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what CAD software is available?

so far ive seen AutoCAD & Solid works. what other software is out there?
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CATIA is an awesome suite for CAD

My work uses it design everything to do with the aircraft we build.

I have only had a short play on AutoCAD (this was 3 years ago)

And from what i remember it was all 3D work

With CATIA you can design a 2D object and make it 3D later, or vice versa

There is some really neat stuff on it were you can do hidden details and transfer your 2D drawings to paper with a a 3D overview behind it so that craftsmen can understand what they are building.

Really smart program

I only had a 3 hour play with it last week and that's all i will be able to do. (not my area of work)

So my knowledge is very limited on it. But it's worth checking out.
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This doesn't really answer your question....

What are you trying to do? Solid works is pretty powerful (and expensive)...that is all I use for school!
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This doesn't really answer your question....

What are you trying to do? Solid works is pretty powerful (and expensive)...that is all I use for school!
im designing and building a rocket that i will be launching some time next year. Its just a hobby so $2000 for solid works is a little, no wait a lot out of my budget for the use it will get.

this is a incomplete drawing sort of showing what I'm working with...

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Autocad should be fine for what you need. I'm an aircraft designer and have used Catia for 10 years now with V5 for about 2 of them. Catia V5 is very good for parametric and knowledge based engineering. If you design it you can change things very easily and change is common place in this job.

If you can get solid works that's a cool app ad better for 3D modelling than Autocad, unless you can get mechanical desktop which is a little better. Regarding other CAD apps. Unigraphics is also used in the industry and proengineer.
    
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Autocad should be fine for what you need. I'm an aircraft designer and have used Catia for 10 years now with V5 for about 2 of them. Catia V5 is very good for parametric and knowledge based engineering. If you design it you can change things very easily and change is common place in this job.

If you can get solid works that's a cool app ad better for 3D modelling than Autocad, unless you can get mechanical desktop which is a little better. Regarding other CAD apps. Unigraphics is also used in the industry and proengineer.
I can't believe how much CAD software costs! I'm not running a business here just looking for a little extra help with my hobby. isn't there an old version I could download (free) keep in mind its got to be X64 because I'm running vista 64.
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Rhino 3D is awesome mate. More graphical bias than engineering but probably more than you need.

http://www.rhino3d.com/ limited to 25 saves though.. just dont close it

Also look at alibre.. i think thats just limited by assembly size

http://www.alibre.com/xpress/?source=LTFRB2006
    
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Rhino 3D is awesome mate. More graphical bias than engineering but probably more than you need.

http://www.rhino3d.com/ limited to 25 saves though.. just dont close it

Also look at alibre.. i think thats just limited by assembly size

http://www.alibre.com/xpress/?source=LTFRB2006
i need to just take some college classes that use CAD and may be get a student copy or something. any ideas there?
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I can't believe how much CAD software costs! I'm not running a business here just looking for a little extra help with my hobby. isn't there an old version I could download (free) keep in mind its got to be X64 because I'm running vista 64.
By the way, Vista x64 also supports 32-bit applications, 16-bit and lower you are out of luck!
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I've had great results with totally free program called CadSTD Lite. For 3D rendering, you can use Google Sketchup. I am assuming that you have some drafting background. The CAD program has layers, dimensioning and some other handy features. The only drawback that I have encountered is the file type that it saves the drawings. Good luck with whatever you end up using for your project.
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