Software used in Mechanical Engineering 


CES EduPack is a set of teaching resources that support Materials Education across Engineering, Design, Science and Sustainable Development.



CES is only available on Windows computers in the ECI Labs for instructional course work. 


COMSOL is a cross-platform finite element analysis, solver and multiphysics simulation software.


Wolfram Mathematica software: Is a campus site license covering all Faculty, Staff, and Students at UCSB.  More information is available here:


Matlab is a campus license covering all Faculty, Staff, and Students at UCSB.  More information is available here:

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.
Labview for Research::




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 currently running Soliworks 2023 SP3 for the academic year. We only upgrade once a year in the Fall for compatibility reasons.  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.


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. 

 The full version will still be available remotely for instructional use in the ECI Labs.


For those wishing to learn Solidworks outside of required classes, there are 2 resources available: