Computers and Software

Accessing Lab Programs and Software from Home

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

Software and Programs

APIS

AutoDesk

Abaqus

Catia

Engineering Equation Software (EES)

Mathcad

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
    • Follow instructions as prompted

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

SolidWorks

  • To install on a PC:
    • Log onto your portal
    • On the left-hand menu select Technical Service Request
    • Select New Software Request
    • Type in Solidworks into the Software title box
    • Follow instructions as prompted

      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 Mac:
    • Login to your mac online app store and search remote desktop
    • 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 (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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