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SolidWorks 2010 vs Pro/Engineer Wildfire 5.0 Shootout

Since I started working at DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION several years ago, there’s been one question I’ve been asked more than anything else: What class should I take? Pro/Engineer or SolidWorks?? And what are the advantages and disadvantages to both?

Two years ago, during the last leg of my Liberal Arts Education, I had never heard of these product development software programs; today is quite a different story. I’ve heard so many different angles on which program is more powerful or faster at surfacing, drawings, renderings, etc. My favorite of these opinions is that of Bart Brejcha‘s, who claims to love SolidWorks facetiously, because it takes him longer to finish a project, and that, in turn, makes him more money. But he now admits that since the 2007 SolidWorks release, mechanical engineers can now take the SolidWorks program just as seriously as the industrial designers have for quite some time. That being said, we, at Design Engine along with IDSA Chicago, are hosting a 2+ hour event, where we will model the same products simultaneously on two separate overhead projectors: one using Pro/Engineer and the other with SolidWorks. Two examples below:

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Please join Design Engine for this collaborative demonstration followed by a discussion at their Chicago Facility on Wednesday June 30th at 7-9pm . After the simulation, we invite all to enjoy free refreshments and pizza among friends.

Please arrive 30 minutes early so we can get started on time.
120 N Green St. Ste. 605, Chicago, IL
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On Wednesday, June 30th, IDSA Chicago is presenting a 2+ hour SolidWorks vs Pro/Engineer Shootout at Design Engine Education. Using the latest versions of both Solidworks and Pro/Engineer, they will model a Whirlpool refrigerator door pull, opening up the floor for discussions. Then, they will make 20 modifications to the geometry, attempting to make those modifications all in 10 minutes. After the demonstrations we will attempt to manage a group discussion of techniques… differences… simulations. This discussion will segue into the second half of the discussion by modeling functionality differences with examples. This should be a heated debate and fun at the same time. All are welcome.


The presenters will both be using Pro/E Wildfire 5.0 and Solidworks 2010. Both operators are experts at surfacing and product design professionals, and both work for the product design school called DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION. The presenters are also keen to each others modeling techniques and work flow suspecting that they will show more similarities than differences. One main goal is to share the power of Design Engine, the school in Chicago, in terms of surfacing strengths while sharing the differences of the software, in terms of technique and work flow. They simply want to shed some light on the subject and turn a bunch of heads at the same time. The DESIGN-ENGINE|EDUCATION team hopes to show that they are not just a Pro/E training facility but also a resource that teaches many packages with modeling techniques. Design Engine also teaches Maya, Rhino, Alias, and of course SolidWorks. They differ from other typical training groups because they don’t sell software. Instead, their facility focuses on modeling technique and work flow – not menu-clicks training that books and many training organizations illustrate in such boring detail. Who will be left standing?

Article Written by: Kristina Nette

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