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ive been taking a class learning solidworks, man u can do some amazing things with it, i wanted to purchase it to fool around with it at home or do little side work for someone but the price quote was around $5000 bucks:eek2: thats way more than i can afford. i heard of other programs such as alibre which is much more afforable. just wondering what other cad programs people here use, if any, in their home or job thats a bit cheaper than solidworks and why they like it
 

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also heard of a program called pro E which is supposedly worth over $100k wondering if anyone here uses it or has ever use it and what for
 

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Well, they are all pretty much the same. I am a Mechanical Engineer and work for a big mining company up in Canada. I have been using Autodesk Inventor. I know there is also Pro-Engineer, but it is also expensive to get a license. The software development for these things is quite something when you think about everything the program can do, which is why the cost is so high. Lucky for me I might be able to get a copy from work to use and home and do some engineering for myself on the weekends. BTW: I learned Pro-E at university, good program, very similar to what I use now. I know that a student license was $20K and that about 4 years ago. Like I said the technology isn't cheap and there s quite a bit of money inot it. Best part is I can design and draft and it really makes up for my shortcomings as a draftsman.

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Cad Rat.

I am using ArchiCad 10 by Graphisoft. It is a full 3D modelling program. The concept is pretty cool, you draw the project in 3 dimensions then just take 'samples' of the various views you want to portray (i.e. plans, elevations, sections). Any changes you make are dynamic and 'self-healing' on all the drawing sheets.

I used Autodesk AutoCad for 10+years. This ArchiCad 10 makes AutoCad look like Etch-a-Sketch. Fairly easy to use out of the box, you can do some amazing things with it, although there are some frustrations. We are just scratching the surface, havent had very long. Costs $4000 for the first user, not sure what it is after that.

I'm pretty sure there are drastically cheaper student versions available though.
 

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Like most things, you get what you pay for. Including cadd software.
Solidworks is pretty good bang for the buck though, I use it daily and I also use mastercam for programing toolpaths. I havent used pro-e before , but have heard it is very powerfull but complex as well. Solidworks seems to be very user friendly. I know with solid works if you have a seat at work you are allowed by the licence agreement to use it at home as well.
I have used autocad and versicad , but 3d modeling is the way to go.
 

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I use Bobcad 19 that downloads right into the CNC machines. But that is More for Production and Setup of parts. Not really good For design and Engineering . For that i use Autocad. That is what i learned on and i am bias to that.
My 2 Cents. -Andy
 

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There are more CAD systems out there than fingers on both hands; Pro/E, SolidWorks, AutoDesk Inventor, Solid Edge, AutoCad, CATIA, I-Deas, IronCad, Mechanical Desktop, ...

Most are solid-based modelers so they behave about the same. I work with Pro/E daily and occasionally teach Pro/E and SolidWorks to university students.

Licensing costs have changed considerably in the last few years as SolidWorks has become a major competitor in the industry. In fact, Pro/E pricing is nearly the same as SolidWorks (<$5,000) for a basic commercial license.

Also, SolidWorks' icon-based user interface is far simpler, so much so, that Pro/E is becoming very similar. No longer are the SADRMR and Feature/Create/Solid/Protrusion/Extrude/Solid, ..., command series occupying precious brain cells for us Pro/E users.

One thing to consider if you only want to use the software for personal use is a student version. Both Pro/E and SolidWorks offer their software as student versions, often times bundled with textbooks but with limited use (60-180 day) licensing. Below are a few on-line sources student versions:

SolidWorks 2006-2007 24 month license for $69
http://www.studica.com

Pro/E Wildfire 3.0 for $180
SolidWorks 2006-2007 24 month license for $100
http://www.journeyed.com

Software Textbook Publishers w/ bundled software:
http://www.schroff.com
http://prenhall.com/

Don't let the term "student" discourage you from getting software for personal use. Afterall, we're all students of life. Besides, the software makers have built in protections to restrict use of student versions for profit making activities. Some print "academic version" on your drawings and/or they simply won't exchange files with commercial versions.

Since you're in the Bay Area, you should get familiar with DeAnza College's program. The instructors are aligned with Prentice Hall and Schroff Development Corporation and have set up their own website with considerable resources: http://www.cad-resources.com.

Since you say you're taking a class, it's too bad your instructor hasn't shared this information with you and your fellow students. Perhaps you can teach him...
 

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What do you want to do? if you just want to mess around in 3D or create Google earth models. Try SketchUp! Google Earth license is Free!

http://www.sketchup.com/

http://sketchup.google.com/products.html


Easiest program I've ever used for 3D stuff. Don't be fooled by it's skew to the architectural models, I've used it to do many industrial design projects and it exports the models your "friends" more expensive CADD programs.

Do you want "hard-core" 3D and rendering? Try Blender, it is opensource and free. Steeeeeeep learning curve, but awesome results.

http://blender.org/cms/Home.2.0.html
 

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