CAD, CAM, & BIM
Mar 27 2020
Updated as of April 27, 2020
We’ve contacted our partners at SOLIDWORKS and Autodesk to learn more about how teachers and students can get remote access to CAD, CAM, BIM software. Based on those conversations, we’ve outlined a few different options for you below. If we get any more information from these organizations, we’ll update this post accordingly. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to sign up for a time to chat with one of our academic product specialists.
Right now, there are three primary ways to get access to SOLIDWORKS for your remote students:
SOLIDWORKS recently announced its new offering called “Always On”, a web-based solution for students to access SOLIDWORKS and CATIA online. The Always On solution can be accessed on any device, including tablets and Macs. All students need is a wifi connection.
At this time, students can subscribe to this offer until May 22, 2020 and licenses will be valid until August 31, 2020.
The next two options require connecting with your value-added reseller. If you’re not quite sure how to get started, follow the steps below.
To get remote access to SOLIDWORKS for your students, the type of subscription service you are on will determine what is available to you. If you’re not quite sure, your school’s value-added reseller (VAR) will have that information for you. In other words, it’s probably time to get in touch with your reseller!
Here are a few quick steps you can take to find your VAR:
Tip: We recommend that you connect with your VAR first before you call SOLIDWORKS. Their phone lines are experiencing a significant amount of traffic at this time, so it might take a while to get through.
SOLIDWORKS Student Access enables you to connect your students to the SOLIDWORKS software tools they need for engineering design, simulation, and documentation, even when they’re not in the classroom. It’s designed for students and educators who use the SOLIDWORKS Education Edition at their school. SOLIDWORKS Student Access is also available to qualified educational customers with active Subscription Service and a basic level of Classroom or Campus network solution.
Most students should have access to SOLIDWORKS desktop through one of these options. If you’re unsure whether or not you qualify, contact your local VAR or your IT manager to check which subscription service you have. See our steps above for more information about locating your VAR.
If your students are in the middle of pursuing SOLIDWORKS certifications, you can request to get SOLIDWORKS installations for them in the same way you’d request additional certification vouchers. Again, this requires going through your VAR. See our previous section for steps to get in contact with them.
Tip: We’ll keep updating this post as we learn more from SOLIDWORKS! Keep on the lookout for potential cloud offerings for xDesign and xShape in response to school closures.
Autodesk already offers free software downloads for the education community! If you’re ready to start downloading the software, click the links below and follow the instructions on the page:
Beginning March 25, 2020, Autodesk 2021 software will be available to eligible students, educators, and educational institutions through the Autodesk Education Community.
From March 25, 2020, the license term for both the single-user and multi-user/network education licenses through the Education Community is one year. This applies to both new and existing software. Upon license expiration, eligible users can either renew their current software version or access a new educational license for a different release of the software under applicable terms.
If you have any questions, please review Autodesk’s FAQ page.
Educational institutions have a choice of download methods depending on whether you’d like to download the software directly or go through your Autodesk Account:
Not all versions of the software will function correctly on all devices. It’s helpful to go through this checklist and make sure you’re downloading the version that will work the best on yours and your students’ devices:
While Autodesk and SOLIDWORKS provide industry-leading CAD software, there are other organizations that offer school-specific CAD software for students who’re just getting their feet wet in design. If your students can’t access Autodesk or SOLIDWORKS software, the following can be a good stopgap in the interim:
As a cloud-based platform, SolidProfessor can be used anywhere! Through our online reporting dashboard, you can see exactly which videos students have viewed, the assignments they’ve completed, and more. Plus, you can integrate SolidProfessor right into your learning management system (LMS) to keep all your grades in one place! If you’re interested in learning more, please sign up to talk to one of our academic product specialists.
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