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Free ANSYS Student Software

ANSYS recently announced a free version of ANSYS Student.  ANSYS Student is an introductory software package for engineering students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of simulation while gaining exposure to state of the art ANSYS Workbench simulation workflow, pre-processing, post-processing and solver products.

The renewable six-month product license is free and can be downloaded and used by students anywhere in the world. It provides access to versions of ANSYS® Mechanical™, ANSYS® CFD™, ANSYS® Autodyn®, ANSYS® Workbench™, ANSYS® DesignModeler™ and ANSYS® DesignXplorer™ that are limited only in the size of the problems that can be solved. The product can be installed on any supported MS Windows 64-bit machine. The ANSYS Student license is for personal educational purposes. The analysis work performed with ANSYS Student must be non-proprietary, and the product may not be used for competitive analysis (such as benchmarking) or for any commercial work.

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VMWare and Microsoft Software Available to Engineering Faculty and Students

The Opus College of Engineering purchased a college-wide VMWare Academic subscription enabling all engineering faculty and students access to a wide-variety of VMWare products and training materials at no charge.  This is similar to our Microsoft Dreamspark (formerly MSDN) subscription for Microsoft development tools, client/server operating systems, and software.  The software is limited to academic instructional, non-commercial (not-for-profit) research and personal uses and may be installed on Marquette and personal computers.  Software packages and associated licenses available through our online web store include the following:

  • Microsoft DreamSpark (formerly MSDN Academic Alliance)
    • Windows Desktop and Server Operating Systems
    • Visual Studio Programming Suites
    • Microsoft Project, Visio, Expression
    • SQL and Exchange Servers
    • Virtual PC Software
  • VMWare Academic Software
    • VMware Workstation (PC)
    • VMware Fusion (Mac)
    • VMware eLearning training materials
    • VMware vCloud  Suite Standard
    • VMware vSphere Enterprise
    • VMware vCenter Server Standard
    • VMware vCloud Director

To sign up for an account and access the online software, please visit: