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Attribute Ratings

  • SOLIDWORKS is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.0

LabVIEW

70%
5 Ratings
8.9

SOLIDWORKS

89%
56 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

LabVIEW

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

SOLIDWORKS

100%
2 Ratings

Usability

LabVIEW

N/A
0 Ratings
1.1

SOLIDWORKS

11%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

LabVIEW

N/A
0 Ratings
5.9

SOLIDWORKS

59%
28 Ratings

In-Person Training

LabVIEW

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

Online Training

LabVIEW

N/A
0 Ratings
9.0

SOLIDWORKS

90%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

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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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

NI (National Instruments)

  • Automation.
  • I/O.
  • Data Processing.
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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

NI (National Instruments)

  • Sometimes backwards compatibility issues arise.
  • Error messages can be confusing.
  • Although it is a graphical programming interface, it has a pretty steep learning curve at first.
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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

LabVIEW

Starting Price

$407 per year

Editions & Modules

LabVIEW editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
LabView Base4071
LabView Full3,2062
LabView Professional5,3443

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

NI (National Instruments)

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

NI (National Instruments)

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

NI (National Instruments)

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

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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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

NI (National Instruments)

  • Allows us to spend more time on analysis and less time on coding
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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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