Autodesk Tinkercad vs. National Instruments LabVIEW

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Autodesk Tinkercad
Score 9.9 out of 10
N/A
Autodesk offers Tinkercad, a 3D modeling and design tool available free for educational purposes. Shapes are the building blocks of Tinkercad. Users can add pre-existing shapes, or import them. To adjust objects, users can rotate the workplane to adjust shapes or change views and input exact dimensions with the ruler. Custom shapes can also be created by combining elements.
$0
per month
LabVIEW
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
National Instruments headquartered in Austin offers LabVIEW, a systems engineering software platform and toolkit.
$407
per year
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LabView Base
$407
per year
LabView Full
3,206
per year
LabView Professional
5,344
per year
Offerings
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Autodesk TinkercadLabVIEW
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Computer-Aided Design Software
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Autodesk Tinkercad
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National Instruments LabVIEW
8.0
1 Ratings
26% above category average
Rendering and Visualization00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Parametric Design00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Collaboration and Sharing00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Compatibility with other software and formats00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Assembly Design00 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Simulation and Analysis00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Documentation and Annotation00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Customization and Extensions00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
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9.8
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9.9
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User Testimonials
Autodesk TinkercadNational Instruments LabVIEW
Likelihood to Recommend
Autodesk
I have found that Autodesk Tinkercad is best for creating simple 3D models for printing. I use it to add text or modifications to 3D models of artifacts for my museum, including labels and support structures for artifacts to stand on. I also use it to create promotional materials, like 3D models of artifacts with our logo on them, which we can print and pass out at events. I would not use Autodesk Tinkercad for more complex 3D modeling or editing 3D models. It's really designed for basic creation and modification, and in those areas it is extremely useful!
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NI (National Instruments)
LabView is a great tool to connect your sensors to your data aquisition hardware. It makes it really easy to set-up a data acquisition routine that meets your individual requirements. I, as an engine researcher, find it very well suited for engine experimentation. For any other programming needs, i.e. not data acquisition, I would not recommend using LabView because of its graphical programming architecture. The architecture makes it a great tool for Data Aquisition but puts at a disadvantage when it comes to other computational tasks, e.g. making a thermodynamic engine model. For those applications having text-based programming is better suited
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Pros
Autodesk
  • Tinkercad is a great baseline CAD program. This program is easy to implement and train people in.
  • After on a short period of time my students are able to create complex forms using Tinkercads pre-generated shapes and holes.
  • The Tinkercad provided projects aid in pushing the learning experience even further and reinforce the ideas that I train on and help my students explore the program before designing their own complex sculptural forms.
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NI (National Instruments)
  • Being a graphical programming language, it is a little easier for a layperson to understand than text based programming languages.
  • The program has very good debugging features.
  • Support is good.
  • There are a variety of tutorials which make it easier to do something that you aren't sure about.
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Cons
Autodesk
  • The tutorials could be more easily readable and easier for younger students
  • Sometimes confusing how to use the mouse tools vs on an iPad
  • Less professional, not often used in career fields
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NI (National Instruments)
  • improve the management of pc resources to use the minimum amount of resources
  • add a utility for zooming in the block diagram window
  • Improve management of complementary applications, such as real time module or dsc
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Alternatives Considered
Autodesk
Tinkercad is free and easy to use. It's a great place for people to start learning about 3D Design before they invest time and money in professional-level tools.
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NI (National Instruments)
We chose LabVIEW over MATLAB due to the integration with hardware and the graphical programming interface. Also, the ability to use LabVIEW with FPGAs and real-time processors without having to make large changes to the code base or swapping to a separate programming environment was a big benefit since we don't know what hardware will be suitable for each customer application.
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Return on Investment
Autodesk
  • I should definitely say that Tinkercad has no negative impact on my business.
  • It shortened my 3d design process for my many simple projects.
  • Tinkercad is a free tool, no investment needed.
  • I suggest it to my customers who don't know 3d design, but desperately needs a 3d file for their projects.
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NI (National Instruments)
  • We use NI's data acquisition hardware as well which has made it possible to get whatever experimental data we need to get for our studies.
  • LabView has made it possible for us to post-process and tailor the raw data to our specific needs.
  • With a responsive customer support team, NI allows us to expand our data acquisition and post-processing capabilities to carry out the kind of research projects that we would want.
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