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View Poll Results: Which CAD program(s) do you use right now?
A9CAD (Free) 9 0.84%
Alibre Design 44 4.12%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 9 0.84%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 166 15.56%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 24 2.25%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 4 0.37%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 9 0.84%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 14 1.31%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 59 5.53%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 12 1.12%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 8 0.75%
Autodesk Inventor 93 8.72%
Becker Cad 0 0%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 18 1.69%
CADKey / KeyCreator 9 0.84%
CADRA 1 0.09%
CadStd lite 8 0.75%
CadStd pro 2 0.19%
Caligary Truespace 1 0.09%
Catia 60 5.62%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 8 0.75%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 4 0.37%
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows 8 0.75%
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 13 1.22%
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS 1 0.09%
DesignCAD 97 for Windows 0 0%
devCAD 26 2.44%
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD) 9 0.84%
Euclid 0 0%
FastCAD 4 0.37%
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS) 1 0.09%
Generic CADD 4 0.37%
Modo 401 by Luxology 3 0.28%
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D 4 0.37%
ProE 49 4.59%
progeCAD 9 0.84%
Qcad 19 1.78%
Rhino 3.0 22 2.06%
Rhino 4.0 108 10.12%
Sketchup (Free) 163 15.28%
Solid Edge 2D 8 0.75%
Solid Edge 21 1.97%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 227 21.27%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 8 0.75%
TurboCAD Deluxe 39 3.66%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 13 1.22%
TurboCAD Designer 10 0.94%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.28%
TurboCAD Pro 33 3.09%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 5 0.47%
Other 196 18.37%
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by LenBFP View Post
I use Illustrator to draw and resize plans.

I like drawing in illustrator to but havent figured out the best plugin so
I can output dxf files, Is anybody using any such plugin that works.
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Old Jul 01, 2010, 08:42 PM
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USA, AZ, Tucson
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for design:
SolidWorks 2006 thru 2010
Dreese Code for Airfoils and aero analysis

for CNC:
Virtual Gibbs Cam
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Old Jul 22, 2010, 04:54 PM
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I voted Alibre and AutoCad but have been known to use SolidWorks 2005 or 2001+

If I am drawing something up to cut on my CNC router I stick to 2D. I use Cut2D to generate my gcode.
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Old Jul 23, 2010, 03:34 PM
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Is DoubleCAD working well for you? I downloaded it two days ago on advice found somewhere here in RCG, and after some initial hiccups related to my AutoCAD background I started drafting for self-teaching. After four hours work on a Luton Minor I had my drawing freezing on me! I wrote a couple of messages on the DoubleCAD forum but it looks like that is rather slow moving.

I opened another drawing and it worked fine, but the one I was working on when I reopened it remained frozen.

It appears to me that DC has quite a fair share of bugs. I know it is a free program, but if it has these reliability problems then I wouldn't advise it.
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Old Jul 29, 2010, 10:42 AM
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After years of paper & pencil, I started with ModelCAD circa 1994, then went to DesignCAD for a few years. Been using TurboCAD 6.0 since around 1998 (all on Windows platforms). Originally, I had a free download of TurboCAD, then I spent a whole $30 to upgrade to 6.0. I'm still running that same TurboCAD 6.0, only now I'm running it on laptops with Win7, and it still runs just fine.

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Old Jul 29, 2010, 11:52 AM
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SolidWorks 2006 and MasterCam9 and MasterCam x4 . All of which aren't on the list .
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Old Aug 06, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Solidworks, rhino, and I didn't see it but NX6. NX6 is by far my favorite, but still working on a learning curve.
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 03:46 AM
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Blender and inventor. Inventors mostly a work thing, but it helps me know how to use CAD properly and miss all those little features in blender.

I even wrote a script that takes coordinates and plots em to form a wing profile. If i was to ever do it properly, i'd do a lot of it via script.
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Old Aug 14, 2010, 12:38 PM
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I really need to try the latest iteration of Blender...I was overwhelmed looking at it a few years ago. I'm fluent in StudioMax 3.1, and that kinda spooked me.

I'll have to D/L the current ver. and give it a spin.
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 04:26 PM
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It's been a while since we tabulated this. Six program types account for 71% of the usage, as follows: AutoDesk (all AutoCADs, Inventor, etc), 24%; Solidworks (including 2D, etc., 19%; Rhino3D, 11%; SketchUp, 9%; the many TurboCADs 7%; and the DesignCADs, 2%. This includes mentions in the thread as well as votes that appear on the table. The remaining 29% of the votes are widely scattered across many different programs.
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Old Aug 15, 2011, 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by mcg View Post
vote for the program (s) you are actually using to design models today. You can vote for more than one, but please restrict your votes to programs you are actively using today -- not the programs you no longer rely upon. If your cad software is not on the list, please tick "other" and then post the name of the software below. Thank you for your vote and your help.

Note that this is cad software only. We can run separate polls for cam and cnc.
bobcad cam sucks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Sep 11, 2011, 10:41 AM
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The list might need updating.

Currently use Solidworks 2011 (90 % of all work), ACAD Lite 2010 and latest version Draftsight, both at work and home.


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Old Oct 20, 2011, 09:50 PM
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I use SolidWorks at work.

At home for a hobby I use Keycreator 2011 and Keymachinist to run my K2 CNC router. I do full 3D solid models then make tool paths from them directly. KeyCreator seems under-rated for what it does and how quick it is to use. I much prefer direct 3D modelers such as KeyCreator when given the choice. That is just me I guess, they are so much quicker for me, I don't need the overhead of history trees, feature dependencies and such.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 04:09 PM
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I'll chip in...Also not on the list

Am using HyperCAD/HyperMill by Openmind @ work
and have solidworks and Catia at home
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 11:12 PM
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I am a new user of Solidworks 2012 at home.
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