‘Make It Real’ Today with This Special Offer for Makers & Hobbyists!

Self-tying shoes? Plasma lightsabers? Hoverboards?

Working at Hacksmith Industries surely seems like a dream job! When it comes to contraptions of sci-fi and superhero wonder, you’re in prime position to ‘make it real’ – while documenting your process and good humor all throughout.

The team at Hacksmith Industries has been collaborating with one another on insane maker projects for many, many years. Our team here at SOLIDWORKS has supported their design visions over this time. When we developed the plan to launch 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, one of the first calls I made was to Ian Hillier, their COO and cofounder.

Every year, our team at SOLIDWORKS comes out with the new major release of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD. With every new major release, our Product Introduction and marketing teams work hard to provide a massive flight of video-based, educational content to inform the community on ‘What’s New,’ as they do with each new product.

But when it came time to release our first-ever offer that’s just for makers, we thought it might be more apt to have the message and announcement delivered directly from the team that’s shown us how to make almost anything real for many years now!


When we told Ian and James Hobson, CEO and cofounder of Hacksmith Industries, about the package we’d put together for makers with this offer, they were super enthused.

After all, they’re certainly well-acquainted with the power of SOLIDWORKS design tools. And, with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers, we’ve bundled 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS Professional, 3D Creator, and 3D Sculptor together – at “the same price as a streaming service,” as SOLIDWORKS Champion Rob Maldonado put it.

Don’t miss this SPECIAL offer for blog readers, available while supplies last! You can get 20% off the already amazingly low-priced Maker offer (while supplies last)!

Having all of these great design tools available today for maker and hobbyist projects for $99/year (or $9.99/month, a pricing option coming this Fall) is a game changer their team understands. Their community has been watching them build incredible things on their channel as a team – something makers and hobbyists everywhere can look to do now with our fully cloud-connected offer.

As you’ll see in the video above, our community is bound to find value in having unprecedented access to SOLIDWORKS 3D design tools – even if the intention is not to make a certain futuristic truck design replica for personal use.

You might want to use it to sketch out design layouts for a home remodel. Or, perhaps you’re into woodworking and love the idea of SOLIDWORKS giving you auto-generated cut lists. Maybe you’re getting into prop making or custom home décor.

Just like in commercial use cases, imaginations and inventions will surely run wild once this offer gets into the hands of more and more users from around the world. Leading the charge – even pre-launch – were several SOLIDWORKS Champions, who submitted their own maker/DIYer projects for featuring in this video showing off a variety of ways you could use SOLIDWORKS software to ‘make’ the world around you!

Check some of these out for yourself:


Special thank you to Ivan Loewen, Todd Blacksher, Ayush Agrawal, Walker Parks, Kirby Downey, Harish Nagda, Thomas Veloskey, Mauricio Sánchez López, and John Matrishon for submitting these fantastic creations for featuring in the video!

So, as The Hacksmith so often says: are you ready to ‘make it real’ with 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers? Click the banner below for a special 20% discount – available while supplies last!

Sean O'Neill

Sean O'Neill

As an Industry Process Consultant, Sean's role is to help amplify the 'best of' both our products and our community, via the stories we showcase on our livestreaming programs (like SOLIDWORKS LIVE) and other digital outlets. Sean is also the creator of both the SOLIDWORKS Champions Program and the SOLIDWORKS Influencer Program.