Snippet from Wikipedia: SolidWorks

SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) application published by Dassault Systèmes.

According to the publisher, over two million engineers and designers at more than 165,000 companies were using SolidWorks as of 2013. According to the company, fiscal year 2011–12 revenue for SolidWorks totaled $483 million.

How to get it

The university owns two different licenses of the SolidWorks product line. There is one license to be used only for private computers, such as student's personal computers. And the other license is intended only for computers owned by the university. These licenses are intended for non commercial use only, of course.

Both type of licenses can be requested by students, phd students, personal and lecturers. Just make sure, to use the right license depending of the ownership of the computer intended to be used.

Using privately owned computers, please proceed to the next section.
Using university's computers, proceed to this section.

private computers

The license for privately owned computers can be requested by logging into the elearning course.

This course's page gives all necessary information to get the software. However, it is in German only. Therefore, you'll find a translation below (07/2018).
But for the translation, no liability is assumed.

General Information

As part of the procurement of the “Digitalen produktionstechnischen Labor” (Digital Production Engineering Laboratory), an educational license for the CAD program SolidWorks from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. is now available.

This license includes the possibility for registered students and OvGU teachers to receive SolidWorks Student Standard (formerly: Design Kit (SDK)) or to a limited extent SolidWorks Student Premium (formerly: Engineering Kit (SEK)) free of charge.

This is a special license with a validity of 365 days, which students/teachers can use privately only. The use on OvGU computers is not permitted, for this the licenses of SolidWorks® Education Edition are intended (see next section).

As part of the Student License Program, any student, professor* and other faculty members of Otto-von-Guericke University can download a license of SolidWorks Student Standard (see below). The functionality corresponds to SolidWorks standard. In addition, a limited number of licenses of SolidWorks Student Premium are available. The functionality corresponds to SolidWorks Premium.

SolidWorks Student Standard/ Student Premium licenses do not include support (neither from SolidWorks nor the IFQ).

However, SolidWorks offers limited use of various support documents for students:

What's included in the Student Standard version

This is a special license with a maximum validity of 365 days, but no later than December 31 of the current license year (for version 2017-2018 this would be December 31, 2018).

SolidWorks Student Standard includes the following features (same functionality as SolidWorks Standard):

  • SolidWorks® 3D CAD Software: 3D Mechanical Design Software
  • eDrawings®: Design Exchange Software
  • SolidWorks SimulationXpress: Finished Model Element Analysis Tool
  • Software for editing and creating native DWG® files
  • Option to install in 13 different languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Polish, Korean, Czech, Brazilian Portuguese and Russian
  • License limited to 12 months

This product is fully compatible with both SolidWorks® Education Edition data and the current SolidWorks® Student Edition. System requirements:

  • Microsoft® Windows 7 (64 bit) and newer
  • Intel/AMD (64bit) processor
  • 1 GB RAM minimum (8 GB recommended)
  • At least 20 GB of available hard disk space
  • Microsoft Excel required for directories or parts lists
  • Graphics card with OpenGL support by GPU or CPU. For complex models, a graphics card with a GPU that natively supports OpenGL is recommended.

What's included in the Student Premium license

These activations also have a maximum validity of 365 days, but no later than December 31 of the current license year.

SolidWorks Student Premium has the same functionality as SolidWorks Premium.

System requirements are SolidWorks Student Standard (see above)

Interested parties please contact the system administrator of the IFQ, Dipl.-Ing. Frank Meyer. Please indicate in your email what you want to use SolidWorks Student Premium for and what features are required that are not included in SolidWorks Student Standard. You will then receive the STUDENT PREMIUM ID and the license key by email. The download of the installation package is similar to SolidWorks Student Standard (see below)

SolidWorks Student Standard/ Premium features are equivalent to the commercial SolidWorks software, but the product includes additional special features that make the system non-commercial.

  • The function of the software will cease after a period of 12 months after its registration.
  • The license does not include any maintenance services.
  • Once the license has expired, you can download the updated version if you still meet the required conditions. If this is not the case, you will always have the option to purchase the updated full version of the SolidWorks Student Edition license if you wish to continue using this software.

