Solid Edge vs SolidWorks: Sketching, Part 1

There’s nothing meaningful I could do to compare the entire Solid Edge and SolidWorks programs in a single blog post. That’s why when I have taken the topic up on the Dezignstuff blog, I would bite off “small” areas like surfacing, sheet metal, or the overall interface. In this case I’m going to look at sketching, arguably the single most important function of any CAD program.

You might think Solid Edge and SolidWorks sketchers are pretty similar because they both use the (Siemens) Dcubed constraint solver. In the end, that similarity probably means that they share the strengths and weaknesses of Dcubed, but the comparison can’t be limited to that. The differences between them are much more structural. When you consider that Synchronous Technology has a big impact on sketching, the conceptual differences become even larger. Read more on Solid Edge vs SolidWorks: Sketching, Part 1…

First Impressions

no "in" or "out" of sketches

The first thing that you notice, speaking as a SolidWorks user,  when walking through the basic tutorial is the lack of a “sketch” environment. You just start sketching. You don’t have to pre-select or post-select a plane or a face, and start a sketch, you just sketch.  When we start talking about ordered sketches vs Synchronous sketches, the value of it will jump again, but for right now, 2 minutes into the first tutorial, Solid Edge has already made the 1 thing I do most easier than it is in SW. Read more on First Impressions…

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