What software should I use to create a parametric model of a bicycle and have the software generate plan views I can send to a welder/framebuilder. [more inside]
I want to learn to design my own custom 3D printed cookie cutters. (Yes, I know there are shops and websites that can do all or part of the job, but I want to start from scratch.) What programs do I need? Where do I start?
I'd like to take a stab at learning how to make a 3-D printed item from the ground up. [more inside]
Later this year I hope to head up to Portland's UBI to take a frame building class. That will teach me the process of tube selection, cutting, welding, etc. In the meantime I'd like to learn as much as possible about the actual design process of a bicycle. Angles, fit, different materials, etc. Maybe even laying out the design in CAD (which I have no experience in). Seems to me this exists in a realm somewhere between product design and industrial engineering. Can anyone recommend some resources?
Cheap 3d printers under $200 to keep a hobbyist busy? Not interested in kickstarter vaporware, and can be barely functional. This is to keep an electronics hobbyist friend from "fixing" other electronics in the house, actual usefulness not required.
I'd like to find a programming language that compiles to line drawings. [more inside]
I learned mechanical drawing 20 years ago - but I would like to wear a CAD hat for a small project. 3D CAD, so I can print it on a 3D printer. Unfortunately, 3D CAD makes no sense to me. [more inside]
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. [more inside]
This is my need: 2D drawing software for Mac that can output in a format suitable for commercial laser cutting devices. [more inside]
For a project, I need (well, want) to find a 3d CAD drawing of Earth. Any file format is workable, but .dwg and .3dm are preferable. Does anybody know where I might be able to find this? [more inside]
I will begin a course in CNC programming/operating in 2 months time. I want to be as prepared as possible going into it, make the most of the education while I'm learning and have realistic expectations about employment upon completion. What should I know before I start, focus on during school, and what do you know about jobs available for someone with these skills? [more inside]
The parents are wanting to redesign the deck and garden. They found a few pieces of software but nothing yet that allows them to upload a photo and paste 3d mock-ups of a plan onto the photo. If that isn't something that's reliably done (out of my depth here), perhaps just a great piece of free-ware for deck and garden design? I guess they could 'design' in the existing garden space prior to the deck design. Thanks!
Looking for electrical enclosure CAD software on a budget. I would appreciate your recommendations. [more inside]
I have a few household projects for which I'd like to mock-up some designs. Mostly pressingly a bathroom, and after that garage storage, landscape design, and other things. What is the best (free, or individual consumer-priced) software to get the job done? [more inside]
Do any of you have recent experience with FreeCAD? How do you like the software, and how about that STL output? How easy is it to export files from FreeCAD to be used in other CAD packages? Objective: 3D printing Reference point: Solidworks [more inside]
A little over a year ago, I posted this question about upgrading my home computer to be able to run Revit. I successfully monkeyed with my box to be able to run Revit 2012, but now my firm has upgraded me to Revit 2013, for which my video card no longer works properly. The major complication now is that I got the only video card I could find that worked with Revit and fit my motherboard, so this time it won't be as simple as just switching out the card. What's my best course of action to remedy the current situation? Technical stuff, specs and further questions after the jump. [more inside]
I need to get my head around the best path to retraining myself on (nominally Solidworks) with view to (in the longer term) doing CAD piece work from home - However there are several issues relating to software types and costs that I am not sure how to approach. [more inside]
What networking or server (NAS?) equipment do I need to set up a small design business that will use a lot of fairly large CAD, Rhino, PSD, AI, and other design-type files? [more inside]
Is it possible to install a CAD file into a consumer handheld GPS? [more inside]
Does anyone have a technical degree in computer aided drafting & design? Can you tell me a bit about job prospects, salary range, career options, and maybe just generally what the day in a life of a draftsman looks like? I'm considering taking a drafting course to see if an associates degree is something I'd want to pursue. Thanks in advance!
