In case you didn’t know, Solidworks has a “Maker” license that’s $10/mo or $99/yr that they introduced late 2021. This is really nice because before, methods to legally license solidworks at such a low price seemed shady like a loophole waiting to be closed, and now they have an official way to do this without such weirdness.
Presenting this as an alternative to Fusion 360, because their subscription cost for Fusion 360 just increased again ($500/yr now) and they continually remove features from the free personal license - I used to use Fusion 360 but moved back to Solidworks after getting fed up with the 10-document-limit they introduced a couple years ago
I like Solidworks because it has a very proven reputation and is used by professional engineering firms- I learned Solidworks when I had an internship at Southwest Research Institute a decade ago. The features, reliability, and toolsets Solidworks offers are going to be professional grade. I think the Solidworks Maker license is worth it if you need those features or are already used to the workflow and don’t mind paying for a relatively low-cost license.
Also just going to follow up that there’s still good free alternatives out there
- OnShape (if you’re fine with your designs being public)
- Fusion 360 (though the free license continues to get more restricted)
- OpenSCAD (if you like code-based procedural generation modeling)