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Solidworks - for Faculty, Researchers, Labs, UC-Owned computers

Solidworks Education software may be used for Academic non-commercial research and non-funded research. Please follow the license agreement as stated during the installation process. For commercial or funded research, or applications where a watermarke is not desired, please contact Dave Alpert for Solidworks Sales,

The Education edition must be used on University-owned computers. Do not use the Student Edition (SEK) on UC-owned computers including research & computer labs.

Solidworks  - Education Edition - for Faculty, Researchers, Computer labs, & UC-Owned computers

This is a full-version of Solidworks. Please know it is 1 year behind the commercial version and there may be incompatibilities with the commercial version.
Usage requires a UCI campus IP address so that you can obtain a license from the on-campus license server.  Off-campus users should use the UCI VPN service.

About our Solidworks Campus License:

During Summer of 2014, the School of Engineering entered into a 3-year campus site-license agreement with Solidworks. 

The following software packages are available to faculty & students through our contract:
  • Solidworks Academic Version
    • Uses our network license server
  • Solidworks SEK - Student Engineering Kit.
    • We are limited to 2000 installations therefore it's limited to Engineering students. 
    • This is a full version. 
    • Licensing & downloads are through Solidworks.
  • For 2017-18, SOLIDWORKS Education Edition and Student Engineering Kit (SEK) includes:

Download  - Solidworks Academic Edition

Solidworks 2018-2019 version:
Download .zip file HERE software

License server & serial number - HERE-license server

  • 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,


1) Unzip the file using Windows, 7zip, or whatever you typically use.

2) Click on setup.exe to start the installation.

3) Use the serial number and license server from the file you downloaded above.

4) Select "Individual Installation"
  • Check the box for "3D Design Solidworks Standard, Professional, Premium, or Solidworks License"
  • Enter the serial number below this option.
  • Do not enter any other serial numbers
  • Click 'next" at the bottom
  • Verify installation location.
  • Click 'Install Now"
  • You will be prompted to enter the HSSOE license server, 25734@<server-name>
5) Additional Installation instructions.

6) When I upgrade the software, I usually find it necessary to completely uninstall. Then I clean-up the computers and old registry entries with CCleaner. Then I'm ready to install the recent version.

Software Prerequisites

Please see this link for Solidworks prerequisites.


Please see this link for troubleshooting tips.