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View Poll Results: Which CAD program(s) do you use right now?
A9CAD (Free) 9 0.87%
Alibre Design 41 3.97%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 9 0.87%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 165 15.99%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 24 2.33%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 4 0.39%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 9 0.87%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 14 1.36%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 53 5.14%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 12 1.16%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 8 0.78%
Autodesk Inventor 87 8.43%
Becker Cad 0 0%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 18 1.74%
CADKey / KeyCreator 9 0.87%
CADRA 1 0.10%
CadStd lite 8 0.78%
CadStd pro 2 0.19%
Caligary Truespace 1 0.10%
Catia 59 5.72%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 7 0.68%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 4 0.39%
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 0.87%
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 4.55%
progeCAD 9 0.87%
Qcad 19 1.84%
Rhino 3.0 22 2.13%
Rhino 4.0 104 10.08%
Sketchup (Free) 156 15.12%
Solid Edge 2D 7 0.68%
Solid Edge 21 2.03%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 220 21.32%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 8 0.78%
TurboCAD Deluxe 38 3.68%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 12 1.16%
TurboCAD Designer 10 0.97%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.29%
TurboCAD Pro 31 3.00%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 5 0.48%
Other 188 18.22%
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Old Nov 12, 2011, 11:15 PM
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I use autocad 2009 a ton for work. Recently I've started to dab in solidworks.
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 10:54 PM
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TurboCAD for Mac

Not on the list specifically but I am trying to learn TurboCAD fo Mac. I am making some progress. Though, I am finding it very frustrating. I used a windows version several years ago, but the Mac version is a completely different program.
Is anyone out there using TurboCAD for Mac? I would love to hear some success stories.
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 12:57 AM
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has anyone completed FEA on their model using program of choice?

if yes, what were the constraints and von mises stresses?
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Unigraphics. 7.5
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Old Jan 27, 2012, 09:55 PM
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Well, it's "about time" that I responded, too...

Dear Fellow CAD Lovers at RCGroups:

The PIPE Here...I THOUGHT I had "replied" to this thread before, but my check revealed that I hadn't, sooo...here are the CAD programs Ive managed to get onto my hard disk so far, and since I used CorelDRAW to earn some funds during my unemployment to DO CAD work in the spring of 2010, IT IS on here, too...

Alphabetically, they are:

AutoCAD 2009 LT

CorelDRAW 12 (as part of the Corel Graphics Suite 12)

DesignCAD 3DMax v.17

SolidWorks 2000 (JUST started to get used to it late last summer)...

...and ALL of these packages are ready to use, AT ANY TIME, whenever I need them.

I've spent the most CAD-drawing time in various earlier versions of both AutoCAD (classroom and work) and DesignCAD (strictly AT HOME) over the last two decades worth of time (no kidding there), with only some exposure to AutoCAD in 3D, and none as yet in DesignCAD (through THAT will change sooner than I could possibly believe) and only the single "40-Minute Running Start" from the SolidWorks 2000 "getting started" manual, mostly due to my current online business degree completion college courses. Other than those brief "flirtations" in 3D so far, it's basically been 2D-only, but with projects like taking the 1943-dated, Heinkel He 277 Amerika Bomber factory proposal drawing posted at the foot of this reply, being used for the VERY accurate article on it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinkel_He_277 on Wikipedia for it to finally have an accurate 3-view for it, I WILL have to use my DesignCAD software's 3D capability to ACCURATELY get the views of the He 277's nose glazing depicted for the article.

Because it's SOOO hard to get back to doing CAD drafting again for work these days (out of work in mid-September 2008, after eight years of using AutoCAD at my job), I'm finishing up a long-delayed business degree at college over the next several months, to earn it after having left it off back at the end of 1998.

I WAS able to get access to that older version of SolidWorks earlier last year, mostly as so many CAD ads in the eastern MA area seems to be asking for some sort of "familiarity" with SW...at least with the business degree, I'd be able to learn SW at my own pace on my own home PC, and thankfully there IS an SW user group in my area at http://baswug.com/ ...they don't meet terribly often, but it IS a good night out, and I've already met the president of the group early in December of 2011 at their last meeting.

Got to get back to my online business classwork first thing Saturday morning...only two courses to go before I hopefully graduate in June 2012 !!.

Thanks and Yours Sincerely,

The PIPE....!!
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Old Jan 29, 2012, 07:52 PM
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I use Alias/Wavefront Auto Studio, left over on my laptop from when I retired. Now it is owned by Autodesk I believe.
It is similar to Rhino (nurbs) but with additional capabilities. I have some work in the CAD Showcase, done using Alias.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 01:25 AM
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Solid Works and MasterCAM X4 when it comes time to fab it.
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 03:11 PM
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I use DraftSight, which is free to use and works so much like my version of AutoCAD LT 2002 I forget that I'm using a different program. Oh, and it doesn't crash like my AutoCAD LT 2002 with that stupid "gedit error that can't be fixed. It will also open AutoCAD files and save as AutoCAD compatible files as well.

I highly recommend DraftSight. It is put out by Dassault Systemes (Solidworks folks). I used to upgrade my LT version when new releases came out, but 2002 was the last one. They wanted $500 for the next upgrade, which is ridiculous money to spend for a 2D CAD program!

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Old Feb 16, 2012, 07:46 PM
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For 2D Work I also use DraftSight. For 3D work I use GMax and 3DS Max. I can't afford to upgrade 3dsmax every year either. GMax is free. I've used it for years for 3d modeling. For CAM I use CamBam. I have used SketchUp with the PhlatBoyz plugin SketchUCam in the past but I personally find SketchUp "assumes" too much and doesn't have the flexibility I like, but is decent for free. If I had access to SolidWorks / SolidCam I would probably be using that.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 08:16 AM
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Impressive work haiduk! Thanks for the tip about GMax. I'll have to try it out. I use SolidWorks at work, but have Alibre Design for home use. Iv'e been looking for an alternative to AD. Nice machine work on your parts! Do you have a home cnc setup? I've been looking for some info on how to build one for hobby use.


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Old Feb 17, 2012, 10:21 AM
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I'm using UGS NX 7.5 It's a good program, not popular by any means buy my engineering schooling gave it to me for free so its all good.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:30 AM
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I use a 13"x36" Blue Chick table at home. Been more than happy with it. Great product.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Using Autocad 2010 and am happy with it except when I get crashes switching from wireframe to conceptual view
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 01:04 PM
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I use Rhinoceros 4.0 and Solidworks for 3d models and autocad for drawings 2d. Some samples at my blog: http://f16model.blogspot.com/
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Old Mar 15, 2012, 09:32 AM
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I found a free program that works with Autocad DWG and DXF files, and can give wonderful PDF output - Autocad is not so successful in that. I used it only for a few minutes yet, but I feel it is like free Autocad - beautiful and intuitive to use. Much better than free A9CAD, which I was using earlier.

Editing and saving the file gives the same file size. A9CAD had increased filesize tenfold, and editing was not easy. I had to use A9CAD at work, because of licensing issues.

Here is the link, after installing it is activated online:


I hope others can make use of it as well.

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