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SOLIDWORKS offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. SOLIDWORKS products are easy to learn and use, and help you design products better.

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SOLIDWORKS review by Mayank C.
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"Easiest Ever, Friendliest Forever"

What do you like best?

I like its interface, I am using this software since more than 1 year, After using it I have realised that it is most userfriendly softwares into all I have learned, I like its all the sketching commands like Line, Circle, Centerline etc.. Also it will allow us to complete the sketch even it is not completed, Other softwares will not, I also like all the modeling tools, These all are much easier than othe softwares, Simulation tool is also easy and user friendly, The most important thing i like its pricing, It is most cheapest software in market..

What do you dislike?

I dont like its centerline function in sketch formate, because it is not infinite as creo parametric offers, but thats not a big deal, Also it gives fluctuated result in simulation as compare with ANSYS, But within this price it is not bad, I totaly dislike its drafting interface, We have to put points manually if we have to give dimension of odd part of drawing, Solidworks need to improve its drafting interface..

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have recommend this softwares to small manufacturing units whose products are simple, Mainly plastic manufacturers should be use this software

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently I am solving business problems like 3d modeling, Simulation, drafting, rendering, assembly drawing for new product development with solidworks, The benefits I have realized that it is most userfriendly interface in aal of its function and most cheapest software as compare with other softwares..

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SOLIDWORKS review by Eduardo G.
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"El mejor programa de diseño 3D"

What do you like best?

Tiene una curva de aprendizaje baja ya que la interfaz gráfica es muy intuitiva en comparación con Pro-Engineer y CATIA. Muchas funciones y atajos de teclado. Hay recursos de muy útiles disponibles (paso a paso), por lo que puedo aprender el software por mi cuenta sin un curso. Me resulta fácil crear modelos 3D básicos de piezas y ensamblajes desde cero. El modelado es realista y eficiente cuando trato con un pequeño número de piezas.

What do you dislike?

La demanda de potencia de procesamiento de mi ordenador es muy alta, y el tamaño de los archivos a veces puede llegar a ser enorme. Además, los usuarios de Mac no pueden utilizarlo ya que SolidWorks no se ejecuta con OS X. No obstante, los usuarios de Mac pueden descargar Windows para Mac y usar el Solid de esta forma

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recomiendo encarecidamente que al implementar Solidworks, inviertas en el entrenamiento de los empleados. Esto hará una gran diferencia en lo bien que se utiliza. Aprender a utilizar este programa en la universidad realmente me ayudó a crecer como estudiante y convertirme en un activo para mi empresa una vez que me contrataron.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Diseño de productos y subproductos electrónicos, diseño de utillajes para la fabricación. Renderizado de piezas y análisis utilizando el método de los elementos finitos.

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SOLIDWORKS review by Carlos R.
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"El mejor programa para realizar diseños 3D CAD"

What do you like best?

Lo mejor de este programa, es lo intuitivo que es a la hora de utilizarlo, ya que viendo un par de tutoriales en Internet puedes hacer ya cosas muy curiosas, pero a la vez conforme vas cogiendo todos los conceptos y soltándote con el programa puedes realizar diseños muy profesionales e incluso ver en diferentes entornos, puedes dar diferentes texturas a las piezas, y como no mencionar la herramienta que te permite crear animaciones de por ejemplo un mecanismo que has diseñado, para poder mostrar a los demás el funcionamiento del mismo.

What do you dislike?

Lo que menos me gusta quizás, tal y como suelo decir es el precio, que para aprovechar todas las funcionalidades que posee, pues tienes que desembolsar un buen pellizco, pero todo hay que decirlo y vale cada céntimo que pagas por él.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A todo aquel que se adentre tanto al diseño de diferentes productos, tanto a aquellos que estén considerando crear su propia pieza para luego poder imprimirla en 3D, o para toda aquel que quiera realizar un diseño profesional de cualquier cosa que se le ocurra, SolidWorks es su herramienta sin duda alguna.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Actualmente lo estoy utilizando para diseñar diferentes partes de un Formula SAE, el cual estamos desarrollando en la Universidad de Málaga, donde hemos diseñado el coche por completo hasta el último tornillo con esta magnifica herramienta.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jorge G.
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"Solidworks: Breathtaking CAD Software with some serious issues in some engineering"

What do you like best?

Solidworks is an intuitive CAD modeller, everything from 2D drawings to extrudes by simply clicking and dragging the drawing from the canvas page. Also, in contrast from its competitors, Solidworks does not hide its options within a submenu of a submenu, nearly all the options that an average user will need will be located either on the canvas or on a very visible tab or on the design tree within the program.

What do you dislike?

My main gripe with Solidworks is a fundamental one. When engineers need to do an FEA or a Mechanism Dynamic analysis there are not typical options that are available in other options. For example, if I needed to simulate gravity in a dynamics modelling issue then I can activate gravity and have it run in the simulation. However, i cannot have different forces acting in a piecewise fashion, meaning that I cannot simulate forces acting at different points in time in Solidworks nor can they be non-constant.

This alone caused a few of my clients within the industry to stray away from Solidworks for anything but strictly CAD purposes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend that if you are an engineer or someone in the design field considering autoCAD to do your research and make sure that the simulations that your company will require can be done correctly on the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks since it is owned by the french company Dessault, does not often play nicely with other software. For example, I often need to check the outputs that Solidworks gives me after an analysis. If I need to submit these findings to a client, I need to make sure that the client has the correct version of Solidworks, has the correct modules in their software. Did I mention that solidworks charges for literally any extra module that you need however minute?

SOLIDWORKS review by Theresa (TJ) C.
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"Been pleased for 9 years"

What do you like best?

I love how agile this product is. It adapts to so many variables and uses, industries, and outputs. We use it for Steel Manufacturing, but it could be used for Electrical, Industrial Manufacturing, Plastics, Fluids, Piping, Architecture, anything where you are building, changing, or measuring a product that can be seen.

What do you dislike?

I don't like toolbox. It is incomplete, and lacking on the Non-Metric front. It is unrealistic and doesn't reflect what is sold in a hardware store, let alone a hardware vendor's available supply. For a software that is so universal, I'm floored by the lack of detail in this particular corner of this product. Though design tables work pretty darn well and take the place of toolbox, almost. We just need to do more work to develop them to a similar degree.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks makes 3D a breeze, and 2D even easier. Don't ever consider using a 2D software if this is an option for you. I've use 2D software and this is SO much faster to the same end goal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Solidworks to develop product documentation after our engineers develop their products.

SOLIDWORKS review by Craig T.
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"Overall Amazing CAD Software"

What do you like best?

I like the overall functionality and compatibility of the software with other modeling programs as well as cnc and printing devices.

What do you dislike?

I think that the software could improve by adding more comprehensive prediction and modelling features. It also has a very high price point, but the value is clearly seen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SolidWorks has so many features that can help speed up the design process. Weldments are useful features especially when used with 3D sketching. Learning SolidWorks is as pretty simple, once you have the basic idea of CAD in general. The layout is well organized to find essential tools. There are lots of options for additional tools from simulation to flow analysis and standard toolboxes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In a fabrication business this software makes taking a customer supplied 3d model a breeze in converting their part into a 2d flat layout for laser cutting. Greatly reduces the margin for human programming error and speeds up processing time for a faster turn around.

SOLIDWORKS review by kudan p.
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"3D design solution"

What do you like best?

This is most powerfull for 3D design and other software. Quick to deploy,to use and simple to administer.

IT is spending time maintaining your cad system.it is easy to utilize for 3D design.SOLIDWORKS solutions cover all aspects of your product development process with a seamless, integrated workflow—design, verification, sustainable design, communication and data management. The intuitive design interface and integrated software work together and give you the freedom to focus on innovation, thus giving you the possibility to span multiple disciplines with ease.

What do you dislike?

the disadvantages of SolidWorks, that is a bit more subjective. Since the software is so parametrically driven, it does not deal with large assemblies/groups of assemblies very well. There are a number of tools to mitigate this, such as Large Assembly mode, Lightweight mode (for select sub-assemblies/parts), and SpeedPak. However, they tend to make the overall model unstable and slow to load on initial startup. This really becomes an issue when collaborating on models with others in a PDM vault - particularly since everyone has a different style and approach with assembly management and design intent. (However, here is an excellent set of strategies to deal with Large Assemblies: 5 Slick Ways To Improve SolidWorks Large Assembly Performance - SolidSmack - . Many thanks to SolidSmack’s Josh Mings).And every engineering use this software

Recommendations to others considering the product

To achieve 3d design easy to drawing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i am capable to such kind model and save to money and some time to our company. our company to do not such time of time waste that way to use software.

SOLIDWORKS review by Patrick S.
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"Solidworks is an intuitive program for CAD work."

What do you like best?

It's easy to figure out how to use the program. It has an easy to understand user interface. It appears to be a well-thought out program. You can use Solidworks for small parts or extremely large assemblies with multiple parts. I also am able to ask the company we purchased the program from for help with installing or reinstalling Solidworks, even though it has been many years since we purchased it.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are bugs that inexplicably shut down the system. The memory requirements can sometimes bog down the processor. There are some things that you can't do with Solidworks. It is not as powerful a program as CREO or Catia, but it is less expensive. The license system is annoying, but necessary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have lots of RAM. Take some training courses-you will learn things that you would have a harder time learning on your own. Use the internet sites for help-there are many users who have a great deal of experience and are willing to help others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm able to make prototype designs very quickly. The benefit is that I can make design changes without taking too much time, which saves money. Sometimes it's easier to see problems with an assembly if you can draw the entire thing first.

SOLIDWORKS review by Haytham E.
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"a great tool for CAD design "

What do you like best?

As a mechanical engineer, CAD softwares are extremely important. Solidworks was the first CAD system I have worked with so I can say it is my standard for CAD systems. what I like the most about SolidWorks that you can almost do everything and I really appreciate the ( Normal TO ) option as it makes visualization a lot easier and that you can make sketches visible

Simulations in SolidWorks are extremely advanced compared to other CAD systems especially that I don't need to buy another software ( such as AutoDesk )

What do you dislike?

