Autodesk for Education

Autodesk has changed their licensing and delivery method for educational institutions using software for educational purposes.


Most Autodesk products, such as AutoCAD and Maya, are now free for students to install on their laptops provided they are using the software in a manner related to learning, training, research or development. Autodesk is now requiring our students, even eStout students with Stout-issued laptops provided to them, to create a free Autodesk account and install the software titles they wish to use.

IMPORTANT:  Please be aware that Autodesk now requires you to verify you are a student by sending a photo of your student ID. The verification process may take up to 48 hours, so please be allow yourself time to do so before you need to use the software. 

As of July 1, 2016 we no longer have the ability to preload Autodesk titles on eStout laptops.

How to Install Autodesk Products 


  1. Sign up for a free Autodesk account and accept the license agreement. Please choose United States as the country of educational institution, and Student as educational role.
  2. Pick the software you want to install, the complete list can be found here
  3. Sign in, specifying the name of the Educational Institution as University Of Wisconsin - Stout.
  4. Choose the version you would like to install, Windows 64-bit as the Operating system 2, and your language of choice.
  5. Click the INSTALL NOW button, which will require you to accept the license agreement.
  6. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the installation of your software.

Note 1: Please install the version being used in the computer labs.  Being compatible to the lab version is needed.

Note 2: Limited software titles are also available to install on Apple computers running macOS.


Faculty who wish to install Autodesk products for learning, teaching, training, research or development on their campus provided computer are not eligible to use the directions above. In this case, Autodesk software should be installed through the Software Center. If a particular software title is not available in Software Center, please contact the Technology HelpDesk.

Faculty who wish to install Autodesk for learning, teaching, training, research or development on their personally-owned computer can follow the directions above for students, specifying Educator as their educational role when signing up for an Autodesk account.


Only instructors and students of UW-Stout courses can install Autodesk applications using the campus license. Others (facilities, consultants, etc.) should consult with the software team to obtain the correct licensing. 

To start the process of obtaining a quote for the software, please begin by creating a self-service ticket requesting an Autodesk product.  

In self-service request include:

  • Name of user and their department 
  • How software will be used (Instructional or for internal administrative use).

Software Titles:

3Ds Max is a professional 3D computer graphics program for making 3D animations, models, games and images.
AutoCAD is a computer-aided drafting software program used to create blueprints for buildings, bridges, and computer chips, among other things. Discover how AutoCAD is used by drafters and other professionals.
Revit is widely used CAD software to create 2D drawings such as floor plans, elevations, details, etc.; 3D models and objects; construction documents, and rendered images.
Maya 3D animation, modeling, simulation, and rendering software provides an integrated, powerful toolset. Use it for animation, environments, motion graphics, virtual reality, and character creation.
Smoke video effects software combines editing workflows with node-based compositing tools in a timeline-based editing environment.
Mudbox digital painting and sculpting software provides 3D artists with an intuitive and tactile tool set for creating and modifying 3D geometry and textures.
Autodesk Vault is a data management tool integrated with Autodesk Inventor Series, Autodesk Inventor Professional, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Revit and Civil 3D products. It helps design teams track work in progress and maintain version control in multi-user environments.
Moldflow Insight injection molding software, part of the Autodesk solution for Digital Prototyping, provides plastic injection molding simulation tools for use on digital prototypes.
Moldflow Synergy is simulation software that produces high-end plastic injection molding computer-aided engineering software.
Inventor is 3D CAD software for product development. Inventor 3D CAD software offers professional-grade 3D mechanical design, documentation, and product simulation tools. ... Using Inventor mechanical design and 3D software, PN bridges the gap between its creative and mechanical teams.
Design Review CAD viewer software lets you view, mark up, print, and track changes to 2D and 3D files for free without the original design software. ... Increase efficiency, Use intuitive tools to measure, mark up, and review 2D and 3D designs on the desktop.
AutoCAD Civil 3D software is a design and documentation solution for civil engineering that supports building information modeling (BIM) workflows.
Autodesk ReCap stands for "Reality Capture" and it is a program for working with native point clouds from laser scans.
Alias industrial design software provides sketching, concept modeling, surfacing, and visualization tools for industrial, product, and automotive design.
MotionBuilder is a professional 3D character animation software produced by Autodesk. It is used for virtual production, motion capture, and traditional keyframe animation.
SketchBook Pro, also referred to as SketchBook, is a pixel graphics software application that features a radial/pie-menu user interface, intended for expressive drawing and concept sketching.
AutoCAD Electrical design software is AutoCAD for controls designers, purpose-built to create and modify electrical control systems. It includes all the functionality of AutoCAD plus comprehensive symbol libraries and tools for automating control engineering tasks.

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OwnerJeremy N.GroupUW Stout
Created2016-06-29 17:53:30Updated2023-12-20 16:31:21
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