Computers and Software

Accessing Lab Programs and Software from Home

You can access resources in two ways:

1. Mechanical Engineering Department Terminal Server for Remote Access (cengwts.calpoly.edu)

We have set up a terminal server for Remote Access so you can use our lab programs from anywhere 24/7. 

2. Campus ITS Virtual Computer Labs

Virtual Computer Labs enables the Cal Poly community to access
academic software previously only available in on-campus labs using a web browser.

Additionally, if the program you need isn't available on the two above platforms, check below for other ways to get what you need. 

Software and Programs

APIS

AutoDesk

Abaqus

Catia

Design Safe

Engineering Equation Software (EES)

Mathcad

Matlab

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
    • Follow instructions as prompted

National Instruments

SolidWorks

  • To install:
    • Visit your portal: my.calpoly.edu 
    • Choose Technical Service Requests on the left-hand menu
    • Choose Software
    • Choose New
    • Search Solidworks 
    • Download student edition 2019-2020 (Be sure to click on license tab to get install instructions)
    • You'll need to follow these instructions (PDF) to complete the download. 

Terminal Servers for Remote Access (cengwts.calpoly.edu)

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

Computers

Accessing department computers

Labs have been temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

What kind of computer should I buy?

We do not require students to purchase a computer, nor do we recommend any particular brand. DELL provides a student discount on the Cal Poly Dell website and Hewlett Packard provides discounts 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.

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