SolidWorks

SolidWorks Premium

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About SolidWorks Premium

Mechanical CAD, design validation, product data management, design communication, and CAD productivity tools in a single package.


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SolidWorks Premium Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • Bill of Materials
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Component Library
  • Data Import / Export
  • For 3D Printing
  • For Architects
  • For Manufacturers
  • Reference Management
  • Simulation

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My experience with Solidworks Premium has been great. The analysis capabilities are impressive.

May 11, 2018
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The routing feature and motion analysis usable on both complex parts and assemblies is hard to find in today's modeling programs.

Cons: The biggest drawback in Solidworks Premium for me is the price. The software is hard to do without, so it is worth it, but it is fairly expensive.

I have mostly used other 3D CAD packages, but am very familiar with SolidWorks and its offerings

May 10, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Fully functional CAD package. As an engineer, there is basically nothing that I can't do with this CAD package that I want to. Model, drawings, FEA, Render etc. User-friendly.

Cons: The biggest cons for me is that I am used to other 3D CAD packages more and find myself missing certain things. The thing I like least about it is that it is not cloud-based like Onshape. You cannot access and share files as easily and it is more likely for data to get lost.

Overall: Fully functional really well ironed out CAD system.

Solid Works is incredible.

May 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: What I like most about Solid Works is how much control it has when building drawings. The tools they give help make it easy and quick.

Cons: The one thing that I didn't like about Solid Works when I first started using it was that it was lacking a tutorial. It took me a while to get going on it.

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This program is so easy to use, it is hard to believe. I use it on a weekly basis.

May 04, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The plug and go feature allows for speed and accurate designs. The ability to grab existing models and price them together and then create motion, etc. Is priceless.

Cons: I remember when the software first came out in late 90s and I still do not have any complaints..it just keeps getting better.

Overall: Faster design time means more profitability.

It is an excellent product to make prototypes if any doubt the functionalities are of quality

May 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: What I like most that allows to generate prototypes of very high quality and precision this version of this software has features that allow developing high complexity work, no doubt these factors reduce costs in the development of prototypes.

Cons: It requires a certain domain to start working and this type of software could be easy to use but technical co-knowledge on computer-aided drawing, it would be interesting to have an interface where any user could quickly learn the software.

Overall: At a professional level for different career that has to do with engineering or design is useful, in addition to saving on the cost of prototypes and I really have been very useful in my work.

Great engineering CAD simulation software

Apr 30, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I have already been familiar with other SolidWorks products so learning another was fairly easy to pick up on. This project did exactly what I needed for running FEA for a student organization design competition. Overall I would recommend this product.

Cons: In order to use the program you need to have a basic understanding and the learning curve does take a bit of time to master the program.

Plastic package modeling design never have been so easy to understand

Apr 30, 2018
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Its easy to use and the learning curve in better than average CAD applications
The 3D modeling its very useful for plastic package desing

Cons: It's expensive form small companies, also you need to have a goos CPU with high memory for a smooth performance.

Overall: It makes me more understandable the plastic packaging design

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It is a very useful software in the area of mechanical engineering and has a tutorial to work.

Apr 29, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The simulation process where you can see the different efforts applied to a surface and the response of it to them, you can also see the ability of the piece to support them depending on the material selected for its design.

Cons: That it must have a computer that has a high memory capacity and ran to be able to process the assigned tasks, which limits users who have low capacity equipment.

Overall: I only teach at the university level, personal and professional development in the area of mechanical parts design, I hope to get a salary to improve my income.

when errors occur, unless you are a complete novice, the help you receive is negligible/untimely

Apr 27, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: utilizing configurations for variations of parts; the surfacing is hard to learn, but once you learn it, is a tool to be reckoned with.

Cons: errors that occur for no reason; inability to create some features due to the programs limitations (as opposed to other 3-d modelling programs such as ironcad or catia)

Overall: ability to create 3-d models of parts, and print them using our 3-d printer; rework and re-print until part is finally created perfectly.

Used as a mechanicla designer for industrial design and maintenance operations

Apr 27, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: Once you get to the philosophy of the software and the CAD constrains, it's a real pleasure to do modelling in Solidworks. It's precise, easy to master (at the begining, it offers advanced feature really powerful), and if you need to create complex assembly or tools, it's the sowftare I recommend.

Cons: Not so much, maybe the price, too high, but even, comparatively to other 3D packaged software, if you can offord it for your compagny, it's worth it !

Overall: Precision of modelling, doing complex assembly of mechanics

Excellent tool for engineering design and modeling

Apr 26, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The workflow is very smooth and intuitive. It is possible to do parametric design, bottom up or top down. Building parts and assemblies from kinematic sketches is very easy. I use it in several university classes to reinforce the concepts and allow for design projects. We also make use of the simulation tools for force and load analysis.

