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3D For A Draftsman Of Yore

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]
posted by AzraelBrown on Feb 21, 2014 - 10 answers

3D CAD for complete beginner?

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]
posted by Marky on Dec 12, 2013 - 14 answers

2D CAD software for Mac. Cheap or free.

This is my need: 2D drawing software for Mac that can output in a format suitable for commercial laser cutting devices. [more inside]
posted by tim_in_oz on Oct 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I find Planet Earth?

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]
posted by rensar on Aug 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Advice for an aspiring CNC programmer/machinist

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]
posted by breakfast! on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Freeware garden and deck design software?

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!
posted by Slackermagee on Jul 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Electrical Enclosure CAD software on a budget?

Looking for electrical enclosure CAD software on a budget. I would appreciate your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jun 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Design software for the homeowner?

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]
posted by sparklemotion on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Your experiences with FreeCAD

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]
posted by whatzit on Apr 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Re-upgrading a home computer for Revit

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]
posted by LionIndex on Oct 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Creating a CAD income from home (initially)

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]
posted by Brockles on Sep 29, 2012 - 9 answers

What sort of server & network setup would work for a small design business?

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]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Jul 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Getting a CAD file on a GPS

Is it possible to install a CAD file into a consumer handheld GPS? [more inside]
posted by Red Loop on Mar 26, 2012 - 6 answers

CAD career profile

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!
posted by pilibeen on Feb 12, 2012 - 9 answers

CAD laptop

Seeking advice on a laptop/notebook for CAD. That may also (possibly) be able to run a Playstation 2 emulator. [more inside]
posted by hayeled on Nov 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Upgrading a home system for Revit

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]
posted by LionIndex on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 answers

I've CAD it.

How do I get the product key for my 30 day trial version of Corel CAD? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jul 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Free version of 3D Studio

I need a free alternative to 3D Studio, one that has a fairly similar interface. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Apr 15, 2011 - 10 answers

CAD/Simulation software to determine capacitance

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]
posted by nickerbocker on Mar 10, 2011 - 2 answers

What do you use to design an Apple?

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?
posted by FauxScot on Feb 2, 2011 - 11 answers

What is the easiest way to draw a floor plan and to get basic working drawings for a home rehab?

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]
posted by slidell on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

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]
posted by getupandgo on Dec 23, 2010 - 9 answers

What do you mean you can't read .wtf files?

I need a CAD file viewer that can view as many CAD file types as possible. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Nov 16, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I careate colour decals in vRay for Rhino?

Rhino 4.0 + vRay for Rhino + JPG Decal = How? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on Nov 5, 2010 - 2 answers

How to turn a line and curve table in to a drawing

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]
posted by Brent Parker on Jun 2, 2010 - 4 answers

Should I convert CAD to EUR this early?

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]
posted by ODiV on May 18, 2010 - 8 answers

The black part moves like this, but the blue part moves like that.

Is there CAD software that will allow me to build a mechanical linkage, and then manipulate it? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on May 7, 2010 - 10 answers

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]
posted by carnival of animals on Apr 5, 2010 - 7 answers

CAD files for polyhedral dice

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.
posted by Bonzai on Dec 24, 2009 - 6 answers

3d CAD drafting on Ubuntu?

Looking for a 3d CAD drafting program that will run with Ubuntu. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Nov 25, 2009 - 9 answers

A splinter for my mind's eye

Looking for some architecture/3D modelling tools to help visualise a home/internal renovation. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse on Oct 14, 2009 - 8 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Metal Fabrication

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]
posted by aladfar on Jul 12, 2009 - 7 answers

Sketchup alternative?

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
posted by AltReality on Jun 15, 2009 - 16 answers

Any Solid Edge v20 experts out there?

How do I create my own draft templates in Solid Edge v20? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID on May 18, 2009 - 0 answers

CAD outsourcing?

Is it feasible to outsource my CAD work? Has anybody tried this? What are the legal implications? [more inside]
posted by mockdeep on Jun 1, 2008 - 7 answers

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]
posted by bradn on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

How to make a picture from a CAD drawing?

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]
posted by everichon on Feb 7, 2008 - 12 answers

Architecture 2.0

Calling all architects! How to revolutionize the field of architecture? [more inside]
posted by lou on Nov 9, 2007 - 20 answers

Help me make great big plywood models!

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]
posted by dowcrag on May 23, 2007 - 10 answers

XREF? Whose ref?

CAD Filter: Can someone explain to me why all the layers in my file seem to be in a layer called xref? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Mar 11, 2007 - 4 answers

AutoCAD nerds? We need your help.

My boyfriend needs help with AutoCAD. Part of his drawing is obscured... [more inside]
posted by mjao on Dec 3, 2006 - 8 answers

CAD programs that don't suck

Looking for a decent free CAD program that can import an existing blueprint in TIFF or JPG format. [more inside]
posted by Jawn on Sep 30, 2006 - 10 answers

get my mac on?

Apologies for yet another mac vs pc question, but... [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Sep 25, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I convert a ZGL file to XGL?

How do I convert a .ZGL (compressed binary) file to a .XGL (uncompressed ASCII) file?
posted by Java_Man on Jul 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Freelance CAD work.

I am a Design Engineer looking to break into the freelance/contract market. My expertise is using Unigraphics and I am also proficient in solidworks. I was a tool designer and worked closely with one of the major auto makers in the US before I got fed up with office politics and left to go to a much smaller company. [more inside]
posted by 5acres on Apr 26, 2006 - 5 answers

Need Landscape CAD

CAD for 3d sitework recomendations, please. [more inside]
posted by signal on Mar 30, 2006 - 3 answers

Opening CAD without CAD

Does anyone know any good freeware that will allow me to open and/or preview CAD (specifically .dwg codec) files? [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung on Mar 20, 2006 - 6 answers

Autolisp Stdlib

Does anybody have (or can point me to) a copy of the Standard Autolisp Library that used to be hosted here before they suffered apparently unrecoverable harddrive problems?
posted by skree on Mar 1, 2006 - 4 answers

Paper and pencil just aren't cutting it

Does anyone have any recommendations for free, Win98-compatible software that will help me design a community garden for my non-profit organization? Am I looking for a CAD program? If so, which of the thousands out there should I use? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 25, 2006 - 6 answers

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