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Old Jan 12, 2010, 03:12 PM
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I have used AutoCAD 2004 and 2008.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 03:14 PM
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Using autocad 2007 and have played a little with google sketchup as well as rhino
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 03:35 PM
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Learned CAD on Unigraphics V13, and used it til version 18, also SolidWorks '97 through '08, CoCreate Personal edition, FSDS, BobCAD, some Inventor, SurfCAM, MasterCAM, and a few other assorted CAD/CAM programs.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 05:18 PM
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Autocad 14, Solidworks 2001, Rhino 4.

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 08:16 PM
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Generic Cad (2D, anybody alive still remember PC-XT's & DOS?)

Autocad v14 (2D stuff)

Rhino v4 (3D stuff, great program, very happy with it, some designs found their way to cnc machines)

T-splines for Rhino (just got it, ask me in a month)

SW-2010 (venturing in toe-deep with how-to tutorial CD. So far Im impressed. Would be for the mechanical gadgetry aspect of my life).
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Old Jan 12, 2010, 10:32 PM
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DesignCAD and TurboCAD....

IN the end you use what you are productive in...

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Old Jan 12, 2010, 11:30 PM
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Hughes Missiles started with CADAM (Lochkheed/IBM developed), then went with CADRA, then to PRO-E. CADAM started as main frame and was phased out when IBM didn't want to support it any more. CADRA came in as a less capable main frame and then migrated to a very capable intelligent data base network system. PRO-E (solids) is used as an intelligent data base capabable of producing plastic engineering models. It uses a drop off system to produce usable 2D data packages. Fun to manipulate and see the 3D object.

CADRA is my program of choice. Had it for over 20 years playing with missile designs and now have it at home. No typing required to produce objects, just select and click.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 09:14 AM
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Here's my "CAD software environment experience" listing....

Dear Fellow RC Flyin' CAD Lovers:

The PIPE's GREAT to see a CAD-dedicated forum on RCGroups, AT LONG LAST!

So far, here's the list of CAD software I've had a chance to use (at least a LITTLE bit), past AND present...and please remember, I've been OUT of work (UNemployed!) since mid-September 2008...

From Autodesk:

AutoCAD v.10 (DOS)
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows)
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows)
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows)
AutoCAD 2009 LT (Windows XP, on my home PC RIGHT NOW, mostly for practice TO GET BACK TO WORK!!!!)

From American Small Business Computers, then Upperspace, and nowadays from IMSI:

DesignCAD 2-D for DOS
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows
DesignCAD 97 for Windows

DesignCAD 3000 (Win98 and XP, my MAIN [and favorite] home PC drafting environment, and on my PC RIGHT NOW)
DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 (WinXP, on my home PC RIGHT NOW, getting slowly used to it)

From "other vendors"...

CADKEY for DOS (not good at all, worked like a kludgy mainframe CAD software package...its "sized drawings" [B, C, D & E-sized] borders ARE fairly good, however, AND are in DXF format on my hard disk to this day)
CADRA for Windows (too much like CADKEY [again, think "MAINFRAME style CAD" from the 1970s] for any usefulness whatsoever for my needs)
PADS-PCB for DOS (dedicated PC board design environment, VERY decent for its intended use)
EagleCAD (like PADS, for PC boards)

I'm just HOPING to get back to work, doing CAD drawings for someone before too much longer...!!

Thanks and Yours Sincerely,

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Old Jan 13, 2010, 04:36 PM
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AutoCAD 14- 2000, Solid Works 03-08, SurfCAM 08, Teksoft. I'm also un-emplyed since Feb 08. Hopefully, work will start comming back around for us. Right now at home I use Auto CAD 14 for 2d & 3d restoration of some old model plans I find on the WEB. I love drawing in CAD.
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Old Jan 13, 2010, 04:38 PM
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Last call -- let's turn this into a poll

Please take a look at the list in post #1 of this thread. I would like to use this list as the basis for a poll. The poll will probably be a "vote once" kind of thing, so the idea would be to vote for the software you are actually using now for CAD design work -- not production.

For example, I use Rhino for design, but sometimes drop the product into AutoCAD for production. Rhino gets the vote.

Similarly, we have all threaded our way along and used this and that. I started with DesignCAD, then tried TurboCAD, AutoCAD and finally Rhino. I will just vote for Rhino, since it is what I use to design models right now.

One question I have is -- what to do about AutoCAD and Solidworks and DesignCAD, where there are multiple releases, sometimes one per year. To compress these listings for the Poll, I was thinking maybe "Early AutoCAD" vs "recent AutoCAD" or arbitrarily "Pre 2005 AutoCAD" And something similar for Solidworks and DesignCAD. It would be most meaningful if there some some technical watershed year for these.

When we get the results of the Poll we can fill in the key details about price, a link to the manufacturer, etc.

We can run a distinct listing and then poll for CAM and CNC software useful to modelers.

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Old Jan 13, 2010, 05:34 PM
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Every CAD...


Generics Cad (social services)
Turbo Cad ( Education)
Fast Cad (Education)
Becker Cad ( now )
Becker Cad Pro ( now)
Euclid ( studies)
Rhino ( now)
Pro E (some practice long time ago)
Autocad ( studies)
Rhino ( now)


3ds ( studies)
Max ( studies)
Povray (Long time ago)
Moray ( Long time ago)
Truespace ( a bit)
PSH ( studies)
PSE7 ( Now)
Corel Draw (Now )
Corel Paint (Now )
Corel Painter (Now )
Art Rage (Now )
The Gimp (Before PSE )
C4D( Now)

Just some ... but mostly Rhino
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 09:59 AM
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Ok, the listing on this thread has now been turned into a Poll. You can now tick a checkbox next to the CAD software you are using today.
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 12:01 PM
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With my job I use or used all this cad...and a couple of cam for 5 and 6 axis mills.

Autocad LT,
Solid Works,

but to make rc model i find that useful are Rhino and SolidWorks.....only now I'm trying Sketchup.....and it's not so bad....
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Old Jan 14, 2010, 12:11 PM
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The next step is to turn this list into a tabulation of numbers showing which CAD programs are preferred by model designers. A poll has just been set up for this purpose.

So in lieu of adding to this listing, please vote your preferences in the poll, here:

You can vote for more than one package, but please vote only for those packages you are actually using currently, today, for model design.

Many thanks,

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Old Jan 14, 2010, 02:10 PM
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A WHOOPS I spotted on that poll's listing...

Dear Fellow CAD-Usin' RC Fans:

The PIPE Here again...I spotted a bit of a WHOOPS on the listings for the CAD programs being "polled for" in the other mentioned thread... it placed DesignCAD 3000 (usually abbreviated as "DC3K") and DesignCAD 3DMax v.17, which are SEPARATE software packages, on the VERY SAME line...

I DO have both of those packages on my PC at present, as I get myself slowly used to using the later DC v.17...but I'm still using DC3K, and since those ARE separate software packages, I'm HOPING that someone gets the two of them placed ON separate lines, please !

Thanks in advance and Yours Sincerely,

The PIPE...
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