I teached my dad 123D Beta as his first CAD software to use with his new 3D Printer. He learned it pretty fast, in fact i´m impressed, i mean the guy is 65yrs old. And he´s really happy with it.
How about Rhino? I´ve also heard alot of peolpe praising it.
But it sounds like what your looking for is more of a mid-range CAD software right? Below are some random thoughts.
I´m not an all knowing guy and i always liked SolidWorks but it´s built on ancient legacy code and slow, except that there´s also been alot of negative talk about SW lately and also, what will happen after the release of SW V6?
Inventor… Never used it but the users i speak to says it can´t quite reach as far as it´s competitors in the mid-range market.
SpaceClaim, my experince with this product was short but sweet, i liked it alot. I focused on Sketching and Sheet Metal which in my opinion was more than adequate for the average user. Of course there´s alot more to it than that and it´s for others to comment.
IronCAD. Don´t know it really, i´ve heard a few comments which were mostly positive.
TopSolid 7. Well, me running the blog it´s pretty obvious what i stand on this. I like TS alot, it´s easy to work with, it´s fast and it´s smart! One thing to consider regarding TS7 is that it´s a completely new product! Rethought and rewritten. It´s made from scratch and it´s designed from the ground up to be able to take full advantage of todays technology. I could go on and on about TS but i think it´s probably out of range pricewise for most people. As probably the other above as well.
These are just my thoughts and i´m not looking for a discussion on these thoughts (just saying
What i would like to hear are some more comments about the other free alternatives out here such as FreeCAD, TinkerCAD and it´s alikes… Anyone with experience of these softwares?