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View Poll Results: Which CAD program(s) do you use right now?
A9CAD (Free) 9 0.72%
Alibre Design 44 3.50%
Ashlar-Vellum (Argon, Cobalt) 10 0.80%
AutoCAD 2000 through 2009 176 14.01%
AutoCAD 2009 LT 27 2.15%
AutoCAD v.10 (DOS) 4 0.32%
AutoCAD v.12 (DOS & Windows) 9 0.72%
AutoCAD v.13 (Windows) 14 1.11%
AutoCAD v.14 (Windows) 70 5.57%
AutoDesk 3D Studio Max 5.0 13 1.04%
AutoDesk AutoSketch 9 8 0.64%
Autodesk Inventor 107 8.52%
Becker Cad 0 0%
Becker Cad Pro 0 0%
BobCAD 21 1.67%
CADKey / KeyCreator 13 1.04%
CADRA 1 0.08%
CadStd lite 8 0.64%
CadStd pro 2 0.16%
Caligary Truespace 2 0.16%
Catia 71 5.65%
CoCreate Modeling Personal Edition (Free) 8 0.64%
DesignCAD 2-D for DOS 4 0.32%
DesignCAD 2-D for Windows 9 0.72%
DesignCAD 3000 DesignCAD 3DMax v.17 16 1.27%
DesignCAD 3-D for DOS 2 0.16%
DesignCAD 97 for Windows 0 0%
devCAD 32 2.55%
DoubleCadXT (Free, emulates AutoCAD) 9 0.72%
Euclid 0 0%
FastCAD 4 0.32%
Flight Simulator Design Studio (FSDS) 1 0.08%
Generic CADD 4 0.32%
Modo 401 by Luxology 3 0.24%
MoI (Moment of Inspiration) 3D 4 0.32%
ProE 58 4.62%
progeCAD 10 0.80%
Qcad 20 1.59%
Rhino 3.0 22 1.75%
Rhino 4.0 117 9.32%
Sketchup (Free) 193 15.37%
Solid Edge 2D 10 0.80%
Solid Edge 25 1.99%
Solidworks 1997 through 2008 255 20.30%
Tsplines (Rhino plug-in) 8 0.64%
TurboCAD Deluxe 46 3.66%
TurboCAD Deluxe 10 13 1.04%
TurboCAD Designer 13 1.04%
Turbocad Designer V7 3 0.24%
TurboCAD Pro 43 3.42%
Turbocad Pro v. 14.2, with Mechanical pack 6 0.48%
Other 248 19.75%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 1256. You may not vote on this poll

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Jan 29, 2010, 09:15 PM
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Feb 01, 2010, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by vintage1
I guess all of those models being sold out there,drawn on Corel, aren't really CAD designed after all.


You had better tell Microsoft that since their operating system is ALSO suitable for playing games, they shouldn't sell it as suitable to run CAD programs on.

Wan't another outsider ?

My avatar was designed in Visio.
But that was BEFORE M$ spoiled it and enslaved it for their Office suite
Feb 08, 2010, 02:16 PM
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Besides those CAD program, I use Profili Pro for airfoils and wings. I think Profili as a Cadish thingie.
Feb 09, 2010, 02:23 PM
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3D Studio MAX 3.1 (old, fast and nearly bug free!)

Feb 11, 2010, 02:29 AM
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SW 2010 and UG NX-6
Feb 13, 2010, 11:52 AM
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Been using DesignCAD since around 1990, when it came on a 3.5" floppy.

Strictly an 'amateur' in this CAD thing, up to my first copy of DCAD, I used some strange ancient ritual items known as 'paper' and 'pencils'. A lot, as most of my models are 'own design'. I've sometimes used Profili for wing sections, but as I only use a couple of wing sections in my designs, I've got enough of them in my 'library'.

Oddly enough, last year I 'designed' a fuselage for a wing I had lying around my shop by drawing it up the 'old way'. I suspect it took me much less time to 'draw' it than if I'd done it my CAD fashion...

Keep telling myself I need to download that freeby Sketchup thing from Google, have a play. 3D for me hasn't proven to be much of an attraction so far.


Feb 15, 2010, 04:26 PM
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The counts above are not easy to read at a glance, since there are several versions of some programs. The TurboCad results, for example, are visually spread out by this effect, but the total for TurboCad is 20 users.

AutoCAD is similarly distributed, but sums to 36. If you add Inventor (9 at the moment) and Autosketch, Autodesk is clearly the dominant supplier. Not a surprise.

Anyway, doing the additions for different versions, the top of the list looks this on Feb 15, 2010:

AutoCAD 36
SolidWorks 34
Sketchup 30
Rhino 28
TurboCAD 20

Incidentally, the new CAD/CAM forum has been up and running since Jan. 11, so we are past a milestone.
Last edited by mcg; Feb 15, 2010 at 04:36 PM.
Feb 17, 2010, 08:59 AM
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KeyCreator was mentioned - I'm impressed. I think a lot of people forgot about that package. We're the Canadian Distributors for it - thanks for the mention!

I also use it for programming my 3-axis router - it does full CAM too. Not a lot of CAD apps can say THAT.

Mar 03, 2010, 01:23 AM
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Solidworks 2008
Rhino 4.0
AutoCAD 2001
Lightwave 9.6
BobCAD v18
MasterCAM 9
Mar 03, 2010, 04:13 PM
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I have been using AllyCAD (Choice CAD as it was called then) since the good old dos days.

This is the easiest most flexible cad I have seen. Best of all it's free for the home version, limited drawing size but certainly large enough to do all I need for hobby things.

Surprised it doesn't get more mentions

Last edited by beenbag; Mar 03, 2010 at 04:18 PM.
Mar 08, 2010, 03:34 AM
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Hi! i am new to the forum, i am currently building an outdoor 8m blimp for a school project, and i'm using NX6 from siemens to model some of the parts
Jun 01, 2010, 07:54 PM
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I use Illustrator to draw and resize plans.

Jun 14, 2010, 05:54 AM
Grumman Ironworks :-D
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im still learning how to use it
Jun 14, 2010, 06:24 AM
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Turbocad deluxe v14
Jun 14, 2010, 07:32 AM
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I voted DesignCad 2d for windows but really use DesignCad Pro 2000 2d/3d. Since most of my drawings are headed to the laser I use the 3d function very little.


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