SolidWorks is a premier CAD program for new engineers or people who don’t have the budget to buy Dassault Systemes Catia, Siemens NX or PTC Creo. However, people need to know that skills from SolidWorks can translate to other programs quite easily. SolidWorks is usually the program that most mechanical and drafting engineers learn in universities and seems to dominate job boards.
Benefits When You Move into Other Programs
SolidWorks isn’t the only CAD program in town. The information you have learned will easily translate to the many other options available. You or your employer may decide to switch CAD packages. For example, other programs may work better on your specific computer hardware. Price may play a part in your consideration. However, they are the same parametric modeling programs at their foundation, with the main difference mostly being in the form of a new interface. There are several benefits involved, if you choose Solidworks.
- Parametric Modeling
- Simulation and FEA
- Manufacturing and Exporting
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Simulation and FEA Benefits
The main difference in simulation and finite element analysis will be in how the user interface of these features work. Computational fluid dynamics(CFD) involves the same numerical equations, so you won’t have to worry about something not working from one program to another. Finite element analysis(FEA) is similar, where the main difference will be in the form of the terminology. You should also note that different versions of SolidWorks will offer extra features for both CFD and FEA.