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FreeCAD user to expand tutorial?

Post by WillAdams » Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:59 pm

Currently for Basic workflow 3D ( http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... orkflow_3D ) we have:

1. Draw your part.
2. Save part in native FreeCAD format.
3. Export the part as a STP file.

Could someone who is familiar w/ FreeCAD expand Step 1. to something more didactic?

I tried using FreeCAD over the weekend and was mystified I'm afraid.

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Re: FreeCAD user to expand tutorial?

Post by twforeman » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:11 pm

You really want a FreeCAD tutorial?

I tried FreeCAD and found it very obtuse. And I used to run solids CAD for a living. :)

Maybe just point at the FreeCAD tutorials page? http://www.freecadweb.org/wiki/index.ph ... =Tutorials
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Re: FreeCAD user to expand tutorial?

Post by WillAdams » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:23 pm

Glad it wasn't just me.

Okay, it doesn't _have_ to be FreeCAD --- I'd be happy w/ a quick tutorial for making an interesting shape using any graphical opensource CAD program (I don't think OpenSCAD would be suitable).

What's the easiest one to use?

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Re: FreeCAD user to expand tutorial?

Post by bjbsquared » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:18 am

I like these for 2.5D:
SketchUp -> SVG ->MakerCAM -> cut
123D Design -> STL -> SketchUp -> SVG ->MakerCAM -> cut
inkScape -> MakerCAM -> cut

For SketchUp -> SVG I use the "Flights of Ideas" plugin.

I could do a screencast this weekend.
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