I would say that SolidWorks should work more in the user interface as it was really hard for me to learn it in the beginning and a very important point is the assembly feature the assembly in SolidWorks requires at least twice the time compared to other software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please improve the assembly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

3D designs

Technical Drawings

Bill Of material

SOLIDWORKS review by Robin H.
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"Slow burn, but SolidWorks wooed me in the end and now we are in love"

What do you like best?

OMG it can do so much! I had no idea! I love that you can roll back to previous states, use design table for configurations, suppress features, reorder features. I love it SO MUCH

What do you dislike?

Some features are hard to figure out without watching youtube a lot. Maybe add some tiny question marks by certain fields so you can get an explanation of what they mean without having to go into the huge and cumbersome Help section. Also ADD WIRES PLEASE! I often need to model the wires coming in and out of our products and it's such a pain in the butt. Currently i make a 3d sketch and extrude with circular profile but that is SO ANNOYING to do with lots of wires. Just let me pick a diameter, color, and attach points (maybe like a spline/3Dsketch hybrid)

Recommendations to others considering the product

GET IT and watch lots of youtube to learn. Then take the CSWP and CSWA but not in that order. You'll learn so much studying for those.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Prototyping, design changes, making spec sheets. It's fantastic and I love that we can save in different formats like IGES, etc to send to customers who use different software. Please make feature recognition better! I use the manual one all the time because it gives me better control than automatic. But it doesn't do quite everything.

SOLIDWORKS review by Oscar N.
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"It is OK CAD system"

What do you like best?

When it doesn't crash and when it does not lag (very rarely)

Compatibility to .NET for customizing

Configuration manager

Some built-in features like sheet metal and parametric equations are very nice

What do you dislike?

Stability and performance sucks

No improvement on performance/core optimization

Leave corrupted files when crashes

CAD file size grows enormously for complex geometry/big assemblies. DO NOT USE linear patterns!

Overall performance/efficiency, lack of automated tasks

Hole feature could be better

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not recommend if you have to work with large assemblies/complex geometry

It's ok CAD software, but stability has been an issue

Dassault keeps adding features, but they should really be focus on performance/stability issues. Sometimes it feels like you're using Beta version

They're switching to a subscription model. It sucks

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

product design, prototyping, 3D printing

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Industry Standard"

What do you like best?

It's the industry standard for CAD. There are a lot of cool features that make your life easier IF you take the time to learn and explore such as path mate, dynamic mirror, limit mates, view mates and dependencies in feature tree in assemblies. I made a movable energy chain from watching a tutorial on youtube and using chain pattern and it came out really great, moved realistically and could figure out exactly how many links i needed. I like to use mouse gestures for all my most used commands.

What do you dislike?

So many features that take time to learn. Need to know lots of little tips and tricks. Lots of little annoying things that many ppl just deal with for a long time and then later someone shows them how to solve it and it's an ohhhh moment. Crashes and slow with large assemblies. Would like to use simulation but we don't need it enough to justify price and have to use simulation xpress which doesn't work on assemblies. Flexible assemblies are great when they work but can become quite glitchy especially with larger assemblies. Pattern mate saves me a lot of time for mating screws but it only works on hole wizard features and if you mirror the holes outside of hole wizard, it doesn't work.

Recommendations to others considering the product

its a great CAD tool, most common

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Can move assemblies very realistically, making sure everything is the right dimension before ordering. Saving money and time.

SOLIDWORKS review by Ian F.
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"Great for small to medium Assemblies"

What do you like best?

There are a lot of companies that are switching to Solidworks which means that workers and clients have a common knowledge of CAD software. Solidorks has a great blend of surfacing and solid modeling tools that make it versatile for companies working on consumer products.

What do you dislike?

With every CAD system, there are some quirks that can delay or hinder your CAD workflow. This includes how solidworks infers relations, creates references, and builds solids. You have to have several years of experience to learn these quirks and it is usually learned through long hours trying to rebuild the model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is great for small to medium assemblies. It is quick to pick up and there are many tutorials and internet material to learn the program. Also, many consulting companies are switching to this platform because of their clients so this may be a factor to choose Solidworks over the other products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building models from concept to production. Modeling parts and assemblies before sending it off to manufacturing. Also, capturing design intent and collaborating on product development with fellow engineers. Creating design drawings from 3D models to send to vendors and contract manufactures.

SOLIDWORKS review by Adam G.
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"One of the most powerful modelling programs out there"

What do you like best?

The use of equation-driven parameters and configurations in Solidworks is very robust. It is relatively easy, with a little practice, to create a model that is linked to a global equation file whose equations drive both sketch-level and feature-level parameters. When you layer on the use of configurations to modify parameters in those very same levels, you have a highly robust design system.

What do you dislike?

It takes a little while to learn and a lot of time to master. What you can do with Solidworks is truly impressive, but it takes a lot of practice to get there. This is in contrast to Sketchup, which is accessible and easy to learn, but has nowhere near the same capabilities.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to learn it well! It has seriously amazing modelling capabilities.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid modelling, rapid prodotyping, production drawings, document control, and the list goes on. All of my companies production and prototype product design is run through Solidworks.

SOLIDWORKS review by Miles C.
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"Out of Date relative to New Platforms"

What do you like best?

I can pay for it once and then use it all by myself for myself, forever. Other than that, it's not that great.

What do you dislike?

It is built on outdated technology, using copies of files as opposed to shared documents. It's not versatile with multiple devices, including mobile. The user needs high end, expensive hardware to run it. Service Packs, Yearly Updates make compatibility between users very difficult. It is a very expensive piece of legacy software that I need to pay for upfront.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want outdated technology, use SolidWorks. Otherwise, use Onshape.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am not solving any business problems with SolidWorks. I solved my business problems by switching to Onshape completely.

SOLIDWORKS review by Janna N.
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"Solidworks"

What do you like best?

There's an enormous value associated with using the same package that your colleagues, vendors and customers are--a value high enough that it dwarfs the benefits associated with the features of any particular package. This is the "network effect" that has most of us using Windows and MSOffice.

What do you dislike?

Translating between packages is an ongoing nightmare--do your best to minimize it by selecting a package that will be compatible with as much of your community as possible. It takes a lot of storage depending on what you're working on and it takes a very powerful laptop or desktop to run the automations and simulations on it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cheap and vary reliable for academics and industry, Toolbar is well oriented and simple, Quick learning is possible, Wildly used in academics and industry. And its easy to show people.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As intergrators we meet with clients and can show them on solid works before actually cutting POs and getting quotes. We can design on the fly with the clients via Skype. They are able to see what we have come up with to help solve the issues that they are having. We also use DSW to help predict engineering flaws and analyze risk.

SOLIDWORKS review by Colleen O.
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"Great product but light on the included FEA for the price"

What do you like best?

My favorite part of Solidworks is the feature recognition which is great to have when you are going between different design platforms. The ability to explode assemblies is second to none.

What do you dislike?

I wish there were more translators for exporting of parts. I would also like to see more FEA for structure analysis on the basic level. They also want to push you on purchasing a full license which is hard to afford as an individual contractor. A subscription offer would be nice that can be paid for on a monthly basis.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to provide my customers with quick design returns.

SOLIDWORKS review by Pierre B.
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"An intuitive CAD software"

What do you like best?

With SolidWorks, you have a full history of what you do, so it's possible to edit everything at every moment and modification will be apply at the next steps.

SolidWorks use mostly volumic modeling tools, that's allow easy 3D printing with complex CAD files.

Another cool stuff with Solid is when a function doesn't work or if you have construction errors, the software will give you advice to handle it.

It's so easy do build filet.

Complex products are make in different parts and assemble in another one.

During basic modeling, you can constraint dimensions, make modeling extremely precise.

What do you dislike?

The surfacing modeling is not so powerful, but enought.

The surfacing editing possibilities are a bite not enough to be really precise.

If you need curvature continuity, not all tools can build it, and often make errors (but since 2016 version, it's better in better)

For rendering, the UV map are not do by the software, so you will not have it to wrap texture, and an external software is necessary.

The constraint system can make freemodeling a bit frustrating.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SolidWorks has a strong tutoriel database inside the software. I learned almost all the basics/advanced tools with them. They are just in the right panel, in the "ressources" panel.

And if you have no ideas about a tool, just use help software file, it's really clear and can teach you more than you can expect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a perfect software to exchange with engineer (for me, as designer), basicly it's a mechanical/scientist CAD software.

With the construction history, you can evolve your design directly and quickly with the client.

SOLIDWORKS review by Roget R.
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"Simply the best"

What do you like best?

As a user since the mid-90s, I have always been impressed with Solidworks' commitment to continuous improvement and innovation. I have had the opportunity to watch this software grow and develop over decades and it still remains one of the best professional tools to date.

What do you dislike?

With every major release of any software there are always bugs aplenty to work out, but Solidworks has a reputation at this point that the 0.0 release is really never stable enough for business use, only student.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The biggest decision to make in your CAD ecosystem is HOW you plan to implement, either license server or personal editions. It will make a huge difference in price, manageability, and performance down the road so it is worth taking the time to research and be sure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast visualization of complex parts, motion studies of assemblies, structural analysis, cable routing, thermal analysis, optical path mapping, ray tracing...there aren't many uses we HAVEN'T put this software to in my career.

SOLIDWORKS review by Nick M.
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"Love Solidworks"

What do you like best?

My brain works well with math and being able to dimension things. Solidworks is the perfect for engineer minded people. It is a very easy program to use and learn and they give you all the tools to learn efficiently.

What do you dislike?

I wish you could get a little more creative with it in the aspect of sculpting and free forming things, but I understand why you can't. You either get a program based on numbers or the other. Maybe in the future they'll be able to incorporate some of the awesome things you can do with the animation softwares like blender.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It worked perfectly for what we needed and that was to create dimensional shapes for rendering and production.

SOLIDWORKS review by Nicolas C.
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"In the university it has allowed me to make some models in 3D to present some concept."

What do you like best?

