Computers and Software

Computers

We do not require students to purchase a computer, nor do we recommend any particular brand.  The Department provides five 24-hour labs for ME student use which are accessible with your Cal Poly ID card.  These labs have all the programs that students need for their classes. 

If you are interested in buying a computer, DELL provides a student discount on the Cal Poly Dell website and Hewlett Packard provides discounts to Faculty, Staff, and Students on their website.

Hardware

Get your very own Woofer Tester 2 for only $125 regularly $159 from www.woofertester.com. To order, contact Larry Coolidge.

Software

AutoDesk

Abaqus

Engineering Equation Software (ESS)

Matlab

  • To install
    • Log onto your portal
    • On the left-hand menu select Technical Service Request
    • Select New Software Request
    • Search "Matlab" in the Software title box

Microsoft Windows

  • To install:
    • Visit Cal Poly's on the hub
    • Log in using your Cal Poly credentials using the link in the upper right-hand corner
    • Choose the Windows version of your choice

SolidWorks

  • To install:
    • Log onto your portal
    • On the left-hand menu select Technical Service Request
    • Select New Software Request
    • Type in the Software title box
  • Be sure to download the same version as in the labs because if you get a newer version the files will not be compatible with the version in the labs.  
  • To run on a Macbook: Login to your mac online app store and search on remote desktop and install the free remote desktop app provided by Microsoft.  Once the remote desktop app is installed on your mac, connect to the terminal servers and run Solidworks from there.

Terminal Servers for Remote Access

VMWare

  • To install:
    • Visit Cal Poly's on the hub
    • Log in using your Cal Poly credentials using the link in the upper right-hand corner
    • Choose the software of your choice

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