So for a little back ground, 2.5 months ago i was hired as a MDE at a manufacturing facility, I am one of two EGR's there. This place runs no different now than it did 60 years ago. That being said we are trying to bring the place up to speed. My back ground, software wise, is autodesk autocad mechanical 2012 and inventor 2011. Right now, we are using autocad 2002... From what i understand it was "an act of god" getting me hired on, so needless to say engineering does not get much funding. Myself as well as my coworker are pushing hard to upgrade our software. I would prefer inventor since that is what i am used to, But the 13k price tag is a far cry from reality (to give you an idea, google sketch up was a consideration..). So today i tried out Alibre (now geomagic), it is the trial, but i was told it is dirt cheap compared to the others. Needless to say i found it very much easy to use with my back ground in inventor. there are some bad things, but there also a lot of good things.. my question for all of you is what do you know about this software and is it a reliable product to use? We design anything from tooling to P&ID's. I'm mostly worried about its compatibily and practicality for my situation. 3D modeling and the ability to export to a CNC mill are among my top concerns.