What 3D cad software do u use?

Hi all,

Just thought Id ask for recommendations for CAD software(linux).

I can see my design in my head and need to get it into plastic. :slight_smile:

Kevin.

I’m a fan of OpenSCAD (http://www.openscad.org/) and a few other
people at the space use it. It’s very powerful if you are OK with
writing parts in markup language.

Are you designing for 3D printing, laser cutting or something else,
out of interest?On 6 November 2014 23:35, Kevin Conroy kconroy188@googlemail.com wrote:

Hi all,

Just thought Id ask for recommendations for CAD software(linux).

I can see my design in my head and need to get it into plastic. :slight_smile:

Kevin.


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Thanks for the quick response, Ill take a look at SCAD.

I need some mounting plates for my Dev boards, so I was thinking to make
them modular and let them fit together (3 = triangular prism, 4 = cuboid)
for transport and click into a larger base with breadboard/power.
I can see it in my head but cant describe it. lol.

It will probably start as just printable parts and ill change it to laser
cut panels as I work out the details of how they will fit together.On Thursday, 6 November 2014 23:44:27 UTC, Jim MacArthur wrote:

I’m a fan of OpenSCAD (http://www.openscad.org/
http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.openscad.org%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGZ0yFEjMi1NEzSm852Hi5xPknkuQ)
and a few other
people at the space use it. It’s very powerful if you are OK with
writing parts in markup language.

Are you designing for 3D printing, laser cutting or something else,
out of interest?

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Hi all,

Just thought Id ask for recommendations for CAD software(linux).

I can see my design in my head and need to get it into plastic. :slight_smile:

Kevin.


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OpenScad isn’t for me. You have to have the maths in your head before you

can start creating. There are a few free, but not open offerings if you are
a Windows user.

Creo Elements is a full blown CAD package, with the only limitation being
the number of separate parts (60) and 72 hour dial home
Their online, video based tutorials will get you up and running in about 15
minutes. This is what I use, and the limitations have never been an issue.

http://www.ptc.com/product/creo/elements/direct-modeling/express

DesignSpark is RS components free software. Not as good as the above but
very usable.
http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/page/mechanical

Some rate Google Sketchup, buit it won’t output 1:1 2D prints, which limits
your ability to produce scaled mechanical drawings for drilling etc.

Just my thoughts…

There are online options too…lookup tinkercad which is browser based but
works ok. As Tony has said Design Spark and Google Sketchup work but
aren’t ideal. OpenScad is also not for me…I cannot visualise 3D models
and then generate maths functions to realise them…however others manage
it…go figure!

Cheers

AlexOn 7 Nov 2014 00:00, “Kevin Conroy” kconroy188@googlemail.com wrote:

Thanks for the quick response, Ill take a look at SCAD.

I need some mounting plates for my Dev boards, so I was thinking to make
them modular and let them fit together (3 = triangular prism, 4 = cuboid)
for transport and click into a larger base with breadboard/power.
I can see it in my head but cant describe it. lol.

It will probably start as just printable parts and ill change it to laser
cut panels as I work out the details of how they will fit together.

On Thursday, 6 November 2014 23:44:27 UTC, Jim MacArthur wrote:

I’m a fan of OpenSCAD (http://www.openscad.org/
http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.openscad.org%2F&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGZ0yFEjMi1NEzSm852Hi5xPknkuQ)
and a few other
people at the space use it. It’s very powerful if you are OK with
writing parts in markup language.

Are you designing for 3D printing, laser cutting or something else,
out of interest?

On 6 November 2014 23:35, Kevin Conroy kconr...@googlemail.com wrote:

Hi all,

Just thought Id ask for recommendations for CAD software(linux).

I can see my design in my head and need to get it into plastic. :slight_smile:

Kevin.


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