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    I Googled a comparison of Solidworks and Inventor.

    After an hour of reading --- not much help because everyone thought the one they were using was better than the other.

    I'm interested in designing and making parts from an engineering perspective.

    If there are any members that have experience in both that would share their feelings - please post.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHinkle View Post
    I Googled a comparison of Solidworks and Inventor.

    After an hour of reading --- not much help because everyone thought the one they were using was better than the other.

    I'm interested in designing and making parts from an engineering perspective.

    If there are any members that have experience in both that would share their feelings - please post.
    Joe, they're both comparable. They both do solid models, they both work great with assemblies and they both do just about the same things.

    I chose SolidWorks at my model shop because 1) it was cheaper and 2) we get a large number more SolidWorks models than Inventor.

    I chose Inventor for my sheet metal shop because it has something called iLogic. iLogic is a VB scripted interface that lets me embed programming into the parts and assemblies. I use it for EVERYTHING I do. When I made a cart (simple Stainless cart similar to a tool box), I use iLogic to let me easily, with 2 parameters, set width & height in all the parts in the assembly.

    So, if I had to choose, it would be Autodesk Inventor. I can tell you SolidWorks is "fun" to use -- somehow they have made it feel "fun". Autodesk Inventor feels more utilitarian.

    They are both excellent, well written programs that will do everything you need. I think you will be happy with either.
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    Thanks.

    I was on the SW site and saw they had a special offer for veterans. --- $20 with copy of DD214.

    The link took you to their page that talked about a Student Edition - LIMITED export and of good for 12 months.

    I Googled a comparison between Student and Professional and besides the 12 month license -- the Student did NOT let you export an STL file --- which is what I want for my 3D printer slicer. The post stated that since you were using a Student version - they intended you to go someplace in school to a "real" version and finish your print there.

    After waiting 25 minutes for customer service to answer the phone, I explained that as a Vet - I was not in school and did not have access to a "real" version to complete my printing project.

    Basically "sorry charlie". We give you the cheap price to learn the software - not use it.

    So the SW's VET promotion is no promotion at all.

    Thanks --- now I will focus on Inventor.

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    Joe, any way you can take advantage of this:

    http://www.autodesk.com/education/student-software

    I got my kids free software to use at home this way.
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    for brackets etc , simple stuff i just use tinkercad.com other then then autocad for me...
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    I'm going on 10 years now with SketchUp Pro. It works really well hand in hand with my CNC and laser cutter.

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    Thanks again everyone for the great suggestions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donny M. Carter View Post
    Thanks again everyone for the great suggestions!
    I think you would do best with my suggestion

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoNJ View Post
    I think you would do best with my suggestion
    That's the one I was referring to!

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    Nothing like bringing up a two year old thread, but figured there wasn't a need for a new one! I've used SketchUp for years and love it for laying out my woodworking projects or modeling architectural stuff. I found myself wanting something a little different however for designing stuff to be 3D printed. Took Autodesk 123D Design for a spin, but quickly became annoyed with having to design anything that required precise technical tweaks since it's not parametric. I stayed away from Fusion 360 due to the cloud nature of it, but finally forced myself to become oriented with it last night. Very impressed. Very powerful tool that's free for the maker / hobbyist community.

    Small example, a battery tray for a RC car that had some very precise holes that needed to be tweaked. The simplistic edit of moving a hole to a precise location is a nightmare in 123D. Fusion 360 makes it easy. Just go back, edit your sketch, and everything else will update.

    RC10GT Battery Tray v11_Sketch.jpg

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    123D Make is a pretty cool tool as well. I've been using it to print slices of a STL on a regular printer to check dimensions on a paper part first before committing to a 3D print.
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