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What are you working on? Or are you just trying to learn a CAD program? If so, what do you intend on using CAD for? Like the guys above said, they're both good programs, but they're meant for different things. Autocad is better suited to the 2D environment, architectural stuff, plans, layouts, etc. Solidworks is better for mechanical design. Autodesk does have Inventor which is a decent program for mechanical design, but I haven't used it very much. At school, I'm a mechanical engineer, I used a lot of Unigraphics, which is very similar to Solidworks. The only reason we used unigraphics instead of Solidworks or another similar program was the school's close ties with GE.

But it really depends on what you want to do with it. You could sink your teeth into one of them and then realize that the other is more suited to what you want to get out of a CAD program.

Tim
 
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