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Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« on: December 27, 2018, 03:28:14 PM »
Just started 3d printing with a Ender 3. All worked well straight out of the box so to speak. Printed a couple of things from thingiverse to test. Now want to play with some of my own designs.
Had a quick play with FreeCAD and OpenSCAD which seem OK. I sort of quite like the OpenSCAD and building by coding but not sure about how complex designs I could do with it?

So what do you think is the best free cad package that is worth me investing my time in learning?

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Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2018, 08:10:36 PM »
I'm pretty new to cad programs and wouldnt really know which to recommend but the online Tinkercad is very easy to use https://www.tinkercad.com/ you can also share your designs with other and work on them together  :beer2:
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Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 09:16:09 PM »
Thanks I will give it a go.

Will there be a 'like' button at some point?

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Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2018, 10:04:19 PM »
Ive tried a few times to add a like button to this forum but the new smf simply doesnt like it, the next release of smf has the like button built in but is still in beta, I might look into running a copy of the beta at some point because I really miss the like button to  ~~
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Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
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Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2018, 07:13:59 AM »
Well, currently after trying a few I'm not at all settled on any.

Firstly, bear in mind that a few years back I spent a lot of time building 3D models for Simulators. I have literally hundreds of models out there as Freeware.  I used a combination of software but mostly the (VERY expensive) 3dsMax (was 3d Studio).

Now to modern software and me.  And, I can't get on with any of them!

I first tried Blender, which is a real mess with such a painful GUI you might well struggle to find out how to even delete a complete model, let alone a part of one.

Currently I am messing around with Trimble, FreeCAD, Fusion360, SketchUp, jury is out, may be a while!!
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Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2018, 01:22:29 PM »
Well, currently after trying a few I'm not at all settled on any.

Firstly, bear in mind that a few years back I spent a lot of time building 3D models for Simulators. I have literally hundreds of models out there as Freeware.  I used a combination of software but mostly the (VERY expensive) 3dsMax (was 3d Studio).

Now to modern software and me.  And, I can't get on with any of them!

I first tried Blender, which is a real mess with such a painful GUI you might well struggle to find out how to even delete a complete model, let alone a part of one.

Currently I am messing around with Trimble, FreeCAD, Fusion360, SketchUp, jury is out, may be a while!!
I remember 3d studio max, I used to use it at work for simulations but we can't talk about that  :whistling: :whistling:
I do quite like OpenSCAD but not really done enough to find limitations. I like the programming style as it is simple  ::)