SOLIDWORKS Research Edition

3D software designed for Researchers

What is SOLIDWORKS Research Edition software?

The SOLIDWORKS Research License gives researchers the latest in SOLIDWORKS design and science engineering technology, while connecting them with other users around the world.

The software and output has no restrictions for use in publications, industry-funded projects, intellectual property transfer, and patent applications, and does not contain an educational watermark.

Industry standard tools

The Research License follows the SOLIDWORKS commercial licensing agreement, letting researchers grow their capabilities with the industry’s most flexible platform. SOLIDWORKS Research License software follows the same release schedule as the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS, keeping your tools and designs up-to-date.

If your research involves:

  • Developing intellectual property
  • Applying for patents
  • Or publishing results from internally or externally funded projects

Then the SOLIDWORKS Research License is the right tool for you. This suite of products assists in getting you to your research goals faster.

Overview Demo

Take a first look at SOLIDWORKS Research Edition

SOLIDWORKS Research Edition Capabilities

Use the latest in SOLIDWORKS to solve the world’s most complex design problems

Full design and analysis

This full suite of design and analysis tools available in one user interface provides a comprehensive 3D design solution that enables you to create, validate, communicate, and manage your research quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

Go from concept to validation

With SOLIDWORKS software, you can go from initial concept through advanced analysis and validation of hypothesis, with valuable insights to optimize performance in the most cost-effective manner. SOLIDWORKS helps you cut down on costly prototypes and eliminate rework and delays no matter the material or use environment.

Full technical support resources

Full technical support resources include a comprehensive library of technical articles, help topics, tech tips, tech alerts, macros, and best practices, all written and reviewed by SOLIDWORKS experts. Whenever you need information, you can be confident that the answers are at your fingertips.

Full access to the SOLIDWORKS Community

Access a broad range of tools and resources—tutorials, online help, blogs, forums, the SOLIDWORKS User Group Network, MySolidWorks. Tap into a global community to share best practices, refine tasks, and rapidly work through design challenges.

SOLIDWORKS Research Edition Tools

The research edition provides access to the following tools available with a commercial license


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License definition

Research Purpose — Any work where SOLIDWORKS directly contributes to the problem statement, modeling, analysis, outcome or deliverable of a Research Project. Research Purposes do not include Commercial Purposes or Curriculum Development.

Educational Purpose — Classroom or laboratory learning by Qualified Students or instruction or preparation of courses by Qualified Instructors. Educational Purposes may also include Capstone or other student projects if the work is non-proprietary, does not create or transfer Intellectual Property and the results will become part of the public domain. Educational Purposes do not include Research Purposes, Commercial Purposes or Curriculum Development. Requires an education license »

Commercial Purpose — Professional consulting, hardware production for resale, job shop activities, services performed under a Technical Services Agreement, corporate or government internships, private tutoring or training of anyone other than Qualified Students. Requires a commercial license »

SOLIDWORKS Research Edition Benefits

Easy to use software which will adapt to your research projects

Full use with no restrictions

Enjoy full use without restriction for publications, industry-funded projects, intellectual property (IP) transfer, and patent applications.

No educational watermarks

No educational watermarks are inserted that interfere with IP, license agreements, and spin-offs.

Full SOLIDWORKS compatibility

Full compatibility with the commercial version of SOLIDWORKS enables external collaboration covering all aspects of the product development process with a seamless, integrated workflow—including design, verification, sustainable design, communication, and data management.

Reduced pricing

Special pricing means substantial savings over commercial rates, preserving more of your grant award.

Looking for a Cloud Alternative?

3DEXPERIENCE Works provides a Safe, Social, Connected, Informed and Structured alternative to SOLIDWORKS Research Edition for team leaders, project managers and other professionals who want to manage data on the cloud and collaborate without constraints.

Safe: Customer controlled access. Transparent cloud backup. Encrypted communication protocols. Data always safe-no overwrite, no loss of data.

Social: Integrated structured and unstructured collaboration tools enabling social innovation. Collaborate on product design or engage with your stakeholders early in product development.

Connected: Every user always connected to a single, common database. Access data anywhere, anytime, on any device. Review and markup models.

Informed: Choose from the widget library, Create and share Dashboards. Get the latest information about your product development. Always have access to your latest data.

Structured: Zero overhead data management - store and manage data across collaborative spaces, share information in communities. Find indexed data faster by using tags, custom search, etc.