Need to evaluate again for a new employer. Anyone have recent
experience and can point out some strengths / weaknesses of each as
they pertain to machine design? I have about 4 years on SW, he has 1
seat of Inventor but has not had time to learn & is still running MDT.
Go with the new boss & talk to other Companies near you that run
SolidWorks & then Inventor.
Look at the suppliers who use it.
Evaluate the ramp up time, inefficiencies and delays.
Use what work well with the least wasted time.
I evaluated WF2, INV9 and SW2005. I spent one year to this project.
SW won 6-0. I used ProE in earlier life and I was sure it will be the best.
After 1 week use of SW I was sure SW will be our program.
- much easier to learn
- with ProE assembly you cannot drop components in assembly and mate them.
You must mate them in that order you dropped in assembly. Restructuring is
wasting of time.
- ProE had bugs with functions which has made in 1987 or something.
- with SW you can do quick buttons better and those save a lot of time
- PTC uses resources for Windows compatibility and user interface. They
realized this in year 2000, five years too late.
- With SW I evaluated program and same time did my normal design work. I
just started to design with SW.
- with ProE you must design in wireframe mode. Shading and edge lines are
- Inventor had one advantage: Rotate/pan -function. It is really good with
large size assemblies.
SolidWorks just has founded what machine designers need. If you do very
complex parts then I don't know. We do simple parts, mostly could be done
with manual- and laser machines.
We do 1000-5000 part machines (without fasteners) and machines are never
same. We must modify or redesign all machines.