I'm new to the forums, though I've been using LinuxMint for about eight months now. For all you mechanical engineers out there who are using Solidworks, Inventor, Solidedge, etc., I just wanted to make you aware of a survey that I've set up to gauge interest for a similar program for Linux. (Mods, I hope this doesn't count as spam; if it does, please let me know. Also, if you think there is a better sub-forum for this post, please feel free to move it).
I've looked all over to try and find a good 3D mechanical design package, and the closest thing I've found is VariCAD, which uses an interface that is somewhat foreign to those of us trained in Solidworks and Inventor. That's not to say it's a bad program; it just requires learning another interface. For businesses that want to switch over to Linux desktop machines, the lack of a robust, mid-level 3D cad package with a familiar interface can be a major obstacle.
So here's the bottom line: I'm considering launching a company to develop a full-blown 3D mechanical design package for linux with an Inventor-like interface (using sketches, constraints, model tree, etc.), and having much of the same capability as Inventor or Solidworks. The survey is basically to judge interest and/or potential market size.
Unfortunately, it would not be an open-source program, as this would be a full-time gig for me and several other people, but the price to the user would be considerably less than what Solidworks or Inventor are going for.
Here is a link to the survey: http://kwiksurveys.com?u=linux3dcad
The password is linux3dcad
For privacy reasons, I've set it up so that I'm the only person that can view the results.
Please pass it on to anybody that you think would be interested. The more responses I receive, the more likely it is that I'll pursue the project.