Solide Edge goes for me into the same corner as Fuision. Ones i post this into the German of this Forum. Note a big deal or something to disscust, just to by informed and in my view, which doesn’t always have to be right:
In general, it makes a lot of sense to spend a little bit of money on a CAD. I have training in Inventor myself - but I don’t even use Fusion because it goes too deep into the subject, Autodesk is probably the largest software company in the world (that knows how to make money or will make money), I don’t need 99% of it and I by far the fastest to draw on VIACAD. VIACAD contains extremely powerful tools for dynamic surface creation that I don’t even know anything about from Inventor.
My recommendation is usually VIACAD version 10 because the professional version costs around 100 euros and the normal version costs around 50 euros for a lifetime license.
However, you should know very well that many tools that were/are still in the “normal” version in version 10 are only available in the professional version in version 12, e.g. export as STEP (which is a big advantage with Bambulab studio is), extrude surface along one or 2 lines, HELIX (for drawing threads) etc. and the 12 version Professional is massively more expensive. The 3D printing tools in the 12’ver version are simply unusable. Everything that was drawn in version 12 can no longer be opened in version 10.
So I usually recommend the 30 day trial version of VIACAD 10 and then purchasing it for 50 euros. VIACAD 10 Professional only for experienced people, until an inexperienced person has the experience he will probably get the 12ver version for the same price… If you then want to save the 50 euros, you have to use FREEcad and if you want static designs, CAM interfaces and If you need to design libraries, you then have to dig deep into your pockets and go to companies like Autodesk or Solidworks.
I generally advise against free online platforms and private uses. Anyone who has the experience can earn good money very quickly with nine good solutions. It’s just too stupid if you have your design experience on a free version because converting the routine to a new CAD is not entirely easy and will take a lot of time.
Blender is an extremely powerful free tool, although it’s not about dimensional accuracy and more about design. Before I could even move 3-dimensionally in Blender, it took me almost 3 months every weekend and every evening - but the experiences are worth their weight in gold and, as I said, free. If you want to fully use Blender, it will probably take a decade and if you don’t draw with it for four years, you won’t be able to draw a line anymore.
And in response to someone:
That’s exactly how it is, the time you spend in FreeCAD is not worth it (even the CAM, which is damn expensive, wasn’t worth the effort to me) - as far as I know, VIACAD has published its roots in CADD PRO, its CADD PRO in 1996 and completed program development in 1994. After the acquisition of Punch! it then became VIACad. As I said, a one-off license fee and therefore plenty of room for a new direction. I don’t just have the 100 euro license for an X1C and I would still have to think about what I would do with it without CAD.
The X1C only brings in my money for private, own building maintenance - which I have already printed for people who are no longer available spare parts for their winter gardens because the supplier went bankrupt (a winter garden can easily cost 20,000 - 30,000 euros) and what else What falls off the plate quickly is something that is no longer available or is drawn quicker than wanted - there is at least 1 printer running 24/7, even my X1C had a good 300 hours in the first 3 weeks. on it. A CAD with the capabilities to use it can quickly cost 100-200 euros an hour. Depending on the case, you will have the 50 euros as soon as you answer the first phone call. So waiting until FreeCAD is suitable is unfortunately not an option for me and I don’t recommend it to anyone because a CAD and the ability to use it is more valuable on the market than a 3D printer.
Without a shortage of skilled workers and delivery bottlenecks, you no longer have to advertise - the guarantee will slowly build itself up. But I would stay away from things like: wall mounts for a 5000 euro flat screen, something that causes water damage, stay away from electricity, could endanger people, etc. So because of product liability. In most cases, company liability is already included in private liability for small transactions - but you should first check with your own insurance company. But everything without a guarantee. I’ve already asked from others if I could print it quickly, since they can “only” draw it and don’t have 3 days - my answer: Buy your own printer, I don’t have time for things like that. Uh, I don’t have time for 3D printing so finaly the costumer have to wait…