Seeking advice on a laptop/notebook for CAD. That may also (possibly) be able to run a Playstation 2 emulator. [more inside]
I'd like to upgrade my home computer to be able to run Revit, but I'm a complete n00b for anything having to do with looking under the hood of my computer and switching out/augmenting hardware. Please help me figure out what components I've got currently, what I need to upgrade, and what potential conflicts will arise. [more inside]
How do I get the product key for my 30 day trial version of Corel CAD? [more inside]
I need a free alternative to 3D Studio, one that has a fairly similar interface. [more inside]
I'm looking for a free (or trial) CAD/simulation software package that can be used to derive the electrical capacitance of geometric shapes in relation to one another. [more inside]
I have a guest staying with me who suggests that Apple uses PCs and PC-based CAD software for doing the mechanical design of their products. I'm skeptical, and consult the mighty and infallible Oracle of Metafilter for first hand verification. Anyone know what they use... for real?
Architects, builders, and engineers -- what is the best software for drawing up a basic set of floor plans? What's the most cost-effective way to get a set of working drawings for a basic house rehab? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a very user friendly (preferably free or shareware) CAD program for MAC (10.5.8, non intel)?
Can anyone recommend a very user friendly (preferably free or shareware) CAD program for MAC (10.5.8, non intel)? [more inside]
I need a CAD file viewer that can view as many CAD file types as possible. [more inside]
Rhino 4.0 + vRay for Rhino + JPG Decal = How? [more inside]
How do I turn a line and a curve table from a plat into a drawing (CAD commands are ok, or importing a spreadsheet would be better.) [more inside]
I'll be traveling to Ireland in the fall of next year. Is now a good time to get a bunch of Euros for cheap? [more inside]
Is there CAD software that will allow me to build a mechanical linkage, and then manipulate it? [more inside]
Is there a (free/cheap) way to turn pdf vector drawings into a dwg/dxf/eps without the errors Illustrator always seems to produce?
Is there a (free/cheap) way to turn pdf vector drawings into a dwg/dxf/eps without the errors Illustrator always seems to produce? Or some other way of getting a pdf vector drawing into VectorWorks? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find some CAD files of polyhedral dice? I would prefer if the little numbers where already etched into them if possible. Any 3d format would work if I can convert them.
Looking for a 3d CAD drafting program that will run with Ubuntu. [more inside]
Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
Metal Fabrication: I'd like to design small objects and see them realized in stainless steel and/or aluminum. How would I go about this? Specifically: What design software should I use and what services are available for custom fabrication? [more inside]
I'm looking for an easy-to-use, lightweight application that will allow me to visualize a wooden structure I want to build. I know about CAD software like AutoCAD and modelling apps like 3dsMax, but they seem way more complicated than what I'm looking for. Sketchup seems to fit the bill pretty well, but it's hideous to look at and I can't seem to get exact measurements out of it. Any alternatives to sketchup out there? (free preferably but not required) Thanks
How do I create my own draft templates in Solid Edge v20? [more inside]
Is it feasible to outsource my CAD work? Has anybody tried this? What are the legal implications? [more inside]
My boss has agreed to replace my desktop HP workstation with a laptop/docking station so I can bring my work home and, essentially, work more. Yay? I need recommendations.
My boss has agreed to replace my desktop HP workstation with a laptop/docking station so I can bring my work home and, essentially, work more. Yay? I need recommendations. [more inside]
A non-technical friend has some CAD drawings of a widget he's making. He wants to make pretty pictures (renderings?) of the widget, with a background, texture, that kind of thing. [more inside]
Calling all architects! How to revolutionize the field of architecture? [more inside]
CAD on a budget. I want to design some plywood models that are cut/milled from a sheet of plywood, and then slot together to form a 3D model... [more inside]
CAD Filter: Can someone explain to me why all the layers in my file seem to be in a layer called xref? [more inside]
My boyfriend needs help with AutoCAD. Part of his drawing is obscured... [more inside]
Looking for a decent free CAD program that can import an existing blueprint in TIFF or JPG format. [more inside]
Apologies for yet another mac vs pc question, but... [more inside]
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