Cons: Occasionally there are odd errors that can be difficult to track down. The lack of a built in g-code generator is also a downside. Otherwise there is little that exists in other software packages that Solidworks does not do.

SolidWorks Premium is one of the leading 3D CAD Applications

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I used SolidWorks Premium last 5 years, is amazing applications for 3D Designing, i love easy of use and easy tools .

Cons: many tools easy for use and understand low level knowledge users, because 3D Designing very complicated but SolidWorks Premium made easy to any one.

Overall: use for my work

I use SolidWorks to design road cases

Apr 17, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: I like the ease of use and most of all the fact that I can use premade parts to insert into my projects. I also like the end product that looks natural and realistic.

Cons: I am disappointed that SolidWorks limits the ability to download parts from 3dcontentcentral to only people who have a license that is older than 3 years. I wish that 3dcontentcentral would be available to all SolidWorks users.

Overall: ease of use in designing road cases and other projects

A phenomenal 3D modelling software system that enables users to design anything they want.

Apr 17, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The GUI is fairly simple to pick up. You can start from scratch if you have used any other software. However, they also have lots and lots of advance features if for the experts.
This is a great software product that should be used for those creating 3D mechanical systems.

Cons: The mate aspects can sometimes be tricky, but once it all pieces together it looks pretty and works well.

This is an excellent product. It can be useful for beginner or highly qualified engineers.

Apr 15, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: What I like the most is its user-friendly interface, you can find all that you are looking for. You can design and model 2D and 3D mechanical products.

Cons: You can not draw so detailed products. The customer support response is delayed. But for the money, this is the best software.

Solidworks is the best-advanced modeling software

Apr 15, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: SolidWorks takes about 4 months to get a hang of how it works, after that the possibilities are endless. One can build anything from a shoe to a rocket.

Cons: Once you start making whole assemblies, SolidWorks becomes a bit more difficult to troubleshoot, and sometimes behaves in unexplained ways.

Great 3D design software

Apr 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is the easiet 3D modelling program I have used. Has lots of features that make it really dynamic and it has a really simple work interface that it's easily customizable.

Cons: It is extremely expensive and demands lots of power from the computer for it to run smoothly, especially while working on large files.

Overall: Hands on the best 3D modelling software out there, it is extremely easy to use and if you can afford it I highly recommend it.

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Best 3d Design software I have used

Apr 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It is easy to learn
We used it to automate a lot of our design processes
It almost halved our redesign process

Cons: If you do not set up your drawing properly you can complete the entire design incorrectly. We resolved this with proper training.

Takes a pretty powerful computer run.

By far the best and most intuitive CAD software our company has used.

Apr 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The ease of use and functionality of this software is great. Any of our engineers and even myself have easily picked up this software without any hiccups. It really helps us with creating new products in our industry and be the leaders in our market coming out with better products.

Cons: There is almost nothing bad I can say about this software besides a few glitches that happen every once and a while that aren't a really big deal in the overall scheme of things.

Overall: The benefits our company has from using this software is the ease of use and learning curve of it. Solidworks also helps us stay ahead in our market and we can easily design and implement new products without a problem.

Solidworks is great for creating modeling in 3D for almost any type of project.

Apr 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like how solidworks gives you a platform to review the engineering of a product and tweak to ensure structural integrity and accuracy.

Cons: Their customer support takes a long time to respond, I sent them an email and didn't hear back for about 7-10 days, not sure what the problem is here.

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Provided support/admin for the application

Apr 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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Pros: The best part about this application is that it is easy to use and most new team member are able to pick up and use the application within a couple weeks.

Cons: The biggest issue with this tool is that you will need to have ample amount of storage space for the files that are created. This prevents large amounts of data from being stored locally and a requires managed environment for storage.

Solidworks is the go-to tool in engineering for design

Apr 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The software is easy to use and it has a fairly simple user interface which makes drawing and designing a breeze!

Cons: I don't often find the answers I need on the official solidworks help forum, they should populate this with more solved examples and tutorials for using their features.

Extremely Robust and powerful cad software

Apr 06, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Assembly functionality is straightforward and easy to use. Many features that are not found in other packages. Can handle just about anything thrown at it.

Cons: Requires special hardware for best performance. Pricey and expensive plugins. Not free to upgrade to newest version.

I use this product everyday as a design engineer. It is a powerful package with countless features

Apr 04, 2018
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the sheetmetal module as it has been instrumental in our ability to generate accurate flat patterns to send for laser cutting.

Cons: Sometimes there seems to be more emphasis on rolling out the next release instead of stability and bug fixing.

SolidWorks is a high end 3D CAD software

Apr 04, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is one of the best available 3D CAD software in the market after CATIA and Pro Engineering 2.0. Easy to use and online learning available.

Cons: It is an expensive software. If you are not a University student in Engineering, you will be paying thousands of dollars to just learn and install the software.

