SOLIDWORKS

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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 <span>Jorge G.</span>
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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?

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SOLIDWORKS review by <span>Theresa (TJ) C.</span>
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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.

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SOLIDWORKS review by <span>Craig T.</span>
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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 <span>kudan p.</span>
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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 <span>Patrick S.</span>
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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 <span>Haytham E.</span>
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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

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