Top SOLIDWORKS and 3DEXPERIENCE Tips for Students

Do you use SOLIDWORKS in class?  Are you using new SOLIDWORKS Cloud Apps for a Student Challenge?

You know SOLIDWORKS desktop.  SOLIDWORKS runs in a windows environment.  Both the education and student editions contain CAD, analysis and documentation tools.

Last year, we introduced our latest cloud apps for students.  The most popular apps are xDesign to create prismatic shapes, and xShape to create organic shapes, part of the 3DEXPERIENCE Works portfolio.  These apps run on any device including Macs and tablets.   They are all connected through are technology platform, called 3DEXPERIENCE.

Where do you go for information, help, and expanding your skills to successfully complete your course, participate in a competition or get ready for a new job?

Here are some of my favorite sites for students.

 My SolidWorks  features career resources for students and learning materials for the SOLIDWORKS too.

SOLIDWORKS Tech Blog   great technical tips, a monthly newsletter and insights to using SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS Educator Blog stories of students and educators around the world.

SOLIDWORKS Social Properties:  YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram #SOLIDWORKSEDU. We love to share you images and photos!

SOLIDWORKS Live our live streaming events an great recordings.

SOLIDWORKS Student Sponsorship   competitive student teams can apply for sponsorship using both SOLIDWORKS desktop and 3DEXPERIENCE apps.

3DEXPERIENCE Certification Center post your name with Linked In profile link on our certification community.  All schools on SOLIDWORKS subscription can apply to become an Academic Certification provider with school serial number and school email address.

We also have great social communities for students:

3DEXPERIENCE Student Community for everything about our new cloud apps xDesign, xShape and new student offers.  Once you create a 3DEXPERIENCE ID, you will have access to the free Student Cmmunity.


Other free communities include:

SOLIDWORKS User Forum Community:

SOLIDWORKS News & Info Community:

MAKERS | Made in 3D Community:


SOLIDWORKS has many news resources and new offers for students.  Last year we introduced 3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Students that provides access to new cloud app design technology.  So depending on your device you can use great design tools from SOLIDWORKS.

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition & Student Edition  –  desktop, requires Window 10

3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS for Students – hybrid

  •        xDesign, xShape, xApps – cloud only, works on Mac, Tablets and device
  •        3DEXPERIENCE SOLIDWORKS – hybrid, requires Windows 10, data stored in the cloud and locally, connects information to the 3DEXPERIENCE cloud apps.

And students if you are doing STEM outreach, try SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids.  It’s free. If you plan to work at a tech summer camp, your advisor can register for Apps for Kids classroom for free too.

Students, we look forward to seeing your projects and success with our certification exams.

Be well.  Marie



Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard