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It depends what you want to design, but for technical designs, no sculptures, I highly recommend Fusion360. It is free for personal use and there are great tutorials and videos available to learn everything from scratch - it is not hard or difficult.

 

I would avoid "easier" solutions like thinkercad, because you struggle with the basics there, put a lot of time there to design something and if you want to make something more sophisticated, then thinkercad is not able to do that.

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Definitely *avoid* SketchUp: it will cause nothing but problems, because its models are not watertight: they are no solids, but sort of "cardboard models" with gaps in the seams.

 

I use DesignSpark Mechanical, a freeware limited version of the commercial SpaceClaim. For my technical models this is good enough. On Youtube you also find good tutorials for this. Go to the DesignSparkRS channel and scroll down to 3 and 4 years ago. It is easy to learn too. Not suitable for organic models or photorealistic rendering.

 

It depends a lot on your personal taste and requirements. I would recommend you take a look at demos of several programs, and choose the one you like most.

 

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