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    What CAD software do you design in? What do you like about and dislike about it? Thanks for any comments!

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    nothing better than http://brlcad.org/ for the price, but its a hard learning curv

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    Quote Originally Posted by gigogig View Post
    nothing better than http://brlcad.org/ for the price, but its a hard learning curv
    Thanks Bobby, I'll check it out!

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    I prefer Solidworks. Nice intuitive interface and solid platform. I've also used Rhino in the past.

    It really depends on what you're modeling. Simple toying around with smaller scale single component stuff you could use one of several free software packages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dowis View Post
    I prefer Solidworks. Nice intuitive interface and solid platform. I've also used Rhino in the past.

    It really depends on what you're modeling. Simple toying around with smaller scale single component stuff you could use one of several free software packages.
    Thanks! I've been playing with sketch up a little. Just wanting to get a feel for 3D software. I'm thinking about ordering a Replicator2.

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    dowis:

    I've been strongly considering Rhino.

    I'm looking at engineering type parts.

    I know the CNC community rates Rhino quite high.

    Please provide your insight.

    Thanks.

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    Pencil and paper. I like the way I can erase things easily. #2 pencil BTW no high tech mechanical one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanoNJ View Post
    Pencil and paper. I like the way I can erase things easily. #2 pencil BTW no high tech mechanical one.
    Goober!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHinkle View Post
    I've been strongly considering Rhino.

    I'm looking at engineering type parts.

    I know the CNC community rates Rhino quite high.
    I have Rhino & SolidWorks in my modeling business and Autodesk Inventor in my sheet metal shop so...

    Rhino SUCKS for engineering. It is not parametric so works more like MS Paint (ok, it is MUCH more powerful, but that's what it feels like compared to parametric modeling software). It is VERY good at organic shapes, surfacing, etc. It is also VERY good at importing solids from other programs... which is what we use it for in the model shop. If all we have to do is load a model, scale it and 3D print or CNC cut it, Rhino is our go-to program.

    On the other hand, if we want to mechanically design something, you can't beat SolidWorks or Inventor. Oh, BTW, if you are a student or a teacher, Inventor is FREE.

    A program I've used and liked (when cost was more important than features) was Alibre. It has been bought out and is now at http://www.alibre.com/. They no longer list their pricing, so may be expensive now.
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    Great feedback.

    Thanks.

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