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    Lightbulb Autocad alternative

    I've had the need to do some technical drawings and found ProgeSoft IntelliCAD to be a free (for private use only) and good alternative to autocad.
    http://www.progesoft.com/compra/inde...smart&lang=eng

    I plan on using it for redesigning my projector layout, so I though I'd share it.

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    Solidworks!!!!!!

    Love it! Its the goods!

    If you want it Zoof, I can probably send you a copy
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    Solidworks!!!!!!

    Love it! Its the goods!

    If you want it Zoof, I can probably send you a copy
    If it is free for private use that would be great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoof View Post
    If it is free for private use that would be great!
    SoildWorks is a great tool except the limited rendering capabilities but it's not free even for private use.

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    Alibre cad the best free cad tool around. I use solid works myself but it cost me 1/3 as much as my car.


    http://www.alibre.com/promos/online/...FRIcawodfzJeEA

    Chad


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    DeltaCAD.com

    DeltaCAD is only 2D and technically it is not free, but the demo can be reloaded with no hassles at all.

    I can't imagine how CAD drawing could be any easier!

    James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad View Post
    Alibre cad the best free cad tool around. I use solid works myself but it cost me 1/3 as much as my car.


    http://www.alibre.com/promos/online/...FRIcawodfzJeEA

    Chad
    Alibre is cheaper but not superior to SolidWorks.
    I had a trial version from the local representative for a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by workaholic_ro View Post
    Alibre is cheaper but not superior to SolidWorks.
    I had a trial version from the local representative for a month.

    I know that is why I went with solidworks. But for a 3d parametric modeling program that is totally free, Alibre Express is the best hands down.

    I also agree that the rendering in solidworks kinda sucks. It is confusing and hard to use. Lighting and rendering is the biggest problem. For 99% of the time just the standard view is good enough for me. If you really want a good render you can always export the model and deal with it in MAX.

    Here is just a standard view I modeled the other night.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails scanners and mount.jpg  



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    ^ That is nice. I really need to learn to do CAD.

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    For designing my projector I preferred Visio over CAD as I find it considerably easier and faster to use then CAD and I would believe it to be “more accessible” out there in the corporate enterprise for sharing stencils.

    It doesn’t do 3D but I don’t need it to (although can be nice occasionally)

    I started a thread over here that has all the details of the stencils I’ve created and put on the FTP for all to use. http://photonlexicon.com/forums/showthread.php?p=63255#post63255

    Also have a look at the FTP site under: /ilda/Technical Documentation/ for Visio Stencils, JPG drawings, PDF's and DWG files.

    Troy
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