Overall Satisfaction with SOLIDWORKS
SOLIDWORKS is being used by several areas in our organization. It is mostly used in our engineering department by our mechanical, civil and electrical engineers who are responsible for designing our pieces. We mostly use it for 3D modeling whether they are as easy as a screw or as complex as a car, solid works is the software we rely on most.
- The GUI of SOLIDWORKS is extremely comfortable, every tool is arranged in a way that makes the workspace a well-organized place, and makes the learning process (which tends to be complex) a bit simpler.
- Moving from 3D to 2D models is extremely easy with this software and this makes the modeling process more streamlined.
- It is universally used so we have never encountered compatibility issues between the models we create and the software used by our clients.
- This software is extremely demanding, our high-end PCs tend to suffer and lag when this software is being used with pdf readers or other software.
- This is not an easy to use software, it has a steep learning curve and since it counts with a vast amount of tools it can sometimes feel overwhelming.
- This software is really expensive.
- 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.
While AutoCAD really shines as a 2D drawing software I believe that the quality produced with SOdefinitelydefinetly outperforms AutoCAD for 3D designing and modelling. While SOLIDWORKS is not an easy software to use (as I have already mentioned) its 3D modeling tools are significantly easier to use than AutoCAD's, which means that we usually use both tools for different types of projects.
SOLIDWORKS is well suited for every 2D or 3D modeling scenario. We tend to use it when we design pieces or parts or when creating complete multi-component machines. This software is oriented for designing, so if you want to consider or study the life cycle of the part you are designing you should definitely complement this software with other products such as CATIA.