2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 26, 2018 7:10 AM by Hans Hoevde

    Student - Minimum hardware - What do I need

    Hans Hoevde

      I am starting this autum a 3D basic course. 2-3hrs per day. Basic learning 3D CAD usage.

      I do need some hints/ guiding into what type of computer hardware I do need to buy.


      Learning Outcomes / Course Syllabus

      On completion of the course, the student shall understand the basics of solid modeling in modern CAD software to such a degree that it can be used as a tool in design work. The student shall:

      • ·  master the basics of solid modeling
      • ·  be able to create drawing compilations
      • ·  be able to create explode sketches
      • ·  be able to create manufacturing drawings

      Course Content

      A fundametal overview of the working methods for 3D modeling is covered. Managing of files in software is explained. The user interface is discussed in detail as well as the thoughts behind why the interface looks the way it does. Practical work with software is done by creating individualparts and assembling these parts into a whole. Explode sketches are used as a method for creating clarity in a complex 3D model.


      On SolidWorks web there is hardware (HW) requirements listed, but I think these are more focused to find a every day work computer/ workstation. I do understand that more powerful HW will give a quick and smooth usage feeling experience...

      BUT I do wonder if there are any minimal (relay basic) HW demands to apply as a first time student into the world of 3D/ SolidWorks?


      Will a "2018 year modell" of a laptop do / handle basic Solid Work Student use?
      i5-Core CPU, 8 MB RAM, 256 HDD, basic "office pc" graphics board, 15 inch laptop, Win 10 hme 64-bit. As an example?



      or can I install this on my 2017 MAC BOOK pro as a partition with Apple Mac Boot Camp , i5 Core CPU - 8 MB RAM, 256HDD?


      Any suggestions on a PC laptop that will do the task as student or any hits info etc on the boot camp solution?


      Thanks in advance for helpful answers


      // Hasse

      Varberg Sweden


        • Re: Student - Minimum hardware - What do I need
          Matt Peneguy

          Your requirements would be "minimal" but I'd recommend a supported video card.  SSDs are so cheap now, I'd recommend one of those too.  But you should be able to get by with 8GB of Ram and just about any newer i3, i5 or i7, from the description you've given.

          Here's a good link:

          What specs do I need for a new computer to use SolidWorks?

          • Re: Student - Minimum hardware - What do I need
            Hans Hoevde

            I made purchase of the following PC;

            Lenovo P320 Tiny Thinkstation

            Win 10 Pro 64 Bit

            500 HDD SSD

            16 MB RAM non ECC DDR4 SDRAM 2400MHz

            Core i7 CPU i7-7700T (2,9 GHz (turbo boost to 3,8 GHz)

            NVIDIA Quadro P600 2GB graphics board AND Intel HD 630 integrated Graphics board

            Wireless network card (my preferred use on this installation) AND RJ45 network cable port ( I do not use)

            2 display ports (look to only work with the integrated Intel HD630  Graphics)

            4 mini display ports (seams to be connected to the additional installed Quadro graphics card) (this in the one I use)

            6 USB 3 ports

            Delivered with USB standard mouse AND keyboard w numerical AND safety/ anti theft lock wire with lock and key


            I now have installed SW 2018 Student edition and I am pleased. SW runs fine and I think it will be good enough for my introduction into 3D Creations.