SolidWorks has a nice user interface and easy to use, when you are starting to learn, it is quite useful tutorials that have to take you step by step through the process of creating a 2D view to a 3D. Generate plans and views is easy and comfortable to present or pass them to reality with a 3D printer.

What do you dislike?

One of the best options that this software has is the rendering and the animations, but it is not very easy to use, and it takes a lot of time to understand the operation, besides there are not many templates to put the 3D models in different places.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

you can use this software to find flaws in the designs without the need for experiments, nor prototypes. This software basically save a lot of time and money.

SOLIDWORKS review by Alberto R.
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"Excellent software to design and produce almost anything!"

What do you like best?

I like the ease with which you can make changes to a design you have already done if you need to. Also, how you can go up in the feature tree and make changes in specific features that just roll down with the rest of the model.

What do you dislike?

Some really useful functions are kind of hidden and you need to know that they are there in order for the user to be able to access them.

Also, the lack of option to save in an older format makes it difficult to share models with people that are not in the same version as you are.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The software is pretty easy to learn, even by yourself, once you understand the underlying concepts of how it functions (feature tree and hierarchy).

You should also think about taking advantage of the multiple offerings for specialized training by the re sellers or other entities; however, going with the training given by an authorized re seller is encouraged as they tend to be deeper and they are up to date with the software all the time.

Your machine should also have enough power to easily have multiple projects open, specially if you're thinking about using assemblies.

If thinking about using multiple seats and that everybody is going to be working with the same models, have in mind the PDM plugin, as it will make your life easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can translate design intention faster to production ans also modify the design easily and quickly, which translates into increased productivity and lower production costs.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jonathan C.
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"SolidWorks is the tool you need for Manufacturing & Design"

What do you like best?

SolidWorks versatility and easy of use has made it my go to design tool now for almost 20 years with various manufacturing and design companies. Various add on programs are continually being developed and refined to make life of the designer or engineer easier. It allows for mock ups ranging from basic shapes right up to massive complex high detailed assemblies and layout models.

The ability to look thru models or assemblies are various stages and observe fit or space issues well before anything has been cut or created, especially being able to "slice" thru models or assemblies and see how they fit up when made or created virtually.

What do you dislike?

The only dislike I have ever had is with something the initial costs investment for the license when very small businesses or start-up companies are tight with funds. Contact with SolidWorks authorized resellers usually come up with creative financing to assist those with limited capital.

There isn't really anything to dislike other than that, as once you understand what options and addition programs are available ... the sky is really the limit.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Contact a local authorized seller and ask them for a demonstration, as well as a hands on session to evaluate SolidWorks for yourself. I have always found resellers helpful in showing what possibilities with your company it can open, as well as best practices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Problems that have been solved have ranged from simple shop based jig and fixture arrangements, to electrical & hydraulic schematics, as well as complex manufacturing assembly planning.

The ability to create various versions of a model and change it within an assembly, as well as create new parts from older parts has been a major time and cost savings.

Being able to show a potential customer a design or product before hand, and show them how changes affect their product also aids in the customer relationship and is a "value add" to the company.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Entertainment
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"Great 3D modeling Software."

What do you like best?

I am able to model a big scale theatre and every part is shareable with my team. As I progress I can easily check in my model and my team can quickly see the changes.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it does crash constantly, this is able to be fixed using the correct computer and graphics card. Another issue we have is that files get corrupted and it takes time to be able to back up the drawing or model.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great Software to use especially in the technical designed field. It is one of the most software use in the Entertainment industry. Be aware you do need a compatible and quality computer so it won't give you issues and an understanding of 3D modelling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For example, if I'm designing a structure that attaches to the facility and I have to figure out if there any collisions this software is great to see the space in 3D and concur if it will ultimately work.

SOLIDWORKS review by Administrator in Semiconductors
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"It is an extremely powerful 3D CAD software that is easy to learn."

What do you like best?

The user interface is really easy to learn and use. It is very powerful with the way that models and drawings can be created. We use it to model each step of our manufacturing line and it can easily show how parts will look at each step.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes non-native files open up as surfaces rather than imported bodies. This proves to be difficult for us because we end up having to recreate the models.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have never used a 3D CAD based software before, take an intro class or do the tutorials embedded in the program. Once you complete these, you will be a well versed user.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it to model each step of our manufacturing line, and then take the models we create and use them in other programs such as MasterCAM and Calypso. We are easily able to see how the parts will look after each operation.

SOLIDWORKS review by User
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"The Standard"

What do you like best?

Hard to pick a favorite thing but I've worked with Creo and AutoCAD and find Solidworks to be more intuitive and easy to use than the rest of the CAD programs that I've worked with. I feel I need to mention that Solidworks is the CAD software that I was originally trained on so there might be some boas there.

What do you dislike?

In a previous job I was instructed to create some small parts or drawings that we would be using for SLA's. The number of items that needed to be created made Solidworks run very slow. In working with their customer support it was found it was the program and not the computer with the issue, however, this was a year or two ago and I have not created anything with quote the same number of items since.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My primary use of solidworks is related to tool design in a manufacturing environment, so both 3d models and 2d drawings.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Automotive
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"Solidworks "

What do you like best?

It's easy to figure out how to use the program. It has an easy to understand user interface. It appears to be a well-thought-out program. You can use Solidworks for small parts or extremely large assemblies with multiple parts. I also am able to ask the company we purchased the program from for help with installing or reinstalling Solidworks, even though it has been many years since we purchased it. It is also great that I can have detailed prints for the manufacturing department in a timely manner!

What do you dislike?

Sometimes there are bugs that inexplicably shut down the system. The memory requirements can sometimes bog down the processor. There are some things that you can't do with Solidworks. It is not as powerful a program as CREO or Catia, but it is less expensive. The license system is annoying but necessary. I run into the most problems in surfacing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SolidWorks is a very powerful program but make sure you look up prices of add-ons and packages if your industry uses simulation, analysis, you need a seat of SolidWorks Pr, ect.. The packages add up quick!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm able to make prototype designs very quickly. The benefit is that I can make design changes without taking too much time, which saves money. Sometimes it's easier to see problems with an assembly if you can draw the entire thing first. Great classes online too!

SOLIDWORKS review by Ryan W.
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"SolidWorks is the best Mid/Upper End Parametric-Modeling Software"

What do you like best?

Of the two parametric-modeling programs I have used (SolidWorks and Inventor), SolidWorks is ny far the more user friendly. The layout of SolidWorks is much easier to navigate, and it is very easy to edit features after they have been created. The weldments feature is a powerful tool to create frames with extruded profiles (channel, iron, extruded aluminum, etc.). Assemblies are easy to make, and drawings are straightforward.

What do you dislike?

Since the software is not backwards compatible, SolidWorks must be updated annually if collaborating with other firms who update regularly.I understand the business reasons that Dassult Systemes does this, but it can be expensive and frustrating.

Also, saving a new part from an existing part can be tricky (Do I save it as a new part? Do I have to create a copy?, etc.)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even though it's expensive, update the software annually. If you collaborate with others and they use a future version, you will not be able to open the native SolidWorks format. There are workarounds (such as using STEP files), but they lose functionality from the native format.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use SolidWorks to create 3D models and drawings of parts to be fabricated for custom medical-device manufacturing equipment. Depending on the complexity of the part(s), I can go from concept to model to drawing in less than a day.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jason B.
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"Solidworks is user friendly "

What do you like best?

Solidworks is pretty easy to learn basic modeling, and one can go as deep as you like.

What do you dislike?

There are many times where Solidworks crashes and needs to be restarted.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is great software for the beginning user, the intermediate user or the advanced user. It has an easy to use Graphical interface for parametric modeling, ideal to make product design and continuous improvement in product life management. it has PLM tools. It has links to online tutorials to get you started, and more advanced modeling tutorials for complex surfacing to go deep into the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use solidworks for almost all of our product design

SOLIDWORKS review by Tokyo S.
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"Industry-leading software, with a slight learning curve"

What do you like best?

the extruding tools: the ability to extrude following a path such as a spline or edge, and the easy to use Cosmosworks integration

What do you dislike?

Perspective view can sometimes feel a little unnatural, difficult to get a good idea of what a project may look like once it's been milled or 3d printed, without going through PhotoWorks (solidworks raytracing engine)

Recommendations to others considering the product

The integration with CosmosWorks and PhotoWorks makes SolidWorks very intuitive and a one-stop shop for design.

Similar to AutoCad's "Inventor," it lets you start from scratch and build a working visual model in under an hour. Whether it be a doorknob, a custom nut and bolt, or something as complex as a fully mechanically operational hand with hydraulic digits and opposable thumbs, SolidWorks can do it. You can set materials to certain parts, and set certain pieces as gears, pulleys, belts, springs with specific tensions, and then set physics in motion by specifying the kilonewtons of force being applied to certain parts of it. If you need to know whether punching a hole in an L Bracket will create a stress riser bad enough to bring it to fault below tolerance, you can even run its automated software to do the math for you and define the max size of the hole allowable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When I was using it, it was to design parts which would later be brought over either to GibbsCAM (for machining) or used for testing using CosmosWorks.

SOLIDWORKS review by Marshall W.
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"Solidworks for school"

What do you like best?

I learned how to CAD with solidworks, so my familiarity with it is high; even through version updates, everything felt very familiar. The tools are powerful and could accomplish everything I needed. The desktop client aspect also allowed it be used with 3D mice, where each button could be customized to a feature; the options were endless when it came to customization.

What do you dislike?

The price, outside of education discounts is pretty steep. Additionally, the yearly updates prevent backwards compatibility, which isn't great if you can't afford new version.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks is great software, but can be pricey. If you can afford it, the only additional purchase I would make, if using in a group, is to get the pdm. Versioning can be difficult, but the pdm helps.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used solidworks in school, so no business problems, but It allowed me to create numerous products, from medical devices to robots. Everyone was using it, so collaboration was great.

SOLIDWORKS review by Mahmood B.
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"Solidworks as a path to 3D modelling"

What do you like best?

Solidworks has evolved over the last 10 years so much that It feels like an easy to use software for even the very new users. The interface is so user-friendly and the tips are just around the corner.

What do you dislike?

The finite element analysis should be more robust if it's compared with the specialized FEA software like ANSYS and COMSOL.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks does make it easy for the new user to get their hand dirty with solid modeling and drawing. I would definitely recommend it to others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The 3D drawing of the complex parts along with the post analysis of them.

SOLIDWORKS review by R. Dirk P.
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"Great CAD package with lots of add-ins"

What do you like best?

Solidworks has great tools for building weldments. I love 3D sketching. The hole tool is a simple thing, but it has a lot of power in Solidworks. Being able to create a sketch in-feature is really convenient.

What do you dislike?

Solidworks is expensive! It is a professional CAD system, so that makes sense, but it is still very pricey. It is difficult to share solid models with vendors or others as well. Also, my company purchased a brand new, high-powered workstation for me to use and Solidworks still crashed on it. That is very annoying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Any designing is great in Solidworks. We also create solid models of our facilities to help us plan manufacturing lines.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Defense & Space
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"SolidWorks Review"

What do you like best?

I enjoy that this program is relatively intuitive and is approachable for new users but it is not limited when moving to more complex projects. The range that Solidworks has is quite impressive. I have used it for large and small programs alike, and it has always proved incredibly useful and irreplaceable. I have used other similar CAD software but do like Solidworks the best!

What do you dislike?

The issues that are not explainable that models run into. It is very frustrating to have no reason or fix to a problem other than to restart. Sometimes I have to delete all of the mates from a subassembly and restart from the beginning because there is an error and it says it cannot solve it. But then I recreate all of the mates exactly the same way and there is no problem. Things like this happy far too often for such a widely used program - hours are lost spent trying to solve the mystery issues that Solidworks thinks are happening. I do understand that it is a very complex program and has a lot of information to handle all at once though, so I do understand that there are some things that will continue to be addressed in future iterations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use Google to troubleshoot - the online community is very helpful!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Engineering issues are easily tackled using this program and it is great for helping people to visualize in 3D.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Plastics
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"One of the best all-around CAD Packages"

What do you like best?

What I like best about working with Solidworks, is that if I need to make a quick and easy part, I can load up the software and immediately get to work. It's compatibility with CAM software is a great benefit as well. The customization is also a big success with me. As a young engineer, being able to have GUI's look the way I like improves my productivity.

What do you dislike?

I don't like how hard it is to figure out where some general settings are. The software could benefit from a broader, global settings menu.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a well rounded, easy to learn, and feature packed software, Solidworks is what you are looking for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing my own prototype fixtures for my company. Software is very user friendly which makes delegating tasks easier, to other people who are not as familiar with CAD packages.

SOLIDWORKS review by Suraj S.
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"Favourite CAD software"

What do you like best?

I have been using this for more than 8 years now.

It is user friendly and has a lot of tutorials online to make learning easy for beginners.

I have learnt to make complex parts in a couple of years.

It is much better than competitors like AUtoCAD.

The output file formats to choose from are huge.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it takes a long time to load and render features.

IF you are using a feature like an advanced fillet it may take forever to visualize.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is highly recommended to people starting off with CAD

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use it all the time for prototyping,

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Education Management
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"SolidWORKS in the classroom"

What do you like best?

I love the tutorials library feature of SolidWORKS. When you've been doing this for a while, and then you have to start teaching it to a group of high schoolers, it's great to know that they're getting some of the basics down packed before moving on to the more complex functions or designing on their own.

What do you dislike?

Maybe it's because I'm not familiar enough with this part, but I wish there was an easy way to create a workspace profile and have it be the default for a given instance of SolidWORKS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This program is expensive. If you are not serious about 3D modeling or don't have an educational reason, consider a cheaper of free software and see if it can't meet your needs instead. If cost isn't an issue for you, then buy SolidWORKS because you would be hard-pressed to find a better program out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

My job is to teach high schoolers a more advanced 3D modeling software than SketchUp, and SolidWORKS is accomplishing that very well. It has its ups and downs, but it's a great program that I personally enjoy.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Construction
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"Solidwork - User friendly 3D CAD Software !!"

What do you like best?

Its truly easy to use this software. You can learn at your own and its good to handle all sort of part and assemblies. Easy software to create drawings as well.

What do you dislike?

There are 2 things which could be improved.

1. Memory requirements

2. Sometime systems crashes without any notice or warning

3. Surface features could be improved

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend to use solid works if you are low on budget. Also it has lot of add on packages for material, analysis, PLM and others. Its worth, easy to use and easy to learn software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I did use this software for various companies and we used it for part, sheetmetal, assemblies and drawing creations. This software is not as powerful as Catia or Creo but it has all the capabilities like any other software and its cheaper as well.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Pharmaceuticals
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"A great digital tool for creating physical products"

What do you like best?

The amount of precision and different types of parts you can create is limitless. Basic shapes can be created quickly and shared universally across different platforms.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to create complex surfaces and time consuming to do so. There are many better tools for that. A computer with high processing power is often required for things to run smoothly. It can also be an expensive software to support if there are 10+ users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The engineering standard software for many companies that work in hardware or manufacturing. For design or mock-up type software, look into Rhino or other surfacing software instead.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to create photo realistic renderings using this program. It lets clients see and interact with the 3D product without having to spend a penny on physically making it.

SOLIDWORKS review by Kevin J.
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"Solidworks is a pretty solid product! - Great for product development."

What do you like best?

I love the user interface of Solidworks when compared to AutoCad. I also like the online support and community built around the product. I used to help run a Solidworks user group in Champaign-Urbana and the company was 100% behind their product - especially helping newer users learn how to use it.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that Solidworks is for Windows only. As a product designer, who has a Macbook, this creates a difficult decision to make. Do you bootcamp your Mac and run windows? Or buy a separate computer just for Solidworks? I prefer Solidworks over Autodesk Fusion 360 but have recently switched over because I can fun it on my Mac.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend Solidworks if you or your company is looking for a CAD software that is extremely robust. It is great for mid-level to advanced CAD users. I definitely wouldn't recommend Solidworks for users trying to learn CAD.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid product development. Developing prototypes and models for 3d prints and realistic product renderings.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Consumer Goods
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"Product Design with Solidworks"

What do you like best?

I like the user interface on Solidworks. It is similar to competitor 3D modeling programs, but it feels more intentional. The buttons and symbols make sense and don't seem overly technical. It does not take an engineering degree to learn this program.

What do you dislike?

I dislike Solidworks' capacity. If you are trying to design a physically large product and plan on adding engineering details in Solidworks, it will struggle. Once features like shell, draft, bosses, and fasteners are added, the program slows down and may crash. I have to save often.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider the scale of your product before selecting Solidworks. If you are designing very large products or large assemblies, Pro/ENGINEER (PTC Creo)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving design problems. I can flush out ideas in Solidworks before immediately building a prototype. It saves time and money.

SOLIDWORKS review by Quang P.
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"Solidworks"

What do you like best?

I like how I can download other users portfolio and make modifications to those works and also can combine different works together.

What do you dislike?

You can only work in one plane at once if I need to make an adjustment to all axis I have to do it one at time and it can be very tedious.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can do everything and anything and most of the things you're trying to do on solid works someone has already done it, you can easily find what you're looking for and make the correct adjustments

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot of our design reviews use solidworks. We also play the designs in motion to simulate the actuall motions and how they work. We can also change the direction and speed to help see things we didn’t catch.

SOLIDWORKS review by User
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"Experiencia de diseño muy intuitiva y con una curva de aprendizaje rápida"

What do you like best?

La facilidad para modificar los diseños, pudiendo generar diseños similares con pequeñas variaciones. Partiendo de un diseño inicial, es posible ir realizando las modificaciones en la pieza y suprimir aquellas que no se ajusten, de una manera ordenada y sin afectar al resto del diseño. El ensamblaje de piezas, en el mismo formato que las propias piezas, es una ventaja frente a otros programas.

What do you dislike?

En ocasiones, para realizar operaciones que a priori podrían parecer sencillas, se requieren comandos de entrada muy complejos y difíciles de definir, por lo que se deben buscar alternativas a esa operación (llegando a realizar lo mismo en otras cuatro o cinco operaciones, aumentando considerablemente el peso del archivo)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks es un programa muy completo para diseño 3D, mejor incluso que otros como Inventor, ya que sus operaciones son más completas y permiten realizar geometrías más complejas de manera intuitiva. Como contras, para diseños muy avanzados, requiere un nivel de experiencia elevado para llegar a entender los comandos de operaciones y sus requerimientos de entrada, de forma que se consiga el resultado deseado

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reproducción de piezas y rediseño de las mismas. Solidworks permite modelar estas piezas de manera sencilla e intuitiva y realizar los cambios necesarios sin perder la estructura original, y siguiendo un flujo de trabajo lógico. Los ensamblajes entre las distintas estructuras, así como la configuración de los parámetros reales de pieza (material, densidad, propiedades mecánicas), permiten verificar si el rediseño se comportará de manera similar a la pieza original, teniendo el modelo 3D de ambos

SOLIDWORKS review by Rafa S.
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"Gran programa de diseño 3D"

What do you like best?

Lo que más me gusta de Solidworks es su facilidad de uso. Cada herramienta y opción tiene una descripción que lo hace fácil de entender. Si una herramienta es confusa, la sección de ayuda es de gran utilidad. También hay muchos tutoriales útiles.

What do you dislike?

Si bien es más fácil de aprender, Solid Works tiene menos capacidades que otros paquetes de software CAD, como Catia. Importo y manipulo archivos en Solid Works, pero si quiero diseñar algo desde cero que se pueda modificar o escalar fácilmente, utilizo Catia.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Utiliza un buen tutorial para seguir hasta que esté más familiarizado con la interfaz

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modelado 3D de piezas sólidas para su impresión con impresora 3D. Exportación a archivos .stl

SOLIDWORKS review by Brian M.
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"a solid CAD program"

What do you like best?

+Good user interface. (I especially like the Command Search).

+They keep improving the software.

+All the fundamental CAD features (modeling, assemblies, and drawing) are included and well thought out.

What do you dislike?

