Re: Autodesk Inventor?

From: Tom Richards (
Date: Thu Feb 22 2001 - 17:32:45 EET

Mike, From what I've heard from experienced users, Form Z might be the way
to go. They seem to offer everything you are looking for as an experienced
CAD designer except maybe parametrics. Also, CAD Key's ads read well. Both
of those companies are long established. I see from NASA Tech Briefs that
CAD Key's will be at the National Design Engineering Show in Chicago in
March. Maybe others can comment on Form Z in particular. How well does
Rhino meet all of your needs???

At 01:43 PM 2/19/01 -0800, you wrote:

>I'm in the process now of determining which CAD package(s) to continue
>forward with. I prefer CV CADDS5, but Parametric Technologies bought
>Computervision and is trying to phase out CADDS5 in favor of Pro-E. I
>also use Autocad. I have preferred CADDS5 and Autocad over other systems
>since they allow the user to input commands directly, using the keyboard,
>instead of stepping through menus, which I find to be very distracting
>while trying to work. Menus are a great crutch for learning a system, but
>it is nice to have the option of using keyboard entry for more speed.
>I recently went to an Inventor training seminar, where I tried it a
>bit. It also is a departure from Autocad/Mechanical Desktop in that it
>only allows menu access. It has yet to incorporate the advanced surfacing
>contained in mechanical desktop. Otherwise, it is a nice package.
>I downloaded the Rhinocerous training version and have done some of the
>tutorials. So far, I like it. Also, from a business point of view, I
>prefer them over the other vendors in that they post the price of the
>package on their web site.
> Generally, when I'm researching something to buy, if I don't find the
> information on a product, including price, within 2 or 3 clicks on a
> site, I move on to the next vendor. Rhinocerous does this. The other
> vendors seem to want to play that annoying game where you have to
> interact with a salesperson in order to get the price and other
> specifics. Their web sites herd you around where they want you to go
> instead letting you go directly to the specifications, pricing and
> availability of the package. Also, Rhinocerous sells at a very good
> price for its capabilities. Unfortunately, it does not have a
> drafting/detailing package.
>When I'm looking at systems, I look for low price, a large installed user
>base, the option to enter commands directly through the keyboard,
>compatibility with other systems, low entry cost for training with online
>tutorials, parametric solids modelling with class A surfacing, and the
>ability to handle large (10,000+) parts assemblies.
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