Maybe this has been discussed before, if so I apologize, but I would like to ask those of you that use other software platforms to do mechanical 3D what you prefer and why. I have used AutoCAD for many years, and I despise it's3D capabilities. It is as user UN-friendly as they come. I spend 2/3 of my time keeping track of which viewport, whuch UCS, which plane I want, etc., and little time thinking about the model I'l trying to draw. I have used Pro E for about 3 years, and while I like what it does, I feel it is way too expensive to recommend to the boss. I have very limited experience with Solid Works, but enough to know that it seems to do a decent job of modeling.
I must have a modeler that is parametric, user friendly 3D, robust 2D and drawing/printing feature set, and under $5K. Any recommendations? TIA