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CAD package info for Uni


Hello, I am studying Mechanical engineering at uni and one of the units i do is CAD, i have been given an assignment to research 3 CAD programs so i am looking for some information to help me with my task. The packages i am researching are Autocad, Solidworks and ProCad

I would be very great full if anyone could help.

What is the average cost of a computer set up to run CAD, i have researched the system requirments and a high spec computer is needed especially for 3D operations, so how much would a system cost?

Also how friendly are the programs to use? whats the usability like?

Is there any other equipment needed to use them such as a CAD mouse? Can files from one software be opened on one of the other programs?

Can one be self taught to use the software or is training needed? if so how much training?