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Maker Bar: SolidWorks - Fusion 360 - CAD

Welcome to the Maker Bar, a library space for hands-on tinkering and prototyping, open to all Stanford students, faculty, and staff.

SolidWorks for Windows Licensing and Terms of Use

Solidworks is a solid modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows. The Terman Engineering Library provides a Solidworks Community Access License for current Stanford faculty, staff, and students. Please click on the link below, log in with your Stanford SUNet ID, and read and accept the Solidworks Community Access License terms. If you have questions about Solidworks or problems with installing the software, please contact Michael Nack -


Click here for Solidworks License Terms and to download the Stanford Solidworks 2023-2024 Student Edition installation instructions (pdf)

*Important*  Make sure to log in to this Google form with your Stanford SUNet ID and password.

NOTE: 2023-2024 will likely be the last year that Stanford will provide Solidworks to students for free. If you install Solidworks this year, it will function through 7/31/2025.  We encourage students to move to Fusion 360 otherwise. 


Autodesk Fusion 360

Fusion 360 is a commercial computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-aided engineering (CAE) and printed circuit board (PCB) design software application, developed by Autodesk. It is available for Windows, macOS and web browser.  Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, renewable as long as you remain eligible.

Click here for Fusion 360 installation instructions

Solidworks on Virtual Desktop (access remotely)

Solidworks can also be accessed remotely through Windows virtual desktop from your personal device (Windows or Mac).   

Click here to access Solidworks remotely