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What do you use?

123D
0 (0%)
Skechup
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Blender
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OpenSCAD
1 (12.5%)
Other (Please specify)
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Author Topic: 3d Printing Software  (Read 2343 times)

Gizmo

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3d Printing Software
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:14:03 PM »
Need to brush up on making CAD files to try 3d printing. Might as well start on what's popular.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 04:15:44 PM »
FreeCAD. Open Source, Cross Platform.


http://freecadweb.org/


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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 04:17:21 PM »
FreeCAD, as well.

Gizmo

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 04:42:45 PM »
Thanks for the quick replies.


Now that I think of it... are there any free CAD softwares that have the typeable keyword prompt like AutoCAD?


Example, if you want to draw a line, you just type "line", press enter, and it selects the tool.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 04:59:12 PM »
Draftsight. Its not 3D* but actually has aliases to the same typed commands like autocad.








*it can do 3d, but I wouldn't use it for that, as its incredibly clumsy and not really well implemented.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 05:07:37 PM »
Autodesk Inventor, though I've played around with Solidworks/CATIA/AutoCAD/Pro-E in the past  :)

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2014, 05:17:52 PM »
Autodesk inventor has a free trial, but isn't free.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 05:22:36 PM »
Yep, all the software I've used hasn't been free. I've tinkered with OpenSCAD and FreeCAD before, but I've been spoiled by the easy to use GUI that production-level software uses  :( . Luckily I scored a Student copy back when I was still in school and have been using it ever since. Exports well for use with 3D printers, as well as exporting DXF/DWG for use with the 4x8 CNC  :)


*Edit: Sorry, my post was in regard to answering "other" in the Poll, not to answer your request of the typable prompt featured in AutoCAD. As mentioned before, Draftsight features the same feature though.
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Gizmo

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2014, 05:23:36 PM »
So which software is the best, paid or unpaid? AutoCAD?

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 05:25:24 PM »
Best by what metric? I tend towards open source software whenever possible, unless the usability is very much worse than paid stuff. It also depends on how much I'm going to be using it.

Paid software tends to come with better support; free and/or open software tends to have a community around it.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2014, 05:26:16 PM »
The metric being the most important one: usability and useful features.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2014, 05:29:41 PM »
Honestly, it depends on what you become comfortable with. I've seen Mike King run circles around me using FreeCAD. OpenSCAD is scalable, such as the Minecraft Box John Bent Cope made back during one of the maker Weekends. So my advice is to pick one and just fool around with it. The benefit of having multiple free softwares is that you can download and install them all. Then use tutorials (video tutorials help alot IMO) to make some mock objects.


When I was messing around in Solidworks/CATIA/etc, I'd find random fully-dimensioned drawings via Google images and attempt to use the various software packages to model them. If I couldn't figure out how to do something, then I'd either Google it or ask on some forums.  :)

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2014, 05:39:57 PM »
OPENSCAD OR NOTHING BRO

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2014, 06:50:36 AM »
TinkerCad is my goto for simple stuff and quick mods to existing STLs.

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Re: 3d Printing Software
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2014, 09:58:59 AM »
VectorWorks, because I'm a Mac guy.