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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.7 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • AutoCAD is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating
  • SOLIDWORKS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Renew
  • AutoCAD and SOLIDWORKS are tied in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

AutoCAD

87%
78 Ratings
8.7

SOLIDWORKS

87%
53 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

AutoCAD

82%
3 Ratings
9.9

SOLIDWORKS

99%
2 Ratings

Usability

8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings
1.1

SOLIDWORKS

11%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

AutoCAD

71%
27 Ratings
6.6

SOLIDWORKS

66%
28 Ratings

In-Person Training

AutoCAD

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

AutoCAD

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.0

AutoCAD

80%
3 Ratings

SOLIDWORKS

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

AutoCAD

I have used a large number of CAD and other drawing packages like TurboCAD, CorelCAD, Draftsight, Inkscape and CorelDRAW to name a few. Although there are a number of free and cheaper options, AutoCAD is the industry standard or benchmark, user friendly GUI (Graphical User Interface), online help is usually easy to get.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

As a mechanical engineer, it is one of the best tools to just start modeling and engineering with. The UI tools are intuitive and engineering analysis such Mold Analysis, FEA, are great! Other 3D CAD modeling tools have a longer learning curve to master. All in all, if you're not planning to design an entire airplane with large assembly files, then Solidworks is your tool!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AutoCAD

  • The tools are easy to use and the learning curve is fairly minimal to be able to create blueprints.
  • The 3D application is very fun to use and it is nice to be able to see your product instead of having to imagine what it will look like.
  • The speed and accuracy in which students can create plans is a huge bonus. Students can plan their industrial art projects out and use their own set of plans to build them.
Mark Perry | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AutoCAD

  • It needs more help in 3D world, eventually some parametric support
  • Better connection with Revit or Inventor
  • Dynamic blocks could get some updates
  • Parameters can be more developed; excel capabilities could be added
  • Sheet set could be more evolved to support a workflow involving data management
radu stancescu | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Save DWG 2D files in inches or metric easily, defaults to metric and has to be manually converted to inches
  • When using the sketch feature, the ability to disable ALL references. If I don't know the exact shape and I want to draw/adapt my design, it harshly interprets the references which have no value to me. The easiest exact is to think about when you have a Microsoft Word document that has a lot of formatting, photos, tabs, etc. If you accidentally hit the "enter" key, you can explode the formatting and everything goes crazy. SW does this to me, I just want to "doodle" my sketches, edit/delete/etc and not be bound by arbitrary references.
  • For the sketch feature, ability to use a DraftSight plugin of some sort. I'm super fast in DS, if I could draw using the commands in SW then I would probably never open DS again and convert to SW full time. Currently, I only use SW as a way to convert 3D files so I can build everything in DraftSight.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

AutoCAD

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$210 per month

AutoCAD Editions & Modules

Edition
Single-User License$210.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

SOLIDWORKS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$1,295 per year

SOLIDWORKS Editions & Modules

Edition
Solidworks Standard$3,9961
Solidworks Annual Subscription$1,2952
  1. per standalone license
  2. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.2
Based on 3 answers
Because rarely we [would] rather wait for a whole year to update, sometimes the new updates don't bring many new features and we are still ok with the current version. Also the change of interface is always something that takes time for every partner in the company to get comfortable with. So those are the main reasons we may want to keep the same version.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 9.9
Based on 2 answers
We have absolutely no reasons to not keep with SolidWorks for the foreseeable future.
Chris Bartch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
Is an extremely usefull and accurate software , yo certainly can do almost every task requiered to document a project drawings and specifications , the only is that to be confortable with it you need a little of practice and to be familiarized with the commands and the core functioning to get expected results.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 1.1
Based on 2 answers
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 7.1
Based on 27 answers
AutoCAD has the issue of crashing or slowing down the design procedure once a heavy design that includes several disciplines or multiple families/blocks is involved. Customer services gets the feedback from the crash reports but this issue seems like it has never been addressed in the software updates past several years.
Brij Purohit | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 6.6
Based on 28 answers
We have an unusual arrangement. We don’t pay for support, but we’re partnered with a VAR for second-tier support.
I work with other users if I have questions but when we’ve had to ask the VAR, they always have answers.It appears that all of the VARs have access to a support platform from DS SOLIDWORKS that helps them answer most questions.
Cory Puuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

AutoCAD

AutoCAD 8.0
Based on 3 answers
the implementation was realy easy , to set up our workstation we pay for the licenses we are about to use , there was a little bit of delay to get the payment processed to receive the serial but after that the install runs without any problem , so you can fell secure there will be not issue with the implementation.
Nelson David Sanchez Villasmil | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

AutoCAD

AutoCAD & Revit are both sold from the same company Autodesk. Revit comes from the point of view of providing powerful tools to create a three-dimensional model where you can extract two-dimensional drawings. AutoCAD, on the other hand, focuses more on providing powerful tools to generate two-dimensional drawings and on the side also offers tools to create a three-dimensional model.
Paul Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

Onshape is a direct competitor. It has great entry level pricing and it is easy to access with no installation required. Being a web based app there is sometime some lag being based in NZ. Management also have concerns over where the data is stored on the cloud. With SW we can control where it is stored
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AutoCAD

  • AutoCAD is generally a "good ROI" for us and others in our field as it lets us interact cleanly.
  • AutoCAD is expensive, and the hardware requirements make it more so. As a result, we have had to limit our users of the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • Creation of small 3D pieces to generate cash flow.
  • Not being able to create 3D sculptures with this tool, and not being able to fulfill the client's requirements.
  • To be able to sell high visual quality simulations for companies that hire the service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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