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 Post subject: What software?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:52 pm 
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I need some CAD software for cube designing. It needs to be free. Ideas?

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rjp wrote:
I need some CAD software for cube designing. It needs to be free. Ideas?

Google Sketchup!

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 Post subject: Re: What software?
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1NSAN3 wrote:
rjp wrote:
I need some CAD software for cube designing. It needs to be free. Ideas?

Google Sketchup!


OK, anything else? :?:

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 Post subject: Re: What software?
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rjp wrote:
OK, anything else? :?:
If you just want to design, I've used POV-Ray before. It is free. However it doesn't allow you to export STL files so you won't be able to print anything. But it is good for making pretty pictures.

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rjp wrote:
OK, anything else? :?:
If you just want to design, I've used POV-Ray before. It is free. However it doesn't allow you to export STL files so you won't be able to print anything. But it is good for making pretty pictures.

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I'll try both. Thanks!

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if you're a programmer, OpenSCAD!


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Oooh, looks neat.

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 Post subject: Re: What software?
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Here's a list of cad programs that include cost. A bunch are free, so I guess you could compare and find one you like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... gn_editors

I do know that google sketchup does not export stl files (At least the free version anyway). Also features that are simple to add in programs like solidworks suck to do in sketchup (Like

The problem with free of course is that you miss out on some features. I personally use Solidworks. If you are a student in any capacity, you can get it pretty cheap. I can even get it for free from my university.

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drew11 wrote:
Here's a list of cad programs that include cost. A bunch are free, so I guess you could compare and find one you like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... gn_editors

I do know that google sketchup does not export stl files (At least the free version anyway). Also features that are simple to add in programs like solidworks suck to do in sketchup (Like

The problem with free of course is that you miss out on some features. I personally use Solidworks. If you are a student in any capacity, you can get it pretty cheap. I can even get it for free from my university.


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 Post subject: Re: What software?
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Derek Bosch wrote:
if you're a programmer, OpenSCAD!

Derek, I'm guessing that's not what you used for the Helical Burr? It's not obvious how to do that with CSG...


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 Post subject: Re: What software?
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drew11 wrote:
I do know that google sketchup does not export stl files (At least the free version anyway). Also features that are simple to add in programs like solidworks suck to do in sketchup (Like
Free SU can easily export to stl, I've been doing that for years :) Other stuff which is easy in Soldworks is tricky in SU e.g. hollowing, fillets, but they ar most definitely possible (I've been doing them for years ... :lol: )

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 Post subject: Re: What software?
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I recommend FreeCAD. Its free, open source, multi-platform, has a decent GUI, and a powerful python-based scripting system built-in. Also, my recommendation is based on an obsolete version from a year and a half ago, so I bet it is even better now.

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 Post subject: Re: What software?
PostPosted: Fri Jan 10, 2014 7:42 pm 
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I designed this

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with Rhino (on a Mac -- no SolidWorks available). It was a pain in the ass. I couldn't get the filleting to do what I wanted, so wrote some external C++ code to postprocess the stl and effectively fillet that. Sort of worked.

The good thing is that -- even four years later -- Rhino on the Mac is *still* available as a free beta.


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