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11/30/2006 at 8:04 pm #40544
I would like to start drawing plans in Cad, but have no idea where to start. Is there a good beginners program where the learning curve isn’t too steep? Price is a consideration in that I don’t want to invest a great deal of money into something I may not be able to master.
Anything else I should consider?
I should also mention that I am PC based.
Rey12/01/2006 at 5:22 am #43707JLorbieckiParticipant
well, I use CAD for everything. The normal program is, of course, AutoCad. This program is used just as you would draw a drawing. If you want a line it is line. Circles, arcs, offsets, etc all are standard things in the program. My guess is that you can be making a logical, useful drawing in 2 hours. There is a program called AutoCad lite, which is a basic program and gets you all you would need. I use this to make drawings and files for my 3 axis CNC and it works great. Plus, you can print on any standard printer. I just did a Bounty Hunter and used ACAD to draw the plans. Then I printed it on standard legal size paper and did a cut and paste with it. Built the entire model this way. Plus, for a beginner, you can not go wrong with this. And, when you remodel your house, this works great. The wife will love the pretty pics you can make (plus they are all to scale!!).
Now, fancier is the other program I use for 3D work and this is SolidEdge. Much more money but you get some really pretty pics.
I know that there are other cheaper programs than ACAD, but it is a standard and is very easy to learn…12/01/2006 at 3:15 pm #43708
Do you have any experience with Autosketch 9? It is also from Autodesk, but costs about $130 vs. $900 for Autocad LT. I just wonder if it can do enough to draw the kind of plans we work from.
12/01/2006 at 10:01 pm #43709JLorbieckiParticipant
I do not have experince with that. Auto Desk is pretty good in telling you what it can and can not do….I would look on their website and maybe do some other digging and I am sure you can find someone that has used it…
Good luck12/04/2006 at 7:34 pm #43710
Well…after looking into Autosketch further, I don’t think it will work for this. It looks like it is designed for “tablet” type artistic style drawings.
I did find something called ModelCad. Has anyone used this? It has an add-on called Wingmaster available. The link to this software is below.
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