- The state of PDM (Product Data Management) and SolidWorks. Should be more tightly integrated with PDM Pro (formerly Enterprise PDM), or PDM Standard. PDM Standard should be offered with all levels of SolidWorks. Using a PDM system or GrabCAD definitely has a lot of advantages over just network drives and self policing, but still not as polished as it could be.

-Some regressive policies that seem to be about squeezing more money out of users (thinking of 2016 changed to subscription lapse policy).

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is not perfect, but it is still a great product. Don't take the folks too seriously who are quick to say the sky is falling on the SolidWorks forums. (The SolidWorks Forums are an exceptional resource by the way.)

If you are a company with varying numbers of CAD users, or money issues, consider Autodesk Fusion 360, it is an incredible deal. It is not as full featured as SolidWorks (and has a weird flat assembly file structure), but it does include built in cloud PDM. If you need more power then SolidWorks is a good choice. SolidWorks seems to have the edge over Autodesk Inventor in the job market.

Look up a local user group if you want to learn more http://www.swugn.org/.

The online help (http://help.solidworks.com/) is easier to browse than the built in help.

Consider GrabCAD for free pseudo PDM for SolidWorks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mechanical Design.

SOLIDWORKS review by Eugene D.
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"Intuitive, Flexible, and Effective. Suitable for Most Engineering Design Projects. "

What do you like best?

I've been using SolidWorks for 9 years, so I'm likely biased, but no other program I've used provides such an intuitive platform without sacrificing functionality. And once a level of expertise is reached, executing familiar tasks is remarkably fast for any user due to the straightforward layout and customizable interface. Iterative mechanical design is primarily why I find SolidWorks effective as an engineer. The flexibility allows a designer to quickly tweak and reevaluate components within sub-assemblies, (usually) without bogging the user down with input prompts, warnings, and errors. If you want to design something quickly, make a drawing, and get it out the door, SolidWorks is the program for the job.

What do you dislike?

SolidWorks is a very heavy program. It will take a large amount of system resources during use, so a machine with a lot of processing power and a hefty graphics card is a must. Otherwise, you'll find the lagging and crashes to be intolerable. Compared to other programs like Pro/E and Catia, I would say SolidWorks is by far the weakest in this department. This vulnerability is magnified when working on large assemblies, where a user must really dial down graphics quality in order to be able to work effectively. It's no surprise that the aerospace industry and other large scale manufacturing companies often opt for the competitors. Once an assembly reaches a thousand components or so, the shortcomings of SolidWorks are really apparent.

Recommendations to others considering the product

From my experience the key word is "size." Smaller work environment with smaller assemblies (<2k-5k parts for the most part), this is likely the program to fit your needs. Large scale projects (think automobile, aerospace, etc...) are better off with one of the competitors.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily work in R&D/Product development, on smaller scale parts and assemblies, so SolidWorks allows me to quickly design and document parts under tight deadlines. 90% of the time I'm using the basic functionality of the program and when I do need some of the more specialized functions, I can find them right away. Aside from the occasional bug or crash, I haven't really found myself limited by the capabilities of SolidWorks, only by my own lack of knowledge or experience at the time. And with the large user base and online resources, it's very easy to find the answers to your questions online without having to deal with tech support or a service hotline, although those are available. Overall, 95% of the time this problem lets me do the job I need to without getting in the way and that's something I rely on as a design engineer.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jennifer C.
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"Very user friendly"

What do you like best?

I found that with experience from another CAD software this was easy to use and learn. I used tutorials online and was able to learn to use this software pretty well in just a few months.

What do you dislike?

It does have glitches here and there. I have noticed that each update I always have a little trouble with a something...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I draw and design tooling to manufacture industrial fan guards and grids. It's perfect for laying everything and being able to see how they will go together.

SOLIDWORKS review by Simon K.
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"Great CAD tool for Design Engineers and Designer"

What do you like best?

Easy to fit to your style of work, good and easy understandable features. Customizable workspace (I personally like to work with shortcuts, type in commands and that's what many users don't know). Interface is easy and understandable also and there's a good amount of tutorial available for new users.

What do you dislike?

Lack of freedom and some feature. At times not really stable/crashing. Mostly I'd wish for a better design freedom. You're limited to what you can model in a decent time (meaning for example surfacing options don't allow you to model some design as quick as other software).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Depends what you are looking for, if the main use is purely engineering it's great. But if you're more in the Industrial/Product design realm then there are few good alternatives out there.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Engineering in the area of product design. Easy to understand and use compared to some other CAD software.

SOLIDWORKS review by Julia Marina C.
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"Logical use"

What do you like best?

How it works in a logical way, once you get how it works you can model most of the things from simple to complex pieces. Also, the precision it gives you not just in the modeling of the parts but the assembly resources too.

What do you dislike?

The layout can be a little confusing, some of the most useful tools are not easy to access in the beginning.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It creates more trustful models, detailed parts, it gives security to present the products.

SOLIDWORKS review by User
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"El mejor sofware de diseño 3D"

What do you like best?

Es realmente fácil de usar este software. Puede aprender por su cuenta y es bueno para manejar todo tipo de piezas y ensamblajes. Software fácil para crear dibujos también

La cantidad de precisión y los diferentes tipos de partes que puede crear no tienen límites. Las formas básicas se pueden crear rápidamente y compartir universalmente en diferentes plataformas.

What do you dislike?

Es difícil crear superficies complejas y lleva mucho tiempo hacerlo. Hay muchas mejores herramientas para eso. Con frecuencia se requiere una computadora con alto poder de procesamiento para que las cosas funcionen sin problemas. También puede ser un software costoso para admitir si hay más de 10 usuarios.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recomiendo verte ciertos tutoriales en youtube para aprender más rapidamente

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks me ayudó a analizar el movimiento de los diseños, así como también me dio una idea de rentabilidad cuando elegí materiales y tamaños de piezas cuando los encajé.

SOLIDWORKS review by Lauren B.
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"I use Solidworks everyday"

What do you like best?

Solidworks is a great way to visualize product designs.

What do you dislike?

I hate when Solidworks crashes. Or I change something in the feature tree and it breaks everything. I have to go back and fix each feature, I wish it were smarter. Sometimes things are ruined and can't be fixed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of CAD tools out there. Solidworks works best for me and I find it translates well to other companies, engineers, for 3d printing, mold-flow analysis or for tooling.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Solidworks to designing products, to visualize it before it's a reality and to engineer final parts for tooling.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jacob J.
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"Solidworks is a solid CAD software."

What do you like best?

It is a very cost effective user friendly CAD software. it is heads and tails above PRO-E. I am looking forward to learning more of the features it has to offer.

What do you dislike?

We are switching to using Solidworks from NX 10. The learning curve between the two is steeper than I would like but it is not insurmountable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The cost of Solidworks in relation to other CAD software systems of it's caliber is reason enough to give Solidworks a try. We work with CATI for our software and training needs and it is a good relationship thus far. There is also a free trial available for the software if you are still on the fence about pulling the trigger.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefit of implementing Solidworks has allowed to decrease our software cost significantly. The initial cost of NX and the ongoing maintenance cost is premium to the max. Solidworks is less than half the cost by comparison.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jarrett (Jay) A.
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"Very good design software for all levels of CAD users."

What do you like best?

The ease of use for beginners is a very big plus. It is one of the easier software packages to learn if you are a beginner to the solid modeling realm. The continual advancement of the software is better than some of the competition.

What do you dislike?

The software has lost a lot of it's user base customer friendly feel that was there in the infancy of the product. After being picked up by Dassault, it now lacks that customer friendly face. The software renewal policies are now very anti small user. Many can't afford to upgrade every release and now will be penalized if they don't. It puts an unfair burden on the small user base that helped build the legacy of SolidWorks. It's no surprise groups like OnShape are developing new software and gaining users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Research all your needs before making a final choice on the software package. There are many similar packages with varying benefits. Find the one that matches all of your long term needs.

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The design cycles are shorter using this software. Products can be launched to market quicker.

SOLIDWORKS review by Kelsie J.
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"Lots of experience"

What do you like best?

Solidworks provides a lot of helpful resources, tutorials, and exercises to guide users on a path of understandug the software better. I am finishing up a semester long course in the software, and between the books and tutorials included, i feel fairly confident walking into my CSWA exam.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, the What’s Wrong? feature doesn’t give the most helpful tips as to what needs to be fixed. Other features dont always provide clear directions on what type of feature needs to be selected to properly use the feature.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks helps me analyzemotion of designs as well as give me a cost efficiency idea when choosing materials and sizes of parts as I fit them together.

SOLIDWORKS review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Higher Education
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"Very useful Cad mofelling software "

What do you like best?

SolidWorks is quite easy to learn. I wasnt expecting that but i when i started going through the tutorials it really nailed it. It has all the tools that one would require to make a 3d model. Also, solidworks allows developers to make their own plugins to add additional functionality to Solidworks the way they want it.

What do you dislike?

Solidworks is quite a heavy software. Whereas there are now apps which can do the basic designing. I wish if there could be a lower version of Solidworks which i could run on my tablet pc like surace go to make small changes in the design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use solidworks my projects to design robots. The best thing is compatibility with so many file formats. Everyone in the community prefers to save the design in some format according to their requirement. And solidworks can convert them easily.

SOLIDWORKS review by Daniel C.
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"A complete program to CAD designers and engineers to make a simulation."

What do you like best?

The best of SolidWorks is the versability of tools to make any designs in a real 3D solid that can help us to make it in real life, without space to mistakes. It contains many toolbar that provides anything that need in the construction of a piece, assembly or simulation.

What do you dislike?

The process to install the software is very tedious, due to its size is hard to install in some computers; also for some countries is very expensive and scarce.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend SolidWorks to make more easy the design and make any piece or assembly in a proffessional way; to visualize the project and considerate all of factors before real construction. I considerate it as the perfect tool for a mechanical designer and all designers in general, architects, engineers, projectist, that want to make a quality work and show it to a chief or a superior member. The program has tutorials and help for the beginners, step by step to realize their first piece or assembly; also the program provides online help with experts in Solidworks sharing their knowledge and teach for a complete use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The software provides the solution for a design of any mechanical element with the appropiate simulation to identify the critical points of a piece or assembly; And the software is ideal for a preview of one or more projects that we have in paper or in other place, It shows the weak points of a estructure designed and shows the failure effort in that weak points.

