Free and Low-Cost Software


  • Adams Free student editions download
  • Adams Free Tutorial Kit for Mechanical Engineering Courses Download
  • We would like to thank APIS Informationstechnologien GmbH for their friendly support and for supplying the fmea software APIS IQ-Software for free for research and education!
  • Free AutoDesk Design Software for Students and Faculty
  • Free Abaqus
  • ANSYS The renewable six-month product license is free and can be downloaded and used by students anywhere in the world. It provides access to versions of ANSYS Multiphysics, ANSYS CFD, ANSYS Autodyn, ANSYS Workbench, ANSYS DesignModeler and ANSYS DesignXplorer that are limited only in the size of the problems that can be solved. The product can be installed on any supported MS Windows 64-bit machine. Visit the new ANSYS Student webpage.
  • EES You can run EES from the Remote Access Terminal Servers.
  • Mathcad ProE Creo
  • Matlab:  Login to in left column select Techical Service Request, Software Requests, New, search on Software Title Matlab, select and fillout the form.
  • Catia
  • Microsoft MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA), (Dream Spark) free Microsoft software for Mech. Engr.  students.  Login with your full Cal Poly email address. Get Access, Project and Visio here.  If you have lost your password follow the lost password link.  Office 365 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), is also available from the portal on the left select Email & Calendar, Office 365, Install Office on more devices, PC or MAC.
  • National Instruments LabVIEW.
  • SolidWorks: PC users:  Download the 365 -day Student Design Kit School:  From the portal on the left select Technical Service Request, Software, New and search on Solidworks.  Be sure to download the same version as in the labs because if you get a newer rev the files you create are not backward compatiable with the version in the labs.  The product will run for 365 days or end on Nov. 30th. whichever comes first.  It is intended for installing ONE time, i.e. you would have to reload windows if you wanted to install it a second time once it expired or to get the next years version. 
  • To run Solidworks on a mac 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 (with the instructions below) and run Solidworks from there.
  • Visit and select Technical Service Request, Software, New and search on Endpointl. There you will find free Symantec Endpoint Anti-Virus software.
  • VMWare:  One to Two year licenses to create virtual computers, etc. Login with your Cal Poly email address.  If you have lost your password follow the lost password link.  Good for emulating a PC on your MAC.
  • Abaqus, AutoCad, Adams, Ansys Workbench, DesignBuilder, EES. LS‐Dyna, Maple, Mathcad, Matlab, Mathmatica,
    Solidworks, and TrueGrid.  We have set up two terminal servers for Remote Access so you can use these programs from anywhere 24/7. Click here for instructions.