Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Solidworks hands down.
I would not spend much time on 2D stuff, 3D is where it is at. You should be able to score a student version of Solidworks for ~$500.
I have used all of the major CAD packages (I-Deas, Pro-E, Catia, Unigraphics, Solidworks) and Solidworks is by far the most user friendly and easiest to learn. There are hundreds of youtube videos and plenty of online training materials available.
I work in the Aviation and Aerospace industry. I would say that 75% of my vendors / customers use Solidworks. The only area that solidworks is lacking is surfacing. They have a few basic tools, but nothing like Catia. Other than that, it is a great package for solid modeling and mechanical design.
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