I just received an email from my company’s SolidWorks support. If you’re looking for a good CAD workstation (either as an advanced student, or an instructor building a CAD lab), Solidworks just released an article with recommendations you might want to review: The article is here: https://www.goengineer.com/blog/best-workstations-for-solidworks-hardware-configurations
As an advanced CAD package, SolidWorks requires some pretty high-end computing power. If you’re using a more “entry-level” CAD like Fusion or Inventor, you don’t need as much computing power, but it wouldn’t hurt. (If you don’t have much more than a Chromebook, take a look at On-Shape!) Here’s some information about all the CAD packages available to students at no costs. If you’re interested in getting a free license for Solidworks, your team will need to apply for sponsorship: the link is in this document: CAD for VEX Robotics.pdf (582.5 KB)
If you’re serious about engineering in your future, you would do well to learn several CAD packages. At my company, we use SolidWorks for all current work, but still keep a copy of Inventor and Draftsight around for looking at, or updating, legacy drawings. If you want to work for Space-X or Northrom Grumman, you’ll need to learn Seimens NX! Unfortunately, no educational version of that one.