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Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk 3ds Max

3DS Max is really the best tool for those looking to create mograph designs, 3D models for video games, VFX composites and virtual sets, or just to quickly mock up some product designs with rapid rendering that still looks good. It really starts to fall behind though when you get into animation tools like rigging or smooth surface models or higher end ray tracing renders. If you need something for full-on animated films or final pass production physics effects, then use Maya instead.
Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Solid Edge

Well Suited for:
  • Integrated designs performed by multiple designers simultaneously (designs requiring a Product Lifecycle Management system);
  • Designs requiring a high degree of parameterisation;
  • Large companies where specific standards and best practices are applied to all models and drawings created.
Not Well Suited for:
  • Personal use in designing one-off models and drawings;
  • Small business use where very few of the expensive features are actually used.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • V-Ray 3ds Max is an awesome third-party plugin for architecture renders in 3ds Max.
  • Complicated models can be made in a simple way in 3ds Max also P-particles, M flow works better then before.
  • Interface is very easy to use. Very open, attractive, and very much ease of use for new users.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Solid Edge

  • Allows designers to work as they choose and not have to acclimate their work for the product's requirements. This results in productive use of Edge, thus an ROI for the company.
  • Manage large (high count of components) assemblies very well. Users spend little to no time trying to overcome speed issue with respect to assemblies.
  • Synchronous Design! This highly productive design process is unique to Edge and very addictive
David Breitstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • Rather expensive licensing.
  • Limited animation tools.
  • Outdated physics system.
Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Solid Edge

  • Being used to 2-key and 3-key commands from the keyboard, it would be nice if this was more robust in Solid Edge. The capability of programming keystroke commands exists in Solid Edge, but it would be more user friendly in that regard.
  • Editing hatches can be a challenge.
  • I'm not a fan of the ribbon bar, but that seems to be a feature across software platforms in Windows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Autodesk 3ds Max

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Solid Edge

Solid Edge 5.4
Based on 2 answers
The most important aspects are extremely easy to use. The hard to use parts are mostly because I'm not familiar with it yet.
Scott Rodgers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Autodesk 3ds Max

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Solid Edge

Solid Edge 10.0
Based on 4 answers
I have never personally had to deal with the support team for Siemens Solid Edge, but I have engaged them through a few colleagues. Any time that I have had a query, or have had to ask for a Home-Use Licence, the response to my query has been forthcoming within 2-3 hours.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk 3ds Max

Complex models are very easy to make in 3ds Max compared to other software, as Autodesk provides safety and security for your data and there are always there to serve you better. My experience with Autodesk was remarkable and Upmarket integration with other plugins makes 3ds Max vast and have an easy interface so that any new person who is using for the first time can understand simply.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Solid Edge

I've used both SOLIDWORKS and Solid Edge. I prefer Solid Edge over SOLIDWORKS due to the ease of use. They are pretty similar, but the performance is the same as long as you have a good workstation. The price is less since Siemens owns the Parasolid kernel. It may just be a preference, but Solid Edge works great for me.
John T. Winter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • Allows us to meet deadlines quickly - render times are minutes, not days.
  • Digs into profits due to licensing fees - just a single seat can set us back thousands.
Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Solid Edge

  • Helped with meeting deadlines better because a user can spend more time designing thanks to ST and less time redefining/studying models to incorporate required changes. Better ROI.
  • Efforts are being made in to address this, but offering the software for free to schools, having effective marketing, and having more regional reps to attract customers and to produce more competent users for hiring. This will allow for more recruitment at vocational schools and allow company training to focus more on internal processes and less time on Solid Edge training.
  • Solid Edge has played a big role helping secondary students realize their designs faster and easier.
Alex Smith, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autodesk 3ds Max

General

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

Autodesk 3ds Max Editions & Modules

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Solid Edge

General

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

Solid Edge Editions & Modules

Edition
Design and Drafting$100.001
Foundation$230.001
Classoc$290.001
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