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03-11-2015 03:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: program question

does anybody here know cad programs?

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#1 posted 03-11-2015 03:07 AM


Very vague questions get very vague answers.

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#2 posted 03-11-2015 03:45 AM

If you are looking for a design program, google Sketchup does a decent job and i think its still free.

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#3 posted 03-11-2015 11:32 AM

I mostly know PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER (now Creo Parametric). Fiddled with SketchUp but find it difficult to use since it’s not parametric (if you want to make the table you drew six inches shorter you have to change 30 things instead of just one). I try out FreeCAD every now and again as it is free, parametric, and works in Linux, but it has a ways to go before it’s on par with even the basic Pro/E features of a decade ago. Also a little SolidWorks and even less Catia.

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#4 posted 03-11-2015 12:37 PM

I do it all day long. What program are you interested in? You can spend a little or a lot. The package I use is Unigraphics (which has a long standing feud with ProE). It is, in my opinion, the best. But you could drop enough cash on it to fill your shop with tools. I have used other programs from Catia to Rhino to [Spit in the dirt] Autocad.

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#5 posted 03-11-2015 03:29 PM

Some CAD programs are application specific and some are generic application. Application specific programs are set up for a particular industry, like aircraft design or automotive design. These are very expensive programs. Generic application programs can be used for general design, but don’t have all the bells and whistles of the specific programs. These are much cheaper and are often freeware. For someone starting out, the latter is the way to go to see if it does what you want from a CAD program. Some CAD programs have a steep learning curve. I personally use Autocad ©. I learned it 10 years ago at work and still only use 10% of it’s capability.

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#6 posted 03-11-2015 03:47 PM

Just to reiterate what was stated above, look for the word “parametric”. There is no design that is perfect from the get-go. Non-parametric = recreate the geometry; Parametric = change a number and everything updates. Is the table top too wide? Change the number and the legs can move in with it. You can tie the mortise to the tenon and change one the other one will update. You will spend more for parametric but it is a life saver. (Unless you get a hot copy from someone.) My suggestion is to look for a “college” or “school” pack. They will knock off some of the bells and whistles but it is much cheaper. Solid Edge and Solid Works are some “Jr.” packages that would get you where you want to go. Then buy a thick book on the software and read it.

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#7 posted 03-11-2015 04:02 PM

I’m a SolidWorks admin as part of my job so yeah I know a little about CAD systems. CAD systems are like any other tool. Some are really general like a crescent wrench and some are super specialized for one specific task.

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#8 posted 03-11-2015 04:05 PM

For twenty one years.
I programmed at Intergraph
I don’t use CAD now.

- “Haiku” Paul

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#9 posted 03-11-2015 04:13 PM

I also use CAD programs all day long and have used many through my career. My go to software is Autocad as I have used it for the past 16 years but I have also used Revit and Creo Parametric quite a bit. It all depends on what you want to do with your software and the end result you want. If you are looking for a 3D model to use to design a part or a table top or something the parametric system in Creo is your best option. However, if you are wanting to create a set of plans to build from with dimensions and notes then Autocad is a much better interface to use. Then again if you are looking to do building design with a complete system from all disciplines then Revit is the way to go. All that being said we need to know a lot more information about what you are looking to do and what you want form it.

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#10 posted 03-11-2015 05:40 PM

I’m loath to being guilty of hijacking a thread but, really, this thread has such a broad subject, I hope the OP doesn’t mind.

While I am used to and like my CAD software, it doesn’t render worth a darn. I use an old, pretty much outdated application, but it has all the functionality I need.

I can translate drawings into AutoCAD format. I wonder if there is a good, inexpensive CAD program, into which I can upload wireframes, that has good rendering capabilities.

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#11 posted 03-11-2015 11:31 PM

I’m looking to create a part on like a table saw arbor slash slit saw with little run out.

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#12 posted 03-21-2015 08:35 AM

I was a lifelong autocad user (in addition to lots of other automotive OEM related software… Catia, PrimeLundy, etc..) I got so disgusted with Autocad’s 3D tools that I’ve jumped ship and gone over to Solidworks. Wow, I mean wow.

The weldments package is simply amazing. I love the ability to generate bill of materials and length cut lists with a simple mouse click.

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#13 posted 03-21-2015 02:35 PM

I m looking to create a part on like a table saw arbor slash slit saw with little run out.

- joez

How much are you looking to spend? CAD is still expensive if you acquire it legally. IIRC SolidWorks is in the range of $1k and Pro/E about $5k. Catia I would expect to be $5k or more. AutoCAD is probably cheaper depending on what you get (2D vs. 3D Inventor). Regardless you will have ramp-up time to learn the software. There certainly are smaller names around with lower prices if you search a bit. Might start getting some names here even if this happens to be a Linux compatible list:

Do you expect to want to do more? Or just this one project?

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