The SOLIDWORKS Research Licence gives researchers the latest in SOLIDWORKS design and science engineering
technology, while communicating with other researchers and industrial users around the world. The software and output has no
restrictions for use in publications, industry-funded projects and patent applications. It does not contain the educational
watermark, and follows the same release schedule as the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS, keeping all tools and designs up-to-date.
The Researcher benefits from a 50% reduction from the commercial licence cost.
If your research involves developing intellectual property, applying for patents, or publishing results from internally or
externally funded projects, the SOLIDWORKS Research Licence is the right tool for you.
There are three main products to choose from, the most comprehensive being SOLIDWORKS Premium which is
contained in the
SOLIDWORKS Education Edition but without the
usage restrictions and watermarks.
Research licences 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 institutes, medical schools and teaching hospitals. In some cases academic
consortiums and non-profits may also qualify.
Research licences may not be owned by government funded research and development centres, technology incubators, spin-off companies,
or tech transfer programs. Fab labs, hobby centres are also automatically disqualified, even if they have non-profit status.
Students, professors or staff of universities may not use the Research licence to provide individual consulting services.
N.B. The heavily subsidised SOLIDWORKS Education Edition is available to colleges and universities for instructional use; for
non-funded undergraduate student research projects as part of their degree; for non-funded graduate student projects with no
deliverables; and for internal use curriculum development only. For all other research projects a separate Research Licence
must be obtained.
Standalone or Network Version?
A SOLIDWORKS Research Licence can be supplied as a standalone version or a network version. Even if purchasing just one licence, it
is important to understand the difference.
The SOLIDWORKS Research Standalone version is for installation on just one computer. This might be a laptop which the researcher
could use on site or at home.
If you have a few researchers using a shared workspace then a network version should be considered. A network version is available
for an additional one-off payment. It provides you with the Research Network Licence Manager software which will need to be installed
on one computer (normally a server). You can then install the SOLIDWORKS Research Network software on as many computers as you like
provided they are connected to the server. Whenever the software is run it will contact the Licence Manager to detect how many
computers are currently using it. If you only have one licence, it will only allow one computer to be in use at any one time, for
two licences, two computers can be used at any one time, etc.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
2017-2018 Edition: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit only)
N.B. if 32-bit is required we can supply:
2014-2015 Edition: Windows 7/8/8.1 (32 and 64-bit)
A full list of system requirements and recommendations can be found here.