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.
- For quotes or contact here is your best source: https://www.ni.com/en-us/contact-us.html
- For the Pro version, each research group in our department has to purchase their own license if they are going to use it for research. It is heavily discounted to about $800-900. https://www.ni.com/en-us/shop/labview/select-edition.html
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 2021 SP3.0 or SP4.0 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. Effective July 1, 2021 we will no longer be offering the SolidWorks educational license. You may still access SolidWorks Student Version for home use oir laptop users for basic learning. Due to the nature of the this being CAD only with a watermark., please use the full version in the labs for class work. This software is provided as an educational resource without support. Click here to access Solidworks 2019*