SolidWorks (SDK) (installation)
SolidWorks is a CAD program that can be used to design drawings, models and assemblies. It is especially designed for 3D CAD design, where individual 3D elements are aligned and dimensioned in space. It offers a wide range of special tools, for example for welded constructions, surface processing, design analyses, DFM and CAM.
The SolidWorks software (SDK) is provided by Dassault Systemes Deutschland GmbH. Students and teachers of the University of Paderborn can download a license of the SOLIDWORKS Student Design Kit there free of charge.
- Student of the University of Paderborn
- Employee of the University of Paderborn
- Microsoft Windows operating system
Solidworks is not available in a macOS version.
Obtain SolidWorks (SDK)
Apply for license
First, the SolidWorks (SDK) service must be requested from the ServicePortal.
- Access the ServicePortal.
- Log in with your university account.
- Go to the "User Selfcare"' section and then to "Additional Services"'
- Under "Lizenzen" you will find the service SolidWorks (SDK)'
- Click on Optionen and then on Beantragen
- Accept the terms of the license
You should now receive an email within a short time. This will contain the following information:
- A link to the SolidWorks download page.
- The access code required for installation
- Further instructions for use and installation
Download SolidWorks setup and Serial Numbers
To obtain the software, you must register on the SolidWorks website.
- Fill out the form
- Under Product Information, enter the following: I already have a serial number that starts with 9020 Nein
- then enter the SDK ID sent to you by email and select the 2020-2021 version.
- then click on "Download anfordern"'
- Clicking "Annehmen und Fortfahren"'
- Two license keys will be displayed.
- Your SOLIDWORKS CAD Serial Number is: 9020 0132 .... .... .... .... ....
- Your SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro Serial Number is: 9020 0132 .... .... .... ....
- !!! Save or make a note of these numbers for later installation. If you don't have the number later, you have to fill in the registration mask again.
- Afterwards click on "Download" / "Herunterladen"
Open the installation file SolidWorksSetup.exe.
- The installation data must first be unpacked.
- By default, this happens in the download folder
- Click on "Unzip"'
- The installation wizard starts
- Select "Auf diesem Computer installieren"'
- Click on "Weiter"'
- Enter the SOLIDWORKS CAD serial number.
- If you want to use SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro, also enter the SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro serial number.
- Both serial numbers were previously displayed to you during registration
- Then click on "Weiter"'
The wizard will now search the Internet for available installation packages.
- Accept the license agreement
- Then click on "Download und Installation"
The installation wizard will now download and install the installation data for SolidWorks.
Note: The installation package is several gigabytes in size. Depending on how fast your internet connection is, this step may take some time.
- The installation was completed successfully.
- Decide for yourself whether you want to transmit usage data to the manufacturer.
- Click "Fertigstellen" to finish.
- SolidWorks may need a restart before it can be used.
- Save and close all open programs if you have not already done so.
- Click on "Jetzt neu starten".
SolidWorks can now be used.
The manufacturer does not offer a version of Solidworks for macOS.
If you still want to use Solidworks on your Mac, you must first set up a Windows environment there. More information can be found at the manufacturer.
Here you can find an installation guide of the manufacturer
Notes on Usage
The software is subject to the following limitations:
- The software will cease to function after a period of 12 months following its registration. The software can be used until 31.12. of the current license year at the longest (for version 2020-2021 this would be 31.12.2021).
- The license does not include any maintenance services.
- After 365 days have expired, if you still meet the required conditions, you can download the updated version of the SDK. If this is not the case, you always have the option to purchase the updated full version of the SOLIDWORKS Student Edition license