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Anna Gannon
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Blender vs. Autocad vs. Solidworks vs. ProEngineer

Curious to hear people’s thoughts for consumer product development, and pro’s/cons of each.

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Ranjan Dailata
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One killer sentence about Blender that I know - It’s an open source software that numerous companies are using. Below is the real example of the Blender usage in Hollywood.

http://blenderdiplom.com/en/interviews/548-interview-sean-kennedy-on-blender-in-hollywood.html

Blender Movies - https://www.blender.org/features/projects/

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Gerry DeSeve
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I’ve been using Autodesk Fusion 360 for more than a year now with great results. Fusion includes cloud-based collaborative Autocad plus simulation, document management, team workflow and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). They also make it easy to include PCB designs and are coming out with PCB design capabilities. Blender is really for 3D animation. ProEngineer (Creo) doesn’t have the best cloud/collaboration support. Solidworks is the closest thing to Fusion, but may be overkill for your team unless your product is really sophisticated. Let me know if I can answer any other questions on this front.

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John Rodrigues
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I agree with Gerry DeSeve
Fusion 360
It’s a game changer
I too recently switched to fusion 360
It has made life simpler for product designers

I have been using Solidworks for a long time for all my projects
Still use it for my major projects.
Good for engineering design and simulation.

Blender is more of non parametric software
It’s very flexible with shapes
It’s highly used by CG artist
Even designers use it to make realistic CAD models of the product.
And it’s a open source software
It’s very useful when it comes to aesthetics. Also we can do animation and video editing in it

Autocad is more of 2d software
Used to make layouts.

If you want to more
I have written the blog post
Please do read http://designwithjohn.com/knowing-about-the-multiple-cad-software/

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Akshay Verma
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I am working now In Solid Works. An open source platform much better than Auto-cad and all tools and commands easily available on screen, Simulation is much easier in Solid work see my work


I will go with Solid work

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Anton Voltchok
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Akshay Verma last time I checked solid works was paid software, when did they release everything for free?

Anna Gannon Are you asking about the software in terms of product design? If that’s the case Blender doesn’t necessarily belong because the product design toolset is very much secondary if not tertiary in Blender, where it does shine is animation and presentation of models (visual fx in commercials / pixar movies / etc…)

Most of the big new features in blender like the new real time renderer or their sculpting toolset are all geared towards visual arts, and as far as that goes, Blender is extremely impressive for open source free software giving some serious competition to $15000 competitors (especially recently with updates)

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Yes Sir solid work not free at all, can’t afford that huge money to buy it.
Some feature I am able to access.
Anton Voltchok

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