages. Now the software will be accessible to a much wider audience, regardless of their business size or budget.”

Solid Edge, a powerful, professional engineering software solution with more than half a million licensed seats in use worldwide, provides businesses such as Groupe SEB (makers of Krups, Tefal, Moulinex and several other popular brands), Kimball International, and Edison2 with one of the most flexible CAD systems in the mainstream market. The new monthly subscription opens wider access to professional CAD, but preserves the integrity of a desktop application. The same expert user support and maintenance is available from the Siemens channel network, regardless of how the software is purchased.

The new monthly subscription option will initially be available in the United States, United Kingdom and Japan. For more information on the new subscription offerings and special introductory pricing, visit the Solid Edge online store at

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