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Score 8.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

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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Feature Rating Comparison

CPQ

Tacton
9.9
Quote sharing/sending
Tacton
10.0
Product configuration
Tacton
10.0
Configuration options
Tacton
9.4
Pricing rules
Tacton
10.0
Price adjustment
Tacton
10.0
Attachments to quotes
Tacton
10.0

Pros

Tacton

  • The interface for programming and running Tacton Design Automation is directly integrated into SOLIDWORKS. Residing in SOLIDWORKS it makes it very quick and simple to program and test your configurator models.
  • Creating the end GUI is streamlined. No time is wasted creating, sizing, aligning fields and other data entry interfaces. Tacton Design Automation compiles all types of fields into a uniform interface for the end user.
  • Another great advantage Tacton Design Automation has is its error handling/trapping capabilities. Because Tacton’s solver is a true configurator, constraints set forth in the program will be automatically checked against other constraints and ranges to ensure all choices set by the user are within parameters. If the user chooses something outside the parameter, Tacton Design Automation will automatically present options to change other previously set choices to resolve those conflicts.
  • Layout mode within Tacton Design Automation allows you to assemble many Tacton ready parts together within SOLIDWORKS and from there they will share common data between each other. This provides a way to be modular. To create and use models right away and add to as more models become available. You can pick the low hanging fruit first and go from there, not necessarily needing to encompass all parts at once.
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Cons

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

Tacton

My company initially purchased DriveWorks and I was trained. However, a year later we found Tacton Design Automation. Based on the same points mentioned in this review we left DriveWorks for Tacton. Briefly those points are: Tacton, at the time, was the only design automation software integrated (meaning the interface for programming and running Tacton) within SOLIDWORKS; GUI creation is streamlined; automatic error handling is huge; layout mode; multi-unit support.
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Return on Investment

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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Pricing Details

Tacton

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

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