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Autodesk Inventor

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Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor is a great tool for students and faculty for engineering areas that don't require great precision or development of more thorough scientific results. Is you are conducting research, or deal with very intricate and complex systems I would recommend a more robust platform that complies more to industry standards.
Juan Carlos Molina Castejón | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

Well suited for:
  • Enterprise companies who want to enforce a specific workflow to get products from concept to production;
  • Companies who have a large workforce that do not talk to each other in person but communicate product data between departments in the form of datapacks.
Not Well Suited for:
  • Companies and individuals who have very few products of which many are very simple. The cost is just not justified for these.
  • Companies without an IT department to manage the Teamcenter software (it is a lot of work and requires a full-time administrator).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Autodesk Inventor

  • The program is very good at simplicity. Each of the buttons, menus, and options has an explanation of exactly what the feature does, and even a more advanced description if you desire to learn more about what each one does.
  • Autodesk Inventor is a very fast program. Everything renders extremely quickly and there are no delays when examining a 3D model, part, or assembly. This is especially useful when giving a presentation about a product or design, and you need to be able to show a concept to an audience in real time.
  • The software has an extremely accurate simulation feature that lets users do stress analysis on a 3D model. It can calculate precisely where the stress concentrations are going to be in a particular model and even give you an accurate depiction of where the part could likely fracture and/or fracture during loading.
Tyler Grudowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

  • Teamcenter tracks & creates revisions pretty well, but that is after much customization we've done to it.
  • Quite a bit of search power, although very complicated and challenging to use the search features.
  • A database that can be integrated with ERP systems, but that does require much code writing and an SOA system.
  • Document security -- not sure if these features are out-of-the-box or customizations, but this capability is highly valuable to protect IP.
William Pinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autodesk Inventor

  • The style manager might be better. Choosing between or changing styles related to materials used, measurement details, dimension options, etc.
  • Modeling options are sometimes lacking in designing curved faces through the use of mesh.
  • Licensing might be expensive for small startup companies or single entrepreneurs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

  • Within the NX CAD package, there are often various little bugs and glitches that we come across in daily use. We generally submit incident reports to Siemens on these.
  • In general, the Teamcenter software package lacks ease of use, general users within the department require frequent intervention and help from higher users for seemingly simple tasks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It’s a great CAD software
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM 8.8
Based on 8 answers
Because of our current customer needs, we will most likely maintain use of Siemens PLM products for some time. Aside from the initial software cost, we pay for yearly maintenance. Maintaining our yearly maintenance licensing with Siemens, we receive access to all of the latest software releases, as well as premier technical support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It’s easy and very good for mechanical design
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM 6.0
Based on 3 answers
As previously mentioned, due to the intense amount of features and modules present in the software, the usability of the software suffers greatly. Many of the features are not used in our context, and many of the modules are not purchased, but the options are still present on the interface leading to a lot of clutter, much of which is never used. The interfaces suffer from a lack of design and tend to feel like a conglomerate of Windows 98 elements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Inventor 9.0
Based on 5 answers
It has a wealth of features and each feature is straight forward. There is a learning curve to this software, but once you get over that, modeling a part is a breeze. You can save in a number of file formats that can be read by other 3D software. Also, Inventor is very friendly when using it to 3D print.
Keith Cordero | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I have never personally dealt with Siemens customer support, but the consultants who did the initial setup of Siemens PLM (Teamcenter) did a really great job in answering all of our support queries in record time. Many of the queries were directed back to Siemens and answers were given via the consultants; this process never took more than 24 hours and usually solved the problems we had.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk Inventor

Inventor is more intuitive and directional when it comes to the creation of parts and assemblies. The commands are also simpler and easier to understand than SOLIDWORKS. Inventor also has the support and presence in the market that allows for it to be utilized for different platforms and add-ons that will ultimately aid the efficiency of users.
Tony Dang | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM software is a complete packgage that fully inegrates PLM, CAD, CAE, and CAM. It drove effciency, innovation, and workflows within my organization. Each individual piece of software is either the leader in its own area of functionality or comparable to the competition that I have used previously.
Matt Gill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Autodesk Inventor

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Siemens PLM

Siemens PLM 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's a very robust and mature tool. The only thing that would make it better is the have a version embrace the cloud, which I'm sure is underway, but it's complicated, so it will take more time. But when it's done, look out. It will be near-perfect!
Rick Stavanja | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autodesk Inventor

  • Autodesk can be offered free to use for students, which is great for anyone wanting to learn.
  • Autodesk has a fairly hefty subscription option or monthly, but $2,000 a year is not a bad investment if you are able to make a fairly large profit on one job.
  • Autodesk also has a 3-year plan at $5360.00, which is only $148.89. This will save time and money rather than outsourcing.
Craig West | TrustRadius Reviewer

Siemens PLM

  • Decreased time to process ECNs with electronic workflow and notifications
  • Ability to track status of ECNs has given us a better overview of the health of our process and resource constraints
  • Version control for released items going through revision has reduced risk of manufacturing the wrong revision
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autodesk Inventor

General

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

Siemens PLM

General

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

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