There’s really no single best CAD tool to suit all industrial startups. The choice of CAD tool will depend on the specific needs of each company in terms of functionality, budget and team skills. However, here are a few solutions that are regularly chosen by industrial startups:
- Solidworks It’s very popular in the manufacturing and mechanical design industry, with 3D drawing, simulation and manufacturing tools. The new 3DEXPERIENCE version includes a 3-year support program specially designed for start-ups. You can test your eligibility for the 3DEXPERIENCE Startup program.
At XDI, SolidWorks is of course our preferred solution :)
- Autodesk Inventor Similar to Solidworks, but often used for industrial and mechanical design projects.
It is used for the design of “complex” products in the aeronautics, automotive and defense industries, for example. The difference between CATIA and SOLIDWORKS lies mainly in the type of project and the number of people involved.
is a cloud-based CAD option that enables real-time collaboration and efficient project management.
is a complete CAD solution that includes 3D modeling, simulation, manufacturing, collaboration and visualization. With Inventor, it’s a solution developed by Autodesk.