3D CAD Tool Poll

What 3D CAD Tool do you use?

No votes
OpenSCAD (and/or ImplicitCAD --- specify)
Directly create in opensource CAM (specify)
No votes
Directly create in commercial CAM (specify)
Other Opensource (specify)
Other Commercial (specify)
Only do 2D (please give reasons why)
Total votes: 152

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by arjan » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:00 pm

Work with inventor and like it much. I know the frustration in sketchup and prefer parametric design. Advantage of inventor is that you van use inventor hsm (express) for milling. As I work at an Autodesk reseller I can use the full InventorHSM and shapeoko plays nice with 3d moves.

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by NiclasThaisen » Mon Aug 25, 2014 3:58 pm


I'm just starting to work with my Shapeoko, but i don't like to work in MakerCAM. So, for years i have worked in AutoCAD, but i don't know how i get my projects from AutoCAD to Universal Gcode.
Can some of your other AutoCAD users help me?

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by WillAdams » Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:26 pm

Shapeoko 3XL #0006 w/ Carbide Compact Router w/0.125″ and ¼″ Carbide 3D precision collets
Nomad 883 Pro #596 (bamboo)

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by ajacocks » Tue Aug 26, 2014 9:30 pm

I use 123D Design, for complex objects. I tend to build boxes and cases, and the ability to easily move my work pieces around really helps.

Before 123D Design, I tried OpenSCAD, Sketchup, and Inkscape. OpenSCAD worked fine, but was _very_ slow, for me. I didn't really like Sketchup's interface, and Inkscape worked fine for simple objects, but I can't visualize 3D figures, as I draw them.

- Alex
Shapeoko 2 #3250

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by secretspy711 » Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:57 pm

Creo Parametric.

I noticed a lot of Sketchup responses to the poll. Once you learn the power of parametric modeling, you'll see sketchup as mere child's play :-)
Shapeoko 2 #5510: 1200 x 500 mm, Makita RT0701

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by McOtis » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:39 pm

I have been using Draftsight CAD.
Works great on my Mac OS X machine.
SVG export to MakerCam import doesn't work.

I must export as ASCII DXF, import into InkScape, save as SVG, then import into MakerCam.

Now that I just typed this, maybe I need to find a new CAD package!!!

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Carl Fisher » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:54 am

I've been using ViaCAD by Punch Software. So far I'm happy with it.

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Scire » Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:24 pm

I use Rhino. Its what i know, and i had a license from way back when when i was learning to design sailboats, that didn't work, but i had a license from it, and learned it.

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by ralston4 » Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:37 pm

I use GIMP Open Source raster software to make all my 3D carving patterns. And I turn them into g-code using bmp2cnc. Raster captures details very well and bmp2cnc converts it to g-code and automatically adjusts for the kind of bit that you specify. I have a customer who I send g-code to and he says it works very well. The only problem is that different machines need different feed and plunge rates so making g-code can be quite a task.

Here's a link to some of the patterns I've made over the years for customers on the Carvewright forum. I have them for sale on the Pattern Depot under the vendor name Work of Art Designs: http://store.carvewright.com/manufactur ... turerid=50

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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by paulctan » Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:42 pm

I've been using Alibre/Geomagic for years now. Paid for full support subscription and it was worth every penny!
Paul Tan
Exadler Technologies Inc.

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