A mechanical engineer is going to need far more than AutoCAD has to offer.
Go here: http://www.ptc.com/ and download Prodesktop Express. It is
essentially a light version of ProEngineer. It is a fully parametric solid
modeler and the best part is it is free. On the 2D side, most of the guys
you will be dealing with in school are going to be brainwashed into using
AutoCAD so if you want to be compatible with them, go here:
http://www.cadopia.com/ for Intellicad. AutoCAD compatible and much
cheaper. If you want to buck the crowd and just get the job done, go here:
http://www.imsisoft.com/free/ and download Turbocad LE. It's free and quite
capable. If you decide to use Turbocad, be sure to go to: www.turbocad.com
and check out there online user forum. Congratulations on an excellent
choice of careers. You will find it challenging and rewarding.
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