Solidworks - Student Engineering Kit (for HSSOE students)

Using SOLIDWORKS Education Edition and Student Engineering Kit for commercial or funded research is NOT license compliant.

The SEK version cannot be installed on UC-owned computers including research labs and computer labs. Use the Education version.

STUDENTS: Please download the 2020-2021 version for the 2020-21 Academic year including Summer Session 2021.


Solidworks Student Engineering Kit is available to HSSOE students at no cost. This is a robust full version of Solidworks.

  • Details about features included in Solidworks SEK.
About Solidworks:  Solidworks provides tools for engineering design, documentation, simulation, and sustainable design in one easy-to-learn software package.

Solidworks Training

Register your account using the serial number on this site.

Vouchers for CSWA and CSWP exams

Please contact Lisa Preble to obtain a voucher if you're interested in taking the CSWA or CSWP exams outside of your Solidworks course.

Software Prerequisites:

Before proceeding with your Solidworks installation, please do the following:

  1. Verify that your system meets the criteria specified in
    • Solidworks 2016-17 Education & Student versions (and newer) are compatible with Windows 10
  2. Uninstall any alpha, beta, or pre-release versions of the Solidworks software.
    • Back up all SOLIDWORKS files you have created and wish to continue using (e.g. parts, assemblies, and drawings, document templates, sheet formats, library features, form tools, Toolbox parts (as applicable)) before upgrading to Solidworks.
  3. Install the latest Microsoft .NET framework.
  4. Please note: files you open and save in Solidworks 2019 cannot be opened in earlier versions.
    • To minimize disk space consumed, please consider uninstalling your older Solidworks products and using a new installation of the new Solidworks product (Education Edition users may wish to keep an older version). 
  5. If you uninstall the older version, please be sure to also uninstall Simulation products, along with older versions of eDrawings®, and other products, etc.
    • If you wish to move your un-expired license to a new computer, please be sure to transfer your license before uninstalling the software. Please do this as follows:
    • Start Solidworks, go to Help - Transfer licenses (select all the Solidworks products when doing this).

Download & Install Solidworks SEK

  • Solidworks SEK is a full-version licensed directly with Solidworks for 365 days.

Download location:

  • Serial number and SEK-ID for Solidworks SEK

  • Use your UCI Google Apps account to view SEK-ID.
  • If you see the "You Need Permission" message it means you are NOT logged in with your UCI Google Apps account.
    • View instructions on how to switch between Gmail accounts.
    • NOTE: We will ignore all "Request Access" messages
    • If you continue to have problems, contact Lisa Preble,

STEP 1 - Go to download site and fill-in Student Access Form:
  • Go to the download location for Solidworks SEK
  • Fill out the Student Access Form.
  • For the SEK-ID:  scroll up
  • Enter your personal information on the form.
  • Select version
  • Use your UCI.EDU email address.
    • You cannot download the software with a non-UCI.EDU email address.
  • Click "Request Download"

STEP 2- Download Software
  • Accept Agreement
  • Select 64-bit  - depending on your operating system.
    •  If you have an older computer select 32 bit. 
    • See Installation tips if you don't know.

STEP 3 - Install Software
  • Click on your downloaded SolidWorksSetup.exe executable.
    • The file will unpack to a default directory. You may change it.
  • If you want to continue with the installation, let it continue.
    • Otherwise, exit the installation.
    • You may click on the setup.exe file if you want to install at a later time.
  • Look for the installation manager. 
    • It will say:  Welcome to the SolidWorks Installation Manager
    • Select "Individual (on this computer)"
    • Click Next.
  • Check the box for: "SolidWorks Standard, Professional, Premium or SolidNetWork License
  • Use the serial number below.
    • SERIAL: scroll up
    • Do not select additional features or serial numbers.
    • Click Next.
  • On the Summary screen, you may make changes.
    • For Download Options, you can select Download & Install.
    • If you do not have a good network connection, select "Download only"..
    • You can also change the download location.
    • If you do not want future service packs, you can de-select the background downloader.
    • Click Next to proceed with installation.
  • Detailed installation instructions from Solidworks.

More Information:

Installation Troubleshooting

If Solidworks installation fails after several attempts:

1) Completely uninstall software and all related components.

    • Uninstall Solidworks and everything that might have been included such as viewers.
    • Look in "Uninstall Software" on Windows uninstall anything with Solidworks in the name.
    • Use CCleaner to clean-up the registry
    • Look in the system registry for anything related to Solidworks and delete those entries.
      • If you don't know what I mean by this, then it's probably a good idea to skip this step.
      • Otherwise, go to start - run, type in regedit. Search for AutoCad and Solidworks.