SOLIDWORKS review by Alexander N.
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"Quick CAD modeling tool"

What do you like best?

Compared to the other CAD software I use, Solidworks is the fastest at creating a representational models of your designs. It interface is relatively simple and easy to use, and has a pleasant appearance. When it comes to building sold trimmed models for the purpose of prototyping, Solidworks is very quick and adept. Solidworks allows for a quick and easy workflow, and allows you to build representation models with ease. It is the most useful software for building in solids rather than surfaces. And compared to other CAD software's, filleting can be an easy to use experience.

What do you dislike?

Compared to other CAD software's such as Catia and Alias, Solidworks is fairly rigged. It can make good models, but the surfacing ability to create more organic and flowing shapes is very limited. The build tree is useful, but not as well organized as Catia's or even the layer system in Alias. This makes the overall workflow slower on certain projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For product designers, Solidworks is an incredible software. It makes transferring your 2D designs into 3D products quick and easier. But the surfacing capabilities leave some to be desired compared to software's such as Catia and Alias. But its affordability and solid modeling ability makes it key for smaller studios.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my studio, when it comes to building very quick representational models, Solidworks is one of our favorite choices. It is also a very useful software when it comes to communicating your design with engineers.

SOLIDWORKS review by Santhosh K.
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"Awesome 3D CAD software"

What do you like best?

The software is simple and loaded with lot of features. Its easy to learn and the icons are pretty straight forward. I mostly use the software for weldments and sheet metal. I generate dxf files directly for sheetmetal cutting using waterjet and plasma table.

What do you dislike?

You have to buy this software from the solidworks vendor not directly from solidworks in order to get the expert support. Thats pretty expensive. Although the license is for lifetime but to utilize the support you have to pay yearly premium.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good and reliable CAD tool to meet almost any CAD applications

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the software to build trailers and aluminum truck beds.

SOLIDWORKS review by Tory W.
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"SolidWorks review"

What do you like best?

I enjoy that you can imagine something and in very little time make it come to lift in 3D. This really helps to fully picture what you are designing.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that there are some problems that seem to keep getting copied over version after version without it seeming like they are being addressed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easily designing robotic packing solutions. This software helps to show fellow coworkers and clients what their finished product is going to look like.

SOLIDWORKS review by Lautaro Francisco R.
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"fast and simple modelling of mechanical parts"

What do you like best?

modelling and afterwards drawing the blueprints become very easy work with SolidWorks. It just needed some few minutes to complete a simple mechanical piece and you can directly plot the blueprints in a very professional way. It allows easy escalating to big projects assembling different parts.

What do you dislike?

It is not very customitzable on every feature. It is allowed to change some parameters, norms and it has a big library of standard pieces. But i found difficult to learn how to manage iterative task, fully customize and save customization and other. The software allow to do the majority of tasks very fast but when you need something specific which is not an standard tool or a premade task by the software it becomes annoying to achieve your objective.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think the ratio price-quality is good enough.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Modelling of mechanical parts, plots and renders. Assembling parts to represent how a device work and creative stuff. Moreover, it is easy to represent different materials and textures to visualize how it would be the final result. SolidWorks calculators of money and other apps sometimes came handy too.

SOLIDWORKS review by User
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"Solidworks - Intuitive 3D modeling program"

What do you like best?

I came from using a software called Pro Engineer which in itself was an extremely powerful software for 3D modeling and creating 2D drawing but when I started using Solidworks it was much easier to learn and pick up. The UI is definitely one of solidworks strongest features. Its not picky on alot of the decisions you make while modeling and will rarely crash. It has some really easy to use sheet metal design tools. There is also a very nice search tool so if you are familiar with 3D modeling tools but havent used solidworks before you can type a command like "revolve" and it will pop up for you where it is located. It really breaks down the learning barrier for you and gets you moving fast.

What do you dislike?

It is expensive which really keeps the user base smaller and doesn't really allow for the community to grow outside of the employees that utilize it for big business. It is a program that will require a lot of computer resources but that is to be expected.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks is probably the easiest to use 3D modeling program that I have used. While Creo may be slightly more powerful in terms of some of the things you can accomplish with it you need an extensive amount of training to make sure that you are following proper methods of modeling. Someone new to 3D/2D programs will get much more out of Solidworks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks is there to create a solution for those who need to create 3D and 2D specifications for products that they intend to make. Instead of napkin sketching a product and trying to get a contract manufacturer to get it right you can hand them over the finished model to make (Assuming you know a little about the manufacturing process that is going to be used to make it)

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Photography
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"Quick Path to 3D Printing"

What do you like best?

The way Solidworks makes it easy to design a 3D model from sketch to the final rendering. The way Solidwors approaches 3D modelling is absolutely amazing. You construct you product using basic 2D forms and from there you get to transform flat shapes into three dimensional objects.

What do you dislike?

Solidworks could be more compatible with Adobe Illustrator. Every time I try to use an Illustrator file with Solidworks there is a problem. I also don't like the feature to make screws, it is a bit confusing. Some details within the software are not very user friendly and can be confusing to new users. Rendering quality is one of its weak spots.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks has its own approach to 3D modelling

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have designed many products using Solidworks. From toys to machinery parts, since I'm an Industrial Designer. 3D printing is, nowadays, what I have been using it mostly for. Solidworks is a very complete software.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Semiconductors
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"Powerful CAD tool "

What do you like best?

1. Easier to use than many competitors.

2. Build in FEA simulation.

What do you dislike?

1. Less capable of handling very large assemblies, taking long time to load and occasionally crash.

2. Not capable of generating complex curved surface for auto and airspace users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are not dealing with complex curved shape and not handling very large assemblies, Solidworks might be one of the best CAD software you'll find.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm currently in semiconductor industry, using Solidworks to model machines and equipment that handles wafers. It's fast to model my design ideas in Solidworks and easy to make modifications or do calculations within the software.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Medium User"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, compatability w other programs. Many of the readers have been streamlined for modeling with speed.

What do you dislike?

Surfacing seems very weak compared to other programs I work with. It may have been an initial perception that I can't get past but I avoid complex surfacing in solidworks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If surfacing plays a large part in your designs, try to request a demo from a reseller to ensure that it will meet your needs. Otherwise you should be good.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps bridge gaps between customer software packages, was of use allows new users to quickly pick it up and use a 3D package with less costly training. Simulation suite has been a lifesaver.

SOLIDWORKS review by Forrest M.
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"Industry standard 3D CAD software"

What do you like best?

I first started using Solidworks as a freshman studying mechanical engineering and it was my first experience in 3D CAD software. It is relatively easy to use and for anything that you do not know how to do, there ten videos on YouTube from Dassault or other Solidworks users to show you how to do it. It will always be my go-to 3D CAD software. There are also many plug ins and is consequently a very versatile software as well.

What do you dislike?

It isn't the best for surface modeling and the FEA is also not the strongest. There are some quirks to the software, which cause frustrations early on in the learning process, but as you develop good practices in modeling, you avoid most of them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the go-to 3D CAD software in my opinion. Can't go wrong, no matter what you're doing whether it be mechanical design, product design, etc. Great software if you can afford it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Solidworks in class, to design FSAE car components, products, and personal projects. It is very versatile and easy to use and allows me to further illustrate ideas in a way that is easily understood and more tangible than a sketch on paper.

SOLIDWORKS review by Hannah F.
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"Best CAD program ever"

What do you like best?

You don’t have to leave the program to do simulations on the device you are designing. Also love how easy it is to turn something you’ve created into a 3d printed object.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes solidworks crashes during use if you have an advanced device. Some of the features are hard to find

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time to learn how to use the program and it will be very helpful

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing new types of scaffolds. Solidworks gives you freedom to make small adjustments to your design and run simulations to see how that device would handle load, torque, etc.

SOLIDWORKS review by Patrick N.
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"Very useful"

What do you like best?

Solidworks has a lot of features and seems to add more with each passing year.

What do you dislike?

For a small business that is not 100% designed focused, it is expensive for the yearly subscription.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are going to heavily invest in designing products, this is a win. if you are a hobbyist or small time, look to rhino or another competitor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

the ability to move files between formats and export to multiple vendors for production

SOLIDWORKS review by Jennifer C.
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"SolidWorks is perfect for building 3D models"

What do you like best?

SW way outperforms other 3D modeling programs. Many of the designs I make easily translate into an STL file to 3D print.

What do you dislike?

I do not like staging the designs for artistic quality. Determining the lighting and stage can be difficult. It is annoying that I cannot import newer files into the older version of solidworks.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolute best program for 3D modeling. Does take some time to learn, but there is plenty of information and resources on google.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Solidworks to 3D model medical devices and 3D print them. I also use Solidworks to create pictures of these models.

SOLIDWORKS review by Eric H.
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"Solidworks in a Test Lab Environment "

What do you like best?

I work in a test Lab and often times we must design custom fit fixtures for spinal implants. The cavity feature makes it extremely easy to design fixtures for 3D Printers or to send to a machine shop to be made. I have also used Solidworks in conjunction with several different types of 3D printers to print prototypes of Spinal Implants and the instruments that are used for them.

What do you dislike?

.Thread creation can be cumbersome in Solidworks 2015, although I believe they have added some features in 2016 that make this much easier. Overall there really is not any glaring issues. It does what it is supposed to do and does it well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks can be a little overwhelming to new users but if they stick with it, they will eventually find it easy to use. I was definitely scared at first but after having a few of the engineers and designers show me a few tricks and taking a basic Solidworks fundamentals course I feel as though i am decently proficient.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks provides adequate tools for entry level designers like myself that have only been using the product for a few years. Like was previously stated, being able to design custom fixtures using the models designed by the engineers allows for faster fixture creation. Although not officially part of the normal solidworks suite, Solidworks EPDM has provided our company with a needed program to track engineering revs through the life-cycle.

