Tips for mechanical engineering student
Im doing mechanical engineering ,i prefer design as my functional area in the industry,i have not learned any software yet ,what CAD/CAM/CAE software suits best for a student & i would also want 2 know which is best today in the industry....
The more you know the better.
Solidworks and Inventor are being used by most industries. They are considered mid-range products and are easy to learn. If you know one of them then you can learn the other relatively easy.
CATIA and NX are considered high end products and are used by industries like Boeing.
No mater what you choose for 3D CAD, I think Autocad mechanical is still a must.
As stated Solidworks and inventor are widely used mid level applications. I think Solidworks is used more in Industrial Design based on my experience. I learned Inventor years ago then switched to Solidworks because that was what we used in design school along with Alias..I prefer Solidworks over Inventor. It was extremely easy to pick up so if you learn one you can use the other fairly easily.. This might be a great level to start at. I use a combination of Alias and Solidworks for personal stuff. Alias at work and I am now picking up Catia for work as well. I also use Polygonal modeling software. For design, these tools are extremely good for quick ideation and form studies. I use Cinema 4D, Maya, Modo, Mudbox and 3D coat..They all have a place in my work flow depending on what I want to create.. Autodesk student community is great place to start, because as a student you can get free copies of their software and they offer a wide range of software to use that are widely used in many industries...