I've just finished my degree in Computer aided product design and want to learn a new CAD software to become more employable, which ones would you suggest to make it easier to get a job?
I already know Solidworks and NX
I am SW user, but will say CATIA.
CATIA is your best choice now
I would say CATIA, though mostly aerospace and automotive companies use it. It's very very powerful. Think of anything, and you can make it. The trick is knowing how to use it, lol.
I personally enjoy it as a hobby when I don't have homework to do.
Trick to know is an understatement, Best Around if finances are not an issue...
Catia. but you should focus at purpose of design.
Hi Paul no one can tell you what is the best CAD software as we are all different and all use CAD for different jobs. People will tell you what the best CAD software is for them self but that might not be the case for you.... It will depend on what you want to do with CAD software and what you will be producing your work for.....
Thanks for your help! Will prob go with IV as ive learnt both solidworks and AutoCAD at uni for 4 years now so very competent in both
Thanks... I just want to be more employable so I dont mind what I design etc... just looking for what will look good on a CV
Hi Paul in that case I would look into Solid Works or Inventor and AutoCAD
To be honest it does not really matter if it is SW or IV as they both have there flaws and the both have there strong points but SW is cheaper to buy..... Again this is down to your self SW seems to be more popular on GrabCAD but that does not mean it is better than SW there are a lot of very talented people on here that work with SW and IV and they will be more than happy to help you in what ever way they can if you need help.....
Auto CAD would also be very useful for you to know as it is 2D and still a lot of companies use it so would not hurt to know that also...
Anyways if you do decide to go with IV over SW then I will help you if you need it in any way I can, feel free to PM me anytime
take it easy m8
Actually William is right.. I'm a product designer in Venezuela and I personally prefer to use Rhinoceros 3D, basically because of its friendly interface and a real good quality model output. maybe what you should do is focus on what kind of product you want to direction yourself to.. after doing that, google your way to the CAD that you feel is best for you..
Solidworks is much more user friendly than Catia and easier to learn, but Catia is a little more powerful than SW. so if your job is not that complicated choose solidworks.
Catia and catia
There is no such thing as the best CAD software. CAD software is a tool and just like any tool you pick the right one for the job you need to use it on. If your design work is on the simple side and you have no need for FEA or anything like that it would be foolish to spend the money on Catia U/G or any of those high end programs
What i feel now is the best CAD software is the one you can use most efficiently. Most user wants ease of use they prefer SolidWorks. Others want Advanced features and operations they use CATIA, Pro/e and NX. :)
So all that matters is what suits you best. :D
SolidWorks. I am stuck with Inventor at work...
It depends in which branch you will go.
I totally agree with William.
Today I'm working with SolidWorks.
To get some basic knowledge additionally to SWX and NX about Catia is a good way. Important is also a in-depth knowledge about conversion.
Because data exchange between different cad systems is a major theme.
and one more use software what you can update. I mean if you need model mold at SolidWorks you can use Imold. If you need CAM you can install SolidCAM/HSMWorks and more. This list can make larger and larger.
But if you crash SolidWorks all Add-in stop working at the same moment.
So think correctly. I use SW
SpaceClaim - because you can get a concept on the screen very quickly, get feedback very quickly from your co workers, who think in 3D, then you can carry on at a moments notice and refine your components, and you can produce fully usable drawings for manufacture - all in one program.
Its very quick to learn because lots of the cleverness is built into the buttons.
That way you can just push, pull, chamfer, cut, slice, combine, look at cross sections, carry on working even if the drawing is in cross section. Take a look at the Space Claim Website video. Its also affordable, so the loop is achievable and you dont need a CAD draughtsman who will constrain your design too soon after the project has started.
The other cool thing about SpaceClaim is that you can download drawings from other packages (like Inventor or Solid Works) and just carry on working in SpaceClaim as if you had drawn the item from scratch. You dont have to guess what the draughtsman did - you can just pull, cut, remove, add or change fillets, add holes, draw more items and join them all up into a machine of your choice. You can download ready drawn items like motors, bearings from the web and even those can be worked on without knowing anything about how it was drawn - no history trees to dig into. You dont need them.
Going to try this
I second William. But also, you should research perhaps the industry you want to get into. Games are all nurby so 3DS is an option ( but I don't know what the majority use). Autodesk it would seem are moving towards more visual design with Architecture. I use SW because my industry - aerospace - use it. When I started they just SW gurus and the team would brief them. I have actually never seen Catia which seems to get votes ( I must have a look).
But again, do the research and you'll get the best answer.
Best of luck
je pense que SOLID EDGE ST4 est une tres bonne solution CAO. Facile à apprendre et assez intuitif...
I think SOLID EDGE ST4 is a very good CAD solution. Easy to learn and quite intuitive ...
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Hi Scott, could you possibly post - or give links to - some examples of the software you're pushing?
I have had a look through Catia, it's pretty cool! But for what I produce SW covers it and as mentioned the $ is nice.
My favorite Solidworks
I guess this one is a Dassault sponsored site, no talks of Pro/Engineer, quite surprising.
Well, for all of you Solidworks and CATIA lovers, just tell me if anything in your love can match the power of 'trajpar' in Pro/E,(not to mention other stuff such as datum graphs, curve by equation etc etc...)
for those who don't know what this 'trajpar' can do, Leo Greene has a fantastic tutorial here:
That's interesting, must have a look. Have you ever produced something you've designed from that package?
for Product design, I choose Solidwork & Catia, but for tooling Design (Mold & Die design) Cimatron is great.
my best NX.............i like it...........U...
I am a SolidWorks fan, but CATIA is by far the best overall solid modeler around...
My best NX.....
Definitely SolidWorks, I used other CAD softwares but the most intuitive, simple, easy and powerful is SolidWorks, and it has a lot of addins for more specific Jobs from other companies, the support is excellent and there are many online courses and tutorials; although I have heard that CATIA is the best, but for very specific jobs, as long as you can learn it and pay for such expensive software. both are from Dassault Systèmes.
i a'm a user of pro/e but i think pro/e but it is not so good in surfacing.so i also agreed with catia.