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    Who uses what cad program?

    My QCAD crashed and I need help to get a new program.
    So I thought we could talk about pluses and minuses of CAD programs.
    And to help me pick my next CAD program, LOL.

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    Autodesk Inventor all the way here. It does everything I need and more. If you're a student (or have access to a .edu email address) it's free.

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    I use solidworks free student 150 day license. My father set up the main distributor down in Australasia so I just keep asking for new ones

    It is an awesome program, recently invested in a commerical license too.

    [edit] Tybs, no. just no. autodesk = bad
    Hey Hamlet: 2b or not 2b = $FF

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    Tyb how do I get that as a student, I am, and I heard that is the best.
    Do you think it is?

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    Quote Originally Posted by rebel View Post
    Tyb how do I get that as a student, I am, and I heard that is the best.
    Do you think it is?
    http://students.autodesk.com/

    I'm also an Inventor user -- although I don't dare start a debate over which is "best" -- a lot of it depends on personal preference (kinda like programming languages). Either Inventor or Solidworks will get the job done. Note though, that full 3d parametric modeling is a big step up from QCad, and there is a bit of a learning curve (although there is a whole set of tutorials in Inventor, I'm sure SolidWorks has the same).

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    OK, do not mean to do this, but which one is easier.
    And can either convert from one type of file to another?

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    Quote Originally Posted by elios View Post
    I use solidworks free student 150 day license. My father set up the main distributor down in Australasia so I just keep asking for new ones

    It is an awesome program, recently invested in a commerical license too.

    [edit] Tybs, no. just no. autodesk = bad
    Actually I have a full license to Solidworks and am rather proficient in it as well (I used to do server management for a company that used both, and was given developer licenses to each). Anyone who has at least a modest amount of modeling experience knows they're both solid programs, neither is 'bad'. I just simply prefer to work with Autodesk, they're both very similar in function though.

    Care to provide an educated explanation as to why you prefer one over the other? Or is this simply fanboy bias?
    Last edited by DresnerRobotics; 01-13-2011 at 10:42 PM.

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    Pro E, Solidworks, MasterCam, & Autodesk. For the most part they can convert into each other but requires a few steps. Its a problem if the versions don't match up. That is the case usually. If your a student go the Autodesk route Solidworks would be ideal my opinion. You can always up convert from a dxf/dwg file. My choice is solidworks then autodesk. I use autodesk to create files for my cnc mill.

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    Quote Originally Posted by rebel View Post
    OK, do not mean to do this, but which one is easier.
    And can either convert from one type of file to another?
    You can often convert between different CAD programs, but the models often become "dumb blocks" as you lose the parametric aspects.

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    Re: Who uses what cad program?

    "Dumb blocks" is dead on you can look at them but you cant change them.

    Edit: I would say larger assemblies are difficult to work with but ex: a file from autocad a 2d file can be converted into solidworks and made into 3d form within a few sec. I prefer these two.
    Last edited by Quantum; 01-13-2011 at 10:59 PM.

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