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08-09-2015 05:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource cad modeling cloud based

My son called me last night about a new CAD application that looks very promising in that it is cloud based and can run on a PC, tablet, and phone (iPhone or Android).

There invitation page is:OnShape

This is a Beta version and watching their About video sounds like they are very serious about their goals of use anywhere and make it simple to use.

I played with some of their demos last night but I have not yet created anything.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"


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#1 posted 08-09-2015 05:52 PM

I tried to get it to run on the PC. No go. Tried the samsung s5. No go. Will try later.

Madts.

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#2 posted 08-09-2015 05:53 PM

Sounds interesting,but simple is subjective.Many folks say sketch up is easy and I can’t for the life of me figure it out.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 08-09-2015 06:31 PM

A few weeks ago I was able to get into the beta program to test it out. I’ve been so busy with timely matters that I haven’t tried it out other to look at a model. While I realize the company’s goal is to develop revenues from the commercial version, I find myself turned off by the small number of private creations I can have in the free version. SketchUp doesn’t work natively in any Linux distribution. I have it running in a Windows VM right now, however, I am not sure I will embrace it over other open source choices. When I get the time. I hope you will pass on your results.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#4 posted 08-09-2015 06:41 PM

A little bit to pricey if you don’t plan to have all but 5 documents public… :(

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#5 posted 08-09-2015 06:43 PM



Sounds interesting,but simple is subjective.Many folks say sketch up is easy and I can t for the life of me figure it out.

- a1Jim

I find sketchup works best when I have a pretty good idea of the shape and dimensions of the piece already and I just want to fine tune it as a 3D model rather than trying to use it to create something from scratch. Getting to the point where you can do things like change the size of the rails without having to do a lot of work to recreate all the attached parts is pretty difficult. Personally most of the time I just do a three view (top, front, side) drawing and work from that. I don’t find a 3D model useful for me personally for pieces I am building from drawings I created. It is a better way to convey build details like in magazines but I find it rarely worth the effort to make for my own pieces.

You can get sketchup to create three view drawings but I find either drawing on paper or using a CAD program designed for it works better for me. But I’m sure others have had good results with 3D modeling programs.

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#6 posted 08-09-2015 06:54 PM

What, no Windows phone version?
(kidding)

Let us know how you like it.

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 07:46 PM



SketchUp doesn t work natively in any Linux distribution. I have it running in a Windows VM right now, however, I am not sure I will embrace it over other open source choices.
- Paul Bucalo

Paul – I have had success running SketchUp on linux using wine. does that not work for your linux box?

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#8 posted 08-09-2015 08:01 PM


SketchUp doesn t work natively in any Linux distribution. I have it running in a Windows VM right now, however, I am not sure I will embrace it over other open source choices.
- Paul Bucalo

Paul – I have had success running SketchUp on linux using wine. does that not work for your linux box?

- PurpLev


How much wine does it take? (Red or White?)

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#9 posted 08-09-2015 08:03 PM

Jim, if you can’t fathom Sketchup, just like me, try Creo Elements/Direct Modeling Express 6.0

Creo is solid modeling which has a built in 2D annotation package that can create the typical orthographic, or for that matter, any views you want and allows you to annotate with dimensions and add notes. The anotated drawings are PDF pages which, in my case, I can use directly as inputs to my CNC tool path program.

The limits on the free version is 60 parts per one session. But I have found that is not be an issue because shared parts only count as one part regardless of the number of shares. I have had assemblies with over 350 parts, many of them shared!

Creo is easy as π!

My biggest issue with Sketchup are the fixes required at intersection of two or more object and the fact they are hollow in the free version. The only thing Sketchup has over Creo is the rendering capabilty.

PM me if you need a start!

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#10 posted 08-09-2015 08:15 PM

Paul – I have had success running SketchUp on linux using wine. does that not work for your linux box?

WINE was developed quite a while ago when the then current CPU’s didn’t have the capability (in speed or design) to run VM’s, and a VM is now a much better solution. Both, however, are still not running the application natively and adds additional overhead for the emulation.

Cheers,
Brad

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#11 posted 08-09-2015 08:17 PM

To those that have failed,

Go to the site mentioned in the first post and click on get an invite. This is different than most programs as they will email you an invitation and allows you access to the program.

I haven’t tried the PC route as yet but I believe that there is NO download as it is cloud based and runs in your browser.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 08-09-2015 08:21 PM


Paul – I have had success running SketchUp on linux using wine. does that not work for your linux box?

- PurpLev

Yeah, I should have been more specific. Disabling Sketchup running Ruby will make it work, but then plugins won’t work. The problem seems to be more with the 64-bit distributions, too. FWIW, I have read some have been able to run Ruby as well. Hasn’t worked for me.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#13 posted 08-09-2015 09:05 PM

Thanks Old novice
I just have trouble with the basics,I have a learning disorder so I may learn the basics today and not remember all of them the next day. I really shouldn’t blame any particular program for my short comings.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#14 posted 08-10-2015 01:48 AM



What, no Windows phone version?
(kidding)

Let us know how you like it.

- Rick M.


I don’t know Rick, if they can’t support my platform, I can’t be motivated to support theirs :)

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#15 posted 08-10-2015 02:54 AM

Rick, since it is web based I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on a …. did you mean Windows phone?

So you are the one!

You just can’t use Internet explorer. Which I believe is MS has obsoleted anyway!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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