DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUTOCAD AND SOLIDWORKS
AutoCAD is a commercial and drafting software application. Developed and marketed by .
AutoCAD is a 2-D and 3-D computer-aided drafting software application used in architecture, construction, and manufacturing to assist in the preparation of blueprints and other engineering plans. Professionals who use AutoCAD are often referred to as drafters.
SolidWorks is a solid modeling computer aided design (CAD) and omputer aided engineering (CAE) computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows. SolidWorks is published by .
Mostly SolidWorks is used for Creating 3DCAD, Simulation, Visualization, Product data management, Rendering purposes.
DEVELOPED BY – AUTODESK
FIRST RELEASED – 1982
LATEST RELEASE – AUTOCAD 2019
The first release of AutoCAD came in 1982, and it was immediately revolutionary. AutoCAD was the first CAD software built to run on PCs, rather than minicomputers. The public reaction was incredibly positive: within just a few years, AutoCAD had grown to become the most widely used design software in the world.
DEVELOPED BY – DASSAULT SYSTEMES
FIRST RELEASED – 1995
LATEST RELEASE – SOLIDWORKS 2019
SolidWorks was founded in December 1993 by Jon Hirschtick who used the $1 million he made while a member of the MIT Blackjack Team to set up the company. Hirschtick then recruited a team of engineers who set out with the aim of creating 3D CAD software. It was intended to be accessible, affordable and available on Windows desktop. In November 1995, SolidWorks was released. It was the first VERSION for Windows. This proved to be a huge step in the subsequent evolution of CAD. While AutoCAD had been released much earlier, SolidWorks brought something new to the table—3D modeling. Consequently, 3D CAD became the focal point of the 1990s.
USE OF AUTOCAD —
- Architecture includes features such as doors, windows, and walls, as well as an extensive library of detail components.
- Mechanical is useful for those looking to create, modify and document mechanical designs.
- Electrical controls system design, and enables users to automate electrical engineering tasks and access comprehensive symbol libraries.
- MEP allows users to accurately create construction documentation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems design.
- Map 3D is for GIS analysis and planning, as well as converting GIS data into CAD data.
USE OF SOLIDWORKS —-
- 3D CAD: the ‘classic’ solid modeling program that allows users to rapidly create parts, assemblies and drawings.
- PDM: to enable teams to collaborate more effectively when developing new products; to provide all members with secure access to files and documents.
- SIMULATION: a range of options for users looking to create better products faster and with less waste.
- ELECTRICAL DESIGN : packages that make it easy to create electrical schematics and incorporate them within mechanical designs and 3D models—all while reducing the need for physical prototyping.
- CAM: the solution for any business looking to integrate design and manufacturing processes.
- 3D EXPERIENCE: work with your team in a collaborative environment to create new products. VISUALIZATION: create photo-realistic visuals of your projects, including both static and animated content.
Comparing Solidworks and AutoCAD is foolishness. Both the softwares are in different fields of design and are best at it.
AutoCAD is best at 2D drawing whereas Solidworks is best 3D part modelling.
One can make very complex drawing like layout of construction, in AutoCAD which may be nearly impossible in Solidworks.