SOLIDWORKS Education Edition

Dassault Systèmes | Website | Version 2019-2020
Available For Use By
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Permitted Uses
  • Research
  • Classwork
  • Administrative Use
  • Research
  • Administrative Use
Available Via
  • VCL
  • Eos Labs
  • Specific Teaching Lab
Where It May Be Installed
  • University Owned Computers
  • VCL
  • Personally Owned Computers

The complete CAD teaching tool. Featuring software plus a full curriculum and interactive courseware, SOLIDWORKS Education Edition is your all-inclusive resource for teaching 3D mechanical CAD, design validation, and data management.

Additional Usage Notes

  • The SOLIDWORKS Education Edition license covers instructional use only.
  • This license does not cover research usage, except when used for classwork in a for-credit class. See SOLIDWORKS Research for more details on using SOLIDWORKS for research purposes.
  • This license does not cover use for purposes not directly related to instructional classwork; e.g., use with 3D printers or milling machines is not allowed. See SOLIDWORKS Research for more details on using SOLIDWORKS for non-instructional purposes.
  • If you are using the campus license server (as with the "packaged installers" below), you will need to connect to the NCSU VPN to run SOLIDWORKS.

General Notes

A list of included components is located here: SOLIDWORKS Education Edition Software

User Agreement
SOLIDWORKS is made available to you through the College of Engineering's SOLIDWORKS license. The NC State College of Engineering is ordering the right for you to use SOLIDWORKS for instructional-related purposes. Installation of SOLIDWORKS on a computer owned by a business other than NC State University is strictly prohibited. You are authorized to use SOLIDWORKS while you are enrolled in specific courses at NC State. Your acceptance of this agreement indicates that you understand and will comply with the requirements of the SOLIDWORKS license: I understand that I will not give this download to anyone else nor install it on anyone else's computer for them. I understand that redistribution of this software is strictly prohibited and is a violation of the terms and conditions of the license agreement and the NC State University Computing Policy. I understand that I am licensed to use SOLIDWORKS for academic coursework and teaching, and will not use this software for research or commercial purposes. I will discontinue use of SOLIDWORKS, and will uninstall the software, when I leave NC State.

Which installer should I download?

  • Students installing SOLIDWORKS on computers they personally own should download directly from the SOLIDWORKS web site. Link and instructions are here (login required): SOLIDWORKS 2020-2021 Student Edition: Installation Instructions
    • A video walkthrough of this installation is available on YouTube:
      SOLIDWORKS Student-Owned Computer Install
    • This video was initially made for the 2018-2019 version, but it works for more recent versions as well. Just make sure to select the correct version at the SOLIDWORKS download page (0:14), and enter the new license key (1:52).
    • The key changes with each version and can be found in the "Installation Instructions" document below.

    • For university-owned computers, there are two options available for download below:
      • The basic packaged installer includes just the necessary components (SOLIDWORKS and eDrawings) that you need for a basic course like GC 120, already downloaded from SOLIDWORKS, and you just click "Install".
      • The stub installer is a small initial download. You select options according to the below instructions and enter certain info. Then the rest of the files are downloaded and installed directly from SOLIDWORKS.
      Stub Installer Basic Packaged Installer
    Initial Download Size small large
    Components included you select during installation only SOLIDWORKS and eDrawings (sufficient for GC 120)
    Installation process manual (you select options and enter info during setup) automated (click "Install" and it runs)
    Network requires fast network connection (e.g., on-campus) for the 30-60 minutes it takes to download and install SOLIDWORKS once installer is downloaded, you can run it with or without a fast network connection


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