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SOLIDWORKS Academic Research License

With the SOLIDWORKS Academic Research License, researchers can access the latest in engineering technology, while communicating with other researchers and industrial users around the world.

The Academic Research License (ARL) has no restrictions for use in publications, industry-funded projects, and patent applications. It doesn't contain the educational watermark, and follows the same release schedule as the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS.


Academic Research License Purchase Eligibility

Qualified entities may purchase Academic Research License (ARL) with no educational watermark at 50% discount off the commercial recommended retail price for all products and services. New licensee must be purchased with at least one year subscription service to qualify for all ARL discount pricing. Please note that Home Use Licenses are not included with ARLs.

ARLs must be owned, operated, and maintained by a college, university, or university-owned facility, and must be used exclusively for the purposes of research by professors, students, or internal research staff. University-owned facilities may include research laboratories, cooperative/joint institute, medical schools, and teaching hospitals. In some cases, academic consortiums and non-profits may also qualify (contact SOLIDWORKS Research for details). ARLs may not be owned or used by private government research laboratories, institutes, companies, or consortiums.

ARLs may not be owned by federally funded research and development centres, such as national laboratories.  Institutions of this type are NOT eligible for ARL pricing, regardless of prior qualification status. Technology incubators, spinoff companies, tech transfer program, fab labs, and hobby centres are also automatically disqualified, even if they have non-profit status. Students, professors, or staff of universities may not use ARL to provide individual consulting services.

For more details of on eligibility requirements, please review our SOLIDWORKS Academic Research License Eligibility Matrix.