Best CAD Application | SolidWorks vs. Inventor

Suggested by Albert Whatmough: What CAD application is better… SolidWorks or Inventor? Just tell me why…

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  1. Steve Jack [1] opinó:

    Solidworks is better than Inventor Because of easy to use.

  2. Jamie opinó:

    Solidworks is intuitive and more powerful. Inventor is a great package for ACAD users who are looking to move to 3D and want to swallow all the sales garbage their AutoDesk reps want to feed them. Inventor is for CAD users who haven’t tried Solidworks.

    To put this in context, I used SW for 10 years, from release 97 to 2008. I moved to a company that only uses Inventor, and we’re on release 2009. I’ve been using it daily for 18 months now and I still hate it. I long to go back to a company that uses SWX.

    I will say that Inventor is slightly more stable, but that’s only because the base package has a lot less functionality.

    One more thing. Inventor is cr*p at opening files off a network drive. Give me back Solidworks. Please!!!

  3. Anonymous opinó:

    User friendly for mechanical design

  4. Phil [1] opinó:

    I am using both softwares and I think IV has been catching up with SW pretty well, but I would think that SW is still a better software. SW has better user interface, better graphics, and better overall commands structures; for comparision stand point, looking at SW and IV is like looking at a classy shopping center vs local stores, the experiences are vastly different between the two product.

  5. Clint Brown opinó:

    Anonymous, that is the most unfair comment I have ever heard. I am a multi-user due to my freelance work, I would say that Inventor currently has the edge over SW. What you forget to mention is that SW has not really bought out anything new in several releases, Inventor has improved, caught up and surpassed SW over their last few release. Did you know that Autodesk spends more money on Development and R&D on Inventor than SW corporation turns over. Perhaps you should get an Inventor sales guy around to give you a commitment free demo, you will be AMAZED

  6. Anonymous opinó:

    solid works is user friendly if you know windows then you already know how to use SWX. SWX is 60% right click acess. If you are going 3d SWX is the way to go visit the website find your local reseller and set up a demo they are free without commitment. so set something up you wont be dissappointed. plus inventore hasnt been around that long so SWX has maturity they develop products that inventor hasnt thought about

  7. fred vierheller [1] opinó:

    design better products and faster.

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  1. Anonymous opinó:

    For quite a while, Solid works was deemed as the best CAD program, or at least at 3-d modeling. However, Over the past few years, Auto desk Inventor has improved massively. User-interface, Free hand modeling, and Faster capabilities are only the tip of the iceberg. I believe the people on Auto desk saw both SW and another equally famous CAD software, Pro-E; to compile a more user friendly software.

  2. Anonymous opinó:

    it’s just way better, check out these guys have some comparisons up

  3. Anonymous opinó:

    non functional features. won’t even dimension a chamfer – using the chamfer dimensioning tool.
    Hole creation and dimensioning is light years behind.
    I’m in an office where no-ones been trained, so no-one knows how to use this software properly

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  5. Anonymous opinó:

    Inventor does anything SWX does but is a part of a larger over all and interoperable platform. Alias, Electrical design, Engineer to Order, Plastics, mold design and moldflow analysis, navisworks, native use of DWG file type, P&ID, ERP Integration, etc. It is why I went from selling SWX to Autodesk, simply more to offer the customer and more ways to help improve their processes.

  6. Cadhound opinó:

    I’m learning SW now and I must say, it isn’t easy. The tutorials aren’t very helpful. I also hate the SW interface. it just doesn’t seem intuitive.

    Perhaps my bias is because I really like inventor. It does things fast.. in fewer steps.

    However, I do recognize that SW has some superior features, mainly in surface modeling.