SolidWorks Student Edition files have a watermark and cannot share files with the commercial version of SolidWorks.
SolidWorks Student Edition uses a soft-lock mechanism to limit installation to one computer only.
If a file is created in SolidWorks 2019-2020 Student Edition, can it be opened in SolidWorks 2020-2021 Student Edition when that ships in the future? Yes, this works fine. If a file is created in a newer version, it can't be opened in a previous version (files are not backwards compatible), but the files are fully forward compatible.
With SOLIDWORKS skills, you’ll have a clear advantage in the engineering or industrial design job markets. The easy-to-use SOLIDWORKS Student Edition lets you sharpen your skills outside the classroom as you learn to design better products.
The Student Edition contains:
SOLIDWORKS Premium (3D CAD software)
SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium (FEA tools)
SOLIDWORKS Flow Simulation (CFD tools)
SOLIDWORKS Motion (kinematics analysis)
SOLIDWORKS Plastics (part and mold filling analysis)
SOLIDWORKS CAM Pro (fully integrated, knowledge-based CAM system)
Free access to MySolidWorks Student(video tutorials, assessments, and much more)
After placing your order, please submit a signed and dated CURRENT
STUDENT/FACULTY PURCHASE APPLICATION along with verification of your Student/Faculty
status, i.e., a copy of a current identification card from your educational
institution, a confirmed course schedule, or registration confirmation or
enrollment confirmation from the registrar's office. Please email the documents
to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax
them to 650.934.3234.
The SolidWorks Student Edition is available to degree-seeking students
or full-time faculty members using the software for personal learning or academic
A "degree-seeking student" is defined as a student who can confirm enrollment in a degree-granting program, or who can confirm full-time enrollment in a certificate-granting program.
Do not purchase this software if you're not a degree-seeking student or a full-time faculty member.