I would like to learn how to design 3D objects for the use of 3D printing in manufacturing.

So what is the best CAD software for this purpose?

I use windows OS. And I have ni price limit.

I have no experience in CAD, I'm a beginner.

Thank you.

  • is your budget actually unlimited (CAD can be very expensive)? how much experience do you have with CAD? please edit your original question accordingly Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 21:23
  • I will work at university, that's why I said that I have no limit on price. Because I think the university is supposed to have all useful softwares. I will edit the question.
    – user134613
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 21:40
  • Why is my level of experience important for choosing the software?
    – user134613
    Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 21:42
  • some more advanced software may seem convoluted for a beginner. You may also need to change configs and install plugins for some uses. Commented Jun 10, 2021 at 21:44

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I personally use PTC Creo (formerly Pro Engineer) for Uni. It is quite capable and widely used in both education and industry.

I has many features and a fairly nice GUI. However I feel like some introduction to this software may be needed if you never used CAD before. For this please ask at your University/Company or watch some of the official tutorials.

Creo is available both in a parametric and direct modelling version.

Siemens NX

I have only worked a little with NX but most of the big commercial CAD softwares are somewhat similar, so I would simply go with your employers recommendation.


Solidworks I would consider a simpler CAD. This will easily suffice for simpler work and might be a great choice for a beginner.


FreeCAD is Free and Open source. It has a lot of features but in my opinion it is not as easy to use as Creo and NX. I would recommend this for low cost or low level CAD work. It also integrates many different styles of CAD into one (openSCAD e.g.).

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