|Review by Ryan||posted 08-23-2011 09:23 PM||10485 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I am a huge fan of drafting out my ideas on a digital medium.. specifically DraftSight. Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with drafting programs, this is SketchUp drinking Red Bull while playing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. After saying this, I feel I must also state the learning curve (like playing Beethoven) is cruel to beginners. It’s fairly difficult to pick up with no background in drafting, but it’s also much more rewarding, and after learning the tricks to the program, it’s a very enjoyable task! It’s amazing being able to see something you’ve thought up literally come to life before you from a blank screen.
Saying this, if you are interested in either installing a drafting program to brush up on your skills or to learn how, then DraftSight is the perfect tool. This product is a free download, and it’s composed of the same components as AutoCAD (which costs money, but in my opinion is better than DraftSight due to added mobility) so it’s the perfect starter program. This is also an excellent introduction to 3D modeling programs (such as my favorite, SolidWorks!).
This will add an extra “dimension” (pardon the pun!) to your woodworking projects and more to show for it if you’re putting together portfolios for a budding business!
Oh, and I should add that I don’t work for any of the programs listed above (I wish though!)
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