3D CAD Tool Poll

What 3D CAD Tool do you use?

BRL-CAD
0
No votes
FreeCAD
4
8%
OpenSCAD (and/or ImplicitCAD --- specify)
10
20%
TinkerCAD
1
2%
SketchUp
15
30%
Directly create in opensource CAM (specify)
0
No votes
Directly create in commercial CAM (specify)
0
No votes
Other Opensource (specify)
2
4%
Other Commercial (specify)
17
34%
Only do 2D (please give reasons why)
1
2%
 
Total votes : 50

3D CAD Tool Poll

Postby WillAdams » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:24 pm

Another poll, this time for 3D CAD --- please provide whatever clarifying information you feel is needed in the comments
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Re: 3D CAD Tool

Postby twforeman » Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:55 pm

I'm using Autodesk Inventor because I get a free student license through the high school FIRST robotics team I mentor.

I need to investigate the open source offerings.
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Re: 3D CAD Tool

Postby cvoinescu » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:06 pm

Sorry, I messed up my vote and I don't think I can change it. I voted SketchUp, but should have been SketchUp and OpenSCAD (and also ImplicitCAD).
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Re: 3D CAD Tool

Postby WillAdams » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:11 pm

I'd messed up and failed to check the box for changing your vote --- fixed. Checking the other polls now.
Shapeoko #364 (rebuilt) w/ ¼″ drive shaft, aluminum spacers, double MakerSlide (375mm) X-Axis, Acme Screw Z-axis, 1M Y upgrades, Harbor Freight ¼″ Trim Router spindle.
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Re: 3D CAD Tool

Postby WillAdams » Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:15 pm

Yeah, I thought about including ImplicitCAD --- great that you're having success w/ it --- I failed miserably when I tried to install it. May have to re-visit that if I don't have more luck w/ the CAM process out of OpenSCAD.
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Re: 3D CAD Tool

Postby DanMc » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:35 pm

I've been using Vectorworks for years, so... go with what you know. I've also been experimenting with Rhino but usually get frustrated and go back to V'works. BTW I believe you can still get a free copy of Rhino for Mac while they are in the development process. It doesn't have 100% functionality yet but most of the modeling tools work. My local FabLab has Solidworks and I found that pretty intuitive but haven't done much with it.
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Re: 3D CAD Tool

Postby glendresser » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:16 pm

I use either Sketchup or Blender. Typically Sketchup if I'm working with flat surfaces, or Blender if I'm working with more curved, organic shapes. I'd like to use just one tool, but both tools have significant weaknesses when it comes to certain types of work.

I also really liked my first impressions of Inventor Fusion and would like to try it more.
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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Postby veng1 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 12:55 am

I mostly cut holes, so all of the below are useful.
Alibre Expert
Autosketch
CAMBam
Mach3
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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Postby bjbsquared » Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:03 am

I use Sketch Up, OpenSCAD and AutoCAD 123D Design.
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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Postby selektha » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:55 pm

So after trying almost all free cad software I could find I have finaly resolved to using FreeCad, all other softwares hade their limitations when trying them out.
Either they where to advanced to learn in a evening or they where missing fundemental things like boolean operations that I love to use.

FreeCad have it quirks and it is quite advanced for a beginner like me but I seem to like it the most and I was actualy able to create a namesign for my door in less that 2 hours after installing it, I have only done som simple modeling in it and I have NOT tried to actualy cut the objects that I have created yet, but I am looking forward to try.

I am willing to pay for software but I can not afford to put 500USD in software so if a free modeler works for me I rather put the money in a better CAM software like cambam or others.
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