DriveWorks vs. Siemens Solid Edge

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
DriveWorks
Score 7.5 out of 10
N/A
DriveWorks Design Automation & Product Configurator software, from the company of the same name in Thelwal, is for companies where designs or orders are the ‘Same but Different’. DriveWorks software is used to automate repetitive tasks in the design process and to streamline the generation of design, manufacturing and sales documents (Pricing &Quotes) and data. It aims to help users create custom designs in minutes, not days, on any device desktop, mobile or tablet by engineers, sales teams or…N/A
Solid Edge
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Siemens PLM (formerly UGS), a division of Siemens AG, offers Solid Edge. Solid Edge is a 2D/3D CAD modeling, simulation, CAM, and 3D printing suite offered free to students, hobbyists, and learners or at relatively low cost to mid-tier companies. It's capabilities are limited relative to Siemens PLM Software enterprise options (NX & Teamcenter, Simcenter).
$100
per month
Pricing
DriveWorksSiemens Solid Edge
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Design and Drafting
$100.00
per month
Foundation
$230.00
per month
Classoc
$290.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
DriveWorksSolid Edge
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
DriveWorksSiemens Solid Edge
Likelihood to Recommend
7.5
(2 ratings)
10.0
(10 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
5.3
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
DriveWorksSiemens Solid Edge
Likelihood to Recommend
DriveWorks
I would recommend DriveWorks to a college if they have similar needs to those I am personally experiencing at my university. Above all, I would not recommend it if the user needs to allow simultaneous access to a very high number of users (as is my case) since the software does not give this possibility. On the contrary, I would recommend it if a colleague needs to use software that works in the background and generates stand-alone models and prints for time reasons.
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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
DriveWorks
  • Integration with other systems.
  • Ease of use.
  • Automation potential.
  • Program UI.
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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
DriveWorks
  • In some cases, the exchange of documentation between different users is not so automatic. Some operations still have to be done manually.
  • All the variables and design parameters introduced by the user are not always visible and can be analyzed simultaneously. Sometimes changing the parameters related to the characteristics of the products is not so easy.
  • DriveWorks allows access to a limited number of users at the same time. This issue sometimes makes the use of the software difficult for many of our students.
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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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Usability
DriveWorks
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
DriveWorks
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
DriveWorks
DriveWorks is similar to some of its competitors but there are areas where it excels in comparison. For example, DriveWorks has an easier integration with other systems in terms of automation. However, some of its competitors have an easier learning curve than opposed to DriveWorks. If a skilled user has knowledge of DriveWorks then it will not be an issue.
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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
DriveWorks
  • DriveWorks helped us to increase the efficiency of our work thanks to the possibility to work remotely.
  • The easy-to-understand graphical interface has allowed us to increase the interaction between our students.
  • The impossibility of having many active users during the same session forced us to work at different times with multiple workgroups.
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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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