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    Discussion in '2D and 3D CAD general discussion forum' started by Mathusan, Sep 2, 2012.

    1. Mathusan

      Mathusan New Member

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      Hey,

      I need a bit of input here. Throughout school, we used Solidworks as our CAD package, but rarely do I see job adverts that list it as a requirement. Rather they always choose AutoCAD.

      Not to sound boastful, but I consider myself quite an advanced user of Solidworks. Now I'm looking to learn the next best thing.

      Particularly in Asia, which CADs do companies normally use? What is the status quo? I'm interested in learning that soft software so I can put myself out there more.
       
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    3. 45 ACP

      45 ACP New Member

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      More and more companies are getting away from autocad. Sometimes the end up going with autodesk inventor just because they make autocad. Solidworks is a good base to start from as it is reasonable in cost. Inventor is very similar to solidworks. I have to idea what is used in Asia. Catia tends to be used in more of the aerospace/Bell Helicopter/aircraft industry. Some larger companies use Pro/Engineer. The only thing Solidworks lacks is a good FEA option that comes with standard sworks unless you shell out another 10-15K for simulation pro. ANyway. Probably not much help.
       
    4. ChrisW

      ChrisW Well-Known Member

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      you will feel at home very quickly with Inventor. Give it a try!
       
    5. mlauric

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      Definitly Autodesk INVENTOR!!!
       
    6. GarethW

      GarethW Chief Clicker Staff Member

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      I would go with Inventor too. It's excellent.
       
    7. kevin136

      kevin136 Well-Known Member

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      Hi,
      I work at a German company in China,using Inventor.As mentioned,it's very easy for you a Solidworks user to get start.
      But Solidworks and ProE(most without lisence:() are popular in China.
       
    8. rgbhavsar18

      rgbhavsar18 New Member

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      the autodesk INVENTOR & autocad mechanical software are exellent to learn...................
       
    9. qinglongyang

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    10. Dana

      Dana Well-Known Member

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      If you know Solidworks it will be very easy to pick up another parametric modeler like Solid Edge or Inventor (which I can't stand, sorry, guys). I would suggest next learning to use a direct modeler like Kubotek KeyCreator (formerly Cadkey) SpaceClaim, or Creo/Direct. The direct modeler approach is very different but has many advantages depending on the kind of work you're doing.
       
    11. robaus

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      Hi Mathusan, where are you from? If you're familiar with Solidworks, you could take a IMAGINiT training course to learn the basics and just pick it up yourself from there. IMAGINiT Technologies offer training for Inventor and the whole range of Autodesk products in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and North America. See imaginit.com for details. They also offer online training through the ProductivityNOW portal (portal.imaginit.com).
       

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