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    CAD software?

    Anyone have any experience with a free or low cost CAD software they could recommend? Sketchup is not what I need before you recommend it. I need an actual CAD software for some Engineering style drawings.

    I am trying DeltaCad and it's pretty basic but seems to do what I need. But, I want to see what else is out there. I tried Siemens Solid Edge and it has a big learning curve.

    Another one I can not remember the name of but again, big learning curve.

    DeltaCad looks good for my use, but anyone have something I should look at?
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    I've used turbocad for quite some time now. Can import Autocad files (DXF) and works well for a 2D environment. I was using it mostly for creating files to run on my cnc router.
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    Might look at Double CAD XT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I've used turbocad for quite some time now. Can import Autocad files (DXF) and works well for a 2D environment. I was using it mostly for creating files to run on my cnc router.
    I too use turbo cad
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    Ditto on the Turbocad. Still a bit of a learning curve, at least there was for me, but it semed to do things pretty well.

    I've also used Visio for a long time for doing 2d drawings, but its more of a general drawing program, and not a read cad application.
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    I've tried a BUNCH of 'em over time, & never found one I liked nearly as much as my ancient EasyCAD (from FastCad) (for DOS), which I got free with a Microsoft mouse right around the time that Windows/386 was a reality. Very recently, my machine blew a motherboard, though, and suddenly now EasyCAD doesn't work with my video card any more... and I'm kinda' hurtin'.

    EasyCAD 7.5 ain't CHEAP cheap, though - about $300, and if you need 3D it ain't gonna' do it unless you already know how to draw perspectives or parallel projections on paper.
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    For the type of work you want to use it, that is for designing boats, I would use Rhino3d.

    It is a very intuitive 3d nurbs modeller, that its has several features like being able to make lofted surfaces in a wink. You can also make automatically the section ribs of a boat, and edit them one by one if like so.

    It has a lot of free tutorials to download on the web, and you can also download a fully operating trial version.

    Do check their web, http://www.rhino3d.com and check the marine part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toni Ciuraneta View Post
    For the type of work you want to use it, that is for designing boats, I would use Rhino3d.
    I have heard a lot about Rhino and a couple of other boat software programs. Never seriously considered one. So I thought I would take a look. I just looked at the price! Commercial Single-User $995.00

    No way can I swing that right now. I am starting this business on a shoe string. But it may do everything I want in one package and that would be nice. But I wonder if it and most of it's competitors are not better suited for larger boats?

    The software I am using gives me the hull shape and all the info related to it. I can not make detailed drawings of the parts of the boat. I can create the individual panels, but that is not much help for these. The reason I want CAD is I want to offer to full sized plans of all the frames of the boats. Then you can just glue it to a sheet of paper and cut along the lines

    Last night I spent a few hours with Delta Cad and made most of the frames for VARDO. It may be a simple program but I am seeing it does everything I want. Now I want to go to Staples and have them print it and see how well it printed and if the size is actually full size. If everything looks good I think I am going to buy it.
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    Jeff take a look at Alibre they are running a special right now of $99.00 It will do everything you want and a lot more
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    I know you don't want to use SketchUp and that is fine. I thought it did a respectable job, though.


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