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Offline Jak24Topic starter

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CAD programs
« on: September 14, 2010, 12:26:47 PM »
HI !

I am looking for Cad programs to design my robot, i currently use Google sketch-up but i would like something a bit
more advanced!
Most of the good Cad program like Autodesk, solidworks are way to expensive
The only one that i found that is within my price range is Alibre:
does anyone have any experience with it? is it hard to learn?
suggestion and advice are welcome!


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Re: CAD programs
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2010, 12:41:15 PM »
Alibre is the best known low-cost package. Rhino3D is also pretty affordable, and is widely loved.

All CAD programs are somewhat hard to learn initially, but not that painful. There's a good overview of the learning process in the second part of my CNC robotics guide -

Offline knossos

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Re: CAD programs
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2010, 04:35:12 PM »
Autodesk products are available free to students for 13 months.  You have to have a student e-mail though.
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Re: CAD programs
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2010, 12:59:17 PM »
Not to condone such things, but there's always torrent...

I personally use Solidworks a lot, I have use Rhino, Pro/E and Autocad as well. All have their pros/cons, but my advice is to find whatever you can get for cheap. Once familiar with one package, migrating to others is much easier.

+1 on student versions, if that is an option for you.

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Re: CAD programs
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2010, 05:13:20 PM »
SolidWorks also has a student version.


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