Cadillac of 3D-CAD

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: SolidWorks is great for creating 3D-CAD, simulation, visualization, and renderings. It works well in the manufacturing environment. Support through Fisher/Unitech has been very good.

Cons: Expensive initial investment in both hardware and software then you will be purchasing upgrades at least annually to stay current.

Best 3D modeling program I have used

Mar 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Solidworks has the most features and is the simplest to use out of all the 3D modeling programs I have used in the past.

Cons: Sometimes slows or crashes when in a large assembly but it is somewhat understandable considering the large amount of data being processed in an assembly like that.

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Great 3d design software. Very good experience by using it.

Mar 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy, clean, simple to use work interface. Well aligned tools and easy customizable windows. It also works both in offline and online mode

Cons: Some time it lags while working with large assembly files. It's online mode is very good but it works very slow.

Overall: I really recommend this software for making 3d modeling. I make different 3d models in it

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The best 3D modeling software

Mar 22, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's not that difficult to use, at first it can be a little challenging but since it's a really popular software there are several tutorials for learning it, plus is the go to 3D mechanical design tool so is a teaching mechanism in almost any university. It has a large variety of functions that can help in almost any designing need and it promotes creativity.

Cons: It is extremely expensive if you want to use all the capabilities of the software, plus you need a lot of processing power for it to run smoothly.

Powerful CAD software

Mar 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The biggest benefit of Solidworks is how powerful it is and all the functionality is comes with, giving you the ability to do virtually anything you could think of.

Cons: It's very expensive, and it also takes a long time to learn and get the hang of before it becomes second nature and productive.

Overall: Powerful enough to design anything you can think of

Awesome Software!!

Mar 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Amazing software for 3D Modelling
Very easy to create product designs, etc.
Can take CAD based drawings and create 3D models

Cons: Very expensive piece of software
Only a few distributors carry the software
Annual software maintenance requirements

Very useful software for engineers.

Mar 17, 2018
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: High learning scope. Very high professionalism. Is recognised across the engineering society. Would highly recommend for students and universities.

Cons: However this is a great product, it's very hard to use it for new learners. It needs to be taught by someone.

I use Solid Works often and I really value the use i get out of it

Mar 11, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I really like solid works as it is very good for creating plans and the features it has avaliable makes it very easy

Cons: the processing power for the computer has to be quite a lot which i find to be a bit of a downside of this software.

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The best software available for modeling of 3D solids, assembly and drawing plans

Mar 10, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: It's really easy to learn how to use the software, there is plenty of free tutorials available on internet (Youtube, Vimeo and others). The software also allows the development of plans drawing that facilitate the construction of parts

Cons: It requires a considerable investment of money if you want to use all the components and services that the software provides. Also in order to take the most advantage of the software is required to have a computer with high characteristics.

Overall: It have been indispensable for my proffesional development, allowing me to design many pieces. I learned this software while studing in my University College, and I'm still using it today.

Very powerful 3D software

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Easy to use, easy to learn, 3D printer and CNC machine compatible, and the most important think,is the ability to make simulations

Cons: You need a good computer for this software, with a lot of memory. A lag or a crash can be very frustrating.

Great design software.

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is a flexible, powerful and a defacto industry standard software system. At the Premium level, all add-ons are supported, so we have a few of these licenses mixed into our Professional level seats to support the add-ons we utilize.

Cons: The only real drawback to this software is the fact that the linear design model reduces any possible benefit from multi-core processing for day to day modeling tasks. Very few features utilize multiple cores, the only real speed enhancements from from increased clock speed which means that your workstation cost is increased as well.

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I'm an active Solid Works user for about 10 years and have really utilized it throughout my career

Feb 28, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Extremely user friendly and easy to learn. Allows for more creativity than structured steps. Offers the user to use relations and dimensions to relocate and define sketches from anywhere on the plane. Many add-on options allowing for all types of sketching, features, patterns, toolbox (for standard parts), and simulation. Great program for STL file transfer to 3D printing and CNC machines. Also a great program for use with ANSYS analysis software for more accurate simulations.

Cons: Very graphically demanding program. As I tell my students, you will need a gaming computer to use Solid Works full potential. Some times can freeze up and crash due to the high demand. All this only happens in complex assemblies and not basic parts.

Very useful tool for creating CAD drawings.

Feb 28, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It allows me to create CAD drawings a blueprints to show others when I need to get my point across for a part that we need to make.

Cons: There is somewhat of a learning curve for certain functions when you are unfamiliar with that the function is supposed to do. The advanced features require some sort of training or tutorial to understand what they do.

Great experience. Still learning how to use all the tools it has but the capabilities seem endless.

Feb 27, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is very user friendly. Does not take long to learn how to use and a lot of the tools can be figured out without watching any tutorial videos.

Overall: It's going to take a while to get extremely proficient with it but absolutely worth the time put in, especially if is going to be used by you on a daily basis.

