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SOLIDWORKS for Academic Researchers

Full Use of Software Capabilities for Research Projects without Restrictions

SOLIDWORKS Research Licence

SOLIDWORKS Research Licence

Research Licence
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.
Research Licence Options
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.
SOLIDWORKS Standard delivers robust 3D design capabilities, performance, and ease-of-use. Not only can you create fully detailed parts, assemblies and production –level drawings, but you can access all the tools required to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural welded assemblies. SOLIDWORKS Standard also includes wizards to automate designs, perform stress analysis, and determine the environmental impact of components.
  • Part and Assembly Modelling
  • 2D Drawings
  • Design Reuse and Automation
  • Animation and Visulisation
  • Interference Check
  • Collaborate and Share CAD data
  • Basic Analysis Tools
  • Design for Manufacturing
SOLIDWORKS Professional
SOLIDWORKS Professional gives you all the power of SOLIDWORKS Standard with additional capabilities that increase productivity, ensure accuracy, and help you communicate your design information more effectively.

SOLIDWORKS Professional includes libraries of standard parts and fasteners, tools to automatically estimate manufacturing costs and help convert imported geometry, and utilities that search designs for errors. Realistically render your designs with PhotoView 360 software and then share them with others using eDrawings Professional. SOLIDWORKS Professional also gives you integrated file management tools that securely store all project information and track all design changes.
  • Includes all SOLIDWORKS Standard features, plus:
  • CAD Libraries
  • Advanced Design for Manufacturing
  • Design for Cost (SOLIDWORKS Costing)
  • Advanced CAD File Import
  • Productivity Tools
  • Advanced Photorealistic Rendering (PhotoView 360)
  • CAD Standards Checking
  • SOLIDWORKS File Management
  • eDrawings Professional
SOLIDWORKS Premium is a comprehensive 3D design solution that adds to the capabilities of SOLIDWORKS Professional with powerful simulation, motion and design validation tools, advanced wire and pipe routing functionality, reverse engineering capabilities, and much more.

Users can test product performance against real life motion and forces with the rich simulation capabilities. Ensure manufacturability and resolve complex assembly issues early in the design process with tolerance stack-up analysis tools. Quickly incorporate printed circuit board data into your 3D model, and create and document layouts for electrical wiring, piping and tubing with the extended toolsets of SOLIDWORKS. You can also work with 3D scanned data in SOLIDWORKS Premium.

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  • Includes all SOLIDWORKS Professional features, plus:
  • Motion Analysis
  • Structural Part and Assembly Analysis
  • Automated Tolerance Stack-Up Analysis (TolAnalyst)
  • ECAD/MCAD Collaboration (CircuitWorks)
  • Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Environmental Impact: SOLIDWORKS Sustainability
  • Routing of Pipes and Tubes
  • Routing of Electrical Cabling and Wiring Harnesses
  • Reverse Engineering (Scanto3D)
  • Advanced Surface Flattening
Software Information
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.
Standalone Version
With One Year Subscription
SolidWorks Standard Research with 1 Year Subscription
Order Code: SWR-S
SolidWorks Professional Research Licence with 1 Year Subscription
Order Code: SWR-P-S
SolidWorks Premium Research Licence with 1 Year Subscription
Order Code: SWR-E-S
With Three Years Subscription
SolidWorks Standard Research with 3 Year Subscription
Order Code: SWR-S3
SolidWorks Professional Research with 3 Year Subscription
Order Code: SWR-P-S3
SolidWorks Premium Research Licence with 3 Year Subscription
Order Code: SWR-E-S3
Network Version
Network Licence Manager
Network versions of the licences are available. However, an additional network licence manager must also be purchased for the first network licence as a one-off fee.
SolidWorks Research Network Licence Manager (one-off purchase)
Order Code: SWRN-NML
With One Year Subscription
SolidWorks Standard Research Network Version including 1st year subscription
Order Code: SWRN-S
SolidWorks Professional Research Network including 1st year subscription
Order Code: SWRN-P-S
SolidWorks Premium Research Network including 1st year subscription
Order Code: SWRN-E-S
With Three Years Subscription
SolidWorks Standard Research Network Version including first 3 years subscription
Order Code: SWRN-S3
SolidWorks Professional Research Network including first 3 years subscription
Order Code: SWRN-P-S3
SolidWorks Premium Research Network including first 3 years subscription
Order Code: SWRN-E-S3
Additional SOLIDWORKS Research Products
In addition to the core CAD elements, there are additional tools and functionality available which are available as add-on products.
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