SolidWorks and Solid Edge are both advanced CAD programs, but what's the difference between them? Explore this guide comparing SolidWorks vs Solid Edge, which will help you make a choice between the two.
Much like great minds, great CAD programs often work alike. SolidWorks and Solid Edge are both professional modeling tools that give you all you need (and more) for intricate design and modeling tasks.
These are tools for solid-modeling functions, which means they’re capable of building 3D models as well as 2D engineering plans. Both programs use the Parasolid kernel as the core of their program. Both run on Windows, though technically, you can run SolidWorks on a Mac (but that’s not supported by SolidWorks, so you’re out of luck if it crashes). Both were first pushed out in 1995 and have been putting out regular updates ever since.
But despite their similarities, SolidWorks and Solid Edge have very different approaches to the same problems. User experience will make or break a program, no matter what awesome creations it can spin out, and that’s where SolidWorks and Solid Edge part ways.
Now that you know what they have in common, it’s time to check out their different strengths, weaknesses, and uses.
SolidWorks is a highly popular CAD program for a number of reasons:
Just because SolidWorks is so widely used doesn’t mean it’s flawless. Its lack of power in certain aspects makes it weak for several niche uses, and it’s not always as universally accessible as it’s touted to be. Here are some of its drawbacks:
Solid Edge is a direct competitor to SolidWorks, which means a lot of their core functionalities are the same. But Solid Edge approaches CAD from a slightly different angle, focusing on 3D modeling first. Here are some positive highlights of Solid Edge:
Solid Edge has its detractions, too, especially if you’re looking for a more beginner-friendly program. These stem from Solid Edge’s slightly narrower purpose:
SolidWorks and Solid Edge are both great modeling tools, and it’s hard to pick just one based on details other than personal preference.
Synchronous technology might seal the deal for you with Solid Edge. It’s dynamic creation and collaboration abilities could trump SolidWorks’ popularity and user experience. In addition, Solid Edge’s more economical pricing makes it more accessible to hobbyists and small business users everywhere.
On the other hand, SolidWorks is a massively popular modeling powerhouse that can accommodate immensely detailed models with ease. Turn to it if you need special analysis tools and detailed surface work.
In other words, either tool is capable of advanced modeling, it’s just a matter of which one works best for you. Luckily, both offer a free trial, so don’t have to guess.
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