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A9CAD (Free) 9 0.93%
Alibre Design 39 4.05%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 9 0.93%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 158 16.39%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 24 2.49%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 3 0.31%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 8 0.83%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 12 1.24%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 45 4.67%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 11 1.14%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 7 0.73%
Autodesk Inventor 81 8.40%
Becker Cad 0 0%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 18 1.87%
CADKey / KeyCreator 9 0.93%
CADRA 1 0.10%
CadStd lite 8 0.83%
CadStd pro 2 0.21%
Caligary Truespace 1 0.10%
Catia 54 5.60%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 7 0.73%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 3 0.31%
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows 8 0.83%
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 12 1.24%
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS 1 0.10%
DesignCAD 97 for Windows 0 0%
devCAD 22 2.28%
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD) 9 0.93%
Euclid 0 0%
FastCAD 3 0.31%
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS) 0 0%
Generic CADD 4 0.41%
Modo 401 by Luxology 2 0.21%
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D 4 0.41%
ProE 43 4.46%
progeCAD 8 0.83%
Qcad 18 1.87%
Rhino 3.0 21 2.18%
Rhino 4.0 99 10.27%
Sketchup (Free) 142 14.73%
Solid Edge 2D 7 0.73%
Solid Edge 20 2.07%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 206 21.37%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 7 0.73%
TurboCAD Deluxe 36 3.73%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 12 1.24%
TurboCAD Designer 9 0.93%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.31%
TurboCAD Pro 30 3.11%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 5 0.52%
Other 175 18.15%
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 08:38 AM
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what is the easiest softwar that can be use for fuse as i m looking for devfus what u think about it
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 10:42 AM
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what is the easiest softwar that can be use for fuse as i m looking for devfus what u think about it
I use DevFus. Easy is subjective. Not sure of your background in CAD.
It is a GREAT program, but it does have a learning curve unless you want to make a simple box fuselage; which you really don't need the program for then. Also will need a CAD program to export to as the output will need tweaking for an actual build.
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Old Oct 10, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Thank you for your reply
i m not that good in cad but can do little thing with it. so let see what i can do with it
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Old Oct 23, 2012, 12:47 PM
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I use Ashlar-Vellum Graphite
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Old Nov 28, 2012, 06:37 PM
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3d max studio 9 is what what i use for my graphics
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Old Dec 01, 2012, 03:38 PM
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i use sketchup (not to good to make stuff accurate with) and pro desktop 8 (very old but i get it free from my school, works fine for me). funny thing is, its interface is exactly what i see in my head when i design something, the buttons are even in the right place!
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Old Dec 01, 2012, 03:50 PM
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+1 for Sketchup for flat foamies although getting a usable printout is quite a challenge I hear. I use it in conjunction with my CNC machine so I don't have to be concerned with printing anything out.
how are you using sketchup to do cnc work? i can't figure it out
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Old Dec 01, 2012, 08:26 PM
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There is a plugin that will output gcode for a cutting machine. Works really well.
For 3d you need come cam software.
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Old Dec 05, 2012, 01:49 PM
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how are you using sketchup to do cnc work? i can't figure it out
what you need is the SketchUCam plugin for Sketchup. It is very easy to use though the 3D (2.5D) side of it leaves a bit to be desired. For 2.5 / 3D, something like PyCAM would be a better choice than the plugin. It would be nice to have a plugin to export to PyCAM or some such, sort of like the plugin for povray, but it's all easy enough as is. If your just cutting formers / ribs / etc., simple 2D parts, then Sketchup / ScetchUCam is a decent and cheap (free) way to go.

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Old Dec 08, 2012, 02:09 PM
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I started with Draftsight

It is a simple 2D software package that you can Download for Free.

Draftsight is limited in that it only works with DWG and DXF files.

I recently bought Turbocad Deluxe 2D / 3D. It can import and export files
in a Lot more formats.

I still have to teach myself how to Use Turbocad in a Productive manner.

There really is No way around that Learning Curve.
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Old Dec 08, 2012, 05:16 PM
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I saw you had a thread that spoke about a Cad bin but it's very old. What ever happened to that? Was there a bin made up for that?
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Old Dec 10, 2012, 11:55 AM
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BobCad ver 24.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 01:53 AM
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My two favorites are solidworks and unigraphics (nx) paired up with my trusty spaceball.
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 02:08 AM
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I have Turbo CAD Deluxe 16 2D/3D and am attempting to learn it by myself. Being dyslexic and a slow learner, this will take a long time, even with the on disk tutotrial. Has anyone else done this? I love drafting but there is so much to learn, its like a college class that you take at home. Any one have tricks to help learn CAD?
You can take a class, but I learned by modeling parts that were already made. Basically reverse engineering. When you get stuck the help button is your best friend.
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 12:26 PM
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Good CAD software: DraftSight

I use CAD on a daily basis (AutoCad and MicroStation). But after moving to Windows 7, my old copies stopped running. Recently I bought TurboCAD 19 DeLuxe ($90.00), and it works well. But now there is a much better option which is DraftSight. It is made by Dassault Systems, and the best part, it is FREE. It looks and feels like AutoCad, 2D only, but for drawing plans it is perfect!
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