I am using Autocad 2002 at the conceptual/developmental level to do simple 2d layouts and some 3 view details to check feasibility and make simple designs of prototypes (mechanical). I would like to move to a 3d environ, and am currently attempting to learn Solidworks. Is anyone aware of any significant flaws or weaknesses in Solidworks versus Inventor for prodict development work. Is Inventor possibly better for initial conceptual development work/design (and SW possibly better for final product design and manufacturing). For example, SW is heavily "relations" dependent. This strikes me in a way counter-intuitive, not the way one normally thinks (top down, plan the overall, then fill in details). I Solidworks "overkill" and actually hinders development level thought? Any comment is appreciated -- thanks in advance
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