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so, I want to get into CAD.

I'm going to college next year, and looking to be an engineer.
I assume at some point I should know how to use it, better sooner than later!

can anyone point me in the right direction to download the right program, and maybe some basic guides on getting started?

thanks!
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I use this at school, senior, and it takes some time to get use to. Auto cad 2009 is what we use, and I have heard its very expensive. No college class at you school?
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I use this at school, senior, and it takes some time to get use to. Auto cad 2009 is what we use, and I have heard its very expensive. No college class at you school?
I'm a senior in high school, and we don't really have much of a computer department
most advanced class was intro to C++

Just looking to get a head start with anything cheap/free.
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Oh sorry bout that. Well I know of no cheap or free cad programs, but make sure the college your going to has an auto cad class. There pretty hard though.
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Oh sorry bout that. Well I know of no cheap or free cad programs, but make sure the college your going to has an auto cad class. There pretty hard though.
ahh no worries

and the school i'm going to does have an autocad class i believe.

I've seen a few pictures of people posting their work here on OCN, and I wanted to jump on the bandwagon
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I know I have seen um on the worklogs and stuff, jesus man I have no idea how people make the motherboard and everything. And everything is soo detailed! Haha
But good luck with your search. Maybe the student store at the college will have a cad program for cheap!?
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i have been using cad for over 10 years. cad is actually very easy to get use to. print out some short cuts and memorize were some tool bars are and you are good to go. Cad is not necessary to be an engineer but will make you more efficient at things you do. It will also help you understand how things are done in the cad world so when you hand in a markup to a drafter you should know how he/she is going to handle it. As far as programs go, i dont think i know of any that work with acad 09. you can get student versions around $300 i believe.
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i have been using cad for over 10 years. cad is actually very easy to get use to. print out some short cuts and memorize were some tool bars are and you are good to go. Cad is not necessary to be an engineer but will make you more efficient at things you do. It will also help you understand how things are done in the cad world so when you hand in a markup to a drafter you should know how he/she is going to handle it. As far as programs go, i dont think i know of any that work with acad 09. you can get student versions around $300 i believe.
so there are not even similar versions of a CAD software that I can get my hands on for free?

I just want to get used to working in similar 3D environments.
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I really like using Pro-E; of all the CAD programs I've tried Pro-E is the best for me. In fact, Pro-E is the program they're teaching here in the Mechanical Engineering department.

Solidworks and Autodesk Inventor are also well known CAD packages. I haven't really done much in Solidworks; so I can't really comment on it. Autodesk Inventor is pretty good, but I do not fine it as easy to navigate/work with as Pro-E. Autocad is not so much a 3D modeling program, but rather a 2D/3D sketching/drafting environment; CAD packages are designed to work with parts and assemblies (of parts and sub-assemblies) as well as to do thermal/structural analysis and make animations.


Autodesk provides free educational licenses to Autocad and Inventor to anyone who has a *.edu email address.

Another free program is Google Sketchup; but it uses a totally different ideology for modeling and is not akin to the procedures for modeling in a professional CAD package.

Also, PTC provides trial versions of Pro-E so you could try that as well (I believe it's a 30-day trial).

If you're interested in learning Pro-E, then feel free to PM/IM me (my MSN info is in my profile).

If you want things to practice, you can always try modeling some PC components; and we could even host them in the Hosted CAD Models thread. If you want to see the methodology I used to make a lot of those models, then check out the Pro-E versions as the individual features were not transferred when I ported them over to Inventor.
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thank you radodrill
exactly what i was looking for.

and autodesk gives free licenses to .edu addresses
yay!

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