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A9CAD (Free) 9 0.88%
Alibre Design 40 3.89%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 9 0.88%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 165 16.05%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 24 2.33%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 4 0.39%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 9 0.88%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 14 1.36%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 53 5.16%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 12 1.17%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 8 0.78%
Autodesk Inventor 86 8.37%
Becker Cad 0 0%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 18 1.75%
CADKey / KeyCreator 9 0.88%
CADRA 1 0.10%
CadStd lite 8 0.78%
CadStd pro 2 0.19%
Caligary Truespace 1 0.10%
Catia 58 5.64%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 7 0.68%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 3 0.29%
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows 8 0.78%
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 13 1.26%
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS 1 0.10%
DesignCAD 97 for Windows 0 0%
devCAD 24 2.33%
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD) 9 0.88%
Euclid 0 0%
FastCAD 3 0.29%
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS) 1 0.10%
Generic CADD 4 0.39%
Modo 401 by Luxology 2 0.19%
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D 4 0.39%
ProE 47 4.57%
progeCAD 9 0.88%
Qcad 19 1.85%
Rhino 3.0 22 2.14%
Rhino 4.0 104 10.12%
Sketchup (Free) 156 15.18%
Solid Edge 2D 7 0.68%
Solid Edge 21 2.04%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 220 21.40%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 8 0.78%
TurboCAD Deluxe 38 3.70%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 12 1.17%
TurboCAD Designer 10 0.97%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.29%
TurboCAD Pro 31 3.02%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 5 0.49%
Other 188 18.29%
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 08:16 PM
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I'm downloading it now and I'll check it out.
Thanks for the tip
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 11:56 AM
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Hope you enjoy it! Alex.
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Old Jul 06, 2013, 11:55 AM
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OpenVSP

I've been experimenting with OpenVSP (www.openvsp.org) for airframe concept and Sketchup or Inventor to do the actual nuts-n-bolts.
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 11:58 PM
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I'm a total newbie and have been doing the Rhino tutorials. Using the free Mac WIP version, which seems great. I'm only halfway through the first of the 2 big tutorial pdf's and feel like I'm at the bottom of a very long climb! It's amazing to get some insight into what the CAD programs can do. I plan to learn to draw wings etc and mould shapes for CNC.
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Old Aug 28, 2013, 10:55 PM
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I use Turbocad, Devcad, Devfuse and AC3D. Previously used Solidworks and Autocad 2001. I like Solidworks and looking for something similar for modeling planes.
Right now I am trying to convert a Gmax file into .DXF, .AC or .obj. I only need the mesh so I can cut it up and make fuselage sections.
Any one have 3dmax?
Thanks
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Old Sep 06, 2013, 12:35 PM
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I think in my case, it's which CAD program uses me

DraftSight currently resides on my PC at home. It's free and I'm told uses many of the same commands as Auto CAD
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Old Sep 08, 2013, 02:54 PM
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Just started using DevCad CAM Pro. Used DraftSight in the past a little but DevCad seems orientated towards modelling and the CAM integration should be a plus (I'm still exporting to CamBam for the CAM stuff at present though).
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 12:26 PM
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UG NX 7.5.

I started in VersaCad (yeah, anyone remember that?), AutoCad for about 12 years, CADDS 5.0 (another ancient one), ProE Wildfire for about six months, Solidworks about the same but have been using UG for about eight years now. I would take it over any of those mentioned. This software has a huge learning curve (especially to use it the way it was intended) but once you get past that point you don't want to go back to anything else.
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 12:40 PM
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I use Adobe Illustrator with the Hot Door CAD Tools plugin. Does all the CAD I ned to design plus has all the tools to make good looking plans. The plan part is something that I find lacking in most mainstream CAD packages.
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 12:42 PM
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I use Adobe Illustrator with the Hot Door CAD Tools plugin. Does all the CAD I ned to design plus has all the tools to make good looking plans. The plan part is something that I find lacking in most mainstream CAD packages.
Mark,

Could you explain what you mean about CAD packages not being able to make good looking plans? Just not sure what's missing....Thanks,

Don
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 02:23 PM
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Mark,

Could you explain what you mean about CAD packages not being able to make good looking plans? Just not sure what's missing....Thanks,

Don
I can't speak for him, but I'll try

The use of the word "plans" makes me think architectural, something most cad packages just don't do well. Of course you can set up a cad program to produce a good set of plans, but it is actually quite hard to get a life like computer rendering out of a cad program. Making parts and assemblies and building a house on the computer just require different things. If I was an architect I definitely wouldn't buy solidworks, over kill for the task at hand. However, I didn't pay much attention to what my arch friends were using in college lol.
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Old Sep 09, 2013, 04:26 PM
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I can't speak for him, but I'll try

The use of the word "plans" makes me think architectural, something most cad packages just don't do well. Of course you can set up a cad program to produce a good set of plans,........
That's why I asked the question. I do a lot of drafting and I don't find it hard to set up either of my CAD programs to produce a nice looking (IMO only....lol) set of plans.

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....but it is actually quite hard to get a life like computer rendering out of a cad program. Making parts and assemblies and building a house on the computer just require different things.
You're talking 3D now and, again, IMO, it's nice but not necessary to the average builder of model airplanes. I've played around with 3D a bit but, again for my work, it's not necessary. I also do draw up parts and assemblies and store them as blocks for future use in other drawings but only in 2D.

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If I was an architect I definitely wouldn't buy solidworks, over kill for the task at hand. However, I didn't pay much attention to what my arch friends were using in college lol.
Solidworks does have it's place but for what I do, it's certainly way overkill.

Actually, I think we agree on just about everything you posted but I'd still like Mark to chime in here......
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Old Sep 13, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Exactly.... Currently using DevCAM. and it does 99.9% of what I need. The 0.01% is me not knowing how to figure how how to add tabs on a curved surface (i.e wing sheeting) line up with another curved surface (i.e the ribs)
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You're talking 3D now and, again, IMO, it's nice but not necessary to the average builder of model airplanes. I've played around with 3D a bit but, again for my work, it's not necessary. I also do draw up parts and assemblies and store them as blocks for future use in other drawings but only in 2D.
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Delta Cad

I use Delta Cad for Mac for my designs, also available for Windows. Probably the easiest to learn Cad program for non-Geek Cad types. It is a very simple Cad program that has plenty of power for designing model planes without all of the fluff that isn't needed for simple 2 D drawings.

I spent an hour with their tutorial about 2 yrs ago and have been drawing ever since. I tried some of the other programs like Draftsight and TurboCad but the learning curve was too steep for this self taught designer.

The more professional types decry Delta Cad's simplicity but that is exactly what makes it a snap to learn. I've yet to encounter a task that I couldn't accomplish.

If you have been intimidated by CAD in the past give this one a try. Be sure to run through the written tutorial included with the docs.
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Old Sep 15, 2013, 07:43 PM
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No matter what cad program you are using, the help button will be your best friend. So make sure you install the documentation if you have it.

Internet is also a great resource, but help there depends more on how many people use the platforms. Solid works probably had the biggest community out there.
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