I have received a PDF document with a deep comparison study performed by TechniCom Group. This study is dated August 2010 so it must have been done quite recently.
The TechniCom whitepaper compares Inventor Professional 2011 and Solidworks Premium 2010 in 15 functional areas (161 individual questions), using a group of experts for each software product.
As an Inventor user and as a participant of frequent disputes with my school-mate Sergio (he is a Solidworks fan) I am very proud that Inventor has won this comparison in astonishing 15 cases (of 15)!
They were comparing the functions included in the following packages, with no third party add-ins – i.e. Inventor 2011 Professional Suite with Inventor Fusion, Autodesk Vault for Workgroups, AutoCAD Electrical, Inventor Publisher, and Showcase vs. SolidWorks 2010 Premium, SolidWorks Workgroup PDM, SolidWorks PhotoView 360, and 3DVIA.
The 15 key areas included in the comparison were (and the point score for Inventor vs. SWX):
- Part Modeling (2.8 > 2.5)
- Assembly Modeling (3.1 > 3.0)
- Simulation (2.6 > 2.4)
- Mixed Modeling – parametric+direct (3.2 > 2.7)
- Plastic Part Design (3.6 > 2.3)
- Sheet Metal Design (2.9 > 2.8)
- Interoperability (3.4 > 2.6)
- Documentation/Drawings (2.2 > 1.8)
- Visualization (3.4 > 2.9)
- Design Automation (3.4 > 2.9)
- Mechanotronics (2.3 > 1.7)
- Mold Design (3.0 > 2.1)
- Routed Systems (3.0 > 2.1)
- BIM – Building Information Modeling (2.3 > 0.8)
- Data Management (3.0 > 2.7)
You preferences and weights for the individual areas may vary, so you can perform your own comparision, but this is what experts are saying.
Sergio, do you listen ? :-)