just to know how many of grabcads members using what kind of softwares.
i 'm agreed with Sudhir Gill .
i think solidworks is the best because :
1-it's easy to use and more user friend.
2-using of mates in assembly are better than others.
3-use of constrains are easier than others.
4-having design tree help u to better edition.
5-developing in this software is very fast
6-CAE in solidworks is not bad.accuracy is very good
proEngineer very good software in CAD
It has to be IV as you can pick stuff up pretty quick with it as I did not know how to use any CAD until 6 months ago and I think I am getting on not to bad as far as learning how to use it, very user friendly and Auto desk web site has endless tutorials and a very good forums page were you can go to get help with anything related to Auto desk software and there is also endless tutorials that people have put online to learn from.
this should give you an idea about Grabcad users
i will say solidworks...!!
but Pro-E is also good... but requires deep understanding of concepts and so there is minimum space for creativity...
It depends on what do you want to model, If you want to create an accurate engeneering model you could use Solid Works, Pro-E or Autodesk Inventor, they all are kind of the same. which one is easier? It depends on which one did you learn first or how much do you practice on each.
If you would like to model organic figures or create 3d caracters you might use Maya, Alias or even 3ds Studio Max Design
I've found Inventor is one of the easiest to model but most of industries use Solid Works, so if you want to get a nice job you'll need SW
I agree with most of the comments above... it's definately a 2-part question...
I think it very much depends upon your dicipline, and what you want to model... many of the programs out there are considered "the best" by who ever uses them, or knows them well because they can do whatever they want in the system.
However with that being said, each system also has it's own learning curve. Personally, I use PTC Creo 1.0 for my freelance work, I'm also a reseller for PTC. However, for my full time job, I use NX 7.5 because that's what they use... I used SolidWorks in college because that's what they required... they are all good, but for different things.
@Sudhir - have you seen the new Creo 1.0 freestyle? if you are looking for creativity, it's THE way to go! You start with a virtual ball of clay and form it into what ever you want! You should check it out, it's really cool and fun to use.
SW may not be the best or the easiest, but I found the same year release of AD Inventor makes my PC hang. Anyway, there is no application that can do everything unless you learn how to use it. There's no magic stick implemented in any of them. The main point is that you know what the end result should be before you start, and then, thinking backwards allows you to get the job done with almost no problems or headaches. Good planning is half of the job done. I wouldn't get into explanations why SW and not something else. It just came out that way after almost one year contemplation... After changing one release and two more years with it, I would be reluctant to change the tool.