University Researchers

University Researchers

With the SOLIDWORKS® University Research License, researchers can access the latest in engineering technology, while communicating with other researchers and industrial users around the world.

SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD enables you and your team to quickly transform research into reality. With SOLIDWORKS Simulation, you can easily subject your designs to the same conditions that they’ll experience in the real world, raising further the quality of your research while reducing your costs for live prototypes and testing. SOLIDWORKS Sustainability lets you quickly integrate life cycle assessment (LCA) into your research, showing the environmental impact of your designs. SOLIDWORKS Enterprise PDM helps your team quickly and easily find and repurpose files, parts, and drawings, share design information, and automate workflows, ensuring that you always have the right version. Finally, 3DVIA Composer helps you communicate your research more effectively by leveraging your existing 3D CAD data to create polished content and even animations to show complex product details.

The University Research License (URL) has no restrictions for use in publications, industry-funded projects, and patent applications. It doesn’t contain the educational watermark, and follows the same release schedule as the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS.

University Research License Purchase Eligibility

University research laboratories, medical schools, and teaching hospitals may purchase SOLIDWORKS University Research Licenses at 50% off the commercial list pricing for all products and services. The research work must be conducted on-site at the university, and must be hosted, sponsored, and/or administered by the university. There are no exceptions to this policy. Medical schools and teaching hospitals affiliated with universities are considered research facilities.

If SOLIDWORKS is used as part of your research at the school, you would need a URL license. If SOLIDWORKS is used as part of a class you are instructing, you would qualify for educational licensing. Please note that you cannot cross-use an educational license for your research, even if it is primarily intended for teaching a class. A separate university research license is required in such cases.

Please note: Government research labs are not eligible for university research licensing.