SOLIDWORKS review by Felix L.
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"CAD software with very user friendly interface"

What do you like best?

It has a low learning curve since the graphical interface is very intuitive compared to Pro-E and CATIA. Lots of functions and keyboard shortcuts. There are very useful learning resources available (step by step), so I am able to learn the software on my own without a course. I find it easy to create basic 3D models of parts and assemblies from scratch. The modeling is realistic and efficient when I'm dealing with a small number of parts.

What do you dislike?

Pro-E has more complex modeling tools. Also it's not as efficient or stable as Autocad for 2D drafting. The annual license cost is very high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for 3D modeling, but use Autocad for 2D drafting work

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Solidworks for design classes, in the research lab (for proof of design experiments). It's neat to design a product on the computer and then see them fabricated.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"Powerful and modern CAD Software"

What do you like best?

The clean and easy to use GUI is what immediately separates this product from its competitors. I also especially enjoy the constant updates that bring new features such as touchscreen support, and the large available library of plugins such as HSMworks to Solidworks Simulation.

What do you dislike?

I dislike its instability when viewing/editing large assemblies as well as the lack of support for multicore processing in modes besides FEA or photoview. I've also had issues with how it deals with external references, such as filename changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Would highly recommend solidworks as a software for students to small-midsize companies due to its ease-of-use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks has opened the door to an ease-of-use cad software and has enabled quick FEA work possible due to its integrated simulation plugin software.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Higher Education
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"Solid modeling using solidworks"

What do you like best?

Extremely easy to use interface. Easy to learn and one of the best software out there for CAD. The API is pretty cool and it allows you to automate the design process.

What do you dislike?

Some features are lacking. Sometimes the journal files that I record do not seem to run. Some commands are also confusing to use using the solidworks API.

Performing static and dynamic analysis is not very straightforward.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You can learn a lot of solid modeling using youtube tutorials. It is very user friendly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid modeling problems.

Also solves a fair amount of finite element analysis problem.

Good mesh generator.

SOLIDWORKS review by Colin H.
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"Solidworks for Design Engineers"

What do you like best?

Solidworks is an intuitive and easy to use CAD platform. The user interfaces are well designed, and the features available offer everything I need.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't tie your hands with file structuring, and the parent child relationships can lead to bad solid modeling practices. A skilled user can make up for these deficiencies.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Have good solid modeling, assembly practices, and file management in place.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid modeling, design, assembly, and drawing.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Security and Investigations
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"General Mechanical Design Engineering with Solidworks"

What do you like best?

Solidworks is easy to navigate and presents standard options clearly. Due to there being so many options, it can be tough to learn where things are controlled, but even that has tools and helps to get you where you want to be. Once you know where options are - changing them, and the number of options to change them to is very nice.

What do you dislike?

I personally do not like how Solidworks models threads for screws and nuts. I understand the memory and complexity of actually cutting threads - but it makes it clear and easy to understand. I think by not showing the threads, information is not being communicated well.

Another area would be the Dimensions and tolerance analysis tools. They are not very easy to utilize. I have yet to find a built in package that is easy to utilize, but more often than not it is a significant time saver to just import data into excel or other software program and set up equations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solidworks is a well laid out CAD tool with some good basic analysis built in. like all CAD software it has it's strengths and weaknesses when compared to its competition. In general, it is a solid CAD solution that should provide for any design and modeling needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Solidworks to model and draw customer specific hardware for the companies sensor systems. We know what our sensors need, and our customers give us the specifications on where they need it to go and we customize the sensor to fit the application.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Design
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"Intuitive user iterface"

What do you like best?

Having used Pro/E in the past, Solidworks has a much better, user friendly interface. Maybe it's the computer, or a newer version, or a smaller model file, but Solidworks seems to run faster and be more responsive.

What do you dislike?

Having to purchase PowerSurf in order to be able to do some freeform modeling. Not a huge price tag, but still extra.

Recommendations to others considering the product

More affordable than Pro/E (PTC Creo), but still a steep price tag for an individual. Most likely used in an office environment if your employer is willing to purchase licenses.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick modeling for 3D printing. It's also nice to have dimensions change automatically based on relations and constraints. Even more so within assemblies. Definitely have to be careful with those relations, though. Have to be sure that any changes made will have a predictable effect on everything else.

SOLIDWORKS review by Scott C.
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"Solidworks is a great tool for CAD design"

What do you like best?

It is such a simple tool to use for our engineers and can serve us in so many ways. Great for visualization of a product before creation.

What do you dislike?

The only issue we have had is the cost for licenses can get expensive over time as updates need to occur yearly

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the gold standard in the industry and makes it easy to share drawings or parts with customers

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks is used as a computer aided design software for the creation of parts. We use to design tools, jigs, process, and finished parts themselves.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Computer Hardware
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"Only CAD software I'll use"

What do you like best?

The software is easy to use and for a novice can be learned quickly and easily

What do you dislike?

I'd like it to be more intuitive about what I'm doing. It sometimes takes more effort to get it to do something that I feel it should be able to do on it's own.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's worth it. I've used several other CAD programs and this is my favorite by far.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm designing complex handheld systems for rugged use. The simulation aspect of Solidworks has saved us time and money by being able to do analysis on designs and then optimizing them even before making our first prototype.

SOLIDWORKS review by Kevin M.
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"Solidworks review"

What do you like best?

I like that it is a very easy to learn software and its capabilities in the design industry makes it a solid one for manufacturing.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the times when the software crashes, which is very rare but it does happen.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solidworks have a great customer support team that are readily available to customers who have valid licenses.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Design
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"Very user friendly"

What do you like best?

SolidWorks is very user friendly. Usually the order in which you select things does not make a difference on how a feature is created. The menus are easy to follow and commonly used tasks aren't hidden in a bunch of different menus.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes SolidWorks will allow you to create features that it probably shouldn't. Things that really shouldn't work do, but there is no rhyme or reason to what it did to make it work and it doesn't behave the same way each time you create the same thing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SolidWorks is a solid 3D modeling package that allows us to do engineering design.

SOLIDWORKS review by paul n.
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"Best 3D modeling software I have used"

What do you like best?

The software is very simple to use. it is much more advanced than programs like autocad and sketchup. I regularly use assemblies with thousands of parts and am able to easily navigate and make modifications to both the assembly and parts with ease. The ability to write custom API with VB.net is another huge advantage. I have been able to save companies hundreds of hours by writing simple automation programs.

What do you dislike?

The biggest issue I have had are occasional crashes. other than that I love using this program

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out. I have used other programs such as autocad, inventor, pro E and none of them have come close to solidworks. The only real lacking modeling tools are direct editing tools

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is huge in mechanical design. we are able to see how everything will fit together before a prototype is ever produced. Works great for design reviews and to really show what a design will look like.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"SolidWorks 2014"

What do you like best?

SolidWorks is, hands-down, the most valuable (and relatively affordable) design suites on the market. I started my career as a 3D artist in the games industry, where I stayed for the better part of a decade using software such as 3D Studio Max, Maya, and ZBrush. A new career path presented itself to me in the field of Industrial Design, using SolidWorks at the core of the design process. The process of starting over in a new software suite was beyond daunting, but after a few months I genuinely had a hard time looking back. SolidWorks is easily the fastest and most intuitive 3D modeling and design package I've touched to-date.

What do you dislike?

SolidWorks still has a long way to go in the realm of surface modeling. It's very buggy and often seems to be more of an "afterthought" among the massive suite of other tools it boasts. It would also be nice to have more Sub-D integration and cross-compatibility with Sub-D packages (for the sake of marketing renderings, animations, etc.).

Recommendations to others considering the product

SolidWorks is not intended to replace other CAD suites, especially high-end products such as Catia. However, it's a far more affordable and versatile tool for the smaller design house and can do just about anything needed to take a product from concept to completion.

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SolidWorks is capable of solving just about any problem, design-wise. It's a virtual sandbox of sorts, where you can sketch, model, assemble and simulate an idea in a virtual space, as well as design for manufacturability.

SOLIDWORKS review by Curtis S.
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"Ease of use"

What do you like best?

I believe almost anyone could operate solidworks on a basic level with little guidance. By using tutorials and general knowledge accessible on the internet one could draw up simple 3d objects. Combining assemblies into a working model was simple and fun. Once you get somewhat familiar with the ribbon you can really fly through drawing and have a model fast. I cant even imagine how long it would take to do some of this. I also have drafting experience but never drawing anything like i can in minutes using solidworks. Amazing product for sure!

What do you dislike?

Seems as if you don't have a robust o.s. and some extra resources solidworks may crash periodically. Really easy to get lost on a part and not be able to figure out geometrically how to fix it. Solidworks will tell you its wrong, but not what exactly is wrong in some cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have some geometrical knowledge. Also you must have some design intent before you start parts otherwise you could end up with a big mess of undefined shapes and have to begin again.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can draw complex parts in a very short amount of time. You can assemble tons of parts into an assembly that you can test on screen to ensure there are no problems with it mechanically. For 3d modeling in my opinion solidworks is far superior to any other 3d program that I've used.

SOLIDWORKS review by Clément B.
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"A mix between eneginnering and designer 3D tool"

What do you like best?

Solidworks is a software that I've started to use in high school for mecanical stuff. More than just a mecanical 3D process, I really like the way that you can build yours 3D parts. One of the greatest feature is this tree of construction on the left side of the interface, where you can find really easily all your actions for the building of your 3D. Since the first extrusion until the last radius. The history of construction allow you to change the 3D even on the first opperation and will affect all the 3D with the modifications.

What do you dislike?

Solidworks force is also his badpoint. The rigidity of conception.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SOLIDWORKS is an amazing tool, but if your plans are to build complexes surfaces in 3D, I advise you to jump on a surface 3D software like Alias or going to polygonal like 3DS MAX. The good thing is for student, you can normaly get it free from the official solidworks website. ( for the 2014 version it had successfully download)

You don't need to get the last computer to run the software, you can easily have fun with the 3D with a standard desktop computer.

