Thread: Full Machine Design/Display
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?
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).
Solid works is what to use.
I also have a few tutorial dvds as well, if you need a copy ;)Visit Us: www.zappautomation.com
Hi Gary, sorry but I simply can’t afford soildworks..Me
14-05-2009 #6What I would like to know is what programs you use to design in?
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,
14-05-2009 #7I use the free version of Google Sketchup
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?
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.
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
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.
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