Which is the Best CAD Software for a Mechanical Engineering Student

Which is the best CAD Software for a Mechanical Engineering Student:Mechanical Softwares[Best CAD Software] plays a vital role in the field of Mechanical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering students are striving hard to get the job in the real world because of various reasons. The reasons might be…

  1. The student does not have any knowledge in his/her core subjects and sometimes the students are not at all aware of what the subjects are…?and this has to be reduced to get the job.
  2. The students should know what would be his career after B-Tech.Unless and until he knows…,he should not think that he was in the real world.
  3. The students must and should learn the basic software’s in the field of Mechanical Engineering like AUTOCAD.
  4. He should also aware of the other modeling and Analysis software’s so that he can model an object and analyze it under the application of external forces.

Therefore, In this article, I will be exploring about all the best CAD Software for a Mechanical Engineering Student to serve in the real world.

Which Mechanical Softwares should learn by a mechanical Engineering student to stand in the real world.
Which Mechanical Softwares should learn by a mechanical Engineering student to stand in the real world.

Best CAD Software for a Mechanical Engineering Student:

In the Mechanical Engineering,Best CAD Software has to be learned.The Disciplines of any Best CAD Software consists of Sketching, the second is Modeling and the third is Analysis.The Mechanical Softwares which are dedicated for all the 3 modules are as follows.

Best CAD Software dedicated for Sketching are:


  • AUTOCAD stands for Computer Aided Design or Computer Aided Drafting which was developed and marketed by AUTODESK in 1982.
  • AUTOCAD is widely used across a wide range of companies or Industries by Architects,Engineers,Project Managers,Graphic designers make their product much more efficient.
  • AUTOCAD has various versions starting from AUTOCAD Version 1.0 to AUTOCAD 2018.It was mainly used in industries because of its 2D sketching or Drawing.

Salary of fresher’s in AutoCAD:

The starting salary of engineers who are joined initially in small scale industries was 8000/-per month whereas in large scale industries it is around 20000/-per month.

2.NX or Unigraphics:

Sketching was also done in Unigraphics but the accuracy was not efficient when compared to AutoCAD because the AutoCAD is dedicated only for sketching.

The basic pay of Unigraphics engineers was explained in the Modeling software’s  module.

Best CAD Software dedicated for “Modeling” are:

1.Pro-E or Creo:

  • Creo is the advanced of Pro-E which is used for sketching and Modeling a 3D object and was developed by PTC in 1987.
  • Creo is also the advanced of AutoCAD in which there is no need to specify the dimensions by using a separate feature as of AutoCAD.
  • Creo is mainly using in small scale industries who are using AutoCAD as their main tool.
  • The Pay of a Design Engineer using Creo should be more than the AutoCAD Engineers i.e.>15000/-Per month in Small scale Industries and >23000/-Per month as of Large Scale Industries.

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  • CATIA is a high end software which was mostly used in Aerospace Applications where there is a need of high Accuracy.
  • CATIA stands for Computer Aided Three Dimensional Interactive Application designed and Developed by DASSAULT Systems in 1977.
  • CATIA has various versions in its chest starting from CATIA v1 to CATIA v6 and among them,the mostly used version is CATIA v5.
  • It was highly used in the domains of Computer Aided Design(CAD),Computer Aided Manufacturing(CAM),Computer Aided Engineering(CAE),Product Layout Management(PLM) etc.
  • The starting pay for the fresher is 30000/-per month in the company of HYUNDAI for CATIA Design Engineer.

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  • NX formerly known as NX Unigraphics which is an advanced high end CAD/CAM/CAE software.
  • NX was developed by Siemens.
  • It was initially released in 1973 and Stable released in 2016.
  • NX is a direct competitor to Solidworks,CATIA,Creo etc.
  • NX is using mostly in the top companies like Infosys etc. and the company pays for those who had an experience of minimum of 3 years.
  • NX has various versions starting from Unigraphics Version R1 to NX 11.

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Mechanical Softwares dedicated for “Analysis and Meshing” are:

  • For Analysis,ANSYS is widely used. This software is mostly used to analyze a body under the application of loads.
  • The main aim is to determine the stresses developed in the body during the application of loads and we need to see that the stresses developed in the material should be less than the Vonmises stress of the material.
  • If it is less,then only the material is said to be safe else the material is of failure.
  • After Analysis,we need to determine the Directional stresses in X,Y & Z directions,Principal stresses in X,Y & Z directions,Shear stresses etc.
  • Depending upon the results,the graphs are plotted.
  • For Meshing,Hypermesh is widely used.The body is said to be meshed under Coarse mesh,Medium Mesh and Fine mesh.So,depending upon the accuracy,the type of mesh is being used.

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Best CAD Software-ANSYS APDL:


These are the mostly used Best CAD Softwares in everyday life.Hope this article is helpful to you.If you want to add some more features or software’s,then you are most welcome.

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