Dassault Systèmes | Website | Version 2019
Available For Use By
  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Permitted Uses
  • Research
  • Classwork
  • Administrative Use
Restrictions None
Available Via
  • VCL
  • Eos Labs
  • Specific Teaching Lab
Where It May Be Installed
  • University Owned Computers
  • VCL
  • Personally Owned Computers

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.

Documentation + Support Restrictions

For assistance in using SOLIDWORKS Research, please contact the ITECS Help Desk.

Additional Usage Notes

  • This license covers non-instructional use only. It is intended to cover use cases that are not covered by the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition license.
  • Examples of use cases for this license include:
  • There are only five concurrent licenses for this software, one of which is reserved for the COE Machine Shop. Of the four other licenses, the first three licenses in use at any given time will be issued a license for SOLIDWORKS Professional, and the final one will be licensed for SOLIDWORKS Standard.
  • Due to the small number of licenses, usage is only allowed on NCSU-owned computers.
  • If you are using this license from off campus, you will need to connect to the NCSU VPN to run SOLIDWORKS.
General Notes

The main differences between the Research and Educational Editions (aside from differences in allowed usage):

  • Research Edition documents do not carry the Education watermark.
  • The Research Edition is on the commercial release cycle, whereas the Education Edition is on a separate cycle. In general, the commercial version is released in Fall, and the Education Edition is released in late Spring. For instance, SOLIDWORKS 2019 was released in Fall 2018, and SOLIDWORKS EE 2019-2020 was released in May 2019.
    We plan to keep the versions consistent for compatibility reasons, e.g., we will not update the Research Edition license to 2020 until Education Edition 2020-2021 is available.

Alternative Version Notes

  • For instructional and academic usage, please see the page for SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.
  • Students who are enrolled in courses of any type, including masters and PhD students enrolled in a thesis-writing course, should use SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.



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