2) Install the latest Microsoft .Net Framework.

3) Choose the option to "Download Only'.

  • If your are downloading over wi-fi I recommend the option to download only. Then after the software has downloaded start the installation manager and install.

  • To install the Solidworks after you downloaded it, you can start the installation manager and it will ask you to locate the downloaded software. Or, you can locate the setup.exe file in you download. Of course, make a note where you downloaded the software to.

4) The Solidworks installation screen is blank

    Please see these tips or this one

    Or google "Solidworks Blank Installation Screen"

More Solidworks Installation troubleshooting & Tips

5) The Solidworks installation doesn't complete. There's a SQL error.

Solidworks Electrical requires Microsoft SQL Server as an prerequisite but installation often fails.

Please make sure that Electrical is de-selected on ALL installation screens. This means BOTH the Summary screen and the following Product Selection screen.

Note, when you de-select Electrical from the Summary Screen you need to verify products on the following screen because by default Electrical does not automatically uncheck in Product Selection. This is annoying and a constant source of frustration. The reseller has not made this correction in their installer.

Other Solidworks Issues

1) You see an error the Student Version has expired.

  • Open File Explorer and go to C:\ProgramData\FLEXnet.
  • Rename the FLEXnet folder to something like FLEXnet_old.
    The ProgramData folder is a hidden folder. You can either use 'Folder options' to show hidden folders,
    or you can type C:\ProgramData directly on to the address bar and then press Enter to access this folder.
    From there you will be able to locate the FLEXnet folder.
  • Try again to activate the license.

2)  I want to move the license to a different computer. How do I deactivate/activate a license.

Follow the steps below for deactivating a SOLIDWORKS license:

  1. Open SOLIDWORKS on your current system.
  2. In the SOLIDWORKS window, navigate to Help > Deactivate Licenses.
  3. In the SOLIDWORKS Product Activation window, select the products and click on the 'Next' button.
  4. Once the deactivation is successful, you will be able to install and activate this license on the new system.

3)  Solidworks isn't running right.

Solidworks PDM Workgroup Server

Solidworks PDM Workgroup is included in the SEK license for Students.

Please refer to the following pages:

Solidworks Tutorials and Resources for Students

Visit MySolidworks for "All Things Solidworks" including tutorials, training, and user forums.

What is included with your license?

1) The Solidworks SEK Software

2) Training via MySolidWorks for Students ($360 value per student)
    • USE SOLIDWORKS Student Premium serial number-
    • Online Training Catalog (powered by SOLIDProfessor) tutorials, with learning paths including: CSWA Exam Prep Course and Sample Exercises, CSWP Exam Prep Course and Sample Exercises, SOLIDWORKS CAM, and Additive Manufacturing.
  • Fundamentals of 3D Design and Simulation - eBook
  • Fundamentals of SW Electrical - eBook

3) Certification Exams - Your instructor must provide you with a voucher

Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Academic
  • CSWA - Academic $99 value each
  • CSWA - Additive Mfg. $50 value each
  • CSWA - Electrical $20 value each
  • CSWA - Sustainability $20 value each
  • CSWA - Simulation $50 value each
Certified SOLIDWORKS Professional Academic
  • CSWP - Academic $99 value each
  • CSWPA - Drawing Tools $20 value each
  • CSWPA - MBD $50 value each
  • CSWPA - Mold Tools $20 value each
  • CSWPA - Simulation $50 value each
  • CSWPA - Sheet Metal $20 value each
  • CSWPA - Surfacing $20 value each
  • CSWPA - Weldments $20 value each

Certified SOLIDWORKS Accredited Educator is provided when you complete: Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate Exam, and the Technology Educator Competency Exam

Academic certifications changes:
a) Post-secondary institutions are not required to proctor certification exams.
b) Faculty can now request exam vouchers:


Helpful Overviews

Solidworks in 10 Minutes - Overview of features

Getting Started in Solidworks

About SolidWorks

Powered by the Dassault Systèmes 3DExperience Platform, SolidWorks 3D applications help millions of engineers and designers succeed through innovationSolidWorks delivers an intuitive experience in product design, simulation, publishing, data management, and environmental impact assessment. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit our Web site ( or call 1-800-693-9000begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            1-800-693-9000       (outside of North America, call +1-781-810-5011).