Software used in Mechanical Engineering
COMSOL is a cross-platform finite element analysis, solver and multiphysics simulation software.
- COMSOL for academic non-research use is offered in the ECI labs only
- COMSOL for research is part of a shared license pool
Wolfram Mathematica software: Is a campus site license covering all Faculty, Staff, and Students at UCSB. More information is available here: https://software.ucsb.edu/info/mathematica
Matlab is a campus license covering all Faculty, Staff, and Students at UCSB. More information is available here: https://software.ucsb.edu/info/matlab
National Instruments Labview
Labview is a system-design platform and development environment for a visual programming language from National Instruments.
- Labview academic non-research use is in the and the Mechanical Engineering Instructional labs
- Labview for research is not covered by the academic license.
- Each research group will need to purchase their own license for Labview. Most groups will find the Professional covers what their requirements. Review which version you are looking for from the product features list: https://www.ni.com/en-us/shop/labview/select-edition.html
- You will need to generqate a quote from a reseller such as Test Force. https://www.testforce.com/brands/national-instruments/labview-series.html
- Once you have your quote verify any educational pricing then attach it to a cart in Gateway as a non-catalog item.
SolidWorks is CAD and solid modeling software in use within the department that runs on Windows.
Full network license
The full network licensed version is only available for University owned desktop computer on campus within the Mechanical Engineering Department. For instructional, no-research use only students can access the ECI Labs remotely for course work.
Please note: We are planning on upgrading to Soliworks 2023 in the Fall. The version of Solidworks will be used for a year without being updated. If you are planning on using a version outside of our labs please make sure you are using the same version and service pack level or you will have compatibility issues. Older versions can not open files created with a newer version of a higher service pack level.
*Solidworks Student Version no longer available.
As of version 2021 Solidworks has ended the offering of the student version that has been offered as a courtesy to our students. We will no longer be offering the SolidWorks educational license.