Pro-E came out several years ago as a challenger to other programs like CATIA (or thats when I heard about it). Its prime attraction was that it incorporated real 3-D paramaterization (ie., dimensional constraints are held in the 3D environment, rather than just printed on a drawing) - whereas CATIA and AUTOCAD basically have/had seperate "environments". In CATIA, you create the 3_D solid, then create "pictures" of that in the "2D", or draw, environment that had all the dimensions on it. If you needed to change the dimension, you had to change the solid, then go delete your dimension, and create a new one. Pro-E was the first to incorporate this all-in one solids operating system where the dimensions were directly linked to the solid. One other note - CATIA and PRO-E are VERY powerful systems and typically arent used in the "desktop" environment. They are more frequently used on servers (for more memory) with special graphics heavy monitors. Designers best utilize them for 3D modeling of large assemblies, rather than individual parts (which AUTOCAD is "usually" used for).
Redbeard, You mentioned that you made a part in 30 seconds....was this in 2D mode? Was it a cube? I'm sure you will find that when you get to know it better, 30 seconds doesn't allow you to do much! I sit here and wait for my machine to process some cammmands for as long as 30 minutes!! (its CATIA)
Liveaxle - what are you studying at MSU? I graduated from there 10 years ago. I miss the hell out of Bozeman. Go have a Meatball Sub at the PB for me!
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