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SOLIDWORKS Educational Edition

For Researchers

With SOLIDWORKS Research licenses Researchers can gain access to the latest Engineering Technology to help solve some of the most complex problems. You will have the ability to communicates ideas and designs with other users, research councils, published papers, technicians and engineers around the globe.

To check whether you are eligible for the SOLIDWORKS Research License please select the ‘License Eligibility’ tab below.

To determine which version will meet your requirement please click here

For Educators

With SOLIDWORKS Education Edition you will get access to the full CAD teaching tool, including design validation, electrical and circuit board design, CAM and data management. A powerful, easy to use and intuitive CAD/CAM package. You will also receive full support of your software, including online training, certification, curriculum content and tips and tricks. With experience supporting over 840 Educational Institutes to help make students of all ages more employable and ready for industry.

For a full list of our support services please refer to the ‘Support’ section of our website.

For Students

With SOLIDWORKS skills and certifications you will give yourself a clear advantage in Engineering and Industrial Design jobs, as well as many other industries. With help from MySolidSolutions and MySOLIDWORKS online training the easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS Educational Edition will let you sharpen your skills outside the classroom.

If you currently have access to SOLIDWORKS at School/College or University the chances are you will be able to gain access to this at home at no extra cost. Please enquire with your tutors as to whether this is available (you will need to request an SDK or an SEK identification number).

Once you have this code please fill out the Student Access Form

*If you receive an SEK number you will also need to request a serial number. If you receive an SDK number the serial number will be emailed to you.

If your Educational Institute cannot provide home user licenses please contact us on 01926 333777.

What does a SOLIDWORKS Educational license include?

SOLIDWORKS offers the best suite of tools for engineering design, documentation, simulation, and sustainable design in one easy-to-learn software package. As well as the software itself, as a SOLIDWORKS Educational customer you are entitled to a whole host of other benefits.

You will have access to all of the following SOLIDWORKS products:

  • SOLIDWORKS Model Based Definition
  • SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium (Finite Element Analysis)
  • SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (Computation Fluid Dynamics), with the Electronics Cooling & HVAC Modules
  • SOLIDWORKS Plastics Premium
  • SOLIDWORKS Electrical Professional (2D Schematics and 3D Modelling)
  • SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional (Rendering with AR & VR)
  • SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard (Data Management
  • SOLIDWORKS CAM Professional (Integrated CAD/CAM)

Additional Products

  • SOLIDWORKS PCB (printed circuit board design tools)*
  • SOLIDWORKS EDU PDM Professional* (supplied without Microsoft SQL Server)*
  • SOLIDWORKS Composer- Education Edition** (technical documentation tools)
Complete curriculum including the SOLIDWORKS Teacher Guide and Student Courseware provides over 500 pages of teaching resources, covering all major areas of interest:

  • Simulation
  • Photoview 360
  • SOLIDWORKS Animation
  • Toolbox
  • eDrawings Professional.

Teacher Guide Companion files and Student Workbook Files are included, making it easy to print lessions or models, along with a syllabus, study sheets, hand-outs, homework assignments, study projects and exercises. To get access to this content please follow the links above for the extranet tool and create your accounts.

In today’s competitive job market, CAD professionals need every advantage they can get, and the SOLIDWORKS Certification Program gives your students a proven edge. With SOLIDWORKS Certification, students will demonstrate their expertise with SOLIDWORKS 3D solid modelling, design concepts, and sustainable design and their commitment to professional development. The exams are free if you have an active subscription, if so you will be entitled to the following exam certifications:

  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate – Academic (CSWA – Academic)
  • Certified Sustainable Design Associate (CSDA)
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate – Simulation (CSWSA-S)**
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (CSWP)**
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional – Drawing Tools (CSWP-DRWT)**
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Model Based Design (CSWP-MBD) **
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional – Simulation (CSWP-S) **
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Sheet Metal (CSWPA-SM) **
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Weldments (CSWPA-WD) **
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Surfacing (CSWPA-SU) **
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Mold Tools (CSWPA-MT) **
  • Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Advanced Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT) **

**Candidate must have passed CSWA exam To become eligible and access the exam codes you will need to follow the steps on the SOLIDWORKS Certification Guide. For tips on administering the codes and running the exam please refer to Step 3 on the guide. We have an array of content to help get you ready for the exam so please get in contact. We can provide relevant content as well as past sample papers.

As a Cadtek customer we often sponsor events at schools, colleges and universities, if this is something that would interest you don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information.
As an Educational customer you will have access to all of the benefits our commercial customers are entitled to. We have a support team consisting of 70+ engineers who can help support your SOLIDWORKS usage, as well as online training, home user licenses for students, curriculum content, exam support and advice and much more. Please refer to the ‘Support’ section of our website to see the full list.
As an educator, you play a vital role in developing the next generation of engineering and design innovators. We want to give you all the help we can, therefore you will have access to a whole host of resources. Including blogs, tutorials, case studies and the SOLIDWORKS community. To gain access to this content please register an account with MySolidSolutions and MySOLIDWORKS.
Education Edition Academic Research Commercial

Secondary school projects (K-12)


Undergraduate capstone projects

Undergraduate research projects – unpaid, for degree ico_checked_trans

Graduate student projects – non-funded, no deliverables


Curriculum development (for internal use only)


Undergraduate research projects – paid or generating IP


Graduate student projects – funded with deliverables

University research labs (labs operated within a specific department of a university) ico_checked_trans
Joint/cooperative institutes (licenses must be owned and operated by a university) ico_checked_trans
Academic consortiums (for academic use only) ico_checked_trans
Academic non-profits (no commercial interactions) ico_checked_trans
Curriculum development – open source sharing ico_checked_trans
Research labs – private or government ownership ico_checked_trans
National Laboratories (FFRDCs) ico_checked_trans
Fab Labs / Hobby Centers ico_checked_trans
Tech transfer programs/Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) ico_checked_trans
Industry consortiums ico_checked_trans
Commercial non-profits ico_checked_trans
Spinoff/Startup companies ico_checked_trans
Individual consulting ico_checked_trans
Hardware/product development – for resale ico_checked_trans
Curriculum development – for resale ico_checked_trans

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