RE: SolidWorks Sucks...

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Subject: RE: SolidWorks Sucks...
From: (bokm9606)
Newsgroups: comp.cad.solidworks
Date: Dec 31 1969 16:00:00

*no ability to explicitly orient sketch

*no ability to pattern curves, planes or axis or any datum feature.  Patterning curves is very important to create/signify keepouts and keep-ins itc.

*Patterning SMT like components (components that are assembled into onto other parts "sans" mating features is impossible.  you have to create "dummy features" in parent part,
pattern the dummy feature, so you can then pattern the component in assy based on the dummy features.  This is not a good way to express design intent and bloats files unnecessarily.

*sketch mode is inconsistent at "autosnapping/autocontraining".  sometimes entities that are snapped during creation but are not constrainted...sometimes they are...some like “auto-snap” = auto constrain 60% of the time…

*sketch mode allows "over-constrained” sketches..- sometimes..."  inconsistent.  Time consuming to re-constrain a sketch or repair a sketch.  I have never spent so much time in sketch mode

*no ability to do multivariable parametric pattern X, Y, Z, Theta, diameter, etc, etc.  This is a huge one for …lets you know….control panels!

*no ability to put both endcaps and surface features (ie extruded surface lack both endcaps options)

*no auto orient and plane creations for sections used on sweeps.  Creation of a sweep bundles the path and section into the feature….even though the path may have been created 50 features ago…..after the sweep is created you have no clue “when” that path was created. 

*no ability to converted extruded boss to a cut or surface or vice versa.

*No ability to convert created thin feature to "not be" a thin feature or vice versa (after feature is created and you "edit definition"

*model/feature tree constantly needs resized just so the bottom "drag up bar" will appear

*sketch mode almost indistinguishable from 3d model mode.  Daily i exit sketch inadvertently and think i still am in "sketch mode" or vice versa"

*no ability to flip which side an offset edge is in a sketch after you accept and create the feature

*no dynamic preview of draft features which is a bummer because on small draft angles it is difficult to ensure which direction correct.

*no feature copy command (IE create the exact same feature but use these new references to create the feature)

*no "use previous" sketch plane option upon creating new sketches

*no dedicated systematic feature re-route ability

*assembly mode, no ability to "roll back" in time on the assembly tree....almost behaves as if it is "history-less" but still has parent-child relationships

*datum plane colors are stored per part...not as an environmental variable....yuck...can have 20 parts open all with different colored datum planes.

*edrawing installation error as part of service pack update  no machines here sucessfully got the prepackaged edrawings installed correctly.

*no comparable tool to pro/E''s "simplified reps" in assy

*no abilibty to "suspend" children features off a feature when deleting.  SW will just delete the feature.  Yes I called quest on this on…just got…”can’t” answer

*heavy utilization of system registries for admin.  good and bad here.  updating configurations system-wide REQUIRES all users to be logged out of SW.  This is tough to enforce….unless your admin like getting up at 4:00 am.

*constraining a sketch is ultra-time consuming.  The ability to create underdefined/under constrained sketches allows for sloppy design and design intent.

*no "ref pattern" of features available.  further proof that SW is very much a "transplanter" Geom cad in pattern mode...and not parametric...barf

*no ability to pick and choose what features curve etc you want from a base part….you get all or nothing…….you can turn off entities like Csys’s…but you can’t pick when ones you want.


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31.12. o Re: SolidWorks Sucks...bokm9606
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