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#1 posted 05-28-2010 05:49 PM

Google Sketchup has become very popular because this is one of the first free 3D CAD tool. I have tried using it few times but I haven’t been able to become proficient with it because it’s different than most other 3D CAD tools that I have worked with. I have access to SolidWorks which is one of the more widely used 3D CAD in engineering companies, but it’s not affordable for personal hobby use. There’s another tool called Alibre is more affordable for us woodworkers. In fact, the personal standard version is listed for $99. There’s also a feature-limited free version available. I recently downloaded it and from what I have seen so far, it looks like a powerful 3D CAD. The commands and 3D drawing tools are similar to SolidWorks. It’s not a very big learning curve. The tool also comes with tutorials as well.
For your requirements of being able to measure angle based on the width and height, these tools can definitely do that, plus a whole lot more.

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