SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) software program. The College of Engineering has SolidWorks 2016 and SolidWorks Electrical available to be used only for non-research purposes. SolidWorks can be used for research only by purchasing a license. Contact Support for information and pricing. Please include your sponsoring professor's information.

NOTE: Due to the large size of Solidworks files, accessing them directly from a cloud service results in slower operation of the application. The best practice when using Solidworks on the Citrix Desktop platform is to save the file on your Engineering Z:\ drive. This can be done by saving to Desktop or Documents on the Citrix Desktop session or by browsing to your Z:\ drive through File Explorer. If you need to save files through a cloud storage service, please make sure to download them to your Z:\ drive first, then open the files from your Z:\ driveReminder: Citrix does not require the use of a VPN. Using a VPN may throttle your bandwidth and cause the application or desktop to run slower.


Windows Desktop computers and Citrix Xen desktop

Who Can Use The Software

SolidWorks and SolidWorks Electrical are available to all Engineering students enrolled in courses instructing the software.

SolidWorks can be installed on OSU-owned Faculty and Graduate Windows Desktop computers with a purchase of a license.

Access To Software

SolidWorks and SolidWorks Electrical are available remotely through Citrix Xen desktopThis is not allowed to be used for research.

You must be currently enrolled in a course that requires the software in order to install an instructional version on personal Windows machines.  To install on your personal Windows machine, visit our software page.

Purchased Research licenses are only available for OSU-owned Windows machines.  Contact Support to request software installation. 

Access To Online User Portal and Support

General Support:

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