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Solidworks

Solidworks for Windows

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • Version: 2019

Cutting-edge CAD application

Solidworks is one of the most commonly used CAD programs today. It is a mechanical design automation application that lets designers create structural models quickly and precisely. When you want to sketch ideas, experiment with features and dimensions, and produce models and drawings, this app is for you. It is an IT and development software that uses a 3D design and component-based approach in model creation. It lets you visualize how your design will look after manufacturing. Additionally, any changes you make to a part will reflect in all associated drawings. Solidworks includes all familiar Windows functions, such as dragging and resizing windows in its interface for easier use. Many of the same icons, including open, save, cut and paste, and print is also included in the application. Solidworks also allows collaboration between workspaces allowing other designers to see your progress and offer feedback. 

The designer’s choice 

Solidworks is one of the most-used CAD programs because it is comparably easier to navigate and operate compared to other more advanced CAD software. Still, even if it is easier to understand, users of Solidworks will need to properly acquaint themselves with all its features and interface before being able to edit and create projects smoothly.

To get you started, Solidworks features a variety of objects that will let you create designs that are accurate and realistic as possible. You can find everything you will need in its library, which contains materials like wood, glass, concrete, tiles, and steel. If ever you cannot find what you are looking for in the library, which is unlikely, you are also allowed to create and customize your own materials and save it in your own Solidworks library so you can still use it for other projects.  

When it comes to creation, Solidworks projects start with either 2D or 3D sketching after the parameters and intent of the model have been set. By parameters, we mean the different shapes that are used to create a model. On the other hand, the intent is how users would like certain elements or shapes to respond to changes or customization that will be applied. After sketching, users can add in more solid features to their design, and they can move them around or arrange it as accurately as possible by using the software’s snap tools. Again, just like other editing software, Solidworks also features layers that allow users to edit specific elements or parts of the design without the other shapes being affected.

Realistic creations

Solidworks helps you visualize a concept, bringing ideas to life. After being able to create a design, the software will render the project as realistic as possible. Solidworks is easily chosen by many and is especially ideal for beginners.

PROS

  • 3D Design and Components-Based Model Creation
  • Workspace Collaboration
  • Powerful Design Functionality
  • Has Simple Icons and Familiar Windows Functions

CONS

  • Image Rendering Needs Improvement
  • Familiarizing with Tools and Features Can Take Some Time

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