Hi, I am from 1930 and my team and I wanted to try and plan and build our robot over the summer because we are away from school and our lab for 3 months. I have done a little research but does anyone know the best program to do this. I have seen the virtual word, auto desk, and solid works, but what’s the best one for beginners?
RobotMesh Studio is the easiest (plus its online and free)
All the commercial CAD software is available free for education use, however you must apply for a grant to get Solidworks. This takes a week or two. Here’s more information: CAD for VEX Robotics.pdf (199.4 KB)
I haven’t tried any of the other suggestions and will have to look at them. I can say that my daughter jumped into SnapCAD with no CAD experience and found it pretty easy to use.
I personally use OnShape. I’ve heard that Inventor by Autodesk is really good, but I was unable to successfully download it correctly and get the educational license. Good luck!
Did you use the link in the document I posted earlier? It should have worked.
I use SolidWorks, but for someone who is new to cad and doesn’t already have a solidworks license, its probably better to use Autodesk.
No. I started trying to use Inventor a long while back. I ended up giving up and used OnShape. I most likely won’t switch over to Inventor, as I am now used to OnShape.
I only have experience with autodesk and that is what I used in the beginning, but it honestly depends on which ones you prefer.
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I’m seeing a lot of people say “I used Autodesk” or something similar. Autodesk is a company, not a product. They make several CAD software including Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion 360, and Autodesk AutoCAD. I wanted to point this out so please be specific about which software you use. They each have distinct characteristics.