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Offline PierreTopic starter

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Solid Edge or CAD
« on: September 07, 2009, 05:56:14 PM »
I would like to know which software would fit in design robots?

     My guest is Solid Edge but there is no post in regards to this software.  CAD on the other end seems big to learn.

     Any suggestion to start learning design for robots as a hobby?

     Thank you in advice for advice

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009, 08:49:52 PM »
Depends on your budget, I personally use Autodesk inventor because that is what i learned with through school in addition to getting a free copy through a competition. But if i had to pay for a cad software, I wouldn't actually buy it. Another option if you plan on spending money would be SolidWorks. just google both of them and you will find that their is bigger preference towards solidworks in the proffessional setting. But, I have also found that most students learn with Inventor.

Now... If you dont plan on spending money, google has a basic cad software called sketch-up that is really popular among hobby robotics. Their are boatloads of tutorials out on the web for all of these software options, along with I think that all three of them come with tutorials when you download the software.

For now, just go with sketch-up as it is free.

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2009, 12:25:37 AM »
i would vouch for sketchup too, not only because it is free, but also because it has such a large database of users and tutorials... not to mention the parts library airman00 put together for designing robots ;)
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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2009, 07:09:04 PM »
Very appreciated

    Your input surely saved me time.  I will go with sketch-up and see airman00's library.

Thank you very much

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009, 08:15:12 PM »
I use sketchup and in my opnion it is adequite for my robot designs.

And like smash said there is massive online data base for sketchup.

It takes some getting used to but it is well worth the effort

Good luck

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009, 06:44:43 AM »
Q-Cad is a free open source CAD that reminds me of what I use (AutoCAD).

http://www.ribbonsoft.com/qcad_downloads.html

The downside is there is no 3d option.

I heavily recommend buying and learning Solidworks if you are a student (you can probably then get it for ten bucks or less!)

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2009, 03:36:34 PM »
Acknowledge

     The $50 dollars robot tutorial makes mention  quote

          "Beginners spend 90% of their time building, and 10% designing. Experts are the opposite - 90% designing and 10% building."

     I am a proud beginner and do spend less then %10 designing after making two robots(sandwhich robot, Boe-Bot).  The third will be the $50 dollar robot.  No design since I follow the instruction.  One day....

Thanks for the responds

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2009, 01:10:08 PM »
Solid Edge *is* CAD

     SolidWorks and Solid Edge are two different Design software. 

     Solid Edge :  http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/index.shtml

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2009, 09:31:23 AM »
Solid Edge *is* CAD

     SolidWorks and Solid Edge are two different Design software. 

     Solid Edge :  http://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en_us/products/velocity/solidedge/index.shtml


and both are CAD softwares. Your point?

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Re: Solid Edge or CAD
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2009, 05:27:05 PM »
My apology to Admin and chelmi

     Thanks chelmi.  I decided to google "CAD".

     Computer-aided design(CAD). I feel small but I learned something  ;).  The title should have been "Solid Edge or AutoCAD".

 


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