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Apr 30, 2018


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Joe Doe

So there's way too much to unpack here but l take just put it this way....this is never going to happen there's just too much competition to say the least and specifically speaking Solidworks has been slow to reach to the market and what they currently offer is a far cry from others in the same space. OnShape or F360 aren't current SW killers but then again neither was SW when it first hit in '95. In fact if you want to take that trajectory then it was easily 10 years before SW even became the industry standard and had enough to offer Pro/e users a viable alternative.

X -Drive or Solidworks running in the cloud on frame aren't even close to those other guys out there. And let's not talk about coming late to the game when it comes to TopOp.... The SW of today is much like the PTC of the '90s. Also pound for pound I'd even put Solidedge ahead of SW in some areas of parametric vs direct.

I'd give Pixologic with Zbrush or Blender a shot at that before Solidworks...(I jest....) But I many respects you don't see SW users having the same level of ferverent and unrelenting love for it like these two software. One cost $800 with free upgrades the is free (put that in your forced annual maintenance pipe SW). Hell I've seen companies standardize on Sketch Up.

Keep in mind I'm a SW fan but I'm also a realist and pragmatic. Unless SW branches out, diversify into more than just the engineering market (ie VFX, VR/AR, real TopOp for metal AM and also come out with a real completive pricing structure) then a billion dollars they never will see....

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