SOLIDWORKS Research Edition

3D software designed for Researchers

Commercial tools at a discounted price

With a SOLIDWORKS Research license you have access to the latest technologies in engineering and science, and communicate with other users worldwide

What is the SOLIDWORKS Research Edition?

The SOLIDWORKS® Research License gives researchers the latest in SOLIDWORKS design and science engineering technology, while connecting them with other users around the world.

The software and output has no restrictions for use in publications, industry-funded projects, intellectual property transfer, and patent applications, and does not contain an educational watermark.

Industry standard tools

The Research License follows the SOLIDWORKS commercial licensing agreement, letting researchers grow their capabilities with the industry’s most flexible platform. SOLIDWORKS Research License software follows the same release schedule as the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS, keeping your tools and designs up-to-date.

If your research involves:

  • Developing intellectual property
  • Applying for patents
  • Or publishing results from internally or externally funded projects

Then the SOLIDWORKS Research License is the right tool for you. This suite of products assists in getting you to your research goals faster.


Use the latest in SOLIDWORKS to solve the world’s most complex design problems


Full design and analysis

This full suite of design and analysis tools available in one user interface provides a comprehensive 3D design solution that enables you to create, validate, communicate, and manage your research quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

Go from concept to validation

With SOLIDWORKS software, you can go from initial concept through advanced analysis and validation of hypothesis, with valuable insights to optimize performance in the most cost-effective manner. SOLIDWORKS helps you cut down on costly prototypes and eliminate rework and delays no matter the material or use environment.

Full technical support resources

Full technical support resources include a comprehensive library of technical articles, help topics, tech tips, tech alerts, macros, and best practices, all written and reviewed by SOLIDWORKS experts. Whenever you need information, you can be confident that the answers are at your fingertips.

Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Community

Access a broad range of tools and resources—tutorials, online help, blogs, forums, the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network, MySolidWorks. Tap into a global community to share best practices, refine tasks, and rapidly work through design challenges.



Full use with no restrictions

Enjoy full use without restriction for publications, industry-funded projects, intellectual property (IP) transfer, and patent applications.

No educational watermarks

No educational watermarks are inserted that interfere with IP, license agreements, and spin-offs.

Full SOLIDWORKS compatibility

Full compatibility with the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS enables external collaboration covering all aspects of the product development process with a seamless, integrated workflow—including design, verification, sustainable design, communication, and data management.

Reduced pricing

Special pricing means substantial savings over commercial rates, preserving more of your grant award.

SOLIDWORKS Research Edition Tools

The research edition provides access to the tools available with a commercial license



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Get answers to your frequently asked questions

Qualified Research Institution is a college, university, research laboratory, teaching hospital, non-profit or consortium. Qualified Research Institutions do not include for-profit companies, for-profit research centers, technology incubators, accelerators, non-profit learning centers, museums, public libraries, outreach programs, Fab Labs, maker spaces, hacker spaces or hobby centers.

License definition

Research Purpose — Any work where SOLIDWORKS directly contributes to the problem statement, modeling, analysis, outcome or deliverable of a Research Project. Research Purposes do not include Commercial Purposes or Curriculum Development.

Educational Purpose — Classroom or laboratory learning by Qualified Students or instruction or preparation of courses by Qualified Instructors. Educational Purposes may also include Capstone or other student projects if the work is non-proprietary, does not create or transfer Intellectual Property and the results will become part of the public domain. Educational Purposes do not include Research Purposes, Commercial Purposes or Curriculum Development. Requires an education license »

Commercial Purpose — Professional consulting, hardware production for resale, job shop activities, services performed under a Technical Services Agreement, corporate or government internships, private tutoring or training of anyone other than Qualified Students. Requires a commercial license »

SOLIDWORKS Services included

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Technical Support

With SOLIDWORKS Subscription Service, you have access to extensive help from our SOLIDWORKS experts. Which will enhance your software investment and guide you through development challenges.

  • Live Technical Support from our certified support team.
  • Remote Support to solve your technical issue right on your machine.
  • Regular Communication of software updates and technical tips and tricks.

Upgrades & Resources

Enjoy the latest version of your software and direct access to a comprehensive library of drawings, parts, assemblies, and features contributed by users around the globe.

  • Automatic Upgrades to the most Up-to-date Version of your SOLIDWORKS software.
  • FREE access to the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal for Macros, Documentation, and the ability to submit Enhancement Requests.
  • Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Knowledge Base for Articles, Tech Tips, and Best Practices.
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Online Training & Certification

A SolidProfessor and a MySolidWorks online account is included with your subscription service where you can get answers, stay current, and sharpen your design skills with online training:

  • SolidProfessor includes 15K+ online tutorial videos.
  • FREE access to SOLIDWORKS testing and certification to help you become a Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate (CSWA) or Professional (CSWP).

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