Great for Experienced or New Designers

Feb 21, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: -Promotes creative designs when compared to other 3D modeling software.
-Ease of use is off the charts (Think of Creo or Pro E combined with SketchUp).
- Has a variety of functions depending on needs.
- Can output most common formats for 3D printers or CNC machines

Cons: - Animations are below average & buggy.
- Can error out when dealing with large files, save often.
- Creating motions is frustrating and not smooth.
- Real View doesn't always produce realistic results, requires specific graphic cards.

I have been a Solidworks user for about 5 years and it is my preferred CAD system.

Feb 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that the interface is easy to learn and use. The ability to customize templates and controls saves a lot of time. Creation is overall easy and fun in Solidworks.

Cons: The program is very powerful and consequently uses a lot of RAM. Sudden crashes are a common and unpredictable. Sometimes it will be operating fine with several large assemblies open; other times it will crash with only a single part open.

Overall: It enables me to create and record designs and products quickly as well as verify cabilities and information.

Industry standard for 3D product development.

Feb 14, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The best software out there to use from concept through completion. Whether for design iterations our simulations it's the best there is.

Cons: Like any design software there is a steep learning curve. Not something you'll master in a weekend.

I use this software on a daily basis as a fundamental part of my design process

Feb 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The biggest gain of Solid works is it's ease of use. It is very intuitive is most of the basic functions, with the more complicated tasks are generally found on various you tube postings as the software is so widely used.

Cons: At times it can be slow on large assemblies, which is it's biggest down fall. But with a bit of organisation and a lot of sub assemblies, the risk of crashing a large assembly can be reduced.

Overall: Ease of use is the biggest plus. It leaves its easy to customise and bring in and train up other users in a design team. The software is widely used and college leavers are coming out with a reasonable grasp of the software as it is used to teach students in the colleges around us.

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Effective Designing tool

Feb 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I really like it's easy to use user interface, customization of tools and windows as per project requirement. I also like it's online version with which user can use it any time and any where without system installation.

Cons: It sometimes lags while working on large assembly files and crashed. Less rendering features. It needs to be updated.

Overall: I solve my daily design related problems.

It is my favorite mechanical design software

Jan 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Solidwork is very easy to use, it has many sketch tools, it has powerful 3d modeling utilities, it is also widely used by machine designers

Cons: Although it is excellent, it is not perfect, I think it needs to develop more compatibility with other modeling formats, especially considering interoperability with other applications.

Overall: the first time I used solidworks was a designer in a factory of machines and equipment for the poultry industry, we immediately stopped using autocad, since then I have used it for jobs in the construction industry, mechanical simulation in machine elements and other things.

I'm learning and it's hard.

Jan 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I just started using this and there always seems to be more for me to learn to get it right. But the end result is really amazing.

Cons: Like I said, I just started using this. It's pretty expensive but it does a lot and never seems to have any hangups other than me ruining stuff, lol.

There is a lot to learn and memorize.

Jan 18, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: After messing around with it for long enough I was finally able to figure out how to do what I want and then some. There seems to be a lot of potential.

Cons: This can be quite time-consuming. I don't know how I would make it any easier but there is a lot to remember when using this.

Excellent design program.

Jan 18, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Once you know how to fully utilize this program it becomes an excellent tool for designing almost anything in great detail.

Cons: There is a lot to learn with this program, which can be time-consuming, and mistakes can be easily made.

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Anything you need to design - limited learning curve.

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the ability to create exact dimensions and sketch planes. This software is significantly easier to use than some of the other flagship brands in that it is a bit more user friendly. It's also not as resource intensive. You can create scenes.

Cons: I don't like that there is still quite a learning curve to really dive into this product. Also, I do wish it would have a less proprietary file format for parts and assemblies. However, it can save as many things for 3D printing and prototyping.

Overall: This was a great to building my business. I was able to save money purchasing this software, and I also greatly enjoyed how sketches can quickly become 3D. Once you get past the learning curve, it's smooth sailing.

Overall Amazing CAD Software

Jan 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Really easy to pickup and use for basic modelling. Also works very well for 3D printing. Although it is easy to pickup it is a powerful CAD package

Cons: While it is a powerful software, some of the commands must be input in a certain order, otherwise they just do not work.

Easy to use 3D modeling software

Jan 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I did most enjoy that this software is fairly straight-forward to use. There is a slight learning curve, but once you get used to it, it comes together easily.

Cons: There are some features that require the user to follow steps in a certain order in order for the feature to work properly

Overall: Able to model things for my 3D printer

A good software for drawing

Jan 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software is esay to use and the features are impressive. SolidWorks can be use to draw solid models for 3D printing.

Cons: The price of this software is quite high, it will worth it for a big company, but a little one can't afford it.

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SOLID software, it really WORKS! Great tool for simulation!

Dec 30, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Solidworks makes it easy when you need to simulate any kind of mechanical design. From the proper materials that requires, to the correct aerodynamics. Solidworks is easy to use, its interface is very intuitive and their tooltips are really helpful.

