I have been doing a lot of reading and testing of solidworks and solidedge. I have to decide which to purchase at work. So far it is solidworks ahead (but i haven't seen either SW2005, or SE 16) yet. Anyway, on to the questions for the solidworks guys ;-)
-in Solidedge, the sketching seems quicker. you can drag over several entities with the trim command and take them all out. in SW you seem to have to do one at a time?
-In SW if you want to mirror a feature and you select all your stuff and oh damn, I forgot to define a reference plane to mirror about. I have to deselect all, define the plane, then re enter the mirror mode and select all of the stuff again. In SE, you can just select an offset from an existing plane , or another reference while in the mirror command and is much quicker. plus the feature manager tree doesn't get cluttered with lots of reference planes. Am i missing something?
-Photoworks looks great. I would like to generate my own materials, i gather this is possible. can you create things like carpet (with the fibres sticking out) or things like leather coverings with the grain and be able to alter the colour. I am unsure how that works. Can you alter the existing materials and colours supplied?
Ok, those are my main worries with solidworks, (i haven't seen SE 16's rendering option yet, I have to arrange a demo)
While I'm here, does anyone have experience of the ATI FireGL X2256meg card? it looks to be fully supported by solidworks with realview etc(which looks nice for the marketing types) is it a good card to get? (they are on offer at the moment half price at £275) or would i be better off with a Nvidia Quadro FX 1100 at around £500 original price is similar, specs similar.
sorry for waffling on, this area is a minefield and all help greatly appreciated. thanks for your time.