I use F360. Partly because it’s popular with the Astromech Builders Club so there’s lots of things available in .f3d format, but it also was an interface I could actually understand. I’ve tried various “modeling” programs in the past, and they never really made sense to me, but F360 does.
Maker’s Muse having a lot of videos on it helped too - I was already watching his videos so the cognitive cost of seeking out and trying to understand a tutorial was a lot lower. Searching YouTube for a tutorial isn’t as straightforward as it sounds; there’s an effort and cost involved in figuring out how to understand what the video is telling you.
@VagabondElf - I agree, Fusion really does make sense. It is definitely my preferred CAD program. I enjoy using it enough that I finally bought a license for it even though I still only use it for hobby purposes.
I have also started getting into Rhino a bit with the intention of learning Grasshopper. For work I use Cadwork but a few people in the office use Rhino for certain projects.
Blender is also on my list to learn in the hopefully near future.
So much to learn, so little time.
Good evening: I started out with autocad and eventually switched to Fusion 360. I have watched a lot of Lar’s videos and several others as well. When I want to find out how to do something my goto place is youtube.
Autodesk Inventor. Everyone seems to default to Solidworks and forget about Inventor. great program.
SolidEdge is another good commercial CAD program and it is FREE to hobbyists. It is not neutered in anyway but uses a different file format, incompatible with the regular version so it can’t be used with commercial version of the program.
When I was first starting out with CAD it was nice because the barrier to entry was low, there is the free tier of usage which strips away a couple of features, but nothing to serious. It also has the cloud saves so I could sync across devices, this made it very easy to model on my laptop while on the go and then pick back up on my PC when I got home.
Some of the new programs such as onshape look intriguing to me, but I have never quite been able to get the hang of them.
I have never understood the desire for cloud based software. The companies like it since they can control distribution better but if you are a company that is doing confidential design work having cloud based CAD is a major security risk and don’t listen to the “we don’t look into your files, they are encrypted and secure”. The guy encrypting it can undo it (or someone that works there that sneaks around stored files) and will look at it or sell it. Maybe not everyone but so many companies spy on us with their software it isn’t realistic to assume your CAD files are safe. This probably doesn’t apply to a hobby but could.