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3D CAD suggestions
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:38:30 AM »

Hi all, I currently design my models in 2D in CorelDraw  but would really like to do some 3d modelling so I could put the model together on screen, any suggestions for 3d software that doesn't cost the earth and will export parts to CorelDraw?
 
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Re: 3D CAD suggestions
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 02:17:54 AM »

i been using google sketchup. its free. easy to use. just need to see if anyone has made a plugin to export a model to what you want.

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 08:46:48 AM »

Export from CorelDraw as .dxf or .dwg, then import [/size]the 2D outline into SU.[/color]
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Re: 3D CAD suggestions
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 10:12:33 AM »

Turbocad aint bad either. Theres a reasonable amount of online tutorials for it.


Not that i condone it, but it can also be downloaded for free  <*<


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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2013, 12:45:00 PM »

if you have an open university email address you can get a 'student' version of autoCAD.
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Re: 3D CAD suggestions
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2013, 09:16:37 PM »

autoCAD is a horrible 3D software in my opinion. Its a 2D package with a 3D bit added in. Not a true 3D software.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2013, 09:25:17 PM »

I'll second that. There are even better 2D programs as well, and I,ve been using it since v2.8
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2013, 09:30:19 PM »

used very basic 3d for autocad when creating sections from a 3d model in order to then make a 2d shape. Worked ok but never really explored autocad.


Turbocad is ok, could be better but seems to do what i want it.


What you really want is rhino with a few addons such as t-splines
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2013, 11:12:29 PM »

true, I tend to prefer Bentley microstation for 3D, the rendering is easier for a start, but as a trained draughtsman autocad does the job, 90% of 3D is knowing how to use the software to do what you want, autocad isnt intuitive here, but it can be done.
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2013, 07:50:47 PM »

I've used TurboCAD 2D/3D and hated it, I then found FreeCAD, as the name suggests its free and can be downloaded from here -
http://www.freecadweb.org/
You can draw 2D shapes and then extrude or rotate them to produce 3D objects. Alternately, and I find easier, you can work with 3D shapes.
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Re: 3D CAD suggestions
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2016, 04:49:04 PM »


Friend of mine has just bought a new 3d printer: Flashforge® 3D Printer Finder Single Extruder Printer

He's recommended  TinkerCad .... good enough to start with?


   https://www.tinkercad.com/

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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2016, 06:31:42 PM »

Hi All,


I am lucky enough to use SolidWorks 2016 for work, which means I can also use it at home for boats  :-))


But proving very popular in the 3D printing community is this offering from AutoDesk: http://www.123dapp.com/design, free to use as far as I know and many people say good things about it.


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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2016, 09:54:11 PM »


Friend of mine has just bought a new 3d printer: Flashforge® 3D Printer Finder Single Extruder Printer

He's recommended  TinkerCad .... good enough to start with?


   https://www.tinkercad.com/


Tinkercad is good
I use it for quick bits on the 3d printer.  It has limitations but still very useable and more importantly very quick to pick up


Have a look at my how to in the 3d printing section
http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,54247.0.html


reminds me I must move on to Part 2  :embarrassed:
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Re: 3D CAD suggestions
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2017, 09:47:32 AM »

Hello


Have a look Fusion 360 by Autodesk its probably the best 3d modelling program and theres plenty of youtube videos to get you learning....


I've designed a trawler hull for printing see my post...


http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,59547.0.html


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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2017, 12:48:30 PM »

I use Draftsight its free you download it and just have to register it once a year, only downside is the emails offering the full version  >>:-( its only 2d but then I import it into sketchup.
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2017, 02:33:00 PM »

autoCAD is a horrible 3D software in my opinion. Its a 2D package with a 3D bit added in. Not a true 3D software.
When I did the 3d cormorant for another member, it was using AutoCAD - its referred to as solids, I find it easy to use but I am simple, it's expensive but I used it for a previous employer, not the last one, for the best one I did 17 years for.

Just ask 'alan' if it printed ok and what he had to do to adjust it to fit.
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Re: 3D CAD suggestions
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2017, 09:40:19 PM »

As a time served draughtsman from the 1960's I grew up with pencil and draughting machines of various sorts.  Come the 80's I moved to the old AutoCAD11 an early 2d only package.  Gradually upgraded and spent my last couple of years using AutoCAD Inventor suite 2009.  A full 3d package (Mechanical Desktop being the 2d) and used this to design many parts and also plastic injection mould tools and this was very satisfactory.  Although now retired I keep my hand in and am using Inventor 2017
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