Alternative to AutoCad for Engineering?

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  1. iVikD macrumors regular

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    Hi, I'm a mechanical and systems engineering student and I've been using the AutoCad 2012 provided by my university on my mac, and AutoCad 2010 in class (on a PC). I've found it a bit hard to get used to the mac version, but so far, I'm doing good. However, I've had several people tell me there are 'better' alternatives to AutoCad for 3D modeling. I'm sure there's plenty of people here with more experience than me, so I ask you, do you think there's a more efficient tool?
     
  2. Hansr, Sep 28, 2011
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    Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    Vector Works springs to mind.

    But if they teach AutoCAD I recommend sticking with AC. Might move to the VMWare+Windows+2010 if the Mac version bothers you a lot.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Better in what sense? AutoCAD is the standard across the industry. Every business with a need to work with mechanical drawings will have the capacity to at least view and print AutoCAD files.
     
  4. iVikD thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was thinking maybe a different interface. However, I am getting used to typing out commands instead of looking around for them, so maybe I'll stick to this
     
  5. danpass macrumors 68020

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    I didn't know Autocad was even something people used in Engineering.

    Not for solid modeling anyway.

    Typically you see CATIA, Solidworks, ProE, Unigraphics in the aero and auto world.
     
  6. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    AutoCAD is horrible for 3D, use something like Solidworks or Catia...
     
  7. iVikD thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you, I'll check these out :]
     

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