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List of Useful/Important Mechanical Engineer Softwares

List of Important Mechanical Engineer Software

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Many Engineers ask me question about Mechanical software list and which software is best for design ,which course should I join after AutoCad ?

Here I am Going to list some important mechanical Software. This list may not be perfect because in market there are lots of software are available as well as every company requirement packages are different .

Note: To get More Information about particular software please click on the software name so that you will redirect to Official software links:

Here's a list of software generally used by Mechanical Engineers.

Design: CATIA, SolidWorks, Pro-E

Every Mechanical Engineer is expected to have a good grip on designing. They use it heavily in most of the fields like Automobile Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Tool Design, etc. Also with the advancement of Rapid Prototyping and 3-d Printing, they are becoming more visible to the outer world as one can see how exactly your product looks like in just a few hours.

Auto Cad: 

AutoCAD has a user-friendly interface and includes many tools to design complex parts in 2D and 3D. The files can be exported to CAM software for analysis.
Create,edit,polylines,curve cutting and many more commands are there that you used in Autocad.It is available in different versions starting from Autocad version 1.0 which is the first version to The most latest version Autocad 2015.

SolidWorks 3D CAD
General purpose CAD software with a user-friendly interface, for making parts in 2D and 3D.
SolidWorks is a 3D mechanical Computer Aided Design (CAD) program or application software that runs on Microsoft windows.

Pro/Engineer Wildfire / Creo Parametric
Software with enhanced features and tools to design, sketch, assemble, weld, draw etc
There are various versions present from Pro/ENGINEER 8.3 (which is first and developed in 1987) to Creo Paramatric 34.0 (which is latest version of 2013).In between there are 25 more versions are there.


  • CATIA stands For Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application.
  • It is a multi platform CAD/CAM/CAE commercial software suite that is developed  by the french company Dassault Systemes.CATIA is commonly referred to as a 3D product lifecycle management software suite.facilitates true collaborative engineering across the multidisciplinary extended enterprise, including style and form design, mechanical design and equipment and systems engineering, managing digital mock-ups, machining, analysis, and simulation.
  • CATIA enables the creation of 3D parts, from 3D sketches, sheet metal, composites, moulded, forged or tooling parts up to the definition of mechanical assemblies.
  • Most of the Aerospace companies used the CATIA softwares for designing their aircrafts.
  • Versions-There are three versions present


catia model

NX Unigraphics

NX, formerly known as NX Unigraphics or usually just U-G, is an advanced high-end
CAD/CAM/CAE software package originally developed by Unigraphics, but since 2007 by Siemens PLM Software.

It is used, among other tasks, for:

Design (parametric and direct solid/surface modelling)
Engineering analysis (static, dynamic, electro-magnetic, thermal, using the Finite Element Method, and fluid using the finite volume method).
Manufacturing finished design by using included machining modules.

NX is a direct competitor to CATIA, Creo, and Solidworks.

Autodesk 3ds Max

Autodesk 3ds Max is basically a 3D modeling software with additional features for animation (making it suitable for games and films). The software is particularly useful for making animations of mechanical parts.

Finite Element Analysis: Ansys, Fluent
People who are into Structural Analysis, Aerodynamics or Fluid Dynamics should have an idea about these. It is particularly useful for students participating in competitions like SAE-Baja as it helps in deciding the shape of the members, the stresses on them, impact of collision, etc. 


CAD analysis software suite for multiple tests which displays the results in green, blue and red. The software calculates the stress value at several parts (allowing for improved optimisation).
Finite Element Method (FEA) is one of the numerical methods in science that mostly deal with finding approximate numerical solutions of problems like structural, fluid, thermal or fluid structure interface(FSI). Normally, for thermal and fluid problem, software package like FLUENT and GAMBIT are popular. But latest version of ANSYS includes FLUENT too.

cantilever beam example


Abaqus is a CAD and finite element analysis software for drawing complex geometries and getting optimised results.


Matlab is primarily an advanced mathematics software (with programming features), but has features designed specifically for engineering e.g. tools for attaining the stability of an automated machine.

Programming: C++, Python

At least one programming language is necessary for any engineer. It doesn't have to do anything with his/her profession but its just good to sharpen your grey cells once in a while. They are used in areas like Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Control Theory.

Instrumentation: LabView
A Graphical Programming Language, it is very easy to get a hang of it and is pretty interesting too due to its GUI. It is particularly useful in simulation and testing the control and processing part of a system.


  1. what about homer and retscreen?

  2. Our college only provide for us AutoCAD 2d & 3d courses, as a senior my teacher told me we should learn another design software, as AutoCAD is not more suitable for mechanical engineering design ..!

    Thank you for the list


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