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  • 3D Design Software

    I have seen [MENTION=15876]BIG Trev[/MENTION] using SketchUp (Have noticed the Pro Version is ~$700US)

    What other design software are people using and what are your thoughts on it.
    Please clarify if it's Commercial Software or free/open source.

    I have started using SolveSpace.
    SolveSpace is a Geometric constraint designer - Does SketchUp do the same thing?
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=solvespace

  • #2
    I honestly never moved past Sketchup. It's simple and works well. Not sure what the Pro version offers, or other commercial tools, but for my 3D purposes Sketchup is ok. Yeah, so that didn't really answer your question..

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    • #3
      Fusion 360 free for home use,

      Some good training videos out there,

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      Indy500, Sprint2 & Indy2 project, TX Sector, Bone Busters Inc, Victory, Raven Gottlieb Sys80B's,Mars God Of War, F-14(project)
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      • #4
        Any more thoughts on software? I’ve had a quick look at sketch up and it looks like it’s going to be steep learning g curve for me with 3D software- I struggle even with 2d cad! I like that sketch up (if I understand correctly) can be used in a browser although at the moment my computer is so old none of my browsers support it
        Danny Galaga- the man with no signature...

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        • #5
          I'm enjoying FreeCAD.

          Slight learning curve to understand how it's structured, as it does a lot more than 3D modelling, but once you jump that hurdle it's quite simple to use, rather powerful and very feature packed.
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          • #6
            Fusion 360 is great once you get your head around it.

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            • #7
              luve fusion360...its is cloud based and it is free
              Pinball Meets...I love em

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              • #8
                Originally posted by acejas View Post
                luve fusion360...its is cloud based and it is free
                how do you sign up for it, Its asking me for educational institution name etc

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by pinball god View Post
                  how do you sign up for it, Its asking me for educational institution name etc
                  You need to select startup/hobbyist rather than educational license.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Frank_fjs View Post
                    I'm enjoying FreeCAD.

                    Slight learning curve to understand how it's structured, as it does a lot more than 3D modelling, but once you jump that hurdle it's quite simple to use, rather powerful and very feature packed.
                    +1 for FreeCAD. Its very powerful and in my case, also works on Linux which is my main OS. I think all the decent CAD/CAM programs are going to have a reasonable learning curve to them if you have not used parametric modelling software previously.
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                    • #11
                      Was a bit a bit sick today ( ) so I spent most of the day at home getting my head around Sketchup. Hurt my head somewhat but I think I'm getting the hang of it. Just wondering if its worth sending the file I made to a 3D printing place for starters? Anyone done this? Expensive? My man cave is still some time off so I worry about more stuff kicking around without a proper place...
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                      • #12
                        Problem I have with sketchup right now is that I am very literal. But every time I look at a tutorial, what I am seeing in the tute doesn't look exactly like the version of sketchup I have. That makes it quite hard for me to learn step by step. Might be because it is web based they keep changing small things. Or it might be that I'm not all that smart. I am thinking I might be better off with a downloaded program

                        Meh: Just noticed a panel on the right in the tutorial that says 'select your version'. FFS, only took me an hour to notice that! I should stick to just using computers for porn...

                        ****en....

                        THIS is the tute I need.

                        https://help.sketchup.com/en/sketchu...d-sketchup-web

                        Geez, I shoulda taken a whole WEEK off work to try and work this shit out.

                        Ha! Funny to look at my posts once that red fog of rage lifts

                        Looks like if I stick with SketchUp I'll need to pay for the features I need.jyst put my tax in so we'll see...
                        Last edited by danny_galaga; 2 November 2019, 09:41 AM.
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                        • #13
                          I have moved to FreeCAD now, Lots of online tutorials to get you past the learning curve. It also ties in with KiCAD model generation if you need to create some basic (or advanced) models.

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