3D CAD for complete beginner?
December 12, 2013 12:39 PM Subscribe
I had an idea for a product. I'd like to make a few prototypes using a 3d printer. I am utterly clueless on where to start.
posted by Marky to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I handy when it comes to wood. I've turned and cast some metal. But this thing would be made of plastic, about which I know almost nothing.
The product is small (it would fit in a 8"x8"x4" box) and only one piece. If it went to volume manufacturing, it would be injection molded.
Obviously, if I want to prototype using a 3d printer I'll need to use CAD software. But my design/drafting skills date from the 1980's using pencils and paper.
I can spend a few months getting up to speed on this. Is there a clear favorite of 3d software for beginners? And if I decide to go to the next step, I'd like to be able to use these same files with the manufacturer to produce these items commercially.