National Instruments LabVIEW vs. Tacton Design Automation

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
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
Tacton Design Automation
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Tacton Design Automation provides constraint-based and parametric engineer-to-order automation inside SolidWorks, PTC CREO and Autodesk Inventor. With needs-driven design, CAD engineers can configure designs of complex products – including feedback on incompatible choices - and automatically generate complete 2D drawings, 3D models and quote documents. The configurator-powered Tacton Design Automation is designed to propose a solution that's not just buildable, but optimal for the…N/A
Pricing
National Instruments LabVIEWTacton Design Automation
Editions & Modules
LabView Base
$407
per year
LabView Full
3,206
per year
LabView Professional
5,344
per year
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LabVIEWTacton Design Automation
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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National Instruments LabVIEWTacton Design Automation
Computer-Aided Design Software
Comparison of Computer-Aided Design Software features of Product A and Product B
National Instruments LabVIEW
8.0
1 Ratings
21% above category average
Tacton Design Automation
-
Ratings
Rendering and Visualization8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Parametric Design8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Collaboration and Sharing6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Compatibility with other software and formats6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Assembly Design6.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Simulation and Analysis10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Documentation and Annotation10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization and Extensions10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
National Instruments LabVIEWTacton Design Automation
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(6 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
National Instruments LabVIEWTacton Design Automation
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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Tacton
For design automation for SOLIDWORKS, I feel Tacton Design Automation is the best solution out there. It's simple to develop and implement for the design/engineering department. But can be implemented within the sales team as well with Tacton CPQ. When a company has products that are modular and/or have many sizing updates, this is where Tacton excels. If you have products that are completely customized, then Tacton or even design automation isn't the best suited for that.
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Pros
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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Tacton
  • Tacton has a non-linear solver, meaning it can solve lots of equations without them being is a particular order. This enables the software to be incredibly flexible.
  • Tacton has a great interface to set up configurators for people to use. No knowledge of programming languages is required. The configurator uses equations similar to Excel equations to control what the users options are.
  • Tacton has the ability to easily add lists of data like product lists, beam or pipe sizes that because available for user selections or for calculations.
  • The Tacton configurator also automatically builds the user interface as you set up user inputs making it much easier to set up then competitor software.
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Cons
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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Tacton
  • Layout mode is probably the most lacking aspect of the software (within Tacon Design Automation Engineer). Something so powerful as having modular parts should be more heavily supported. Although, I've heard Tacton is focusing on updating this with better functionality.
  • The constraint editor does not display complex/lengthy constraints very well. I end up using Excel to visually break out in cells the different aspects of the constraint.
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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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Tacton
Drive Works is the main competitor for the TactonWorks module of Tacton. We actually discovered DriveWorks and purchased it before we discovered Tacton and started to use it. Once we discovered Tacton we liked it so much better we dropped using DriveWorks and switched to Tacton. I think you could accomplish what you need to in DriveWorks, but it is easier to setup in Tacton and Tacton has alot of features that really can make your product configurators nice
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Return on Investment
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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Tacton
  • Time to produce submittals went from 1-2 weeks down to a couple of days. Then, once approved, normally to produce the fabrication drawings (70+ unique parts) it would take from 4-6 weeks. We can get it down to as little as a few days.
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