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Navisworks

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Score 9 out of 100

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Score 8.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Navisworks

Navisworks is a key tool if doing any 3D model coordination with other trades. It will allow you to view your model content with others to know for certain that your design is accurate and can be assembled. Navisworks also comes with a lot of additional tools to make this process easy.
Aaron James | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS does well with complex parts and assemblies. It also works well with iterative development processes and analysis. If you plan to share the assembly with multiple people for manufacturing purposes, I wouldn’t use any other product. Their manufacturing network is extensive.It is too complicated to learn for simple sketches where precision is not important. For example, I was drawing a stepstool that would fold and it was faster to sketch it out on paper.
Cory Puuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Construction Project & Field Management

Navisworks
7.3
SOLIDWORKS
Plan distribution & viewing
Navisworks
7.9
SOLIDWORKS
Plan markups & sharing
Navisworks
8.4
SOLIDWORKS
Issue tracking & punchlists
Navisworks
8.0
SOLIDWORKS
Photo documentation
Navisworks
6.3
SOLIDWORKS
Jobsite reports
Navisworks
6.5
SOLIDWORKS
Document sharing
Navisworks
7.3
SOLIDWORKS
RFI tools
Navisworks
5.4
SOLIDWORKS
Collaboration & approvals
Navisworks
7.5
SOLIDWORKS
As-built drawings
Navisworks
7.9
SOLIDWORKS
Mobile app
Navisworks
6.8
SOLIDWORKS
Submittal design and management
Navisworks
8.7
SOLIDWORKS

Estimating

Navisworks
5.7
SOLIDWORKS
Takeoff tools
Navisworks
5.9
SOLIDWORKS
Job costing
Navisworks
7.0
SOLIDWORKS
Cost databases
Navisworks
7.0
SOLIDWORKS
Cost calculator
Navisworks
4.5
SOLIDWORKS
Bid creation
Navisworks
4.0
SOLIDWORKS

Pros

Navisworks

  • Model Viewing, the navigation tools are really easy to use for walking through the model, especially if viewpoints are set up for key locations.
  • The take-offs work really well and can be very quick and easy if the model was built right.
christian Maxwell | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Navisworks

  • A link to BIM 360 Model Coordination is a serious shortcoming. It used to be easy to link to models loaded to BIM 360 Glue for more in depth clash detection.
  • I would have liked the ability to export a simulation created in Navisworks to 3DS Max for a more immersive animation with decent material mapping and better animation tools.
  • I would like to be able to view/create BIM 306 Docs/Field issues directly in Navisworks. In the current workflow we have to use other file formats to work within BIM 360. It would be more productive to be able to navigate the model through Navisworks and to create viewpoints and issues from within Navisworks.
Roelie Oelofse | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • To date, the baked in surfacing tools lack power compared to dedicated surfacing software.
  • In a similar vein, the core modeling kernel is not owned by SOLIDWORKS themselves and so there exists limitations with regards to implementing certain modeling/math.
  • SOLIDWORKS is playing catchup to other online vendors of CAD (notable OnShape); instead of being the once leader, they are being forced to compare themselves. This, however, may work to their advantage and in turn allow them to produce a better on-line CAD tool.
Christopher Schaefer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Navisworks

No score
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SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 10.0
Based on 1 answer
SOLIDWORKS is very user-friendly. The user interface is intuitive. Many sources for help are available in the event you are attempting something new.
Michael Greene | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Navisworks

Navisworks 7.4
Based on 9 answers
Autodesk owns Navisworks, and it seems to have a pretty good support network. A lot of the troubleshooting or support information is provided through an online database, so you most likely would not be getting any personal attention with your issues. Since there are so many users for Navisworks, there is a lot of information on the web.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS 8.4
Based on 16 answers
SOLIDWORKS as a company seems to want you to be good at their program to encourage you to continue using it and tell others of the experience. There is a ton of support from the community, as well as from the reseller (we use GoEngineer). There is an official forum that is very active, as well as tutorials built right into the program to help you get started, and even into some advanced features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Navisworks

It can integrate many different types of file formats of all types of design including architectural, structural, interior, MEP. It has good ability to make walk through videos and make it inclusion with the timeline. Clash detection is the main feature which sets it apart from the other software. No other programs has as effective clash detection as Navisworks.
Malhar Modi, LEED AP, CMIT | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is better in terms of design speed of 3D parts. It is also better for pieces of high technical detail. Other CAD programs do not have a simulation of forces, SOLIDWORKS does. The user interfaces are, in my opinion, friendlier and easier to use than other programs. In general visual quality of design, SOLIDWORKS is much better than the competition.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Navisworks

  • In operations, the clash detection feature has been very positive.
  • In preconstruction/estimating, it's been positive, but I can't say there is a direct indication of a positive ROI. It does, however, help with the precon/estimating process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SOLIDWORKS

  • It has been really positive because it has allowed us to create incredible 3D mechanical parts for our customers.
  • It is not a cheap software, however, the cost-benefit we have experienced has been amazing when considering the product quality we have been able to submit.
  • The only negative impact we have had is with the capacitation of our team since this is not an easy software to learn, which means we need to spend time and money for our team to use it.
Manuel Aguilar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Navisworks

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SOLIDWORKS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Navisworks
9.0
SOLIDWORKS
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

Navisworks
SOLIDWORKS
6.0

Usability

Navisworks
SOLIDWORKS
10.0

Support Rating

Navisworks
7.4
SOLIDWORKS
8.4

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