Siemens NX CAD vs. Siemens Solid Edge

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Siemens NX CAD
Score 7.6 out of 10
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Siemens NX software is an integrated solution that aims to help users deliver better products faster and more efficiently. NX delivers design, simulation, and manufacturing solutions that enable companies to realize the value of the digital twin. Supporting every aspect of product development, from concept design through engineering and manufacturing, the vendor states NX gives users an integrated toolset that coordinates disciplines, preserves data integrity and design intent, and…N/A
Solid Edge
Score 8.7 out of 10
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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
Siemens NX CADSiemens Solid Edge
Editions & Modules
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Design and Drafting
$100.00
per month
Foundation
$230.00
per month
Classoc
$290.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Siemens NX CADSolid Edge
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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User Ratings
Siemens NX CADSiemens Solid Edge
Likelihood to Recommend
6.3
(4 ratings)
10.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
5.4
(3 ratings)
5.3
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Siemens NX CADSiemens Solid Edge
Likelihood to Recommend
Siemens AG
Siemens NX CAD support team is very responsive & active. They are having updates very frequently & good layout for commands & User interface. They have commands simple to use & operate on low configuration systems. Siemens NX CAD supports 3D modeling , 2D drafting. It has options for CAD library which is very useful for similar projects & easy reference.
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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
Siemens AG
  • 3d modelling
  • Motion analysis
  • Detailed drawings
  • Accountability of users history with parts
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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
Siemens AG
  • The thing that I need to keep all the parts, usually in common with other assemblies, in the same folder is very uncomfortable if I need to revise a single component.
  • I would prefer to have 1 file for each part and just select it when needed. (with Solidedge this is possible).
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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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Likelihood to Renew
Siemens AG
It works very well for our organization. It has made us much more productive.
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Siemens AG
No answers on this topic
Usability
Siemens AG
Siemens NX CAD has been has been simple in design & user interface. It is best among the competitors. It can develop heavy models & designs with very ease. It has Layers options for arranging multiple assemblies in the same file. It does not require heavy system investment & works fine on professional PCs
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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
Siemens AG
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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
Siemens AG
The only reason why NX was chosen was due to the process management, and revision control that's built-in. And being able to limit access to files and if they can be modified.
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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
Siemens AG
  • Siemens NX CAD made much faster studying and modeling tooling and product assemblies
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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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