Strategic Year-End Spending for Engineering, IT, and Operations Departments


As the end of the year approaches, many departments find themselves with leftover funds in their budgets. This presents a valuable opportunity to invest in tools and technologies to enhance productivity, efficiency, and innovation. In this blog post, we will explore how Engineering, IT, and Operations departments can make the most of their year-end surplus by focusing on two powerful solutions: SOLIDWORKS for design and Markforged 3D printers for rapid prototyping and production.

Let’s dive into the strategic ways these investments can drive growth and success:

Investing in Design Excellence: SOLIDWORKS

1. New SOLIDWORKS Licenses:

It is no secret that the design stage can be the most time-consuming. SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to increase productivity and fine-tune your 3D design workflow. If your organization is not using SOLIDWORKS, investing in new licenses is a smart move. SOLIDWORKS is a robust and versatile 3D CAD software streamlining the design process. It’s an industry-standard tool for creating 3D models, performing simulations, and generating detailed drawings. New licenses will empower your engineering team to efficiently bring their creative ideas to life.


Do you juggle multiple tools or seek workarounds in your design process? SOLIDWORKS provides a unified solution by seamlessly integrating design, animation validation, technical communications, and data management. Connecting to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can elevate collaboration to new heights. Leverage cloud services for real-time connectivity, enhancing design workflow efficiency. Break free from traditional constraints with a cloud-enabled approach for true collaborative design.

3. SOLIDWORKS Upgrades

If your department already uses SOLIDWORKS but uses an older version, consider using year-end funds to upgrade to the latest version. Each new release has enhanced features, improved performance, and bug fixes. Staying current ensures your team can work with the best tools available, ultimately accelerating product development.

Learn more about upgrading SOLIDWORKS here.

4. SOLIDWORKS Training & Productivity Assessments

Investing in SOLIDWORKS productivity assessments or training is a wise decision whether you’re onboarding new hires or aiming to assess and enhance your existing workforce’s skills.

SOLIDWORKS Productivity Assessments:

  • GSC’s SOLIDWORKS Productivity Assessments offer a personalized approach to evaluating and developing your team’s proficiency in utilizing SOLIDWORKS.
  • Gain insights into your workforce’s skills to enhance team management and distribute workloads effectively.


  • Invest in SOLIDWORKS training to empower your team further with the specific skills needed for enhanced productivity.
  • Ensure your training efforts are targeted and highly beneficial, setting the stage for increased success in the upcoming year.
Markforged setup

Increase Part Production with Markforged 3D Printers

1. Markforged 3D Printers

Markforged is a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade 3D printers that can print parts with advanced materials like carbon fiber, metal, and Kevlar. These printers are a boon for rapid prototyping and producing functional, end-use parts. If your operations department wants to enhance efficiency and reduce lead times, investing in Markforged 3D printers is a strategic move.

2. Materials and Accessories

In addition to the printers themselves, consider allocating funds for high-quality materials and accessories. Different materials suit different purposes, and investing in a variety can expand your production capabilities. High-strength materials like carbon fiber can produce parts with exceptional durability, ideal for manufacturing applications.

3. Training and Support

Alongside your hardware and materials, budget for training and support. Markforged offers training programs to ensure your team can make the most of the equipment. Well-trained staff can optimize the printing process, resulting in higher-quality output and cost savings.

Strategic year-end spending is not just about using up a budget; it’s about making investments that will yield long-term benefits for your organization. These tools are valuable assets that position your organization for success.

Check out GSC’s year-end savings promotions on SOLIDWORKS and Markforged products


Meet the Author

Rachel Wilson

As the Marketing Manager since 2022, Rachel brings over eleven years of professional experience. Her role at GSC involves leveraging her expertise to propel engineering solutions into the spotlight – connecting technical innovation with everyday manufacturing practices. Read her articles to explore the strategies that drive engineering innovation, stay in touch with industry trends, and gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively utilize engineering solutions in a competitive market.

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