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CAD Software You Should Consider Using

Computer-Aided Design software is absolutely crucial for industries such as industrial objects, mechanical objects, industrial design, architecture, engineering.

When you have a CAD model on your hands, you get data for things like material properties, dimensions, manufacturing processes, and tolerance. Basically, you get freedom for advanced rendering and animation, while having some menial and annoying parts of the job basically given to you on a platter.

In order to stay competitive in any of the fields we mentioned above, CAD software is an absolute must. Whether it’s a matter of time, of information, thoroughness, or specificity, know that these programs will improve your work in every possible way. In the article below are some pieces of CAD software we believe you should focus on.

FreeCAD

First things first, let’s start with FreeCAD. This is a free parametric tool that is completely open-source. It allows you to design real-life objects, making editing easier and simpler. You have options like going to your model’s history and changing certain parameters.

Now, the thing with free CAD is that it’s basically free. This means that it is far from a professional tool. However, it is a very useful training tool that serves as a fantastic starting point for students, and just people who have no prior experience, but who wish to dip their toes in work like this.

Creo   

Then we have Creo. One of the market leaders in the industry, developed by Parametric Technology Corporation, this piece of software has been on the market for 3 decades now. It has many functionalities that give you a complete and flexible experience. Things like structural, freestyle, and surface generation, as well the option to do dimensioning calculations means you get a fantastic piece of software that covers everything you would need in your trade and industry.

Great for additive manufactures, allowing you to dimension any of your calculations for your models however you see fit. Furthermore, the latest version, 5.0, has been out since 2018, with a fantastic interface, great handling, and a 30-day free trial version.

AutoCAD

Hailing from Autodesk, this is one of the first pieces of CAD software released on the market. Out since 1982. While admittedly any good AutoCAD software suite has a steep learning curve, the functionality it provides you with is unparalleled. Great for professionals who have experience with programming models algorithmically. Simply put, you need to master macros and scripts to get anything above the novice results.

However, if you have the appropriate skills and capabilities, there is almost nothing you can’t do with AutoCAD. The models are easy to convert for 3D printing if you need them, and you can also find AutoCAD for mobile and as a web app. Furthermore, you can find a free and completely functional version for universities and students.

CATIA

CATIA is rather specific in that it has been made for Aviation purposes. However, at the same time, it’s one of the simpler CAD options out there. What makes it special is that it innovates product design by integrated various systems, perspectives, and approaches when it comes to product design and development. You get multiple disciplines that leverage their own tools through various steps on the production process.

Namely, it’s used by industrial and creative designers alike, as well as being amazing for mechanical engineers and systems architects. Furthermore, it has a 3D design environment that allows online collaboration. Stakeholders and other engineers can share product design, as well as collaborate on certain products and modeling options.

Solidworks

Finally, we have Solidworks. Made by Dassault Systems, 3D designers often use this piece of software. Here you get a wide variety of features, like reverse engineering tools, design validation tools, all with lots of practicality and detail.

Just like RHINO, Solidworks uses multiple NURBS for its system. One of the best things you can get with this software is very detailed, useful curvatures. Instead of using polygonal modeling, you get dimensional sketching. In other words, no more hassle and suffering when it comes to resizing work. Furthermore, you won’t have to use secondary programs if you want to edit STL files and formats. You will minimize the amount of post-design processing needed when using this tool.

Rhino

Rhino is a very versatile and useful 3D modeler and CAD software in one. It uses the mathematical model NURB which allows you to manipulate curves, meshes, surfaces, and solids in a variety of ways. Furthermore, it has a very wide range of design features and versatility when it comes to setting up sophisticated 3D models.

Now, similar to Autodesk’s software, this one has a steep learning curve as well. You will need a lot of practice if you want to master this piece of software. Of course, just because your employees don’t know how to use it, doesn’t mean they can’t learn. Proper learning software and options can help them achieve great results.

Conclusion

And there you have it folks, some pieces of CAD software that you should seriously consider using. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, you can definitely find something that fits your needs. So, AutoCAD and Rhino are very powerful tools that can give you amazing results but necessitate a very steep learning curve. On the other hand, FreeCAD and TinkerCAD are great for beginners that need something to practice on. Be honest with your skill level, and make a wise investment with one of the pieces of software above.

Nick Brown

Nick Brown

Nick is a blogger and a marketing expert currently engaged in projects for Media Gurus, an Australian business, and marketing resource. He is an aspiring street artist and does Audio/Video editing as a hobby.

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