SOLIDWORKS Review
July 17, 2019

SOLIDWORKS Review

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SOLIDWORKS

SOLIDWORKS is used across out whole organization. It is used for design, FEA, rendering, and visualization purposes. In the design group, we use it to create, edit, and share parts and assemblies across a wide range of applications, including consumer goods, machinery, devices, etc.
  • The collaborative work environment is a cool and useful feature where groups of people can work on the same model at the same time, and SOLIDWORKS ensures that you don't overwrite each other's work.
  • The ease and amount of customization options are very useful for creating a personalized and intuitive user interface, whether SOLIDWORKS is your native CAD package or not.
  • It is very easy to quickly edit a model you have already created. The software allows sketch and feature editing without having to take the time to actually enter the sketch/feature environment.
  • The use of configurations and configurations-specific dimensions in the same sketch is very useful for creating different forms of the same part
  • SOLIDWORKS gets very slow when using large assemblies, parts with many features, and sketches with many fully-defined entities.
  • Saving can become extremely slow when there are STL files inserted into your part file. Has taken up to 10 minutes to save one part file. However, using the Save As option and giving the same part a new name will reduce save time by 10x. Seems to be some room for improvement here.
  • When using the loft command without guide curves, there are two orbs that can be moved to determine how the profile twists from one face of the loft to the other(s). However, you cannot constrain these points and they can change position in different configurations. These points should be able to be constrained.
  • SOLIDWORKS allows us to quickly create working concepts, as well as edit on-the-fly to align with client feedback. Clients are very impressed with our quick turnarounds and productivity in meetings.
  • SOLIDWORKS, and it's add-on tools, allow us to create parametric models that can quickly be made ready for injection molding, machining, or other fabrication, minimizing the time from design-freeze to prototype/product creation.
  • SOLIDWORKS is the primary CAD package that our clients use, so it allows us to share native file formats, as well as edit client files, rather than having to use 3D object files.
SOLIDWORKS allows me to work much faster than Solid Edge, and also allows more complexity. SOLIDWORKS has more available features that make it easier and give you more options to form your model. It is also much easier/faster to edit parts in Solidworks than Solid Edge.
SOLIDWORKS is well suited for creating fully-define, parametric parts. SOLIDWORKS makes it easy to quickly edit your parts, which can be done on the fly during meetings. It is well suited for a collaborative environment, as well as for creating complex, working assemblies. SOLIDWORKS is less appropriate for complex surface modeling and non-parametric applications.