I have been using only 123D Design so far and its been great but I'm wondering if there is a better software. I would be willing to pay some money for a better software.

As well I am curious to know if there is a software to test aerodynamics for drone and just testing drone aerodynamics in general.

Thanks in advance!

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  • I understand 123D Design was based on Inventor. I've always designed in Inventor and occasionally export to Solidworks for fluid simulations but I've gotten very familiar with the workflow in Inventor.

  • CopterCAD (free) can be used for preliminary design, in order to explore concepts. Let me know what kind of features you want to see.

  • Hi There, we're survey company that using drone in Indonesia. we're using Solidworks to modelling airframe and material design

    here the screenshot

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  • Aerodynamics: Aeolus ASP provides fast model generation, aerodynamic analysis and optimization. Its a free tool and allows you to test different configurations and immediately see the effect on aerodynamics, performance etc.

    Aeolus ASP free download: https://www.aeolus-aero.com/software/

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  • I switched from 123D to Designspark mechanical (also free) a while ago.   It has a few more features with managing components and versions, and seems a little better suited to 'engineering' type of projects than 123D.

    Screenshot below the UI.  This is the bottom half of a frame I'm working on now.  I made mockup models of a Lidar-lite, pxflow, and my VTX to act as placeholders in the model.

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    • Thanks for the reply, I will see to be using the software soon!

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