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Old Jan 11, 2010, 01:33 PM
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List of every CAD program you have ever tried....

One benefit of the CAD Forum will be a "Getting Started" sticky. It seems to me this should include the results of a Poll on how many of us use each software package.

To set up this poll we'll need a list.

To start the list, here are a few packages but there are of course many more. Help me out. We will need to subdivide the list into specific versions and dates, since some of the older packages are available at the most reasonable entry prices.

A9CAD (Free)
Alibre Design
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt)
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS)
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows)
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows)
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows)
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009
AutoCAD 2009 LT
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9
Autodesk Inventor
Becker Cad
Becker Cad Pro
CadStd lite
CadStd pro
Caligary Truespace
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free)
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows
DesignCAD 97 for Windows
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD)
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS)
Generic CADD
Modo 401 by Luxology
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D
Rhino 3.0
Rhino 4.0
Sketchup (Free)
Solid Edge
Solidworks 1997 through 2008
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in)
TurboCAD Deluxe
TurboCAD Deluxe 10
TurboCAD Designer
Turbocad Designer V7
TurboCAD Pro
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack
Unigraphics V16-NX5

I will keep track of this list, accumulate the names, and then set up a Poll.

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Old Jan 11, 2010, 01:51 PM
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ProE, Autocad 10, Solid Edge, Sketchup

ProE I used for a class when I was in school. Autocad (this was an old dos version) I used at work for a few years, but that was all tablet based (like a grid where every spot was a shortcut, used a mouse like device with a cross hairs on it). Not very useful as the interface and functions were custom. Then we switched to Solid Edge. Very good for 3d, but sucked if you just wanted to do a 2d drawing without doing the 3d drawing 1st. Don't remember the version. I don't draw stuff for a living anymore. Now I solely use Sketchup for personal stuff, because it is very intuitive and have just enough features so there is no learning curve if say you leave it for a few months. And you can improve it yourself by writing plugins or downloading them. I was turned on to it when I got involved with the Phlatprinter. I wrote my first tutorial in March 2009, but it's posted at the phlatforum. If anyone is interested, it located here: http://phlatforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=94&t=653 It's about how to make a sliceform light buld, in Sketchup. I posted a pic of it towards the end of the cad/cam vote thread.

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Old Jan 11, 2010, 02:33 PM
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Autodesk Inventor . I used to enjoy 3d modelling with it !
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Everything I've used is listed. I've seen posts with screenshots of Catia, so someone is using it for modeling.
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 06:02 PM
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TurboCAD Pro, Sketchup, and Unigraphics V16-NX5.

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Old Jan 11, 2010, 09:14 PM
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CadStd lite, CadStd pro
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 09:30 PM
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Tried a few but prefer Qcad from http://www.qcad.org/qcad.html
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Old Jan 11, 2010, 10:53 PM
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Here is another, AutoDesk AutoSketch 9, it is the one I use.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 12:15 AM
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BoBCad. http://www.bobcad.com/

it's the Fisher Price of CAD/CAM. we use it at work and i use it at home. easy to get around but my version isn't very "advanced".

i learned on VersaCad, way back in the day.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 04:50 AM
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I am learning to use Solidworks for the first time (also my first serious effort to try to learn this sort of thing at all). Quite a steep learning curve but my first drawings are getting there.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:04 AM
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I am quite happy with Autocad 2000; I had used the free TurboCAD (I guess) for a short time.

I also use the free A9CAD for converting and opening Autocad files at work - because they do not want to add another seat of licensed Autocad.. I use this program for simple drafting jobs as well.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 12:41 PM
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I used Autocad, when it was only text-based and, on the slow computer of the day, took forever to change anything. It was essentially unusable, but interesting.

Then I got TurboCad, upgraded to TurboCad for Windows.

Now using Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack - this one is great!

Never used professionally; only for my own use.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 12:47 PM
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Corel Draw Turbocad Solidworks, Rhino.

Now standardised on CorelDraw and Rhino.
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 01:41 PM
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I use Autodesk products at work, also for modeling. AutoCAD and Inventor. I have tried Rhino, Solidworks, Pro-E, Turbocad but always went back to what i used at work.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 03:09 PM
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Siemens PLM software

38,000 hrs. of Unigraphics or now known as NX.
1500hrs. CATIA


Tooling & Fixture Design
Design & Styling
Mechanical Simulation
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