SolidWorks

SolidWorks Premium

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


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Fantastic modeling software with a broad range of capabilities.

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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.

Decent. Useful software.

Nov 07, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: I think this software is definitely more capable or has more advanced features than Autodesk, and is more compatible with other formats.

Awesome set of tools for engineering design.

Oct 13, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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5 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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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
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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4 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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
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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
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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
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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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
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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
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2 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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
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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
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
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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
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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4 / 5
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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
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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3 / 5
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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
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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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
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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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
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
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Comments: it is very long