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What is Solidworks

From Wikipedia:

SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows. SolidWorks is published by Dassault Systèmes.

According to the publisher, over two million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies were using SolidWorks as of 2013.

Supported Operating Systems

Win10-logo.png Solidworks is only available for 64-bit Windows. Mac and Linux users will need to install Windows first. How to install Windows on a Mac

Now runs on Windows 11

VPN requirement

Vpn-depends.png Connection to campus VPN is not required to license Solidworks for student version but is required for faculty version.


  • You will need to connect to the campus VPN in order to use the faculty/staff license.


For Solidworks issues including blank installer click here

If you encounter any solidworks issues not listed then please email and let us know so that we can update the list.

Serial number/License key (STUDENTS)

The license key for student use is available to UA students via SOLIDWORKS 2022-2023 Student Key
Note: Student licenses are only valid for 1 year

How to Install Solidworks (STUDENTS)

In the past, some students have had trouble downloading Solidworks from their website, so we've uploaded the files to Box.

  • Download the installation folder via this link to UA BOX. The ZIP file is ~15GB, so depending on your network connection/speed, it might take a while to download. Make sure you have at least 30GB of free space before downloading so you will have room to extract and install all the files.
  • If you have issues downloading, plug an Ethernet cable into your computer instead of using Wi-Fi.
  • Follow the instructions in this PDF. The install can take up to an hour.
  • If you receive the SQL error then go back and uncheck plastics and electrical


This version requires you to be on campus, or connected to the VPN if you are off-campus

Faculty and staff can email and specify your computer name and we can install it remotely if you are on campus.

If you wish to install it yourself, here are download links:

Solidworks Certification

We are a SOLIDWORKS Academic Certification Provider. Just email a week before you are ready to take the exam and let us know which exam you want to take, then we will generate you a voucher.

SOLIDWORKS Exam Instructions

Here is a list of the certifications:

  • Associate - Additive Manufacturing (CSWA-AM)
  • Associate - Electrical (CSWA-E)
  • Associate - Simulation (CSWA-S)
  • Associate - SolidWorks FULL exam (CSWA)
  • Associate - Sustainability (CSWA-SD)
  • Professional - CAM (CSWP-CAM)
  • Professional - MBD (CSWP-MBD)
  • Professional - Simulation (CSWP-s)
  • Professional - SolidWorks FULL Exam (CSWP)
  • Professional Advanced - Drawing Tools (CSWPA-DT)
  • Professional Advanced - Mold Making (CSWPA-MM)
  • Professional Advanced - Sheet Metal (CSWPA-SM)
  • Professional Advanced - Surfacing (CSWPA-SU)
  • Professional Advanced - Weldments (CSWPA-WD)