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SolidWorks Educational


The SolidWorks Educational licenses offered here are for instructional purposes for use by students working on a class assignment or capstone project. No funded research or commercial use is allowed.

  • SolidWorks is to be installed on campus computers only.
  • You must be enrolled and taking at least 6 credits to use the software.
  • The software is leased on an annual basis and expires July each year.


$60. Must be paid for with a UW budget number (and therefore for department purchases only).


SolidWorks may be requested from the College of Engineering Software ordering site.

Software Overview

SolidWorks is a 3D mechanical CAD (computer aided design) program that runs on Microsoft Windows and is being developed by Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.  SolidWorks is currently used by over 2 million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies worldwide.

License Details

The UW site license is provided by the College of Engineering.  These are concurrent use licenses.  This means you can install the software on as many computers as you wish, but a license server will limit the number of instances running at any given time to the number of licenses ordered. Your computer must be connected to the internet in order to access the College's license server.

License includes:

  • 2D Editor for DWG
  • eDrawings Professional
  • Electronics Module for Solidworks Flow Simulation
  • HVAC Module for Solidworks Flow Simulation
  • Solidworks Flow Simulation
  • Solidworks MBD Standard
  • Solidworks Plastics Premium
  • Solidworks Premium
  • Solidworks Simulation Premium
  • Solidworks Standard
  • Solidworks Sustainability

Departments licensing SolidWorks are given a code allowing their students to download and install a free student version of the software on student's personal computers. That software is downloaded directly from the SolidWorks website.

Installation Instructions

All SolidWorks software can be downloaded from the College of Engineering distribution server.

SolidWorks may only be installed on UW-owned computers on the Seattle or Bothell campus.

After you lease SolidWorks, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to configure SolidWorks to access the College's license server, and checkout a license.

Technical Support

This software is provided "as is" with no support from College of Engineering staff.

Licensing Questions

Contact the College of Engineering at