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newstudent
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posted 04-15-2002 09:55 PM              Reply w/Quote
Hi guys,

I wanna ask about which ones of the CAD-CAM software should I learn ?
CATIA, Pro-E, Solidworks, Unigraphics, or you have any other suggestion ???

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Yankyerchane
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posted 04-15-2002 11:34 PM              Reply w/Quote
new student eh well your in luck ! I can
sell you Alias, PROE and Solidworks full loaded on a Dell workstation with the full tutorials, proof of student ID required for only $1000. Just send it via money order. Interested? let me know and i'll send my email. Dude your getting a Dell.

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markitos53
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posted 04-26-2002 03:29 AM              Reply w/Quote
hi, im an industrial designer from spain and im used to use solidworks2001 and i think its the most intuitive program of cad that i ever play.I recommend this one.

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skymonkey
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posted 04-26-2002 09:48 AM              Reply w/Quote
solidworks IS very intuitive, but you do need to learn to build things properly. Additionally, the surfacing capabilities are good, but not quite as good as ProE

ProE is a pain in the ass to use. Good surfacing though.

Don't get too good at anything though - you may find that you get pidgeon-holed into being a CAD jockey.

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newstudent
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posted 05-08-2002 05:22 AM              Reply w/Quote
Thanks guys for the info. It's a bit confusing for me to able to learn so many CAD-CAD software. ProE, Solidworks, Rhino 3D, Catia, Microstation ????
If you guys can give me a suggestion and advice, I will appreciate very much

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skymonkey
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posted 05-10-2002 03:45 PM              Reply w/Quote
Solidworks is the fastest growing in terms of how many users are signing on. 4 years ago, they had 30 000 seats out there, now they have 120 000 seats......

I think you have to look at what you find is a good peice of software (power, ease of use, cost, and what the types of companies that you would like to work for use).

I know that there is a lot of emphasis on learning one kind of software inside out. Just be a little careful about this - you don't want to get pidgeon-holed into being a Pro-E jockey. It may be best to learn a bit about all the softwares that your potential employers use. That way, you will have a bit of experience with them all, you'll know the benefits of one over the other, and down the road, when the software evolves and changes (as we all KNOW it will), you'll be familiar enough that you'll be able to adapt quickly.

Each peice of software has advantages and disadvantages - so I'm not going to say one is better than another. Try them out, see what you think...

The main ones that you'll probably want to focus on are Solidworks, Pro-E, and maybe a mac-based program such as Alias.

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Al
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posted 05-11-2002 05:24 PM              Reply w/Quote
skymonkey,

what year are you living in? It's been years since Alias stopped shipping Alias Sketch, the closest thing they offer for i.d. for Mac users. Sure they have Maya for the Mac OS now, but that's a 3-D animation software.

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form z
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posted 05-12-2002 12:50 AM              Reply w/Quote
i am working with FORM Z on a mac. it does the job for me. of course, like all the other 3d modelling softwares it can't do everything, but then you wouldn't want that anyway. certain views i export into illustrator and finish the surfaces there. sometimes a less artificial, less 3d-cad feel is much better for presentation.

cause a lot of clients cannot abstract what they see and expect the real product to be excactly like the image you showed them.

my advice: try a few different softwares and find out what they are good for. form z is good for accurate construction, not so for rendering...
that's at least my opinion.

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skymonkey
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posted 05-15-2002 12:07 PM              Reply w/Quote
Al,

thanks - I haven't used a Mac in probably 7 years for 3D actually . What planet are you living on? -planet i've got a small dick so i need to put other people down to make myself feel big?

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pigboy
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posted 05-17-2002 02:59 PM              Reply w/Quote
I dont think there is any one program that is good at both at the same time. Solidworks is good at solid modeling but I dont think you can run a CNC from it. Mastercam id by far the best CAM package there is. As for surface generation, Rhino($) or Alias ($$$)

Doont listen to Form Z...It sucks ass for anything but eye candy...

PB

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newstudent
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posted 05-18-2002 12:09 PM              Reply w/Quote
well, I agree with pigboy. I prefer to learn the softwares not just for 3D presentation, but it support CAD-CAM. It means, that I works once.
I've just learned that Pro-E, CATIA, or Microstation can covers all of that areas, from 2D CAD -> 3D modelling -> CNC.
HOw do you think guys ?

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Timf
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posted 05-18-2002 06:14 PM              Reply w/Quote
I use both ProE and Rhino. ProE when I needs things to be very tight, will require lots of changes or don't have organic surfaces. I use Rhino for surfaces, when things can be loose and for renderings. Sometimes I make something in ProE and import the Step file to Rhino and sometimes I go the other way. No one tool is perfect.

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skymonkey
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posted 05-22-2002 09:43 AM              Reply w/Quote
is rhino very accurate? I've heard that its kinda hard to tweak the final output.... Is it a history-based parametric program?

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Timf
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posted 05-22-2002 01:41 PM              Reply w/Quote
No Rhino is not parametric, so if you screw up too much you will be starting over. That is why I use ProE for some parts (The ones that I know may change a lot). You can however scale in 1,2 & 3 dimensions in Rhino. If something changes somewhat I often end up with a part with a lot of patched surfaces. Not the best, but best I can do at the moment.

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