FaceWorks does some nice stuff. I was going to represent the product, but
the fellow who does distribution in the US is pretty obnoxious. He's the
same guy that does both sales and tech support, if that tells you anything.
That's how it was a year ago, things may have changed. Real support came
I chose Splitworks instead. It works well enough. Much better than the SW
I haven't used FaceWorks in the heat of battle yet. I saw it demoed (is that
a word?) at SolidWorks World. It looks really powerful, but I can't say any
more until I use it on an actual job. I plan on taking it for a spin in the
next week or so. I'll report back.
I also use SplitWorks occassionally. Most of my jobs don't actually require
any of these supposedly automatic add-ins. I have had good success with
SplitWorks when I encounter something fancy. (SplitWorks is sold by RnB
along with MoldWorks-which I use a lot. The new SolidWorks mold tools are
incomplete at this time. They plan on enhancing them for v.2005, but don't
get me started on how I feel about that. As long as you are investigaing
mold design add-ins, you should also look at I-Mold. They are represented
here in the US by CoreWare.
email@example.com for more information.
You shouldn't be so hard on Lyle, Matt. I talked to him quite a bit at SWW
in Boston. If he's guilty of anything it's just that he's trying really
hard. Even he admits that the Belgian guys are better at the more
complicated problems. As far as splitting tools go, it looks good.
I did like the software, and wanted to represent it, but he wanted me to
make a decision without being able to use the latest software with
purported fixes to some of my concerns about the product. That's the brand
of hardball salesmanship that usually turns engineers off. I guess I'm no
different. He was a decent guy, but the relationship went south when he
pulled that one on me. We have sold a fair amount of MW/SpW, which might
have been his product instead.
Anyway, Splitworks with Moldworks made more sense than Faceworks with the
SW Moldbase. We could have represented Faceworks with Moldworks, but it
just didn't make sense.
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