Article by Chris Briand, CSWE updated April 21, 2016


Geostar IconThis particular snippet of information has slipped by me in the past few years, so I am certain that most folks are unaware that COSMOSM (GEOSTAR) is no longer available in the 2016 release of SOLIDWORKS. The retirement year for this dated product was 2015 with installation files for the product no longer included within the installation media for SOLIDWORKS 2015 nor any of the 2016 media.

As of the SOLIDWORKS 2015 release, COSMOSM (GeoSTAR) is only available via download from the SOLIDWORKS Customer Portal Downloads and Updates page and has been discontinued. To access the download file select a prior version of SOLIDWORKS from the downloads page menu as shown below:

COSMOSM File Download

COSMOSM File Download

If you were a COSMOSM user, the warning that was displayed upon startup of the 2015 release should appear familiar.

“COSMOSM will be discontinued after the release of SOLIDWORKS 2015 SP5 and will no longer be enhanced , supported, or available in subsequent releases.”


Support message

If you are hunting for one last whiff of nostalgia, here it is below, the unchanged interface available in the GeoStar 2015 release:

Geostar Interface

Geostar Interface

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Chris Briand, CSWE

Chris has been educating and supporting Engineers, Designers and IT Personnel within the 3D CAD industry since 2002, and was adopted into the fantastic team of applications experts here at Javelin Technologies in early 2006 and migrated along with his team members to the TriMech Solutions team in 2021.  Chris enjoys the continuous learning driven by the ingenuity and challenges Designers bring forward. Innovation using 3D Printing, 3D CAD and other technologies, combined with a diverse background as a technologist, allows Chris to find solutions that accelerate Designers, and take Design Teams to new heights. Chris is currently being held at an undisclosed location, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.