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Help pupils prepare for successful careers using free Autodesk 3D design software and curricula aligned to the U.K. Design and Technology national standards. Access free software for your school or FE College today.

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Your U.K. school or FE college is eligible to access free 3D design software products that are widely used by leading professionals in Engineering, Product Design and Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, Architecture: Autodesk Inventor, 3ds Max, Revit, Maya software, and many others— in addition to free, easy-to-use mobile apps to introduce pupils to the world of design and technology.

And it doesn’t end in the classroom. Pupils and educators can continue working on their projects at home, too, by directly downloading the same free full version software for their home computer from the online Autodesk Education Community.

Free 3D design software

School use (including FE colleges)


Home use

Unlimited number of license seats

Full version products

Current year release and two versions older

+40 professional products available

3 year network license validity with free yearly upgrade to the latest releases

Instant registration, download, and serial generation

Online support

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Full version products

Current year release and two versions older

Cloud computing services

Instant registration, download and serial generation

School email not required

+8 million registered users to date

Standalone license validity for 3 years

Parents can register on behalf of pupils under 13 years old

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What U.K. teachers are saying

"The advice I would like to share with other teachers considering Autodesk design solutions is to grab it with both hands and run with it. To ensure we have a 21st Century Design and Technology and ICT curriculum and classroom, we need to teach with 21st Century software that is used in industries".

- Steve Taylor, Lead Professional Scientific and Technical teacher, Manchester Communication Academy

"This software will seriously enhance the quality of design and engineering in education and create designers and engineers more prepared for work in industry."

- Steve Parkinson, Archbishop Holgate’s School, North Yorkshire

"The software encourages experimentation without penalty. It enables a level of precision in the work that would not normally be achievable by students. The products produced are of a standard that would not look out of place in a shop - and that certainly was not the case in the past."

- Rhys Evans, Head of Technology, Ysgol Dinas Bran Llangollen School, U.K.

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Free software available through the Academic Resource Center (ARC) program is limited to Autodesk approved education institutions in certain markets and subject to the applicable Terms of Use, software license agreement and eligibility requirements. Any software provided through ARC may only be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a qualified educational institution and may not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes. Autodesk software license agreements can be found online at http://usa.autodesk.com/legal-notices-trademarks/.