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    Hi
    I’ve been thru various programs looking at them all; they have only been the demo programs.

    What I would like to know is what programs you use to design in?

    I don’t want a program that I can use to design 2d parts as I’m happy with cut 2d for now from vectric in the UK.

    What I would like to do is “put” all the parts I have designed together as one machine in the software like I’ve seen you guys doing.

    This is what I would like to do:



    Could you be so kind as to point me in the right direction please?

    Thanks,
    Lee
    .Me

  2. Solidworks is one of the best albeit at an horrendous price (be a pirate or pretend to be a student ? ).

    That picture looks like it sketch-up, probably the pro/paid-for version (The free version of sketch-up is too limited - in my view).

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    Solid works is what to use.
    I also have a few tutorial dvds as well, if you need a copy ;)

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    Hi Gary, sorry but I simply can’t afford soildworks.
    .Me

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillTodd View Post
    Solidworks is one of the best albeit at an horrendous price (be a pirate or pretend to be a student ? ).

    That picture looks like it sketch-up, probably the pro/paid-for version (The free version of sketch-up is too limited - in my view).
    I wrote a free plugin that gives you DXF and STL output from the free version of Sketchup,
    http://www.guitar-list.com/download-...les-dxf-or-stl

    Nathan

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    What I would like to know is what programs you use to design in?
    Lee, very flattered that you picked the image of my router!

    I use the free version of Google Sketchup. Sketchup is a great! It's not engineering software, but you can change the default accuracy from 1mm to 0.01mm which helps. It's amazing for free! :-)

    "Components" are the best. Every copy of a component in the model will change when you edit just one of them. Want to add a chamfer to a bearing that appears 50 times in your model? 60seconds of work! :-)

    I wrote a free plugin that gives you DXF and STL output from the free version of Sketchup,
    Nathan - THANKYOU so much for the sketchup plugin. I was about to start learning to use the emachineshop CAD program to generate dxf files, but no need now! I'll install it and have a play at the weekend...

    Cheers!

  7. I use the free version of Google Sketchup
    Congratulations :)

    When I last played with the freeby version of sketch-up I couldn't find a way to directly enter dimensions (so soon got fed up trying to make the object a known size). Has the latest version some means of entering sizes directly?

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    Yep,

    Draw a line (clicking on the end point as well as the start), then type the length you want, hit return and the line will re-size itself. Same works with a rectangle, but use a comma between the axes.

    I usually make the initial line / rectangle obviously wrong so that I can see that the dimensions have definitely moved.

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    Thanks Tom i will go and download these as soon as i'v got done here, 40 new posts in half a day. The sites coming along great !
    .Me

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    Alibre do a free 3D modeller called Express.
    It's a cut down version of their paid version with some features missing.
    Main limitation is you can only assemble a limited amount of components,
    Hint save three or 4 components to a new file and it's then treated as one.

    Not bad for free.

    John S.

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