I am still using today because when you start with, you cannot stop ;)

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For a global design project, solidworks help you a lot for the techanical parts. For an automotive design usage, you will can build all the frame of the car including motorisation and all mecanical parts.

SOLIDWORKS review by Steve F.
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"Solidworks Sucks"

What do you like best?

It is not AutoCAD. It has pretty colors.

What do you dislike?

I have been using CAD systems since 1985 when they were still 2D wireframe programs. I have been an engineer for over 20 years. I have used every CAD system there is...AutoCAD, Inventor, Cadkey, KeyCreator, MasterCam, IDEAS, Anvil, Catia, SurfCam and Pro-E. I have used Solidworks since 2004. I have used programs that are no longer available. I have never seen or used a more flawed, inefficient, geometrically sloppy, poorly written with abnormal drafting procedures, tedious, confusing, illogical, frustrating, piece of trash CAD program in my life! $4000+ for a system that can't draw a tangent even with the tangent snap. Can't draw a point at the end of a line. Can't dimension to a reference line that was drawn while in the "Drawing" mode. Can't use the 2D entities of a section cut for measuring. Doesn't flatten to 2D entities properly when creating drawings. And has a "Mirror" function, that has been CHANGED, to give you FOUR answers to choose from even though it asks to identify the mirror plane. There's ONE answer! That is a blatant act to confuse the customer in hopes of scamming them into paying for "maintenance". The "Tangent" Quick Snap still doesn't work correctly, yet something that WAS working has been unreasonably altered to contradict the very meaning of the command! I could go on and on.

I have used Solidworks 2004, 2008, 2009, I own 2010 and have used 2011. I have run it on no less than six different computers with six different hardware configurations. I have run it using Windows 98, 2000, Vista, XP and 7. Solidworks has crashed every single system and on a continuous basis! It crashes at least once every time I use it. It has completely locked up two computers so bad I had to format the hard drive. I have lost countless hours and thousands of dollars in computer time re-doing parts. "Maintenance" repeats over and over that it is my video card or operating system. Bologna. I have a computer made for running CAD. I run twenty year old software, bootlegged software, software I don't even know where it came from and have NO computer problems. EVERY time I use Solidworks, it crashes...EVERY TIME!

I have NEVER received ANY help from tech support even while working for a company foolish enough to pay for the so-called "maintenance". It is an extra $1000 a year for no help and another $1000 for the yearly upgrade...although the salesman will tell you differently. Salesmen are the only people to ever return my calls, NEVER a tech support person.

DO NOT BUY SOLIDWORKS! The Federal Trade Commission should look at this company, their practices and their product. I am convinced that self-destruct routines are written within the program causing it to degrade over time. Solidworks was written by incompetent amateurs, in my opinion. It is just simply a rip-off and the "Maintenance" package is just simply an attempt to extort money from the consumer.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Buy anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

No problems were ever solved but more problems arose using this horrible CAD software.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Civil Engineering
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"Simple and Powerful 3D Design"

What do you like best?

The feature tree is very useful. UI is user friendly and simple as well as consistent. Still listens to user feedback for enhancements. I mainly use Weldments and Sheetmetal features for auto creation of cutlists and flat patterns.

What do you dislike?

Use to be more stable (2015 was most stable IMO). But it gets better from release to release.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use the FEA as well as CFD simulation packages to validate designs before we go to fabrication. We also use an add-on to SW called Tacton to automate our design process thus reducing engineering to fabrication time significantly.

SOLIDWORKS review by SANTHOSH KUMAR L.
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"BEST CAD DESIGN SOFTWARE"

What do you like best?

its simplicity is the best thing in this cad software. The icons are well placed and the icon images are pretty straight forward. Unlike other softwares the tutorials are very helpful and useful.

What do you dislike?

the software license is highly priced. Also you have to pay subscription fee to get the real-time support if you have any issues whit the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I design trailers and truck beds on daily basis to meet the customer requirement and modify the old design up to the current trend.

SOLIDWORKS review by Julien C.
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"Extremely powerful and extensible 3D modeling software with a steep learning curve"

What do you like best?

The program is extremely powerful and extendable, with toolboxes and add-ons for most possible uses outside of extreme high-tech or research. The learning curve is steep for someone who has never used a CAD package, but it conforms to most industry standards, and moving horizontally from Catia/etc. is not difficult.

There are single-use programs that perform better in their niche than the Solidworks add-on, which would be used for a mission-critical or important part. For example-- Solidworks Simulation is useful and accurate for the majority of design purposes, but it will never match ANSYS/Fluent for pure FEA analysis.

What do you dislike?

I hesitate to say I truly dislike anything, because I'm sure for the majority of my negatives there is a method, macro, hotkey, or add-on that would solve my issue. That being said, there could be more intuitive tools that would allow easier assembling of assemblies.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing physical products in a streamlined and efficient manner for ease of manufacturing. Solidworks provides a single workflow to go from idea to holding a product in your hand.

SOLIDWORKS review by Jordan B.
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"Decent sketch based design software"

What do you like best?

The customizable settings make setup for individual users easy.

What do you dislike?

Lack of keyboard shortcuts for step based tasks. Surfacing is terrible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for SolidEdge ST instead. A much better package.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Machine Design. Combined with PDM, the software works well for linear and geometry based designs.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Design
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"Most efficient CAD program for me to work directly with 3D printing and manufacturing"

What do you like best?

As a long time user of surfacing programs, I am seeing a lot of benefits with working in solids. I really like the ability to create relations so that features adapt to adjustments.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to not miss the flexibility and organic forms you can achieve easily with programs like Alias and Rhino. There was also something nice about having all 4 views up to be able to work in simultaneously as well. Sometimes I find it frustrating to have to have so much set-up for one feature, but I also can appreciate the restraints and references required to make them. I also don't like how I can't trust my view in Solidworks to get an accurate idea of how the form looks in 3D since it is skewed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When switching to this program from use of surfacing programs, it's all about re-learning your approach to building something in 3D. You also need to anticipate future adjustments that will be made to really incorporate and take advantage of the relationships you can set up between features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid works allows me to have the tolerances I need for a product to be more realistic and manufacturable. It also helps cross the bridge between design and engineering/manufacturing.

SOLIDWORKS review by JOSE P.
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"great design software"

What do you like best?

I like a lot about the built-in intelligence. I can make modeled more efficiently and fast. It is very precise when making design of industrial parts such as rotating equipment.

What do you dislike?

does not have a specialized parts and accessories of pressure vessels library you can design a new container or other longer exists, model and get results in a short time and reliably, even on the basis of its tools can be created.

Recommendations to others considering the product

does not have specialized libraries of parts and accessories of pressure vessels with which you can design a new container or other longer exists, model and get results in a short time and reliably.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

creates digital prototypes of our tooling and machinery improves 3D design and engineering process on many fronts; the new real-time capabilities and graphing engine allows leap and advance the design of communication strategies and marketing of our products

SOLIDWORKS review by Ping C.
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"SolidWorks in Engineering Design"

What do you like best?

Very user friendly, easy to learn. I would make statement It has enough fire power for all Mechanical product design. In addition, it is rather smooth to use SW 3D models with ANSYS, which is common FEA software in Mechanical world.

What do you dislike?

Sometime SW have issue with PLM, which is a library type software, when checking models in and out. A lot of features in SW are not needed in most design applications. May be create a lite version of SW, similar to AutoCAD lite.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would especially recommend SW to entry level of Mechanical Engineer. Also, I would recommend SW to FEA engineers or anyone that's involved in product design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Design each components and provide a detail view of assembly or final product, which is very important because this allow you to catch any "over-looked" issues.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Solidworks is powerful AND easy to use!!"

What do you like best?

It is ready to add components or features that I need, sometimes it seems like it is reading my mind! It works so effortlessly and is the dream ease-of use tool for creating complex parts and assemblies.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the assemblies can stumble when making a change, if you aren't careful to remember the relationships and constraints used to build it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the dream software you have always wanted.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am improving factory assembly line interfaces and conveyance machinery for firms my company provides that service for.

SOLIDWORKS review by User in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
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"Solidworks review"

What do you like best?

I use Solidworks to analyze structures for various failure modes. The integration between the design package and analysis package is seamless. It is easy to learn relative to the competition.

What do you dislike?

As a long time user of the analysis package that Solidworks purchased, I don't like that they "dumbed it down". It also isn't quite as accurate as their main competition, namely ANSYS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you get a trial period to ensure it does everything you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Optimization of designs for reliability and life. Reduced cost and increased performance.

SOLIDWORKS review by Antoine G.
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"Very good for hard product design"

What do you like best?

Solidworks is clear and precise. It is powerfull and allow very precise 3D. You have plenty of tools that are helpfull (you can simulate the weight of your product in a certain material for exemple) And it is a good software for engineering so work beetwin designers and engineers is easy with it.

IF your CAD is well made you just have to change one size and all your 3D will be automatically adjusted.

solidworks is very stable and crashes are very rare.

What do you dislike?

Solidworks is half way beetwin design and engineering so sometime it is a bit restrictive as you have to be very precise with quotations, radius, dimensions...

The render tool included (photoview 360) is very weak and not powerfull.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I could give 3D to engineers and enhance the process and shorten time in the process. It is a good software and Easy to learn.

SOLIDWORKS review by Floyd F.
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"My Most Used 3D Design Software"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Solidworks is the ease of creating solid models & design concepts. The modeling process is very intuitive even if you are migrating from a different companies 3D software.

What do you dislike?

My single biggest gripe is not really Solidworks specific but tends to be true of all parametric modeling software products and that is a lack of backwards compatibility with previous versions of the same software. Working in the structural steel business requires a very specific drawing output style, and while the modeling is very easy, if migrating from the most commonly used drafting software, the shop drawings took a bit of study and learning to produce a finished product that is acceptable in an industry that seems hidebound by tradition.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I highly recommend that when implementing Solidworks that you invest in the training available. This will make a huge difference in how well it is utilized.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Designing platforms, mobile platforms, gangways, stairs etc. is what I am currently using Solidworks for. The greatest benefits so far are the reduction of errors, and the accuracy of parts count & material properties in the bill of materials produced.