Originally Posted by OaklandStrom
Autodesk gives away full versions of Inventor to students. All your files get watermarked "Education Version", but the software is good for three years!
They'll give it away to almost anyone - for good reason.
I was talking to my son's school about their pre-engineering program and the subject of Inventor came up (because it was free). I suggested they go to Monster.com and look at the number of jobs in New England for which they were asking for Inventor skills compared to SolidWorks or Pro/E, for example.
SolidWorks - over 100 jobs. Pro/E, 25+. Inventor - two, and one of those was AutoDesk themselves.
You can buy Alibre' personal for $199 and there are a number of other other low-cost products to do 3D modeling.