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Old 28-Apr-2010, 07:12   #1
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A mate is trying to get into CAD and has been recommended one called UG,
Anyone here have any experience with it? Is it hard to learn and are there free trails available?
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Old 28-Apr-2010, 16:43   #2
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What's he trying to get into it for?
If he's looking for a job using it then he wants to be using the package potential employers are using.
I've only ever used Catia V5 and Auto cad myself. (Actually that's a lie, Only used Auto Cad for 2 minutes before I decided I'd be better off using Visio )

Catia is great for 3D, immensely powerful however I wouldn't fancy tackling that alone.
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Autocad and solid edge are the ones that the cad peeps I know use.

For personal stuff and a much easier learning curve, there's always google sketchup
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Yeah need to know what its really for

basic stuff Solidworks or the new kid on the block is Alibre(?) which is dirt cheap to buy (99$ instead of solidworkds 3000 odd) it can do part and assembly modelling drawings etc nifty if you keep it simple

going up in complexity you get Autodesk Inventor which is a little more robust can tackle things a bit better and as a bonus its backwardly compatible with Autocad roughly same prices i believe as Solidworks (3-5k range)

then you get to Pro Engineer which is specialised just for manufacturing and a ballache to learn properly ( ironically i use this the most ) can and will do everything you throw at it bar specialist design

finally you get CATIA V5/6 which is for automotive aerospace applications that require highly complex modelling and part design.

as a starter id reccomend a copy of Solidworks, as its pretty well used by most small/medium size businesses and intuitive and an easy learning curve



UG in Unigraphics by the way and its roughly the same complexity as Inventor although never really spent alot of time on it.
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Yeah need to know what its really for

basic stuff Solidworks or the new kid on the block is Alibre(?) which is dirt cheap to buy (99$ instead of solidworkds 3000 odd) it can do part and assembly modelling drawings etc nifty if you keep it simple

going up in complexity you get Autodesk Inventor which is a little more robust can tackle things a bit better and as a bonus its backwardly compatible with Autocad roughly same prices i believe as Solidworks (3-5k range)

then you get to Pro Engineer which is specialised just for manufacturing and a ballache to learn properly ( ironically i use this the most ) can and will do everything you throw at it bar specialist design

finally you get CATIA V5/6 which is for automotive aerospace applications that require highly complex modelling and part design.

as a starter id reccomend a copy of Solidworks, as its pretty well used by most small/medium size businesses and intuitive and an easy learning curve

UG in Unigraphics by the way and its roughly the same complexity as Inventor although never really spent alot of time on it.
I'd agree with that (as a ProE user, I wouldn't recommend it for a beginner without a training course, although the newer versions are more user friendly and then old versions).
Most of the CAD I see from other companies is usually from Solidworks as is relatively cheap for SME's to get hold of. I've also used Inventer before, but didn't like it was five or so years ago though.

Also Unigraphics is now called NX.
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