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CAD software

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:56 pm
by Minestorm
Newbie here. What CAD software are you guys using to design your models ?



Thanks

Re: CAD software

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:29 pm
by DrewPetitclerc
in Order of frequency,
1. SolidWorks 2010
2. CoCreate OneSpace 13
3. Google Sketchup 8

Re: CAD software

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:36 pm
by josejuako
Rhinoceros all the time .

Re: CAD software

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:18 pm
by M4rk
AntoDesk Inventor ;)

Re: CAD software

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:07 pm
by William
OpenScad
Dabbling with Lua to generate... OpenScad

Re: CAD software

Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:59 pm
by trebuchet03
SolidWorks
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Re: CAD software

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:25 am
by Madox
Alibre + Unigraphics NX

Re: CAD software

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:58 pm
by martinlotz
Hi,

Autodesk 123D is very good and open-source (www.123dapp.com). Export as .STL file and import in UP! software.

Cheers
M

Re: CAD software

Posted: Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:01 pm
by trebuchet03
martinlotz wrote:Hi,

Autodesk 123D is very good and open-source (http://www.123dapp.com). Export as .STL file and import in UP! software.

Cheers
M
Last I checked and to the best of my knowledge, 123D is not open source...

It is, however, free (at least while in Beta).

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 12:16 am
by josejuako
josejuako wrote:Rhinoceros all the time .
Fast and easy.
Martin thanks excellent program .

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:10 am
by -soapy-
AutoCAD is not open source! Far from it!

I use Alibre at the moment, the most basic version, which is about $100 or £80. It only allows export as STL or saving in native format though, so I'm probably going to upgrade. However, Alibre has just been bought out by 3D Systems, the biggest 3D printer manufacturer in the world, so what the future will bring, who knows? Certainly enhanced tools for doing stuff with STL files and 3D printers!! :D

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 9:14 am
by odiegel
Solidworks.
Greetings from New Zealand
Olaf

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:58 pm
by amd-tec
SpaceClaim 2012 ---->best and fastest tool to create and modify 3D models for 3d printing
(SolidEdge ST4)

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:46 pm
by rhummerstone
prodesk top supplyed by schools free in a lot of cases here in the uk

Robert

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:27 am
by woofy
Alibre.

A nice easy 3d cad program. Just using the basic version as stl output is all i need.

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 12:35 pm
by -soapy-
I've gone right off Alibre recently. I just don't think it is ready for prime-time. Which is crap because I've spent £ on it already.

There are just too many things it cannot easily do that other programs seem to cope with fine. And the last "complex" model I did (probably a hundred dimensions, constraints and lines on a single sketch) caused it to die on me. I re-drew it, all seemed fine, but now it all throws "An unexpected error" at everything. I can export it as an STL, but the work itself is effectively lost.

And this is far from the first issue!

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:28 pm
by Madox
-soapy- wrote:I've gone right off Alibre recently. I just don't think it is ready for prime-time. Which is crap because I've spent £ on it already.

There are just too many things it cannot easily do that other programs seem to cope with fine. And the last "complex" model I did (probably a hundred dimensions, constraints and lines on a single sketch) caused it to die on me. I re-drew it, all seemed fine, but now it all throws "An unexpected error" at everything. I can export it as an STL, but the work itself is effectively lost.

And this is far from the first issue!
A hundred dimensions/constraints/lines seem a big ask considering how parametric constraint solvers currently work...

But yes it is sometimes buggy, but you should break up modelling into discrete components and not lump everything into a massive sketch.

//I still wish it did text on curved surfaces...

Re: CAD software

Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:46 pm
by Minestorm
Can someone tell me a quick way to make a sphere in Alibre ?

I get errors when I try to Boss Revolve a circle.


Thanks

Re: CAD software

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:51 am
by JuliaDee
In answer to your original question, I've been using TinkerCAD, (http://www.tinkercad.com) which is WebGL/cloud-based (no desktop app needed). It's free, surprisingly powerful, and is so intuitive that it has almost zero learning curve. For instance, to make a sphere, you simply drag a sphere primitive onto the work plane. It has limitations, of course: no import, export as STL only, and since it's cloud-based you can't work without internet. Nonetheless, it got me cranking out useful (and paying) work with my Up! in a very short time. The developers are very responsive and make enhancements frequently. I've purchased ViaCAD for Mac but each time I give it a go I get discouraged by its non-intuitiveness.

Re: CAD software

Posted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:01 am
by XRay
amd-tec wrote:SpaceClaim 2012 ---->best and fastest tool to create and modify 3D models for 3d printing
(SolidEdge ST4)
I use Space Claim 2012 too, for both of my business and 3d design for printing.

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