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Mustang69
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Going from Inventor to Solid Works

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10-25-2013 12:45 PM
I'm an long time user of Inventor.
Have used it since version 1 so I have seen it evolve from really awful to a really great program! :smileyhappy:

Today it suits me perfect and it is an extremely fast program to design in.
I use mostly the sheet metal features and big assemblies..

What I really lack in Inventor is good presentation tools like doing brochures and customer quotations.
Solid Works seams to be really good at this

Do anyone here have experience of Solid Works for doing good presentations?

Also if anyone here have experience with both programs.....how would you describe witch program is best with sheet metal design and very large assemblies?

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mrattray
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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:04 PM in reply to: Mustang69
They're very similar (Inventor & SolidWorks). Have you looked at some of the other presentation tools offered by AutoDesk? I don't use them, because I just do machine design, but they look pretty powerful.
Where exactly do you find Inventor lacking? While I mentioned that I don't do "marketing-type stuff" in Inventor, I used to do it in SolidWorks. I don't remember there being anything in SolidWorks that Inventor doesn't have.
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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:13 PM in reply to: Mustang69

Mustang69 wrote:

What I really lack in Inventor is good presentation tools like doing brochures and customer quotations.
Solid Works seams to be really good at this

SolidWorks or do you mean SolidWorks Composer?

http://www.solidworks.com/sw/products/technical-communication/packages.htm?scid=hp_tab_products_tech...

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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:18 PM in reply to: JDMather
I forgot about Composer. When I was running SolidWorks my company (as in: my boss) was looking at getting Composer for doing data sheets and manuals. We got some demos on it and it looked pretty sweet, but I never got to actually use it.
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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:33 PM in reply to: mrattray

You might look at Inventor Publisher.

 

We use Adobe Indesign for our manuals and brochures.

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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:42 PM in reply to: Mustang69

I remember some years back seeing a presentation from Solidworks on 3D Via.  That is a software that had a lot of niffty tools and may work for you, but it is pricey.

While I have never used it, what I think I have heard about Inventor Fusion, this might work for you as well.

 

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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:45 PM in reply to: Mustang69

Hello Mustang69,

 

  What kind of presentation tools are you looking to create?  You mention brochures and customer quotations, but I'm not quite sure if you're looking for Inventor to create a photo-realistic document with advanced text formatting capabilities.  If so, then as far as I'm aware of, no, that does not exist within Inventor.  What Inventor can create are images and videos that can be incorporated downstream into your marketing workflow.  Also present is the capabilities to capture Parts Lists that can be consumed downstream as well.  Another aspect would be Simulation and Motion Analysis to present to your potential clients either from a website or printed media.  I hope that helps, any feedback is welcomed.

 

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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:51 PM in reply to: Cadmanto

Cadmanto wrote:

I remember some years back seeing a presentation from Solidworks on 3D Via. 

     


I just attended a SolidWorks Composer presentation - I could be wrong, but I think they said it was formerly 3D Via Composer, purchased by SolidWorks and renamed.  In any case - I suspect the OP saw something else other than vanilla SolidWorks.  An additional cost functionality.....

I am not familiar with Inventor Publisher, but I think it is important to at least be comparing apples to apples....

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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 01:54 PM in reply to: Cadmanto

Cadmanto wrote:

While I have never used it, what I think I have heard about Inventor Fusion, this might work for you as well.

     


Inventor Fusion no longer exists.
Perhaps you meant Fusion 360.

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Re: Going from Inventor to Solid Works

10-25-2013 02:03 PM in reply to: JDMather

inventor publisher is the closet product i can think of

but from what i am reading in the forums its not a very good product

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