Cons: Solidworks, ad specially Solidwork Premium is a very expensive software. You have a lot of great functions and reliable features and it's worth it, but it's not affordable to everyone. So if you are not in an alliance with an University or have enough money, you will have to hold up in the use of this program.

Overall: I use it in countless stress analysis for our developing products. It is very useful and it gives more confidence to our clients about the product we are delivering.

Very powerful program, easy to pick up and learn

Dec 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I think this program is really easy to learn yet powerful enough to handle about any tasks. With the help of some youtube, one can easily become a quality draftsman. Solidworks is extremely intuitive, it guides you along as you are modeling.

Cons: I think the price is a little high for this program. Its ok if its for a company to invest in, but couldn't afford it on my own, even the standard edition is a bit steep. I believe the price is comparable to other similar programs out there though.

I have been using solidworks premium as a student for several years now.

Dec 26, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The wire and pipe routing functionality is pretty incredible, I have yet to find something that solidworks is incapable of helping me with.

Cons: There's a pretty heavy learning curve associated with this product. It will take you a day or two to figure out how to do what you want to do, and another couple of weeks to find some shortcuts.

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Powerful Solid Drafting Software

Dec 11, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Very capable drafting software. Has many features for the modern engineer. I used Solidworks to create solid models for 3D printing.

Cons: It is not the easiest software to use. I took two classes to be able to use and understand the software.

Works well, effective.

Dec 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like the overall functionality and compatibility of the software with other modeling programs as well as cnc and printing devices.

Cons: I think that the software could improve by adding more comprehensive prediction and modelling features.

This is the best software you can get for drawing

Dec 02, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ease of use. Ability to animate your creations once we started using this feature our sales went threw the roof. The ability to do this let's our customers see what they have and they can have anything changed they don't like before we build the concept parts

Cons: Old drawing from old versions of this will not open. We have drawing from all the way back to 2006 the 2017 we upgraded to this year is the newest upgrade and for some reason this year it will not open the old files

Overall: The ability to put thoughts on paper in so many ways

SolidWorks is a program I use for most of my design.

Nov 21, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It's very easy to use and learn new features on this software. The options that are available are plentiful.

Cons: Some of the options that are available can be difficult to learn and also require additional education to maintain understanding.

Intuitive program for CAD.

Nov 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: As a mechanical engineer, CAD softwares are extremely important. Solidworks was the first CAD system I have worked with so I can say it is my standard for CAD systems. what I like the most about SolidWorks that you can almost do everything and I really appreciate the ( Normal TO ) option as it makes visualization a lot easier and that you can make sketches visible

Simulations in SolidWorks are extremely advanced compared to other CAD systems especially that I don't need to buy another software ( such as AutoDesk )

Cons: I wish you could get a little more creative with it in the aspect of sculpting and free forming things, but I understand why you can't. You either get a program based on numbers or the other. Maybe in the future they'll be able to incorporate some of the awesome things you can do with the animation softwares like blender.

Overall: Any designing is great in Solidworks. We also create solid models of our facilities to help us plan manufacturing lines.

Fantastic modeling software with a broad range of capabilities.

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Solidworks can be used in almost every industry in the world. I personally use it for the structural steel industry. We got the Premium package because it came with the Toolbox feature which basically keeps you from having to custom model every single entity. It provides all of my material sizes from large beams and tubes to the smallest of screws and nuts. It adheres to industry codes and standards and works to the tightest of tolerances. We have designed basic handrails, fire pits, and complex frames. Once we have it modeled, we can export CNC files to our machines and knock out parts in minutes.

Cons: Sometimes there are a lot of steps that have to be taken to achieve a small step. I feel like there could be some quick keys or buttons that could get you through certain areas faster.

Overall: It helped decrease the overall manhours and human error when we are building miscellaneous items in our shop. The ability to draw something in 2D and then convert it to a 3D item by simply telling it what you want it to be is fantastic. It automatically copes and notches when required so no more manually laying one out in AutoCad.

First CAD tool I ever used - easy to learn, lots of flexibility and add on functionality

Oct 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There is a weldment tool that makes making tube frame assemblies SIGNIFICANTLY easier than any other CAD software I have used.

Overall easy to use and design things quickly. I think they also have a sustainability add on you can use to assess the life cycle impact of your designs. Very impactful and love the initiative on this!!

Cons: Expensive compared to a few of the other solutions that I have used (though admittedly cheaper than a few of the most popular corporate tools)

Overall: Weldment tool saved me a lot of time. Easy system to learn and spin up on without much CAD knowledge.

Awesome set of tools for engineering design.

Oct 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love how incredibly powerful all of the modeling tools are. I've been working with other lesser programs, and making the switch to Solidworks has thoroughly impressed me.

Cons: Sometimes the user interface/design flow seems a little choppy. I wish version control and sharing of models were as easy as it is in Onshape.

