SOLIDWORKS, the right choice for now and later
Bob Householder | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 04, 2019

SOLIDWORKS, the right choice for now and later

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SOLIDWORKS

As a trusted SOLIDWORKS gold partner, we used SOLIDWORKS every day to check the performance of our software in the SOLIDWORKS environment. SOLIDWORKS is a great company with an excellent product. Our plug-in works with other similar MCAD packages, but SOLIDWORKS has the easiest interface to use with seamless product updates. From past company experience, SOLIDWORKS provided an excellent MCAD experience.
  • SOLIDWORKS is easy to pick up. The interface is clean, consistent and intuitive.
  • SOLIDWORKS has a great partner program, so CAE software vendors can integrate specialized tools into the CAD platform.
  • SOLIDWORKS is long-standing. This has become the default MCAD tool for many industries and professionals.
  • The surfacing could be improved, and that's the reason I have used Rhino3D for this specialized purpose.
  • Other programs, such as Rhino3D, have allowed for backward compatibility, where SOLIDWORKS has not allowed this.
  • An online version of SOLIDWORKS, such as what Onshape did, would be very helpful for many designers for collaboration.
  • The entry point cost is low for the value received, making SOLIDWORKS a great choice for MCAD.
  • SOLIDWORKS is the most popular tool and should be considered first for any early career engineer and designer.
  • SOLIDWORKS is reliable, accurate, and easy to use and implement into any product development process.
SOLIDWORKS has all of the features and functionality needed for nearly any engineering and design task. Onshape is catching up and will work for many tasks, but SOLIDWORKS still has the edge. SOLIDWORKS is easy to pick up and use and, with a wide reach and large install base, will be the right choice for the long term.
For detailed and accurate component design and mechanical assembly, SOLIDWORKS is an excellent choice. SOLIDWORKS has a tremendous reach and is applicable for every industry, making it a great choice for the mechanical engineer and designer early in their career. SOLIDWORKS' surface could use improvement to make it the best all-around MCAD tool.