Hey, check it out: ANOTHER study (yes we – Autodesk paid for it) covering Inventor vs. Solidworks. What do I mean by another? Well, last year this report published a study of fifteen modeling categories and concluded Inventor beat Solidworks every category! Naturally, there were a few SolidWorks users, bloggers, and social media managers crying foul at the results because they couldn’t see the comparison themselves, or don’t trust the ‘experts’, or simply just disagree. A few comments from the blogosphere:
“I think that the only way to compare products is to put them to compete solving the same problem and evaluating their results.” - Leonard
“I think they should take the discussion/comparison to the open market. As one person above points out there is not much value in this without seeing the list of things compared.” -Chris
“Unfortunately users didn’t go mano-a-mano for the edification of YouTube watchers (dammit all).” - Kathleen
And I called it too, right? The BS flag was thrown within minutes by some, where others reacted the same way I did. “Really, all of the (Autodesk chosen) categories…? Hmm, there is something to this.” Sure you could dismiss BIM as being a biased category, hard to compare functionality when it isn’t / wasn’t there, but what about Data Management, Part Modeling, Assembly Modeling – the basics of 3D? Here’s my beef – dismissing the results of the (Autodesk funded) study with statements like this:
“You can’t compare Autodesk to [Insert your Modeling Package of Choice]. [It] is way BEYOND the most powerful tool in the market…”
That’s just an example of course, of some of the blanket statements that I got on my blog and YouTube channel. Blanket statements – that’s the majority of what I got back from people that disagreed. Not proof, not examples – blanket statements based upon the perception that Inventor is not up to par with the other 3D CAD players in the manufacturing market. Or it was dismissed because we paid for it. Who else was going to?
So, not a fan of the Delphi method? – that’s cool. How about “show me creating a plastic part, mold base, fixture, analyze the part for quality and shrinkage, make the appropriate changes so that everything updates, and show that workflow in BOTH applications"... method?
Why did we do this? This important to us because we believe Inventor is a superior product and we believe to prove it takes more than blanket statements about one being better than the other. So check it out for yourself. As published on http://raykurland.com, the benchmark provides a more comprehensive validation of the results from the original study. Both Inventor and SolidWorks were driven by their respective expert designers with the cameras rolling to show precisely how each application fared in each category.
Now, with videos and written explanation in hand you, too, can play the expert and perform your own analysis to challenge the results. Publish them, and share your assessment so everyone can see.
So bring it on, I’m expecting enough slings and arrows again to block out the sun… And so I shall fight in the shade… [grin]