Everything you need, but not necessarily more

Oct 11, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: For the cheaper spectrum of CAD modeling software - SolidWorks will take the cake in almost every category: simple UI, powerful tools, and small cost (comparatively of course). I've been using SolidWorks for nearly 6 years now and have never been disappointed in it's capabilities.

Cons: Unfortunately for all the positives, there is one major negative - the software can be really "buggy." It can fail on you in a moments notice and if you don't save your models frequently - a lot of progress can be lost, or worse, the file will corrupt itself. It doesn't happen often enough to drop too many stars - however, it happens enough to ruin your day every once in a while. Make sure you keep backups and save often.

Overall: Ease of use, lots of compatibility across most platforms, simple but powerful UI.

Fast, powerful, and easy to learn.

Oct 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software was very intuitive picking it up, and there is a ton of support both from the company and online. I am often able to find useful tutorials online.

Cons: It does take some time to learn new skills. Even after having a class dedicated to it, I am still constantly learning new things.

Overall: This software has helped me design several products and components as a mechanical engineer.

It's a good alternative to More expensive softwares for designing with curved features.

Oct 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It's widely used by many in the design and drafting field. Including space x. Maybe nasa. Additionally it has easy user interface.

Cons: It had issues with glitches here and there. Sometimes you want to used a feature like loft and it won't let you.

Overall: Widely known and it's great for drafting since it Increases speed.

It tooks me a few years to handle it but it worths!

Sep 23, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Design anything about mechanical hardware and pieces, test it, make an animation with it, even fix your designs with simulations. You will feel like a god on mechanical stuff design!

Cons: Crashes, for every amazing tool you will find hundreds of crashes. Most of the time you should be aware to save your work or at least set the software to do it for you because a crash will happen in a matter of minutes.

Overall: Well about benefits I only can talk about the way the software handles your project, the easy and fast way it render all the data. The way I were used to draw in parametrics design software for year were almost obsolete after I learned to draw with SW.

SolidWorks is the de facto leader in modeling software for heat flow and stresses in solids.

Sep 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This software has been developed over many years and has become very user friendly. The GUI is well laid out and it is easy to set up a simulation in a short period of time. Graphics are also very "cool and flashy".

Cons: The software is a little pricey. If you work at a very small company, or if you do not have a frequent need for this software, you may want to look at other options.

Overall: We can use this software to find flaws in our designs without the need for experiments, nor prototypes. Bottom line, we save time and money.

Used frequently throughout school and in industry. Tons of features, and large user base for help.

Sep 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Solidworks was the first CAD program I ever used, and it has been one of my favorites so far. It has all the features you need, laid out in an easy to access toolbar (though this does get rearranged from time to time with different updates). I think in the solid modeling side, it matches most other software, but it excels in the drawing department. I've used other software that gives you less features, and it's workable, but SolidWorks has every feature and option when it comes to drawings, which is really helpful for specifying and tweaking to get things just how you want them.

Cons: I know it has the feature to do multi body modeling, but I've never used it and am not sure how well it works. Recently I've been using onshape, and the part studio concept makes designing sub assemblies very intuitive, whereas in SolidWorks, each part was always in its own document, and then everything comes together in the assembly. Not a huge complaint, and maybe SW does it well, and I've just never used it. A common problem with all the CAD software I've used is not specific enough error messages when features fail, and SW is guilty of this as well.

Overall: SW was the first CAD package I ever used and it really taught me the fundamentals of designing parts and assemblies on a computer. I've been using it for more than 6 years and it's always recognizable and easy to use even across different versions.

SolidWorks conforms to the way I work. I love the way it automates repetitive tasks. Great!

Sep 15, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The drafting of drawings is very flexible and powerful. Configurations with embedded Excel is great for automating similar products. Dynamic sketches allow me to test designs before going 3D. I love how I can set up and move menus and command icons to suit the way I work.

Cons: Crashes too often. Part level design tree is easily corrupted. Mates in assemblies can be confusing in a large assembly, when 1 goes wrong it's not so easily fixed. Collaborating with co-workers on same project is very difficult.

Overall: This software has helped me put food on the table for the last 16 years. When used properly it can make an average engineer a great one. I let the software do the heavy lifting so I can focus on creativity.

Solidworks user for 10+ years

Sep 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Great product, able to model everything that's required! We use the Photo rendering to make marketing material prior to having actual products! Looks great and no complaints!

Cons: We have offsite employees and the fact that their is no web view or markup can be a hindrance during meetings with remote employees.

I have worked with SolidWorks for nearly 4 years. It is an excellent CAD tool with some drawbacks.

Sep 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: SolidWorks has so many features that can help speed up the design process. Weldments are useful features especially when used with 3D sketching. Learning SolidWorks is as pretty simple, once you have the basic idea of CAD in general. The layout is well organized to find essential tools. There are lots of options for additional tools from simulation to flow analysis and standard toolboxes.

