3D CAD Tool Poll

What 3D CAD Tool do you use?

BRL-CAD
0
No votes
FreeCAD
13
9%
OpenSCAD (and/or ImplicitCAD --- specify)
15
10%
TinkerCAD
5
3%
SketchUp
48
32%
Directly create in opensource CAM (specify)
0
No votes
Directly create in commercial CAM (specify)
3
2%
Other Opensource (specify)
8
5%
Other Commercial (specify)
57
38%
Only do 2D (please give reasons why)
2
1%
 
Total votes: 151

jdunne
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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by jdunne » Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:53 pm

Shameless plug. From the founders programmers of SolidWorks:

www.onshape.com

We will be revealing a lot more soon. Suffice to say this community should be well served.

Joe

s24shane
Posts: 4
Joined: Sun Nov 30, 2014 10:50 pm

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by s24shane » Wed Jan 21, 2015 6:49 am

Unigraphics NX 9

Hans
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Joined: Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:19 am
Location: Connecticut, USA

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Hans » Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:24 pm

I haven't heard of OnShape before. From what I can find, the main focus is on cloud-based collaboration. Why would that be attractive to a community of 1-person design teams?

Definitely curious to hear more though.
Shapeoko #1,123

Christine88
Posts: 168
Joined: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:16 pm

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Christine88 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:55 pm

CATIA V5 R20

mortonwoodworks
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Joined: Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:36 pm
Location: Central Illinois, USA
Contact:

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll - Vectric Cut3D

Post by mortonwoodworks » Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:11 pm

Has anyone ever used this software? I am looking to purchase something and the trial video looks super simple, but I want to hear from someone that actually uses/used it.

Thanks all!

Manicska
Posts: 5
Joined: Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:21 pm

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by Manicska » Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:37 pm

I have tried multiple programs until I finally stuck with the open source "Blender". Blender does have a learning curve but there are a ton of tutorials out there which makes it easier to learn, in my opinion. I have been using it to design models for my Replicator 2 3D Printer. I have designed stuff from simple frames to multi part items with surprisingly close accuracy. Have tried others like AutoDesk 123, AutoCAD, Rhino3D, etc with no luck in either figuring them out or finding the features I required for my design.

picengravertoo
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Location: Florida
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Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by picengravertoo » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:26 pm

Kubotek KeyCreator with integrated Cam.
Shapeoko 2 Laser Diode Engraver-Analog/TTL/PWM
PicEngrave Pro 6 Image to Gcode for grbl/Mach3 controllers-Spindle/Laser
PicLaser: Image to Gcode With Editor
PicSender: Streams grbl Raster/Vector Gcodes
https://www.picengrave.com

madhatter
Posts: 164
Joined: Sat Mar 21, 2015 1:33 am
Location: WA, USA

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by madhatter » Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:34 am

Solidworks 2015. I have used CATIA at work for the last 9 years, but I just started using Solidworks a couple of months ago.
SO3 #0054
DWP611 - SuperPID
Prusa i3 MkII
SolidWorks 2015

TomDChi
Posts: 184
Joined: Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:36 pm

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by TomDChi » Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:35 am

It's interesting that Fusion 360 hasn't been mentioned much. Parametric modeling, built in CAM/toolpath generation and free to hobbyists seems like an appealing combination. I don't have my S3 yet, so I have no idea how well the g-code it generates works with the S3 though.

Professionally, I use Vectorworks, SketchUp and 3ds Max, along with the Adobe Creative Suite (including Illustrator) so I'll probably be doing a lot in those and then figuring out how to get them to CAM. So far I've played around with Illustrator->SVG->Inkscape->g-code (then viewed in OpenSCAM) and that seems straightforward for 2.5D work.

dvdsnyd
Posts: 45
Joined: Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:08 pm
Location: North Branch, MN

Re: 3D CAD Tool Poll

Post by dvdsnyd » Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:57 am

I have been using Solidworks pretty much exclusively. I use it at work, and Solidworks offers a home use license if your workplace uses it. Might be worth checking out for those that use SW at work and want it at home too.

If I wasn't using Solidworks, I'd probably be checking out Fusion 360 from Autodesk. Like others have said, free 3d Cad as well as cam. The cam portion looked a little intimidating to me, however.

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