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Are SOLIDWORKS Licences available for students?
SOLIDWORKS Student Access Initiative
The SOLIDWORKS Student Access Initiative offers a range of solutions to SOLIDWORKS Education Edition customers, giving them the freedom to get SOLIDWORKS into student’s hands. Review the options below to determine which is most suitable for your situation. Looking for the SDK? Click here for the Student Access Form.


If my school doesn't have SOLIDWORKS can I still get a home copy for personal use?

If you are a high school or degree-seeking student you can purchase a copy of SOLIDWORKS Student Edition at a huge discount compared to the commercial version. See below for more information about the Student Edition.

However, if your school or university already has SOLIDWORKS they may be able to provide you with a free home use copy of Student Standard or Student Premium so we recommend you check before making any purchases.

What support is available for students?

Students are not entitled to use support and are encouraged ask their teachers or check online resources instead. Useful online resources include such as the SOLIDWORKS FAQs, student support and the SOLIDWORKS forums.

My computer at home is a Mac, can I install SOLIDWORKS to it?

It isn't recommended, or officially supported, to install SOLIDWORKS on a Mac but it is possible if you use BootCamp or Parallels. For more information please read this blog, but bear in mind performance will almost always be better on a Windows based machine.

Can SOLIDWORKS be installed or upgraded on a 32bit computer?

No. Unfortunately, SOLIDWORKS is no longer supported on 32bit computers. The last supported release of SOLIDWORKS on 32bit computers was SOLIDWORKS 2014 which is no longer available for download as an educational version.

Need a hardware upgrade? Check out our recommendations and offers.

SOLIDWORKS Student Access Options
SOLIDWORKS Student Premium (SEK)

SOLIDWORKS Student Premium (formerly SEK) allows students to work outside the classroom with a home use license.

Student Premium is available for large SOLIDWORKS Education Edition accounts and contains the same comprehensive products as the Education edition.

Registration Process

If you have not registered before then please ask ask your account manager to fill out the application form.

After approval, SOLIDWORKS send a new serial number for us to pass onto you, this serial key should then be given to the students. Students use this key for installation, and then activate the software to gain full functionality. Without activation they only get a 30 day trial. Activations are capped at the number of licenses you have on campus.

If you have applied for an SEK serial key in the past, Solid Solutions can provide a reminder of the key you do not need to reapply.

SOLIDWORKS Student Standard (SDK)

SOLIDWORKS Student Standard (formerly SDK) is included with the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition for medium sized accounts.

Student Standard provides students with a home copy of SOLIDWORKS Standard allowing them to continue studying outside the classroom.

Registration Process

Every student that requires a home edition of Student Standard must complete the Student Access Form and fill in the application form.

The form requires an SDK code. A new code is sent to teachers each year for them to share with their students.

Once the application is complete, the student will be given access to the download, but will also be sent a unique serial number to their own email address (as used in the application form). They then complete the download and install using this serial number.

SOLIDWORKS Student Edition

The SOLIDWORKS Student Edition is not included with the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.

Instead it can be purchased by high school and degree-seeking students or full-time faculty members using the software for personal learning or academic purposes.

Purchase Process

Purchase directly from the SOLIDWORKS web store, available from the SOLIDWORKS Student home page.

SOLIDWORKS Student Standard Software

SOLIDWORKS Standard is a powerful yet intuitive design software used throughout the engineering and product design industries.

SOLIDWORKS's regular set of tools provide great flexibility and enable you to model virtually any part. To complement this SOLIDWORKS also features sets of specialized commands that help speed up the creation of common product types such as sheet metal, weldments and mould tools.

SOLIDWORKS Student Premium Software

SOLIDWORKS Premium extends Standard’s features with file management capabilities, rendering, virtual testing, routing commands, component libraries and more.


SOLIDWORKS Visualize is the fastest and easiest way to create stunning photorealistic images and animations of your 3D models.


SOLIDWORKS Simulation allows you to test products virtually in a wide range of realistic scenarios. Virtual testing helps designers find flaws and optimize their products at less cost and with fewer prototypes.

SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation

Efficiently simulate fluid flow, heat transfer and fluid forces. Driven by engineering goals, Flow Simulation takes the complexity out of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).


Visualise your product moving as it would in the real world and measure the forces and loads on your design. Use the data you obtain to correctly size motors and create the ‘correct’ mechanism to ensure performance, product quality, and safety.


Use SOLIDWORKS Plastics to simulate how melted plastic flows during an injection molding process. Doing so can help you to understand and prevent possible manufacturing defects on while designing plastic parts. Being able to quickly evaluate and adjust your designs helps you to avoid costly mold rework and improve the final quality of your parts.


SOLIDWORKS Electrical CAD greatly simplifies electrical schematic creation by providing an intuitive interface that gives you faster results. Bi-directional integration in real time with SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD enables you to automatically route wires to calculate accurate lengths and easily check your designs for potential inteferences.


SOLIDWORKS MBD is a drawingless manufacturing solution which helps define, organise, and publish 3D Product Manufacturing Information in industry standard file formats such as 3D PDFs and eDrawings.




SOLIDWORKS Composer is the perfect tool for creating clear graphics from your CAD data for use in technical documents such as instruction manuals, procedural guides and maintenance instructions.


SOLIDWORKS CAM enables you to integrate design and manufacturing in one application, connecting design and manufacturing through a common 3D model.