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Find out how to access SOLIDWORKS - Students Faculty and Staff

Available to: Students Faculty Researchers

Platforms: Windows

SOLIDWORKS is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program. It's a great software that can be used for a variety of purposes in different industries.

All Students (first year through graduate), Faculty and Staff can install SolidWorks on their personal device/s for course
related, team projects, Capstone and Academic use only. See license terms and definition below.

Definitions of License Terms and Usage:
  • Educational Purpose” means classroom or laboratory learning by Qualified Students or instruction or preparation of
    courses by Qualified Instructors. Educational Purposes may also include Capstone or other student projects if the work is non-proprietary, does not create or transfer Intellectual Property and the results will become part of the public domain. Educational Purposes do not include Research Purposes, Commercial Purposes or Curriculum Development.
  • Research Purpose” means any work where SolidWorks directly contributes to the problem statement, modeling,
    analysis, outcome or deliverables of a Research Project. Research Purposes do not include Commercial Purposes or
    Curriculum Development.
  • Commercial Purpose” means professional consulting, hardware production for resale, job shop activities, services
    performed under a Technical Services Agreement, corporate or government internships, private tutoring or training of anyone other than Qualified Students.

SOLIDWORKS 2020-2021 Education Premium Edition includes:

  1. SW Premium (w/ SW Motion, Sustainability, TolAnalyst, and Scanto3D)
  2. SW Simulation Premium (w/nonlinear FEA,composites, and topology)
  3. SW Flow Simulation (CFD w/ HVAC and Component Cooling)
  4. SW CAM (CAMWorks 3 axis) SW Model Based Definition
  5. SW Plastics Premium
  6. SW Sustainability
  7. SW Electrical Professional (system circuits and wire harness)
  8. SW Composer (technical documentation tools)
  9. SW Visualize Professional (photorealistic rendering w/one-click 360-degree spins)
  10. DRAFTSIGHT Enterprise (dwg/dxf new and edit)


MySolidWorks is a web portal that helps you be more more productive by connecting you with relevant SOLIDWORKS® content and services—anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With MySolidWorks, you can get answers about SOLIDWORKS, learn more, and connect with manufacturers.

All UCSD users can access MySolidWorks. You must use SOLIDWORKS EDU Premium serial number.

Online Training Catalog (powered by SOLIDProfessor) tutorials, with learning paths including: CSWA Exam Prep Course and Sample Exercises, CSWP Exam Prep Course and Sample Exercises, SOLIDWORKS CAM are all available on MySolidWorks.

Get Access

Please send a request to Software Licensing Support team and include the course information, a brief description of the project (include Team projects, Research), professor/advisor contact information to get access to SOLIDWORKS EDU Premium.

For research license watermark access, there is a $260.00 per year per static IP charge for SOLIDWORKS research network license manager. It can't be prorated. If you have any question about SolidWorks research licensing and products, please contact Software Licensing Support team.

For all Software Licensing questions please go to ITS Service Desk.