Free Solid Edge Software for Makers & Hobbyists

Whether you are an engineer solving problems off the clock, or a maker looking to expand your skill set, Solid Edge can help you turn your idea into a reality. Solid Edge provides an intuitive flexible product development environment that makes it simple to change your designs as you experiment and prototype. With a series of free tools to meet your needs, Solid Edge takes DIY to the next level.

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I’m inspired by what I have around me. I’m inspired by stuff I need – by problems that I need solved.

Evan Alan, i3Detroit Makerspace


Free design and engineering tools for makers and DIYers

Keep making, with a range of tools for 2D and 3D design, design for 3D printing and manufacturing, and cloud collaboration.

Free 2D drafting puts your thoughts on the page

From designing floor plans to sketching ideas for the shop floor, Solid Edge 2D Drafting offers simple drawing layout, diagramming, annotation, and dimensioning. When you’re finished, you can save your file as either a Solid Edge or .DWG format, allowing you the flexibility to collaborate with customers, peers, and partners.

Free software to bring your ideas to life

The Solid Edge Community Edition is available to the engineering community, including makers and hobbyists practicing their craft for personal satisfaction, not monetary gain. Create 3D models for printing and prototyping with a license that never expires.

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Solid Edge for Startups

Ready to take your idea to the market?

Qualifying startups are eligible for a free annual subscription to Solid Edge Premium—a comprehensive product development solution to help make your ideas a reality.

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Discovering how easy CAD can be: Solid Edge @ i3Detroit Maker Space

Using Solid Edge and i3 Detroit’s laser cutters, this group of makers came together to learn a powerful new design tool and create a working single piston engine model.

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