Cons: SolidWorks has so many great features, but that makes the program very large. Installation is very time-consuming and requires powerful and expensive computers to run well. Even when my company purchased hardware to the specifications SolidWorks recommended, the program will still crash frequently and have excessive lag with assemblies. There is also no good way to works in design teams. PDM systems are a pain and extremely expensive.
Creating references within an assembly is always problematic. They almost always break and mess up the whole assembly.

Overall: CAD is absolutely invaluable in my work. I use it for designing tooling, machines, machine parts, assembly line layouts and more.

I love this software. By far the most fun to 3D model parts and build working assemblies.

Sep 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simulation testing is the best part of this software. Having the software tell you where you can save materials or where your weak points are saves valuable time and money.

SolidWorks Premium Review

Sep 05, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that it is full featured for performing complex geometry using 3D surfaces, intersects, trims, split bodies, and I love using multi-body modeling.

Cons: This software slows down quite a bit once you start dealing with large assemblies, and a big feature tree. Regen time is heavily dependant on video graphics card. Sure it allows you to "dumb it down" in large assembly mode, but then it's hard to visualise and work with because of choppiness and faceted edges and surfaces.

Overall: I have designed many complicated geometries over the last 15 years using Solidworks

Solidworks allows me to model anything I want, quickly and accurately.

Sep 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The parametric modeling in Solidworks is second to none. They continually update and support their software, and it is very robust.

Cons: Occasionally, they will add features that change the workflow paradigm, but as long as your team can adapt to the change, the end result is usually a better workflow. The price is pretty steep for freelance work, as well.

Easy Transition

Aug 28, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Changing units of measurement from millimeters to inches. This can be done at any point in the process.

Cons: Extrude feature does not allow to add or take away material. There is a different function for that.

I found SolidWorks very easy to learn and powerful for basic features.

Aug 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The software is easy to use and intuitive. SolidWorks Premium has all of the features necessary for solid modelling and I find the rendering tool to be great for getting a first look at a product as it is intended to be manufactured. We have also used renderings in our glossy and digital catalogs and have had complements on the "photography".

Cons: While I like the initial design creativity allowed by not constraining a sketch with dimensions, the lack of initial constraints can cause problems later when adding and changing dimensions. While the rendering tool is more than adequate for close-up renderings of products for a high quality catalog, there are far more scenes available for other rendering packages than are available for SolidWorks.

I had never used Solidworks before. It was easy to figure out based on my previous experience.

Aug 22, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: The widespread use of soildworks in industry. Also the feature importer is the most powerful I know of. ANY file type can be imported and converted successfully. Even when I used Inventor I had to do model conversion in Solidworks.

Cons: In inventor it is easier to move parts in an assembly, defined by other pieces within the assembly "grip snap" feature. This would improve the experience For me with Solidworks. Also the base materials library seems limited. Rendered model appearance is not as good as others I have seen

Overall: I was able to easily model parts for my work.

Easy to learn, but lacks power, features, and logical design

Aug 11, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to learn and has the features you'll need to create basic 3D models of your parts and assemblies.

Cons: It doesn't have the options and features you need to create more advanced geometry. It's not laid out very logically (parts can be assemblies, assemblies can be parts, no hierarchy/chronology in the assembly order). It's also very buggy.

Overall: It can usually get the job done, it's just not very efficient in getting you there.

It was an easy program to pick up and learn the basics. Had great video resources to help learn.

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: A lot of great tools and functionality to help create objects and draw up parts. Can be configured for metric or standard measurements and will automatically convert depending on your settings. It runs smoothly and quickly. They have great resources to help you learn how to use the software effectively.

Cons: Some of the tool naming conventions aren't super intuitive and can be confusing without researching each tool function.

Overall: This software allowed us to start drawing up many parts and tools that we needed to either have 3D printed or sent to a machine shop to have them manufactured. Because of this we saved a lot of time and money.

Overall Great Product

Jul 28, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: It is very user friendly. It covers most skill ranges from beginner to expert. It works well with external softwares such as slicers for Rapid prototyping.

Cons: Learning the command processes for Solidworks can be confusing for Autodesk users. Some Commands can be confusing the first few times using them.

Overall: It has helped me become a better draftsmen and has helped create my teams CAD Drawings for competition and meeting discussions

The best, cost effective CAD software available

Jun 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Simple, easy to use. User interface and clicks are succinct and intuitive. Learning curve is short.

Cons: Slightly expensive, but you get what you pay for. Other software does just about the same thing, but not as easy to use.

I really like solidworks. I have been using it for a couple of years now.

May 16, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I really like Ease of use, the usage can be self taught because it is very dynamic in its options and properties

Cons: The software gets slow when dealing with heavier models that have a lot of intricacy and details. It hangs and needs to be restarted

Easy to use and essential, but still crashes

Apr 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Comments: Essential for any CAD designer, and one of the most affordable. However the software does have a tend to crash - almost no one I know has experienced multiple crashes regardless of how great the computer is.

