: Is there anyone who knows the positive and the negative sides of solid edge
: vs pro-e??
It really would be nice to see a head-to-head comparison of different modelling
systems, such as those that PC World does on computer sysytems: price/value
comparisons, feature comparisons, service comparisons, customer satisfaction
comparisons. I think the upscale cad/modelling world is a little too snobby for
such plebian competition ~ smacks a little too much of the theatricality of WWF
wrestling. But they've also had their privileged positions in their safe, little
niches too long to welcome objective comparisons.
Unfortunately, the comparison you wish to make, such as that between Pro/E and
SolidWorks, is between apples and oranges. Pro/E compares to other high-end
modelling systems such as UG and Catia. Anyone who can do all the stuff they want
to do with SW or SolidEdge would be a sap to spend gobs of extra bucks to get the
name of Pro/E or Unigraphics or Catia. Start asking about the particulars of the
functions you need and you will quickly tell which system can do what you need it
Well, Proe does surface blending (like CATIA and other high-ends) and SW
does not (well, i'v never figured it out how to) you know : blending a
curved surface with a planar one, etc. that's the kind of feature you get
when you pay the price, right ?.
I wouldn't go that far. Datum curves/sketches, family tables, assembly
structuring and top-down design are a few things that SE sucks at out of the
box. But then SE is much smoother and more stable than Pro/E in all other
areas. SE may appear to be easier to learn (at first, it is) but you can't
really do mapkeys, advanced tricks (special dimension placements, for
example) are undocumented, and the query select functionality plain sucks,
so advanced users get tired quick.