Over the years I have used most of the available solid modeling packages for machine design and part detailing. Autodesk Inventor, PRO/E, CATIA, and Solidworks. I tried Sketch Up once and considered it an abomination – it is in a strange uncanny valley between engineering and consumer uses.
Inventor and Solidworks are extremely similar in appearance and function but Solidworks is by far the package I have used the most. It is my current favorite (having learned all of the its idiosyncrasies) and has a nice blend of usability and performance. I have easily surpassed the 10,000 hour mark but still have much to learn.
That being said I have learned a few tips and tricks over the years and plan to share them here. Stay tuned for some Solidworks specific posts.