What is the best CAD software?

Hi

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

Thanks

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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.

 
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Catia. but you should focus at purpose of design.

 
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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.....

 
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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..
cheers

 
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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.

 
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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

 
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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

 
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you should use use solid works as it is more popular

 
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SolidWorks. I am stuck with Inventor at work...

 
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@Sudhir Gill: Correct, however with money in mind you can not beat SW...

 
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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.

Good luck
Detlef

 
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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

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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
James

 
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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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You already know 2 history-based modelers. Try a Direct Modeler - download a free trial of KeyCreator Direct CAD from www.Kubotekusa.com. While you are at it ask for a trial of KeyCreator Analysis and learn to use the simplest and most powerful multi-physics FEA software.

 
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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.

 
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I'm surprised, no one has even mentioned Pro/E... I'm a SW user but I tought Pro/E was very polular...

 
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Hi Kanishk,

That's interesting, must have a look. Have you ever produced something you've designed from that package?

Cheers
James

 
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for Product design, I choose Solidwork & Catia, but for tooling Design (Mold & Die design) Cimatron is great.

 
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my best NX.............i like it...........U...

 
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I am a SolidWorks fan, but CATIA is by far the best overall solid modeler around...

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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KeyCreator CAD is great for conceptual design, reuse of designs made in other software and manufacturing. Kubotek offers students a free version of KeyCreator Direct CAD software. www.kubotek3d.com

 
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I'm a user of PRO E...but lot more options are difficult to use & I'm agree with Solidworks..:-)

 
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i have so far used
NX8.0
Creo Parmetric 2.0
SolidWorks
Catia no one can decide whats best for you as it vary between industries, your interest and standards.
www.cadadventures.blogpost.com

 
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