Inventor General Discussion

Inventor General Discussion

*Dotson, Sean
Post 11 of 13


12-10-2002 05:00 AM in reply to: chrisb
The best thing to do would be to contact the VAR
and request a demo seat.  Play with it, get a feel for how it works. 
I can assure you it's a whole lot easier than AutoCAD solids.  Not even the
same ballpark..


As for the video card, true you don't need it right
this second but to give IV a fair shake if you get a demo you'll need to run it
on a capable machine.  And that means a capable video card.


As for it being a minor issue compared to the cost
of the software....depends on your definition of minor.  A good card can
easily cost you 1/10 of what the software costs.

Sean Dotson, PE


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really know what video card is in this thing, but that's getting a little
ahead at this point. But it's good to know that it might be an issue. If we
have to upgrade the card, I'm sure that that will be a fiscally minor issue,
compared to the cost of Inventor. Still a factor, though. I have research to
do, now - I have many specific questions in my mind. Not the least of which is
- how easy is it to modify a solid shape, once it's been made. This is one
major pain when dealing with Autocad solids. I put a little decorative turn
here & there, president comes by - doesn't like the look - says `so just
change it'. OK, the faces won't move on this one, so UNDO back about 35 steps
to before I put in the turns, and redo everything from that point on. Pretty
ridiculous, really. Not long enough? Too bad - can't stretch it like a 2d. So
its Splice & dice time - very time consuming. Working in solids is
wonderful, I LOVE it, but with Autocad, it's hardly practical, unless you're
dealing with very simple shapes, as all of you in this group are quite aware,
I'm sure. PRACTICAL. COST EFFECTIVE. These are the mantra of tiny (though I
should say well established and highly regarded) companies like ours.

*Hinterhoeller, Richard
Post 12 of 13


12-10-2002 05:35 AM in reply to: chrisb

Start looking fast. You'll love what IV can do for you.

*Gwin, Hal
Post 13 of 13


12-10-2002 06:28 AM in reply to: chrisb
Sean's point is well taken.  Based on my
experience at the company I am currently with and a previous employer that used
Inventor, I have convinced my present company to use the following budgetary
formula for per seat costs:


$T = $S + 2*$S + .5*$S


$S - Cost of the software

2*$S - Budget for the hardware (workstation
w/monitor) to run the software

.5$S - Budget for training (format


The budget for the workstation might seem a little
high, but when you price out a workstation of equal caliber to the software you
will be in the $6500 - $8000 (US) range.


I know, your boss isn't going to want to hear about
training.  That's your responsibility, or you can learn it on your
own.  Bull Feathers!!!  If the company bought a new, state-of-the-art
machine for the shop or the manufacturing floor they would certainly send the
operators for training.  Well design software is no different.


Hope this helps.


Hal Gwin
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