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SOLIDWORKS Education Edition

for Secondary Schools & FE Colleges

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition
The Complete 3D Design and Engineering Education Solution
SOLIDWORKS was conceived to give designers an intuitive and powerful tool which quickly gets past learning how to use it, and on to using it to design better products. Speak to any design professional or undergraduate and they will recognise SOLIDWORKS as a global leader in 3D CAD - and there’s a pretty good chance it is what they use in their day to day work.
For Education
It makes sense that students should be using industry-leading products but commercial credibility is not the same as educational suitability. SOLIDWORKS is different. We believe that the designed-in advantages of SOLIDWORKS make it by far the most appropriate and easiest to use system for education.
Grasping the Basics
3D CAD does require a new way of thinking and you start by getting the idea of planes, features and sketches clear in your mind. SOLIDWORKS makes these key concepts as clear and obvious as possible so, once grasped, learning builds on understanding rather than remembering which button to click. Help is always available to show you where tools are and what they do. Whilst working, you can pause at any point to run through one of the many on-screen interactive tutorials if needed. Each step of the modelling process is recorded in a history bar and, using this, you can go back to any point and edit the original work. Once the edit has been made all subsequent work will automatically update. Gone are the days of ‘bin it’ and start again!

Find Your Own Level
Alongside the main design area is a ‘Home’ tab with access to on-line support, further tutorials and your own customer portal where case studies can be downloaded. Example videos range from entire millionaire yachts to jewellery and brakes for F1 cars - all modelled and tested in SOLIDWORKS. The examples demonstrate what a powerful package SOLIDWORKS is but, if it seems daunting, don’t worry. Few users will be experts in every aspect of the software, and most will be using the main features and tools that apply to their particular sector. Education is no different. Most of the time students will be using SOLIDWORKS to create straightforward parts that they can assemble, test, render and animate onscreen. If this seems like you’re only scratching the surface then that’s OK. As confidence grows, more advanced tools can be added to the repertoire and all have the same intuitive feel and built-in support.

Direct Modelling - 'Instant 3D'
SOLIDWORKS models are usually created by building up features based on 2D geometry. This ‘feature-based-modelling’ is ideal for teaching and starting-out, but it’s not the only way of working. Once a basic model is created then ‘Instant 3D’ functionality becomes available.

Direct Modelling

Most features can then be adjusted, copied, moved or edited by simply clicking and dragging with the mouse.

Direct Modelling

‘Instant 3D’ gives SOLIDWORKS the best of both worlds - direct modelling when a ‘free-form’ experience is helpful, or feature-based when key dimensions and parameters are being set. There’s no ‘big decision’ needed about which way to work – simply choose what works best for you at any stage in the modelling process.

Home Use
Once the basics have been taught in school, students will want to develop expertise independently and, in our experience, this is where SOLIDWORKS really starts to take off. SOLIDWORKS has a huge web-presence so students will soon find masses of resources and like-minded colleagues keen to share ideas, tips and techniques. This way, students will develop personal expertise at a pace that would be hard to match in the classroom. To facilitate this important learning opportunity, schools and colleges will need to maintain their subscription to SOLIDWORKS and provide access to the Student Standard (formerly SDK) and Student Premium (formerly SEK) licences.

SolidWorks Analysis Tools
Behind the 3D image, a SOLIDWORKS model can be referenced to other data that describes, for example, material properties or manufacturing methods. The following packages operate within SOLIDWORKS to give students unparalleled access to sophisticated analysis tools. Operation is via a simple wizard in all cases, ie., the software does all the hard work!


Decide what your model is made from, the manufacturing method, where it will be made and where it will be used. A life cycle assessment is then calculated and a report shows the environmental impact of your design. Try it again but make some changes to see how it affects your ‘green’ credentials.


Will your model bend or break when you use it? SOLIDWORKS Simulation is a simple Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tool that allows students to analyse stress, flow and motion in relation to their 3D model. Results are displayed graphically as colours on the model, or as an animation, making it easy to spot potentially weak areas of the design.

