Watermark Indicates SOLIDWORKS Files from Educational Version

Article by Sanja Srzic updated July 22, 2015


The watermark ‘SOLIDWORKS Educational License – Instructional Use Only’ appears on a printed SOLIDWORKS drawing that references a file created using educational license, or using a template from an educational installation. In the design tree of  such 3D models, beside file name, we see the icon that looks like a graduation hat.

Educational icon

As stated in the watermark, SOLIDWORKS educational licenses are to be used for teaching only and not for commercial purpose.  However, mix-ups happen and are usually detected after a drawing is printed.

When a file from educational version is open in SOLIDWORKS, a warning comes up:

Educational warning

Identifying such file visually or by opening assembly components can be difficult in large assemblies. SOLIDWORKS knowledge base solution S-040508 includes a macro that detects files created in educational version of SOLIDWORKS.

When a file from educational version is identified, the options for removing watermark include recreating the file or saving it in a different file format.  For example, an assembly can be saved as a part file; an assembly or a part file can be exported to a neutral file format.  This gets rid of the watermark, but also gets rid of the model design history.

Business-critical cases should be discussed with SOLIDWORKS VARs.

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Sanja Srzic

Sanja is the SOLIDWORKS Technical Support Team Leader for Western Canada, and is based in the Javelin Winnipeg Office