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Solutions for Academic Institutions and Students

No matter where you are in your academic journey, the SOLIDWORKS® Academic Program has the tools, resources, and community support you need to take the next step with confidence.


Your Path to Success

The next generation of engineers and designers must be equipped to solve problems skillfully and efficiently to solve the daunting challenges ahead. SOLIDWORKS provides students, educators, and researchers professional software, local support, and a connection to a massive user community to help them succeed.


SOLIDWORKS for Students

As the industry standard for design and engineering, SOLIDWORKS® is the perfect software platform to help you jumpstart your career.

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Develop your ideas more quickly using the full suite of industry-leading SOLIDWORKS® products, supported by local resellers and a massive user community, all at special pricing just for research.

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In today’s competitive job market, your students need every advantage they can get. With SOLIDWORKS®, they can learn the universal design and engineering skills they need to build rewarding careers.

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SOLIDWORKS for Students

Invest in Your Future

SOLIDWORKS is the most widely used 3D CAD package in education and industry today. Learning SOLIDWORKS helps you rise above your peers by developing the design and engineering skills you need to be successful for the next step in your education, or when it is time to enter the job market.


Which SOLIDWORKS for Students package is right for you?


SOLIDWORKS Student Edition

SOLIDWORKS Student Edition now combines the power of the online 3DEXPERIENCE Platform with the SOLIDWOKRS Desktop portfolio. Access the latest online tools available on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform PLUS the full suite of SOLIDWORKS Desktop products.


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SOLIDWORKS Student Premium

SOLIDWORKS Student Premium (formerly SEK) is included with the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition and contains the same comprehensive products and features. SOLIDWORKS Student Premium allows students to work outside the classroom with a home use license. Check to see if your school qualifies and download your included license.


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SOLIDWORKS Student Standard

SOLIDWORKS Student Standard (formerly SDK) is included with the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition, and allows students to work outside the classroom with a home use license. Check to see if your school qualifies and download your included license.


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Solutions for Researchers

Not too big, not too small - just right

No watermarks, no light versions, no delayed release cycle, no commercial pricing—all the power you need to succeed. If your research involves developing Intellectual Property (IP), patents, or publishing the results of your projects, the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition is the perfect tool for the job.


Collaborate Seamlessly with Industry

SOLIDWORKS offers researchers the full suite of commercial software tools at special Research pricing. You can share files without watermarks or special license agreements, so your institution can support sponsored research applications with ease.

Get Your Ideas to Market Faster

With SOLIDWORKS, you can quickly go from initial concept through advanced analysis and validation of hypothesis, with valuable insights to optimize performance in the most cost-effective manner regardless of the material or use environment.

Join the SOLIDWORKS Community

Tap into a global community to share best practices, refine tasks, and rapidly work through design challenges through a broad range of tools and resources—MySolidWorks, blogs, forums, and the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network (SWUGN).

Are You Eligible?

Explore the links below to discover your eligibility for special Research pricing based on your institution and application.


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Solutions for Educators


The SOLIDWORKS Education Program offers much more than software—it is a fully-integrated design and engineering analysis suite, supported by local resellers and a connection to a massive network of mentors and potential employers around the world, all built to increase classroom and career success.


SOLIDWORKS 3D Designer for Education now available!

Foster real-time collaboration and easily manage all your students and projects with the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Quickly create, review and evaluate 3D prismatic models with 3D Creator. Create organic shapes with 3D Sculptor. All on the cloud – from any device, anywhere, including Macs!

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition

Harness the power of the complete SOLIDWORKS portfolio, including 3D mechanical CAD, design validation, simulation, data management, rendering and more. Teach with confidence, using the world’s most widely used 3D design software, trusted by over 80% of the world’s top engineering and design schools.

Help Your Students Build the Career of Their Dreams

SOLIDWORKS is the industry standard for 3D design, making it the ideal choice for building highly portable STEAM careers. Certified students will be better prepared to enter the next level of school, get a great job, or even build their own company.

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