Inventor Shows its Muscle Power to SolidWorks
TechniCom has released the results of a series of tests comparing seven functional areas of Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011 compared to SolidWorks Premium 2011 using a technique called Delphi Expert Analysis.
The company compared seven major functional areas using a questionnaire with 161 functional questions. Both products were rated on each question by a team of four experts for each software product who rated how well each product performed for that functional question. TechniCom’s analysts independently selected the questions.
Ray Kurland, president, principal consultant, and editor of TechniCom, said, “Quite frankly, I was astounded by the results. Inventor rated higher than SolidWorks in every one of the fifteen categories. This was completely unexpected.”
- Autodesk commissioned (paid for) the tests.
- Autodesk specified the tests which it challenged TechniCom, using SolidWorks Premium 2011, to match the results.
- The seven tests are in the seven categories where TechniCom’s Delphi Expert report showed Autodesk Inventor rated the highest.
- Extra cost third party software was not to be considered. When we were able, we used no-charge third party add-ins for SolidWorks — none were needed for Inventor.
To read a full PDF of the findings, visit http://www.cad-portal.com/articles/article_images/106/FA%20whitepaper10B-1.pdf.
I would prefer to test this report when Inventor 2012 and SW 2012 are out, just to see which tool has added more functionality in the new release.