Software used in Mechanical Engineering 

CES EduPack

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 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 only offered in the ECI labs 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 as well as in the ECI Labs remotely for instruction. 

Solidworks Student Version

As an extension of the SolidWorks educational license we are providing you access to the SolidWorks Student Version for home use oir laptop users. The student version is CAD only with a watermark. This software is provided as an educational resource without support. Click here to access Solidworks 2019*

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

* We are currently still using the full version of Solidworks 2019 in the instructional labs. If you can not use the 2019 Student version because it has expired, please use the full verison provided in the instructional labs for your coursework  Due to the changing nature and remote work it has not be updated and will not till the instructional labs, which is unknown at this time.