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Attribute Ratings

  • Siemens Solid Edge is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.8

Autodesk 3ds Max

78%
8 Ratings
10.0

Solid Edge

100%
10 Ratings

Usability

Autodesk 3ds Max

N/A
0 Ratings
5.3

Solid Edge

53%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

Autodesk 3ds Max

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Solid Edge

100%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

Scenarios where Autodesk 3ds Max is well suited: 1. Modeling less complex geometries. 2. For beginners it is good, meshes, poly's, vertexes etc can be easily understood. 3. Easy UI and interoperability. Scenarios where it is less appropriate: 1. Inbuild Rendering (Scanline) can be made better. 2. Performance over low end/Old Pc's need refinement. 3. Bulky Size on disk. 4. Animation is the area which can be made better also.
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Siemens AG

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.
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Pros

Autodesk

  • 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.
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Siemens AG

  • It has very good user interface in classic or ordered environment.
  • In 2D or drafting, you can give any Geometric tolerancing and symbols to any dimension. There is a wide range of options available.
  • You can convert any files in step file (.stp) and can open it in other designing applications easily.
  • After converting 3D drawings in 2D you can make changes in 2D drawing by converting it in the draft. You can also add details like cross-sections and detailed view.
  • You can directly make threads without creating holes.
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Cons

Autodesk

  • working in 2d is very frustrating and unreliable. It just lacks the precision
  • How scaling affects units (or doesn't) There needs to be a way for modifiers to address a change of scale in the object.
  • Booleans are not intuitive. Especially for architecture, creating an opening and putting a door or a window is an incredibly cumbersome process.
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Siemens AG

  • School/university exposure and saturation is low, students getting hired out of school are unaware of Edge.
  • Market perception: competitors win the popularity contest in the CAD world. Yet, Edge is by far the functional king of the industry.
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Pricing Details

Autodesk 3ds Max

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Autodesk 3ds Max editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Solid Edge

    Starting Price

    $100 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Solid Edge editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Design and Drafting$100.001
    Foundation$230.002
    Classoc$290.003

    Footnotes

    1. per month
    2. per month
    3. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Usability

    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    Siemens AG

    The most important aspects are extremely easy to use. The hard to use parts are mostly because I'm not familiar with it yet.
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    Support Rating

    Autodesk

    No answers on this topic

    Siemens AG

    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.
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    Alternatives Considered

    Autodesk

    In Autodesk 3ds Max you can do camera animation with ease, its complex in Cinema 4D. Even I think same with light setup. Setting up light is quite easy in Autodesk 3ds Max as compare to Cinema 4D. Overall Autodesk 3ds Max is less complex in compare to other 3D softwares.
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    Siemens AG

    What makes Solid Edge better than any other of the previously mentioned software is the Synchronous technology feature. This is the ability to integrate 2D and 3D sketching. Without planning ahead you can start modeling from a simple sketch. This makes this software a better choice because it means you can directly edit the geometries from your 3D models.
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    Return on Investment

    Autodesk

    • 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.
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    Siemens AG

    • Since the version I'm using (2D version) is free, the return on investment is through the roof!
    • It has given me another powerful tool for handling DWG files from clients.
    • Its quickness and robustness make it a time-saver, since there is less time waiting for the files to open, regenerate, etc.
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