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Attribute Ratings

  • Codeware COMPRESS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

69%
15 Ratings
10.0

COMPRESS

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Availability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
2 Ratings

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

80%
2 Ratings

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.9

Autodesk Fusion 360

79%
4 Ratings

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
2 Ratings

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Configurability

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Ease of integration

10.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

100%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor post-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Vendor pre-sale

9.0

Autodesk Fusion 360

90%
1 Rating

COMPRESS

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk

This software has been so easy to use from day one! I couldn't be more thrilled with it. Being an SME, it is offered on an annual basis free of charge. My network of engineers are amazed I am able to accomplish what I have using this software when the companies they come from are paying thousands for licensing. I also would like to note that Autodesk offer an incredible specialization to really round out your skills via Coursera.
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Codeware

Codeware Compress is a very powerful ASME design tool. It is very intuitive and easy to learn. Anyone engaged in ASME related design projects will greatly benefit from investing in this software. It has tools for all types of ASME code products (pressure vessels, heat exchangers & boilers). Codeware is always improving the software. New features are included in almost all new releases. Their customer support is also great. They are quick to respond to questions. The web portal has great support tools. The ability to export the ASME design into 3D CAD formats is a huge time saver. The software can also be very handy for other types of non-ASME tank design work as well. For instance, you can use it to explore leg support structures for elevated tank designs.
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Pros

Autodesk

  • The first PRO of Fusion 360 that always comes to mind is how versatile it is. Fusion 360 is the first CAD/CAM software that also includes other key features that CAD programs of this size don't have.
  • Fusion 360 has a generous licensing structure that gives those just starting out a place to start with a professional level CAD program. As a result, this has helped build up a huge community and user base around Fusion 360.
  • Fusion 360 is updated on a monthly basis. This has proven to be a huge advantage over Solidworks (something else I use) which is only updated once a year. The nice thing about monthly updates, other than regular bug fixes, is that the team can adapt quickly and no one is taken by storm with a big overhaul of the UI or features at the beginning of the year.
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Codeware

  • Codeware Compress has a great user interface and is a very robust ASME design tool.
  • Compress has a very well built 3D CAD export interface module that works well with SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor.
  • Codeware has a great user support network.
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Cons

Autodesk

  • Fusion 360 is a very simple program, so once you begin to draw more complex 3D models, the software gets sluggish and loses its fluidity.
  • It would be really nice if Fusion 360 could output a model as a SolidWorks file so I can begin to draw something out in Fusion 360 and then pick it up in SolidWorks when I need to do some more advanced functions.
  • Because Fusion 360 is a simpler program, there are a few functions such as 3D sketches that are not intuitive like all the rest of the functions are.
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Codeware

  • Add more CAD functionality to create custom support structures and support brackets (clips, ect..)
  • Partner with a major CAD platform (such as Autodesk, SolidWorks) for an "In CAD" solution. Which would allow quick customization of the ASME design model without leaving the native CAD environment.
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Pricing Details

Autodesk Fusion 360

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Autodesk Fusion 360 editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Fusion 360 FreeFree1
Fusion 360$60.002

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

COMPRESS

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

COMPRESS 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

    Likelihood to Renew

    Autodesk

    It does everything I need for great value.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Autodesk

    Overall it is just a great piece of software for doing most 3D work. It has everything I need plus more at a great price.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    Autodesk

    Sometimes I like using it on Saturday nights. Unfortunately, they usually do their updates at this time and it isn't available to use.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Autodesk

    It can freeze sometimes while doing heavy tasks.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Autodesk

    Support is conducted via internet Q&A boards; newcomers to 3D modeling may find that articulating their questions in the language of CAD software is the tricky part — once they find the right technical term for what they're trying to accomplish, answers come quickly. Autodesk also provides a large library of educational tutorial videos that make the initial process of learning Fusion 360's interface much easier.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Autodesk

    No. It is basic and straightforward.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Autodesk

    Autodesk Inventor excels at daily core engineering tasks. When integrated with Vault management systems and part libraries, Autodesk Inventor is tough to beat when you need a mechanical design solution. When Inventor and Vault are setup properly it allows for a very efficient design workflow. I think it would be difficult to achieve the same amount of workflow efficiency with Autodesk Fusion 360, that said, Autodesk Fusion 360 offers a very good toolset at a much lower cost. I can maintain a yearly subscription of Autodesk Fusion 360 and get about 85% of the functionality that is available via the Inventor design suite for the cost of about 2 months of an Inventor subscription. I then also get access to manufacturing plugins with Autodesk Fusion 360 but lose a lot in the drawing environment. Inventor beats Autodesk Fusion 360 hands down when it comes to documentation.
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    Codeware

    I have only tried a brief tutorial on PV Elite so I can't provide a worthwhile comparison on features.
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    Scalability

    Autodesk

    It offers so much already, and the reason being is that it showed promise early on.
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    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    Autodesk

    • It gives me totally positive impacts. Its zero cost eliminates the need to search for other software to use.
    • Fusion 360's Autodesk cloud solution enables me to use 3d files generated via other Autodesk design software that are widely used by my customers.
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    Codeware

    • Codeware Compress is a huge part of our ability to design and release pressure vessels quickly. It has greatly reduced our engineering design cycle. We have built standards that allow us to release designs to fabrication in hours instead of days.
    • The ability to export the 3D CAD files makes quick work of developing quotes and proposals.
    • Codeware Compress greatly reduces the chances of errors related to meeting ASME code compliance. The software developers keep the software in sync with the current editions of the ASME code. That allows users to focus more time on the design aspects of the project and less time worrying about the actual nuts and bolts of the extensive ASME code rules.
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