I'm in the third semester of mechanical engineering and I'm taking classes on engineering statics right now. Our professor said the he will give us a preview of finite element methods at the end of the semester. Which softwares would you recommend for learning basic structural analysis? I mean, I'm learning all the theory at college but I would like to play with some simple projects and simulations while I learn. I know a little bit of C and already played with Matlab and Mathematica. I've also heard about Autodesk Simulation Mechanical. So, any hints?