I don't think that every mechanical designer can know everything about their trade.It needs time to be an expert.
Solidworks. I think it is a far better option.
Nice discussion here.I also think Solidworks have some extra advantage when doing 3D,but as a Autocad fan I think Autocad is not so far behind.
You can choose any package as your choice.The point is that you should know the basics of the package at first.
Autocad has always the upper hand.Because it has large online community and help forums.There are lot of people who are using this.
In modern days, I think Engineers and drafters both have to know their role well and to collaborate with each other.
I always prefer STEP because of smaller file size.
I think SolidWorks is the better option.
I think a lot of things depend upon you.Personally I feel 6 months is enough for basic knowledge.
Without any doubt 3D Max is the best choice.
You can use Scan2CAD for this.You can get very good guide to do your job.
Hope it helps.
It is not impossible, but not recommended though.As a mechanical engineer you should have some interaction with other people of the same...
I think Autocad.It is several modules and great online support.For beginner you can certainly use this one.
I think 3d max is the best option to start with.
Yes the link Sozen provided is great.
Depends upon the package you require.Though you can check this link for more facts about this:...
I think this link may be useful to you.
Previously I have used Accu Trans .But I am planning to move to Autocad 2013 version.It has more improved Command line,improved arrays and...
AutoCAD LT is the much more economical version of Autocad and has all those basic versions like like tool palettes, external referencing and...
It is an innovative 3d direct modeler which is great for drafters and engineers.It has short learning curve and low entry price which I think is...
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