I am not sure what is going on with this community regarding to its apparent closeness due to the lack of discoverability, but I am coming here every day to look for what others do. Today I feel like writing again about the CAD ecosystem and how it affects makers in the long run, and not only makers but engineers alike. The trap of the closed/proprietary CAD ecosystem has made at least one casualty in the person of Thomas Sanladerer (I bet you all know it, if not then search on youtube for "Onshape is kicking me out (and maybe you, too)! "). The comments on that video and countless other forums and articles point to a rather bleak picture that makers have to deal with.
With all the rather negative news lately (Printrbot for an example, then the current issue with our community here), I looked again at the open-source environment (CAD-wise) and am quite impressed of the advancements FreeCad has gained lately. Watching a few tutorials/videos on a particular playlist I believe that doing the bulk of the work in one such tool, with other refinements using the commercial/free packages is one sound decision.
Take a look yourself at the following playlist and share your thoughts if you feel like it: https://goo.gl/rzZ7z7