The software may not be resold, transferred, leased, modified or reproduced. Any violation of the terms of the software-specific license agreement is associated with a cancellation of the right to use the software.

The data for application for download and installation authorization may not be passed on, stored or published to other persons.

SolidWorks Student Standard/ Premium may not be used on computers of Otto-von-Guericke University. SolidWorks® Education Edition is available for this purpose. Interested teachers should contact Mr. Frank Meyer, IFQ's IT representative, for further information.

If you are allowed to get a license

If you are eligible and agree to the legal terms and conditions, you can download SolidWorks Student. SolidWorks Student Premium also requires a response (including the STUDENT PREMIUM ID and serial number) to the usage request (see above). By accepting the terms by clicking on the link “Ich gehöre zum berechtigten Personenkreis, erkenne die rechtlichen Bedingungen an und möchte SolidWorks Student herunterladen” you reach a page that provides the necessary information for downloading.

Go to the elearning platform to accept the terms!

How to enter the information

To apply for SolidWork Student Standard you need the STUDENT STANDARD ID xxxxxxxx
which can be found at the bottom of the elearning platform after accepting the terms via this link.
For Student Premium, use the ID provided by Mr. Frank Meyer.

SolidWork Student Standard/ SolidWork Student Premium is available on the homepage of SolidWorks).

  1. Follow above's link to the corresponding application page
  2. Fill out the form
    1. I already have a Serial Number that starts with 902, No
    2. If No, please enter SDK-ID, SEK-ID, or Trial Code, Enter above's STUDENT STANDARD ID
    3. Select version of your choice.
    4. Enter your university email address.
    5. Please Select one of the following: select Student, or Teacher if it's applies
  3. Accept Terms
  4. Store your personal Serial Number
  5. Download the software's download manager, approx 30MB
  6. Download the installation files
  7. Unzip and follow further instructions

Report any issues with above instructions, and refer to elearning platform page for up-to-date information

university computers

If you want to install SolidWorks on a computer which is owned or associated by the university, enroll in this e-learning course.

This course's page gives all necessary information to get the software. However, it is in German only. Therefore, you'll find a translation below (07/2018).
But for the translation, no liability is assumed.

As part of the procurement of the “Digital Production Engineering Laboratory” by IFQ, an educational license (200 network licenses) for the 3D CAD program SolidWorks from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. is now available.

  • The license allows use for educational purposes.
  • The scope of the software corresponds to SolidWorks Premium Edition.
  • Extensive teaching materials are provided.
  • Free training courses are offered by the supplier (DPS GmbH) and it is possible to use the SolidWorks customer portal.
  • Restrictions exist in the lack of ability to copy design files from or create for commercial SolidWorks products (incompatible file formats).

The installation of SolidWorks Education Edition is limited to computers at Otto-von-Guericke University that can access the URZ license servers via a network connection. Interested institutes contact the IT representative of the IFQ, Dipl.-Ing. F. Meyer (Tel. 52371, Frank Meyer) directly via their IT representatives. You will receive the license information and the installation files for the creation of the network installation images or the individual installation.

Private use (installation on computers not owned by OvGU) of the Education Edition by students or teachers of Otto-von-Guericke University is not permitted. For this purpose the Solidworks Student Design Kit (SDK) and to a limited extent the SolidWorks Student Engineering Kit (SEK) is available free of charge. Further information on the Solidworks SDK and SEK can be found here (or see the previous section).


You can have access to the SolidWorks Customer Portal, which seem to have loads of tutorials available.

  1. Create Account (please be aware of restriction of Iranians, and other)
    1. Select “I am not a SolidWorks customer or I do not have a SolidWorks Serial”
    2. Use your university email address
    3. Follow further instructions
    4. Wait for verification email and go back to Costumer Portal Page
    5. Follow further instructions and enter your personal Serial Number you received in previous download registration
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