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Which CAD system: Inventor or SolidWorks??
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Posted by: morsetaper2

01/06/2004, 20:45:22

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Hello,

We are looking at a new CAD system and it comes down to SolidWorks2004 or Inventor8 after looking at several of them.  I know which one I think is best after loading demos of both and spending a bit of time with each.  I am facing opposition to my choice and wish to get a consensus so I won't say which I prefer.  I would be very interested to hear the pluses and minuses of each per your experiences, which do you think is better/more powerful, lesser learning curve, tech support, etc.

The VAR's I have been dealing with are Tri-Mech (SW) and AvaTech (Inventor).  Any comments or experiences on the level of support either might offer?

Thanks, Mark







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Posted by: RandyKimball
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01/07/2004, 19:30:15

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I use Inventor and wouldn't trade for the world. I can design an intire machine in a few hours and edit features of any of the parts in the assembled model. The sheet metal flat-out is wonderful. I generally only put fastener holes in one part of a pair before I put the assembled model together, then I put the fastener holes in the other mate part by projecting the geometry of the already designed fastener holes onto the mate part. This ensures that the holes always align, as everyone knows, this is a major error prone operation in any design process. I love the ability to apply motion to my machine designs. Inventor draws the closest to how my brain works than any system I have ever used. Is drag a shape into being, click it into iso view and extrude it into a solid in seconds. My design productivity has multiplied many times just because I am now in Inventor. The learning curve is almost non-existant. I have NEVER needed any support, the Inventor forum is boring because no key issues seem to come up. I must admitt I have not been to the web site for some time, there is just no reason. With other systems I have used I was at the forum with questions far too often. ... Support just hasn't been an issue! I'm sure SolidWorks is good, too. But, I'm not going to leave Inventor! -randy-



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Posted by: Cragyon
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01/07/2004, 06:54:43

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I prefer Solid Works however, Inventor works just fine.  I think you will be successful with either software package.  I would would look at lagacy documents and ensure you guys have a clear understanding of your CAD goals.  BTW, COSMO is a fine analysis program, however NASTRAN is more mainstream.






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Posted by: arun_bsb

01/07/2004, 00:37:42

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hi

in my opinion Solid works is more user friendly than inventor since the reference planes and curves can more easily be worken on solid works than on inventer. More over solidworks comes with an analysis module called Cosmos works which will analyse ur model in solid works.. which is very special...

if someone else have other opinion pls let me know




Thanks and regards, K.Arun


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