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

Likelihood to Recommend

10.0

COMPRESS

100%
1 Rating
8.9

SOLIDWORKS

89%
56 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

COMPRESS

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10.0

SOLIDWORKS

100%
2 Ratings

Usability

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1.1

SOLIDWORKS

11%
2 Ratings

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6.0

SOLIDWORKS

60%
28 Ratings

In-Person Training

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9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

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9.0

SOLIDWORKS

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Dassault Systemes

As a mechanical engineer, it is one of the best tools to just start modeling and engineering with. The UI tools are intuitive and engineering analysis such Mold Analysis, FEA, are great! Other 3D CAD modeling tools have a longer learning curve to master. All in all, if you're not planning to design an entire airplane with large assembly files, then Solidworks is your tool!
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Pros

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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Dassault Systemes

  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
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Cons

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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Dassault Systemes

  • Save DWG 2D files in inches or metric easily, defaults to metric and has to be manually converted to inches
  • When using the sketch feature, the ability to disable ALL references. If I don't know the exact shape and I want to draw/adapt my design, it harshly interprets the references which have no value to me. The easiest exact is to think about when you have a Microsoft Word document that has a lot of formatting, photos, tabs, etc. If you accidentally hit the "enter" key, you can explode the formatting and everything goes crazy. SW does this to me, I just want to "doodle" my sketches, edit/delete/etc and not be bound by arbitrary references.
  • For the sketch feature, ability to use a DraftSight plugin of some sort. I'm super fast in DS, if I could draw using the commands in SW then I would probably never open DS again and convert to SW full time. Currently, I only use SW as a way to convert 3D files so I can build everything in DraftSight.
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Pricing 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

    SOLIDWORKS

    Starting Price

    $1,295 per year

    Editions & Modules

    SOLIDWORKS editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Solidworks Standard3,9961
    Solidworks Annual Subscription1,2952

    Footnotes

    1. per standalone license
    2. per year

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Dassault Systemes

    We have absolutely no reasons to not keep with SolidWorks for the foreseeable future.
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    Usability

    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Dassault Systemes

    SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
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    Support Rating

    Codeware

    No answers on this topic

    Dassault Systemes

    We have an unusual arrangement. We don’t pay for support, but we’re partnered with a VAR for second-tier support.
    I work with other users if I have questions but when we’ve had to ask the VAR, they always have answers. It appears that all of the VARs have access to a support platform from DS SOLIDWORKS that helps them answer most questions.
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    Alternatives Considered

    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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    Dassault Systemes

    Onshape is a direct competitor. It has great entry level pricing and it is easy to access with no installation required. Being a web based app there is sometime some lag being based in NZ. Management also have concerns over where the data is stored on the cloud. With SW we can control where it is stored
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    Return on Investment

    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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    Dassault Systemes

    • Creation of small 3D pieces to generate cash flow.
    • Not being able to create 3D sculptures with this tool, and not being able to fulfill the client's requirements.
    • To be able to sell high visual quality simulations for companies that hire the service.
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