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Product Design Suite vs. Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical

Compare product design features of Product Design Suite vs. AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor Professional software.

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Products Product Design Suite Ultimate 2015
Product Design Suite Ultimate 2015
Inventor Professional 2015
Inventor Professional 2015
AutoCAD Mechanical 2015
AutoCAD Mechanical 2015
Engineering Design Productivity
Digital Prototyping
Easy-to-use 3D mechanical design
3D part and assembly design
Freeform modeling
Direct editing
Rules-based design/automation
Catalog/purchased/standard part library
Mold, and tool and die
Plastic parts design
3D digital mockups for real-time collaboration  
Sheet metal design
Frame and weldment design
Electrical systems design/tube and pipe runs
Integrated electrical and mechanical design
Electrical engineering
Visualization & conceptual design
Real-time design visualization
Explore design concepts in AutoCAD
Cinematic-quality rendering and 3D animation
Photorealistic rendering and presentations
Product simulation & design validation
Point cloud tools
Assembly-level finite element analysis (FEA)
Assembly-level dynamic simulation
Virtually infinite computational power  
Cloud-based parametric optimization  
Materials selection cost impact
Assembly-level /interference detection
Check for manufacturability
Installation/ demolition sequence simulation
Documentation & data sharing
Professional drafting and documentation tools
Native support for DWG™ files
International standards support
Markup of DWG, DWF™, and PDF files
Configurable data security
Mobile and online sharing of 3D designs
Multiple user/concurrent design
Automated design organization
Easy administration
BOM generation
Automatic drawing view creation
BIM interoperability
Native translators
Smart panel layout drawings
Large-scale design review and collaboration
Layout designs, fly-throughs, walk-throughs

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