Best Product and Machine Design Software

Product and machine design is a subcategory of computer-aided design (CAD) software specifically targeted towards designers and engineers across a number of disciplines, including manufacturing, product design, automotive, and aerospace. These tools allow users to generate precision 3D models of parts, components, and assemblies to aid in engineering, manufacturing, and design processes. While some of the products in this category may be used for a broader range of CAD purposes, their rankings within this grid focus exclusively on their use as a product and machine design tool.

For more information about general purpose CAD products, which include a broad range of 2D and 3D drafting and modeling tools, see our General Purpose CAD category. For additional information about building design and building information modeling (BIM) products, see our Building Design and BIM category.

Product and Machine Design Software Grid® Overview

The best Product and Machine Design Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Solid Edge, SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, Fusion 360, and Onshape
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders. High Performers include: Rhinoceros, solidThinking Inspire, and KeyCreator
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Design to Siemens NX, CATIA, Alias Design, Creo Parametric, and Ansys
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Inventor LT and SIMULIA
G2 Crowd Grid® for Product and Machine Design
High Performers
Design to siemens nx
Solid edge
Alias design
Creo parametric
Autocad mechanical
Fusion 360
Inventor lt
Solidthinking inspire
Market Presence
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