1. Randy
    September 23, 2019 @ 11:57 AM

    A little curious, since you are a design house, if you felt the need to get Solidworks there was because it was driven more by customer’s want for Solidworks deliverables, vs picking that software because it was the best choice in terms of using CAD for design?


    • Eldon
      September 23, 2019 @ 4:06 PM

      That’s a great question, with a 2-part answer. First, yes there was a need to meet customer requests. Second, I had used Solidworks at a customer facility some and liked several things about it. I also liked the presentation and promises. So we dove in and bought it, then took several of classes to really learn it with the intent of expanding our capability. Call it jumping in with both feet, even though we knew it was not the most capable CAD. The issues highlighted are extras to learn as you go.


  2. Matt
    December 17, 2019 @ 10:59 AM

    One thing you forgot to mention was the ease of learning the systems. Having learned to use both, I’d say that I was able to become proficient in Solidworks in half the time it took me to get to the same level in Creo. In fact, I was able to learn SW faster on my own with just tutorials than I was able to learn Creo with tutorials and teacher led courses. Along those same lines, I’ve found the online tutorials for SW are by far superior and more numerous.

    A second thing is that I’ve found the SW online part repository much better than that of PTC’s. There are also a lot of suppliers (like McMaster Carr) who offer downloadable parts in native SW part files, which can really make things easy.


    • Eldon
      December 18, 2019 @ 8:59 AM

      Good points, especially about the parts libraries of suppliers. I agree, that’s nice — though even more common are formats like STEP that work fine in just about any CAD. Thank you for adding the comments.


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