I am a high school student very interested in drafting and modeling for my career path. I have recently been "certified" in the original AutoCAD software and have found myself lost in what to do next, should I venture off into AutoCAD inventor? Solidworks? I am looking for a good challenge, something on the verge of intermediate and expert. If anyone can help please let me know, thanks.
for product design i recomandat to you CATIA,You can begin with part design ;assembly , drafting , generative shape, freestyle ,kinematics, macros ; INVENTOR is good also
For modeling: AUTODESK 3d max and maya -modeling texturing,rendering ,animation
Try to learn one or 2 software...and do it very well
keep in mind that 3d printing is and will be the future
Thank you for your help, I am now starting to learn the ways of Inventor, its a lot more different than original autoCAD than you would think haha
3D printing will no doubt get better in the future, but if you plan to mass produce any of the products you design in the foreseeable future, knowledge of traditional fabrication methods must be known.
Casting, molding, machining, stamping, forming, extrusions, welding...etc.
The parts you design will need to be produced using some method. If it is designed incorrectly for a process, you can expect to pay a significant penalty to account for the extra time needed to resolve the issue, or redesign the part.
I see many parts "designed" by someone which will never be able to leave a 3D printer. These are great for prototype models and very low volumes, but translating that design to mass production for several thousand - millions of parts will not happen without starting over.
You are correct, those are some interesting points. I will begin to educate myself on all of the fabrication methods. Thank you!
SolidWorks is also very popular in manufacturing and you can never go wrong by knowing too many different software suites. AutoCAD seems to be popular in the civil engineering world, mainly due to legacy. CAD is an exciting thing to be into, it runs from Hollywood CGI to building bridges and machining rocket parts. I'd recommend you go with a good 3D package like CATIA or SolidWorks. If it was me, I'd try the cheapest student versions first. Regards,
An interesting point, I have been using the student versions. I always thought I should stick to one and not branch off to too many different softwares so I wouldnt confuse myself, but it makes since that I should learn as many as I can, thank you!
3D CAD for sure. I see less and less use for 2D drawings these days.
3D printing (or "additive manufacturing") is pretty popular these days, especially as more materials become available. I recently played with Fusion360 (free) and was impressed with it's interface and capabilities.
I'm not sure if you have any career objectives yet, but I suggest learning the CAD system that potential employers use. Both AutoCAD or Solidworks will give you the basic skills to build upon.
Thank you Jack, I am now starting to learn the complicated ways of inventor. As for career objectives at this point, I am really into structural engineering, or at least I think I am. I haven't gotten much real exposure.