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Viable Options to Replace
Subscription Only CAD software

Autodesk, PTC and Siemens

"CAD subscription only, is a very bad business decision. It is like getting married to someone you can't control and almost impossible to divorce after a few years."


I am not going to go into all the reasons you shouldn't continue with the subscription only CAD software, it is fully covered in this article.

You are Not Stuck with Autodesk or PTC Subscriptions!

The most important reason is you do not want to put your engineering data or intellectual property under the control of these potentially unstable corporations!


The Autodesk Solution

These prices come from the Autodesk store. How long before they eliminate all dealers. Prices have increase since the last posting. The arrogance is beyond belief. I have worked with this company as a dealer and I can tell you that the concern for the users is long gone.

AutoCAD

$200.00 per month or $1610.00 per Year or $4345.00 for 3 years

AutoCAD LT

$50.00 per month pr $400.00 per Year or $1080.00 for 3 years

Options:

With most AutoCAD 2D clones you are mostly compatible with today's .dxf and .dwg. I will guarantee they will do a drastic change to the file format, striving to lock the clones out.

AutoCAD 2D Only

Ironcad Draft  Unrivaled Compatibility with AutoCAD

$595.00 Perpetual Seat. Upgrades $200.00 per year.

Reads/writes native AutoCAD files.

ZWCAD Seamless Compatibility with DWG and other CAD files

 Starts at $799.00 Annual Maintenance $160.00


Autodesk Inventor - AutoCAD 3D

$250.00 per month or $1985.00 per Year or $5360.00 for 3 years

Option:

ZW3D Lite - Full Function 3D CAD System

Rentals start at $450.00 6 months $800.00 12 months

$2,000.00 Perpetual Seat

Reads native Inventor files plus Creo/Pro/E, NX/Solid Edge, Catia 4/5 and Solidworks

ZW3D Standard - Adds Free Form Class A Surfacing and Morphing, Sheet metal, Robust Reverse Engineering and more.

Rentals start at $650.00 6 months $1200.00 12 months

$3,000.00 Perpetual seat

IronCad - The very best conceptual design 3D CAD system

Rent $1,500.00 per year.

$3,970.00 Perpetual seat

Five Functions that Increase 3D CAD Productivity!!

IronCAD vs Solidworks and the Pro/e Paradigm


Autodesk Alias

Alias Concept

$530.00 Monthly only or $4235.00 per year or $11435.00 three years

Alias Surface

$1105.00 Monthly only or $8825.00 per year or "OMG" three years!!

ZW3D Standard - Adds Free Form Class A Surfacing and Morphing, Sheet metal, Reverse Engineering,

Rentals start at $650.00 6 months $1200.00

$3,000.00 Perpetual seat


The PTC Solution

PTC Accelerates Subscription Business Model in Select Regions

It looks like subscriptions only January 1, 2018,

I have to tell you looking into buy or even upgrading leaves you a bit perplexed. Even though they say that subscription will start in 2018, it seems to be the only option they are offering. It is not really straight forward. They basically offer a one subscription CAD solution with most of the options. They have a list of dealers but they have no reference to location.

They include a variety of products. You get them if you need them or not. There is no option for just Creo parametric and a reasonable subscription, you have to get Creo direct, Simulation and CAM. I looked for advanced surfacing and they seem to expect you to call. You better know exactly what you want before you call. I suppose a seasoned Creo user would understand this.

We are just going to compare our products to the options above.

Replacing Creo is actually very easy to replace. Both of our product have history and direct edit integrated into a single package. Creo is the most fragmented program. It is a bit of a kluge as they try to keep their product relevant. It is really shocking that many of they users have not moved to a much more flexible 3D CAD system. Even the mid-ranged Creo clones outperform Creo.  

Creo Design Essentials Subscription with Auto-Renewal Start at $2,310.00 and goes who knows where. This is an increased price since my last posting.

I agreed to the Creo Parametric Essentials Subscription with Auto-Renewal Terms of Sale. 

Sort of Scary!! Gulp!!

Here are our options.

Creo Parametric and Direct

Replacement Option

IronCad - The very best conceptual design 3D CAD system.

Rent $1,500.00 per year

$4,670.00 Perpetual seat with options to read Creo files, NX, Solidworks, Solid Edge, Catia 4/5 and Inventor directly

Five Functions that Increase 3D CAD Productivity!!

IronCAD vs Solidworks and the Pro/e Paradigm


ZW3D Lite - Full Function 3D CAD System  

Rentals start at $450.00 6 months $800.00 12 months

$2,000.00 Perpetual Seat

Imports native Creo/Pro/e plus Catia, NX and Solidworks PMI, Imports Inventor, and Solid Edge. Imports and Exports writes Catia 4/5 plus all the standard formats. Catia and Solidworks drawings

Creo Parametric/Direct with surfacing

Replacement Option

ZW3D Standard - Adds Free Form Class A Surfacing and Morphing, Sheet metal, Robust Reverse Engineering and more

Rentals start at $650.00 6 months $1200.00 12 months

$3,000.00 Perpetual seat

ZW3D is one of the only truly integrated CAD/CAM packages with mold design and 2 to 5 axis CNC options. Equal the high end packages? You be the judge!

Imports native Creo/Pro/e plus Catia, NX and Solidworks PMI, Imports Inventor, and Solid Edge. Imports and Exports writes Catia 4/5 plus all the standard formats. Catia and Solidworks drawings

ZW3D Pricing

The Case for Inexpensive Integrated 3D CAD/CAM! 


Siemens NX

"NX Continuous Release"

NX Cloud Connected - Core Designer

$279.00 per Month

Replacement Option

ZW3D Lite - Full Function 3D CAD System  

Rentals start at $450.00 6 months $800.00 12 months

$2,000.00 Perpetual Seat

Imports native Creo/Pro/e plus Catia, NX and Solidworks PMI, Imports Inventor, and Solid Edge. Imports and Exports writes Catia 4/5 plus all the standard formats. Catia and Solidworks drawings

NX Cloud Connected - Advanced Designer

$559.00 per Month

NX Cloud Connected - Scan to Part


$459.00 per Month

Replacement Option

ZW3D Standard - Adds Free Form Class A Surfacing and Morphing, Sheet metal, Robust Reverse Engineering and more

Rentals 6 months $650.00 12 months $1200.00

$3,000.00 Perpetual seat

NX Cloud Connected - Mold Designer

$559.00 per Month

Replacement Option

ZW3D Professional Mold Design

Includes ZW3D Standard

Rentals 6 months $1050.00 12 months $2000.00

$5,000.00 Perpetual seat

ZW3D is one of the only truly integrated CAD/CAM packages with mold design and 2 to 5 axis CNC options. Equal the high end packages? You be the judge!

Imports native Creo/Pro/e plus Catia, NX and Solidworks PMI, Imports Inventor, and Solid Edge. Imports and Exports writes Catia 4/5 plus all the standard formats. Catia and Solidworks drawings

ZW3D Pricing

The Case for Inexpensive Integrated 3D CAD/CAM! 


That is about it. Cost savings? Of course, are you locked into a company for life? Nope. If you need other options please give me a call.

Both IronCAD and ZW3D have analysis and simulation option.

There you go.

You are not stuck with paying for CAD forever!

You now have Options.

The Very Best 3D CAD Rental Offer!!

TECH-NET Engineering Services!

Why TECH-NET Sells IronCAD and ZW3D

For more information or to download IronCAD or ZW3D

Feel free to give me a call!

Joe Brouwer
206-842-0360

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