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Who here CADCAM? It's probably not 100% related to this board, but there's often overlap as models drawn by 3DCG can be imported and used for toolpath creation or whatever.

Any tips for a beginner like me? Should I invest time into the CAD aspect using some other modeling program? So far I've created all my parts in the MasterCAM software itself and not a dedicated modeling program...

What do you want to do? Also MasterCAM is strictly for machining and geometry can be imported from other CAD programs.

regards, mechanical engineer
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Not OP, but I would like to also use CAD software to design aerospace propulsion systems and test them out in Research & Development labs. How would I be able to achieve this?
Wait... you have access to r&d labs but not the required knowledge to create the test subject in CAD?
No, I'm far from being in a R&D lab. That's is what I'm asking in particular actually. I wish to obtain knowledge in SolidWorks, CATIA, etc., to do such tasks in the industry, but don't know where to start networking for such positions in the aerospace industry.
You most likely need to have a degree in that specific field. Unless you're well-connected and have an excellent skillset, no company will believe you when you say "yeah I never went to school for this but I TOTALLY learned how to do it all myself, promise".

That being said, there are exceptions but probably not many. Your best bet might be to subscribe to one of those professional commercial services which teach you how to do things (like big companies which have a group subscriptions to them so the employees can learn).

This isn't just something you can spend a few months on and master, or even be good at (propulsion systems). You have to work your way up.
I'm a machinist, started out manual, got into CNC. Made code by hand, then slowly got into MasterCAM to generate the NC instead of having to type it out.

I want to make more complicated parts, but creating them in MasterCAM, I find, is a little difficult. There are parts I want to make that are based off regular parts that I can import, but altering them in MasterCAM is also kinda weird sometimes.

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