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Old 04-25-05, 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I haven't used mechanical desktop that much cept when we need to run a quick FEA on a part. I heard the kinematic capabilities are way better than inventor though.
I think we picked inventor a while ago cause it was the best compromise between drafting, engineering, and manufacturing since I do 75% of that at work.

Is mechanical desktop parametric and does it have associativity between dimensions and parts in an assembly?
Yes to both questions. The dims can named variables, or formulas containing them, and you can even drive them from an Excel spreadsheet. You can constrain assemblies so that if you move one, you move it all. It will generate a parts list for you, bubble the assemblies, all that stuff. And it does a decent job of putting all that on paper too.

Make no mistake, it has a steep learning curve, but it's worth the effort.
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