I agree with you but you should not need to look at a package
that pushes one way, whether it is parametric only or
hybrid modeling only. Soliddesigner doesn't really have a good
userinterface I think but it has some very efficient tools for
conceptual design which can be much faster than parametric approaches.
There is already a CAD program that is very similar to
Soliddesigner and it even can do feature based design with history.
It is Ironcad and it has all the common direct manipulation
commands that Soliddesigner has and it is much more user friendly.
It also has standard holes and standard parts integrated.
If you are an Italian user I guess you need proper ISO drawings
and this is still hard with Ironcad, at least in the last version (1.4) I saw.
But things might have improved.
There also is another German package called Hicad and it has
also both parametric and hybrid modeling but it is extremely expensive,
about $15000 for the most normal modules, even macros is a separate
module costing $2000. You might consider CATIA 5, I think they still
support hybrid modelling next to feature based modeling.
If you need associative product states which is often very important,
for example machined parts and the base material for cutting then you
will need history and then SW is one of the best ways to go currently.
SW has product states both for parts and assemblies. Assembly states
can drive the individual part states. These things are impossible in
Soliddesigner, Ironcad and Hicad and can cause a lot of additional
work and errors.
> I'm PRO/E and UG italian user.
> have also seen SW, SE and SOLIDESIGNER (COCREATE).
> SW and SE are similar windows native cads with the good parasolid engine but
> they are mid range.
> The software that have impressioned me is SOLIDESIGNER (I've seen a demo).
> I think it's the new generation of cad, not feature based but more easy,
> faster to use and very powerfull in modellatin (solids, free-form surfaces).
> I think is comming the end of a generation cads, based on features (all
> other cads) and only parametric (pro/e).
> I think in future we will see mani cads like solidesigner.
> I thik also that cads softwarehouse are looking interest to Cocreate becouse
> they must fast copy it now.