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Forum topic by RonInOhio posted 06-30-2013 06:02 AM 1054 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RonInOhio

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06-30-2013 06:02 AM

I am interested in downloading some good .dxf format wood component files for my CAD software which is
compatible with AutoCad.

I have DesignCAD 3D Max. I would like to start building a decent symbol library and components that
I can drag and drop and edit . I’m more interested in single components than full plans. There are literally thousands of sites out there, but I am a little leary of many of them.

Do any of you CAD users have a favorite download site for this purpose ?

In a preliminary google search, I came across a few sites that look interesting.

www.osbornewood.com/cad-drawings.cfm looks intriguing. They sell wood products as well as some CAD drawings. I think the CAD drawings are free but you
have to register with an email address.

I’m aware of 3-D Warehouse for Sketchup. But am looking for additional options for dxf format . Any suggestions ?

Thanks

Ron

Edited to correct the link.


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#1 posted 07-02-2013 06:02 PM

I believe Thomas Register and Sweets Files has downloads. Not sure how much wood they have.

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#2 posted 07-02-2013 08:31 PM

Corrected a few mis-typed links and bumping this for a few more look-sees.

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#3 posted 07-02-2013 08:43 PM

Osborne Wood Products is not so bad. They send you an email from a salesperson asking if you need help ordering the parts you downloaded from them. Other than that, it wasn’t painful at all.

Enkeboll Designs has a nice collection of dxf files for moldings appliques, and other carvings. (Both 2D and 3D)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 07-03-2013 03:32 AM

I use solid modeling almost every day and I have a number of free (requiring only a user name log in) resources:

  1. 3D Central, many 3D and 2D formats available and IGES files of commonly use woodworking hardware. Since I do more than just woodworking this is my first choice resource.
  2. GrabCAD in tight collaboration with AutoDesk. Fairly new to me but I have imported number of their models. I suspect this site will become the go to site in the near future because of the collaboration with AutoDesk and the number of models they have accumulated in a very short time (however not as well categorized as 3D Central). Not as vendor oriented as 3D Central, being able to find a part by a vendor.
  3. Traceparts, many 3D and 2D formats available and IGES files catering to a lot of European origin parts and a little difficult to navigate.

A number of vendors Tsolts, 80/20, and others have 3D libraries available for their products. There are also a number of other good sites and some sites that are very poor and the fidelity of some of the models leaves a lot to be desired.

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#5 posted 07-03-2013 06:43 AM

Those are awesome resources Hans, thanks for sharing!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#6 posted 07-03-2013 03:51 PM

Doug, Ron, I am glad to be of help.

The CAD program I use is NOT one of the top ones so all my imports are IGES files and those have all worked fine. I wish I could afford something like Solid Works or the full blown version of what I use but $4K+ is better spent on tools … not all at once!

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2013 05:31 PM

McMaster-Carr and Reid Supply also have a lot 3D models, and some dxf. Good for hardware and fixtures.

-- Chris K

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 02:59 PM

Do not search it on google many sites contain virus, http://www.authorstream.com/indiacadworks/ this site has some references have a look may be it can help you. Other than this I would prefer 4shared dot com that website has lots of amazing downloadable material.

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 06:31 PM

janetkissho, I do not understand your comment … ” Do not search it on google many sites contain virus,”!

Which sites are you referring to as I have never had a virus and/or mal ware from the sites I listed!

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#10 posted 11-28-2013 12:24 PM

I am not talking about the sites you have listed sir, I have experienced having my pc hit with serious virus while I used to download software from random websites. Not every site is to be trusted for downloading that is what I mean to say simple.

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#11 posted 11-28-2013 06:31 PM

janetkissho, you are not alone in that area! When I do downloads it is from “trusted” sites ie, Cnet, Apache, Adobe, and the like but there you are prone to get additional “freebees” you have to opt out of or they will also install. The one that typically shows up is the Ask toolbar which I find useless.

I recently had one site tell me that my memory on my Acer tablet was running low and I should install their cleaning tool … that showed a lot of imagination to think that I, or anyone, would be that stupid!

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

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