|Forum topic by oldnovice||posted 02-11-2012 09:26 AM||2305 views||4 times favorited||7 replies|
02-11-2012 09:26 AM
I have been using 3D CAD for about 15 years because my employer deemed it necessary to be able to communicate ideas in 3D format that was used throughout the company. I did not become a power user by any means because my job was too broad. However, when I needed it was available. I used not only for design of new parts, new tools, and processes, but also to improve manufacturing with photographic quality images to help assembly operators.
I could NEVER have purchased the full version that we used during my employment! But around 2002 PTC offered a free, somewhat stripped down version called One Space Modeling PE (PE = personal edition). Needless to say I did not hesitate to down load that before they rescinded the offer. They never rescinded the offer but in fact provided many updates until this latest release. The latest release is now called Creo Elements Direct/Modeling PE and a dramatically increased feature set, (well beyond what I ever thought would be in a free product), along with 2D dimensional prints in PDF format on standard sized drafting paper or custom sizes.
I have used One Space Modeling PE at home on all my woodworking projects and have just recently moved to the latest release and I am still being amazed by it.
I know a lot of you have seen Google SketchUp and it is also pretty impressive for a free program. My biggest problem with SketchUp was the fact the the parts I made were only skin models and as soon as I cut them I had to fix them. Not so with a solid modeling program, the parts created are solid as a block of wood or aluminum or steel or butter. If you want the ability to render the project with real wood grain then SketchUp is the only solution but that, in my opinion is the only feature that is missing in the Creo product.
If you are considering a venturing into 3D CAD for your woodworking don’t miss the opportunity and take a look at this FREE offering!
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