The SOLIDWORKS Costing tool provides estimates of how much parts should cost to manufacture. SOLIDWORKS models are easy to edit so why not create different versions of your design and try to ‘economise’ in the choices you make. SOLIDWORKS costing can compare models so you can develop the most economical solution.
CAD/CAM Output
CAD CAM Output Diagram
Don’t let a 3D image on the screen be the end of the process for your students. SolidWorks models can be easily saved as STL files for manufacture on all Roland 3D capable miller/routers, the TechSoft RouterCAM range and our 3D Printers. The students can then realise and handle their designs.
Home Use - Student Premium and Student Standard
SOLIDWORKS Education Edition
Student Premium is a time-limited, standalone licence for the full SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.

Each year a school licence subscription provides 60 one year Student Premium licences (activations) for use by students and teachers on their personal laptops / home PCs.

Student Standard is a time-limited, standalone licence for the core 3D Design part of the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition.

Each year a school licence subscription provides an unlimited number of one year Student Standard licences for use by students and teachers on their personal laptops / home PCs.

For both the Student Premium and the Student Standard licences, the school can distribute the software either by instructing their students to download it free of charge, or by purchasing DVDs.
Curriculum Resources
SOLIDWORKS Education Edition
Comprehensive, interactive tutorials are built-in to SOLIDWORKS and these are a great way to get started. Whilst in subscription, students also have access to ‘MySolidWorks’ which provides online videos and tutorials, as well as training for the SOLIDWORKS certifications - a great boost for independent learning. In addition, TechSoft offer numerous SOLIDWORKS courses.
SOLIDWORKS Certification
SOLIDWORKS Education Edition
SOLIDWORKS provides students with powerful yet intuitive 3D Design and Simulation tools they can use to help them achieve success in their exam courses. Employers will value SOLIDWORKS experience and should students wish to formally show their competence they can take the SOLIDWORKS examinations CSWA-Academic & CSDA. The entry fee is normally £68 but with a school licence subscription, entry is free. Teachers too can formally show their competence by passing both the CSWA-Academic and TECE Examinations to gain the SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educators Certification.

CSWA-Academic Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate - Academic; CSDA Certified Sustainable Design Associate; TECE Technology Educator Competency Examination; CSWP Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional (must be CSWA-Academic qualified). For more information see here.
Software Information
School Licence
A School Licence for SOLIDWORKS lets up to 60 students use the package simultaneously via a network (computers must be linked to the one server holding the licence, but there is no limit to the number of computers onto which the software can be installed). Whilst the school licence permits you to run that version of the software forever, we advise schools to keep their School Licence Subscription up to date so that, along with the other benefits of the subscription (see below), the students can still use the software at home.
School Licence Subscription
A school licence subscription provides automatic software updates (annually), free downloadable curriculum resources, an unlimited number of Student Standard licences and up to 60 activations of the Student Premium licences per year. It also provides one free entry for every student/teacher to the SOLIDWORKS examinations CSWA-Academic, CSDA and CSWP. Teachers also have free entry to the TECE examination. (Any teacher passing both the CSWA-Academic and TECE examinations is awarded the SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator Certification.)
Minimum Hardware Requirements
2019-2020 Edition: Windows 7/10 (64-bit only)
N.B. if Windows 8.1 or 32-bit is required we can supply either:
2018-2019 Edition: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit)
2014-2015 Edition: Windows 7/8/8.1 (32 and 64-bit)
A full list of system requirements and recommendations can be found here.
(excluding VAT)
SOLIDWORKS Education Edition
Includes initial 2 year subscription.
SolidWorks Education Edition: School 60 User Licence. Provides a permanent (no expiry) licence for up to 60 users on networked computers.
For a period of 2 years it also provides network version updates + up to 60 1 Year Student Premium Home Use Activations per year + up to 60 free certification exams per year. For Schools and FE Colleges Only.
Order Code: SWE-L60PS
N.B. Larger licences are available - see University Licences.
Subscription Renewals
School 60 User Licence Subscription 1 Year
Order Code: SWE-LR61
School 60 User Licence Subscription 3 Year
Order Code: SWE-LR61-3
Software DVDs
A free download is included for subscription holders. If you instead wish to distribute the software by DVDs to students these can be purchased.
Student Standard/Premium DVDs
Order Code: SWE-MK1
Student Standard/Premium DVDs (Pk of 5)
Order Code: SWE-MK5
Student Standard/Premium DVDs (Pk of 10)
Order Code: SWE-MK10
Student Standard/Premium DVDs (Pk of 25)
Order Code: SWE-MK25
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