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( My joy of 3D printing was dear windows doing one of it's "you haven't touched the mouse in _hours_ I'll just force a re-boot now" half way thru a print. )

3-D cad, - now, I started as a machinist. We cut stock apart, cut shapes, weld or bolt together. I like Solidworks, it does that well, you may want something that acts more like molding clay.

So, you need to consider the shapes you are making and how you are defining them. For my work, I've been using Alibre. It's not what I'd take for full time, but closer to $1K than $5K.

If you have a _fast_ connection, OnShape can do a good job. If you don't care about assemblies, ( in the above, I could model a bicycle as component parts then assemble it. And turn the crank - probably have that turn the rear wheel, I don't think I could get a derailleur to shift the chain. )

But for just parts, and you _could_ model the bicycle as one part, there are several free programs, ( FreeCAD looks good, but given I can't do assemblies, I've not really worked at it. )
Several of the big cad systems ( Catia and Ansys, I think Autodesk not sure who else ) have free 3d part modelers some may have the more "plastic" approach I expect lots of people to want. Their free offerings are limited, but some only in that they don't handle assemblies, and they are stable. Good code base under them.

If your needs are more than that check our Rhino.

Have fun.
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