Best CAD program for your design

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Best CAD program for your design

What is the best CAD program for your design ? What is the best computer aided software for your design?  Everyone who has been around for a while in drafting and design knows that AutoCAD is the basis of all drafting programs.  But using the bare bones of drafting programs can be time consuming, possibly excruciatingly painful and maybe even at times bad for your health.  So let’s compare and contrast some of the other drafting programs out there.

AutoCAD was an all-in-all suite for the design engineer and technician.  The design philosophy behind the software’s is the fact that AutoCAD was created nearly 2 decades ago with a focus on more things for more kinds of users for even more domains. Be it civil architecture design, mechanical part manufacturing, post-development cross-section manipulation and evaluation or simply a script based macro for animating the part’s movement once put together, AutoCAD was developed and meant to be able to do all of that just as easily as anything in between.

But Autodesk Inventor was not.  Where AutoCAD is a heavyweight design production platform with post development features such as cross sectioning, artificial lighting based-renders and panoramic rendering for virtual walkthroughs or a part’s final movements, Inventor is meant for the the manufacturing phase responsible technical staff.  Inventor’s sole responsibility is to aid the post-design manufacturing process.

However, this does not mean that it is not a good tool for design and development or for 2D/3D drawing. In fact, Inventor has some abilities that are far beyond the reach of the AutoCAD and for good reasons.  Using Inventor, drawing is simpler and more powerful, since all you need to do is sketch a raw form for the object, before finalizing its dimensions.

Another excellent quality of Inventor is its ability to distinguish features from within a part and store them as individuals in the part/feature browser.  Which means if you don’t like the hole you put in place previously in your design, then you can simply select the hole from the browser instead of having to tear the entire part away piece by piece.  What is better is that the old habit of delete and repeat the design of the part goes out the window, and if you want to change a feature, you just change the dimension.  Inventor also has the ability to update the geometry of a sketch or part when it is manipulated, so it has adaptability features that AutoCAD does not.

Due to the fact that AutoCAD was primarily 2D software and was fine tuned into 3D software, it lacks features that other 3D modeling software incorporate almost by default.  AutoCAD does not have many modeling capabilities that can be found in SolidWorks or CATIA.  It lacks dynamic simulations as well as cable and harness modules.  Routed systems are yet to be incorporated to their fullest capabilities and software’s such as CATIA offer advanced surfacing capabilities in a much more effective manner.

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