Level the playing field with SolidWorks
July 20, 2019

Level the playing field with SolidWorks

Uday Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SOLIDWORKS

My company develops new technology, involving chemical engineering processes and unit operations, for the capture and conversion of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to usable products with industrial value. Because we are a technology start-up, it is used across our currently small organization. Because we already use DraftSight (a product of the same company that developed SolidWorks), the transition is easier. We use DraftSight to create design drawings of a physical component in 2D, and the use of SolidWorks to produce a 3D version. Now, we can use the 3D version to route piping, electrical conduit, and even conduct flow simulations in the 3D model.
  • Conversion of a detailed 2D design into a 3D physical model that we can manipulate (rotate, inspect, modify).
  • Route piping, conduit and other components through the model.
  • Conduct flow simulation to understand how we can improve our physical model.
  • These features would have taken us months of work using traditional design tools. Now we can go from concept to a final model in days.
  • While it is not difficult to install, it does require some patience.
  • Because we use DraftSight, our learning curve is likely shorter, but video tutorials would help.
  • The software is very sophisticated; if we could add pop-ups like autofill suggests in other software, it would be helpful.
  • The ROI that SolidWorks offers for us is all positive,
  • A key objective for us is to be seen by investors as cutting edge and sophisticated in our field of technology; the software helps us do this.
  • Another objective is to be perceived as an entity that is quick to adapt to new developments in our field; now we can.
Especially for a start-up entity with few resources in house, SolidWorks gives us the capability to match the sophistication of a larger competitor in a few days. Few things are more important to us than being able to turn on a dime, adapting to improvements in our technology field, which is evolving rapidly. We could only accomplish this by both being nimble and having the cutting edge tools we can afford. SolidWorks provides us with this capability.