Overall Satisfaction with SOLIDWORKS
SolidWorks was used in my company since inception and I was using the software since 2002. As a mainstream 3D parametric software design tool it really made a huge difference in productivity and versatility in design process and drafting. Year after year customer-driven changes and improvements aligned with my advancements in career and my company's penetration to the markets. It is a must-have type of software in today's industry.
- 3D modeling.
- Drawing updates.
- Integration for parts, assemblies and drawings.
- Some software stability.
- Version conversion to earlier releases for file exchange.
- Subscription value for the money.
- It allowed us to be competitive in the engineering industry.
- Great value for the money.
- Easy to be paid off for engineering services if used most of the time.
I found SolidEdge (used in 2005 and 2006) much less user-friendly and less productive for 3D design. Being an experienced user of SolidWorks for years I found the interface and design tools more cumbersome to use and transition to that software was not easy and it was abandoned in 2007. Although I'm not sure how new versions of SolidEdge compare to the old one, it was apparently a different bundle for different users.
- As a mainstream design tool for the mechanical industry, it is a top tier option
- Collaboration with other users
- File format flexibility for data exchange
- Various industry-driven tools for design
- Design for manufacturing driven
- Civil engineering applications very limited
- Not suitable for design by code application, especially if FEA modules are used.
- Strangely, does not collaborate well or at all with Catia even as a part of the same company