Is there any more information, specifically costs based on the Solid Edge rental:
"Karsten also announced an on-line Solid Edge store where you can rent Solid Edge on a monthly basis - available in August, with limited beta now)."
That seems like a great idea for very small businesses that find it hard to come up with upfront cost of purchasing Solid Edge. I think it is something that Siemens should take very seriously, as the major competitors don't currently offer anything like this.
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The rental program is schedule to be online between august and october.
The annouce make by Karsten was a preview of what is coming.
To mee it looks like the end result of a program run in japan since 2011
On the japanese site it is list as 15 000 yen/month (150 USD), but I believe it is rent to buy.
Let's wait for the back to school season, we will then have more details.
Thanks SolidDNA, good info. I think if one could rent Solid Edge Classic for $100-$150 a month or therabouts that would be a great alternative to having to come up with the large (for a small business) upfront cost of a license. Smart move on Siemen's part if they make it work.
We mentioned at Solid Edge University that we are inviting first customers now, so if you would like to test the offer you can contact Kim Corbridge in this thread and he can give you "beta" access to the offer. It will give you access to the store and pricing.
These are just my thoughts, but I think the monthly pricing could be a bit lower for the different packages:
Premium: $250-300/month (I realize it contains FEA software)
Autodesk offers Inventor LT which is similar to Solid Edge Design/Drafting for $95/month, and they will be offering their cloud based Fusion 360 for $25/month. I realize that Fusion 360 can't yet compare to Solid Edge, but that is a very attractive price.
I agree with Ken's comment, but the other thing to consider is support. The Solid Edge program includes support, while I don't beleive the AutoDesk products have any support options.