Love it. Candy for engineers

Apr 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Works great. Easy and not fussy. But powerful when you need it. I use it often to generate custom drawings to communicate with my staff and my customer.

Good Product

Apr 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Good solid software application, lack of specific training for vertical applications, add customizable training regiments for specific industry.

Student review

Apr 04, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Great! I really like this software. It is amazing to use as a student to prepare for a real world application.

My Solidworks Review

Apr 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of use

Cons: It crashes often

Overall: Solid work is a lot better than most engineering softwares. It's flexibility to other softwares is what makes it attractive. It is the easiest software I have used

Most Convenient CAD Software Ever!!!

Apr 03, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: SolidWorks creates a convenient and fast platform for creating CAD models! I recommend it to anyone for their 3D modeling needs!

Franks Review

Apr 03, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Kind of bogs the computer down and crashes a lot, but other than that its pretty kind of okay best ever its great I love it a lot

An amazing CAD & CAE software

Mar 27, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Extremely user friendly. I mean if you can use Ctrl+V & Ctrl+C for a high end CAD software, what more to say. Very comfortable and easy to understand GUI. Tremendous features(if you know how to use them). Surface modeling is quite simplified.

Cons: To be frank, nothing much actually. Other than the price. But for a great software like this, the price is worth it ! ! !

Overall: Having used several 3D software, including Pro-E, CATIA, AutoCAD, SketchUp, etc., I then had an opportunity to use SolidWorks. Needless to say, I loved it immediately. And that was 9 years ago.

For people who say that Solidworks is a basic CAD tool, I say unto them, wake up guys ! ! !

I undertake my entire design cycle in SolidWorks, right from conceptual design in 3D, Assembly, motion & interference checks, CAE and finally generation of 2D production drawings.

I also undertake rendering of quite a few completed projects. Quality of rendering is excellent.

I think SoildWorks is the best CAD software out there.

Recommendations to other buyers: There are several tutorials on the internet which show you how to unlock the hidden / less known commands, procedures of the software which help you to generate amazing models.

Great 3D design software

Feb 10, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, robust features for any possible 3D shape or surface

Cons: The enterprise version is about $2k for one seat last time I checked, which for my budget is too high. But I used the student edition while in college, that was great

Overall: Easy to use, build product features one by one (non-destructive) so you can go back and change earlier features easily. Create parts, assemble parts into assemblies, and perform simulations related to heat transfer and more. Create engineering drawings and share 3D part files for prototyping and manufacturing. I used the Student Edition when in college, which is much cheaper than the enterprise version.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would recommend over ProE for sure!

Basic CAD software

Feb 01, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: It's a very basic tool, and it does what you expect it to do. It is expensive, but most people prefer using Solidworks than AutoCAD (no offense, it just seems like so these days) and if you know one of them, the other will be just about the same, vice versa.

A solid work

Jan 25, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: It works very well and doesn't have issues with exported 3D models.

Cons: Updates can be a pain as the licenses can have issues. Tech support however is excellent and I have yet to be down for very long.

Overall: We have to export 3d models for use with our Magma software to do 3d simulations of iron pouring. There are no other products that can export a good solid for use as they often have holes or other defects that are impossible to fix. However, we don't have that issue with Solidworks and the products that come out are as expected.

Engineering Student

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: As a freshman engineering student, I used the student version of this software in an introductory engineering class. There was a learning curve, but, overall, the software was easy to use. I also appreciated the fact that Solidworks distributed free student versions of the software to students who were competing in the ASEE design competition.

great product for modeling of all types

Dec 05, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: great product

Cons: expensive, difficult to afford as a small business

Overall: with solidworks you can model nearly anything from manufacturable parts to architectural designs to PCB layouts, and there are simulation feature to go with each

Solidworks Review

Nov 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: Solidworks basic functionalities are great for engineering design. When it comes to more complex features like routing or simulation, you can run into some functionality issues like the program crashing when certain commands are called. These of course are resolved over time with updated software versions.

Terrific Design Software

Oct 03, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I have been using Solidworks since 2001 in everything from product design, FEA simulations, home projects, manufacturing, and machine design. To this day Solidworks is still quite pleasant to use and is also fairly user friendly. Previous issues with crashing seem to have improved as well.

SolidWorks is outstanding CAD software. Way ahead of PTC Creo, Inventer.

Jun 20, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Solidworks has come so far in the last 10 years and have made all the steps to become the leading software in Mechanical design. NX and Solid Edge are also at the top of my list.
I have used Solidworks for 6 years just recently changed jobs and started using PTC Creo 2.0. Its not even close to Solidworks in ease of use or any functions of design that i have seen so far.

solidworks Premium

Apr 30, 2014
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: it is very long