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Teach SOLIDWORKS: Discover What’s Included in a SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription

Friday November 10, 2023 at 8:00am

As a researcher, educator, or student, SOLIDWORKS is a great CAD tool to use to help you design in 2D and 3D easily.

For decades, SOLIDWORKS has been powering innovative research and is taught to countless students in schools and colleges across the UK & Ireland, as well as the rest of the world!

One of the major benefits to having SOLIDWORKS is the SOLIDWORKS Educational subscription that sits alongside it.

This entitles educators and researchers to support directly from our expert Technical Support team here at Solid Solutions.

What exactly is included in a SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription? Let’s break it down.


  1. How many schools use SOLIDWORKS?
  2. What Software is included in SOLIDWORKS Education?
  3. What Software is included in SOLIDWORKS Research?
  4. Why Should Educational Institutions use SOLIDWORKS?
  5. How much does SOLIDWORKS Educational cost?
  6. Is support included in SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription?
  7. Can I sell my SOLIDWORKS Education models?

How many Schools use SOLIDWORKS?

SOLIDWORKS Educational products are used by more than 80% of the world’s top engineering schools, and SOLIDWORKS Education Edition give students the power to realise their ideas and helps them prepare for their careers by learning the industry-standard CAD software.

For researchers that are involved in developing intellectual property, applying for patents, or publishing results from internally or externally funded projects SOLIDWORKS Research Edition provides perfect solution.

What Software is Included in SOLIDWORKS Education?

SOLIDWORKS Education is an inclusive resource for teaching 3D mechanical CAD, 2D technical drawings, design validation, and data management.

The following software is included within the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition:

Follow the links to the product pages to discover more about the individual capabilities of each!

Each of these products contains vast functionality that is straightforward and easy to use to become productive almost immediately.

With SOLIDWORKS Education, students and instructors can focus on what’s really important—fostering new ideas, solving problems, working as a team, and innovating products.

What Software is Included in SOLIDWORKS Research?

The SOLIDWORKS Research Edition can be used for a wider range of work than the Educational edition and it does not watermark files or run on a delayed release cycle.

SOLIDWORKS Research Edition is also available at approximately half the price of a commercial license.

The research license follows the commercial SOLIDWORKS licensing structure, meaning that it is not a bundle and instead products must be purchased individually.

However, the special pricing for the Research Edition allows for substantial savings over commercial rates.

Find out if you’re eligible for the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition here.

Why should Educational Institutions use SOLIDWORKS?

SOLIDWORKS is used by thousands of designers and engineering firms across the world and is widely recognised as the industry-standard in 3D CAD.

By teaching and learning SOLIDWORKS, students and academics are equipped with vital skills to enhance the Design & Engineering sector, wherever they end up working in the future.

We provide a wide range of accessible SOLIDWORKS training courses for teachers, lecturers, and academics that can help you learn all the skills you need to inspire the next generation of engineers and product designers or design innovative creations.

A SOLIDWORKS Educational subscription also entitles you to the SOLIDWORKS Fundamentals training manual, a comprehensive online video course, and SOLIDWORKS certification access for your students at no extra cost.

How much does SOLIDWORKS Educational cost?

The price for SOLIDWORKS Educational will vary with your institution’s size and whether you are using it for education or research.

Get in touch now to receive a personalised quote in minutes to make sure you find the best solutions and deal for your institution, research, and students.


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Is Support Included in SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription?

Yes! Your SOLIDWORKS Educational Subscription includes full support for staff and academics from our expert Technical Support team.

We aim to equip educators with the skills they need to be able to answer any questions students may have. So while we do not offer technical support directly to students, educators can request assistance on their behalf should the issue be unable to be resolved.

If you are a student who needs SOLIDWORKS support, then check out these 5 Ways to Get Help with SOLIDWORKS as a Student.

Can I Sell my SOLIDWORKS Education Models?

The short answer is ‘no’. SOLIDWORKS Education is a non-commercial package and as such cannot be used for commercial gain.

Models created in SOLIDWORKS Education are watermarked and cannot be sold or distributed.

The 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Makers license is an affordable option for students, DIYers, and hobbyists, and you may sell items created within it for a profit up to and not exceeding US$2000 per year.

If you are looking to start or grow your business, then we recommend checking out our offers for start-ups and entrepreneurs, or our commercial SOLIDWORKS packages.

Take the Next Steps...

Explore the complete SOLIDWORKS portfolio and discover the advanced CAD capabilities that streamline workflows and shorten design times.

As part of the TriMech Group, we support designers, engineers, and businesses across the world as they develop innovative solutions to today’s challenges. From our CPD-accredited SOLIDWORKS training courses, to simulation, manufacturing, data management and product lifecycle solutions, our team is equipped to support you as you navigate your design journey.

With a SOLIDWORKS subscription you gain access to our expert SOLIDWORKS Technical Support team.

So if you find your workflow disrupted, or just have a question about SOLIDWORKS, then give us a call on 01926 333 777 or drop an email to and one of our certified SOLIDWORKS Engineers will be in contact.

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