It should be noted that every feature in Solidworks Professional is already included in Solidworks Premium. By extension, every feature in Solidworks Standard is also already included in both Solidworks Professional and Solidworks Premium.
For example, let’s say that you have purchased the following Solidworks network licenses:
Based on the quantities listed above, at any given time, you may have:
The image above illustrates the prerequisite nature of higher Solidworks licenses (i.e., “Solidworks Premium includes Solidworks Standard”) You will pull a more advanced license only when you use features that are found solely in those higher licenses. Otherwise, your license will remain at the lowest possible level to preserve the higher licenses for those that need it.
Therefore, it is considered a best practice to move your Solidworks Professional licenses above your Solidworks Premium licenses to ensure that you are pulling the appropriate license for the feature you wish to use. This will ensure that you are not obtaining a more advanced license than what you need.
Solidworks Simulation licenses work in a similar fashion. The following license levels are available:
It is useful to set up your license order to ensure that you are pulling the appropriate license for your task. For example, you wouldn’t want to be hogging a Simulation Premium license if you are only conducting a static simulation.
Depending on the user, you may want a different license pull order on each client machine. One user may be fine with only doing static simulations, so it is preferable for them to set “Solidworks Premium” highest up on their license order.
If the user requires features only found in Simulation Premium, they may choose to set “Solidworks Premium with Simulation Premium” above the other licenses so that when the simulation add-in is activated, they receive access to Simulation Premium features.
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