1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. PLEASE: Read the FORUM RULES BEFORE registering!

    Dismiss Notice

What Do You Use To Draw/design Projects?

Discussion in 'DRAWING, LAYOUT & CAD' started by Nels, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. Drafty

    Drafty Australia Iron Registered Member

    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    City:
    North Gosford
    State:
    Outside US / Canada

    -Return to Top-

    I use Inventor 2010, a left over from when I ran a drafting business. The 3D aspect helps to reveal clashes or to make improvements to the model.
     
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2016
  2. Grandpop

    Grandpop United States Steel Registered Member

    Likes Received:
    33
    Trophy Points:
    13
    City:
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    State:
    Pennsylvania

    -Return to Top-

    Old Autocad 14 for 2d. If I need anything more I take it to work and do it in CATIA 3d. Would love to have a simple buy it once and leave me alone 3d for home, but havn't found one yet
     
  3. silence dogood

    silence dogood United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    134
    Trophy Points:
    43
    City:
    pendleton
    State:
    Oregon

    -Return to Top-

    Maybe I'm sentimental and old-fashioned, but I rather use the T-square and pencil. My dad was an architect and I got his oak frame with maple top drafting table.
     
    Silverbullet, TOOLMASTER and Bill C. like this.
  4. joebiplane

    joebiplane United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    South jersey
    City:
    Malaga
    State:
    New Jersey

    -Return to Top-

    Don't get rattled and "Don't look a gift horde in the mouth"
    Just follow through and you will come to an option to be a Hobbiest and the door will open to a freebie if you are !' a start up businesss or 2 if you are a hobbiest.... just don't sell more than $ 100K in products in year. you will have to renew each year FOR FREE as long as you want it with same $ 100K restrictions as the first year...... NOT A BADDDD DEAL Is it ?
     
  5. richardsrelics

    richardsrelics United States H-M Supporter - Premium Content H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    73
    Trophy Points:
    28
    City:
    Kendallville
    State:
    Indiana

    -Return to Top-

    No, in fact after the fine prompting from you folks, it is installed... On a side note, I got a call from the person I bought the Logan 820 from, he had some more parts.... I got the turret originally and was really hoping for a tail stock. When I showed up, he pointed to a big box, and said it was quite heavy, I opened it, about 400 taps, and 50-100 HSS tool bits and about 50 drill bits. As I am rummaging, he opened a cabinet and says hey does this go with it??? it was the flipping tail stock.. Very good day. It has already been verified as the correct Logan tail stock for my lathe, and it has been disassembled, cleaned, primed and painted... whew..busy night
     
  6. kvt

    kvt Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    486
    Trophy Points:
    83
    City:
    San Antonio
    State:
    Texas

    -Return to Top-

    luck was with you this day. Looks like you still have a lot to do to go through all of that.
     
  7. Bill C.

    Bill C. United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    151
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    Clarksville
    State:
    Indiana

    -Return to Top-

    That was the way I was trained. Add "Do Not Scale" somewhere on your drawing and then scan it in your computer. I was told years ago some printers would reduce a drawing just enough to fit the paper better. I have Associate Degree in Mechanical Drafting before CAD became popular to industry.
     
  8. derf

    derf Active Member Active Member

    Likes Received:
    256
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    Delphos
    State:
    Ohio

    -Return to Top-

    We were taught drafting, starting in the 7th grade shop class. If you couldn't draw it correctly, you didn't get to build it.
     
    Bill C. and richardsrelics like this.
  9. Bill C.

    Bill C. United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    151
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    Clarksville
    State:
    Indiana

    -Return to Top-

    I have used Cad Standard Lite (Free) on this laptop. It is the speed of drawing that is the challenge for me. I feel any good quality computer running any of the high quality programs and what is called a digitizer pad that will speed the process up. Walmart sells the pad, Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch, Medium Tablet It not the cheapest and you still need a drawing to trace from. Sorry I could be more helpful.
     
  10. chips&more

    chips&more United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    974
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Danville
    State:
    California

    -Return to Top-

    In my head. Then I sleep on it. Then onto pencil and paper. I might sleep on it again, and again and again.
     
  11. RJSakowski

    RJSakowski H-M Supporter - Premium Content H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    2,072
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Barneveld
    State:
    Wisconsin

    -Return to Top-

    This was certainly true for earlier printers. All the printers (HP LaserJet, Epson, Brother) that I have used in the past fifteen or twenty years have been spot on for scale. To ceck the scaling, I print make a 7" x 10" rectangle and measure. With my machinist's rule, I can measure to 1/50th of an inch giving me .002"/" accuracy which is better than my layout skills.

    While I go by the numbers for reading drawings, I use 1:1 drawings as templates for various projects. For example, cutting a gasket for an engine, I would print out the drawing and glue it to the gasket material with paper cement, cut the gasket, and peel the template. Better accuracy than trying to draw out the gasket on the gasket material. I also used a printer for making 1:1 transparencies for printed circuit masks. A third use was making a 1:1 template to check the fit of a design prior to cutting metal.
     
    7milesup and uncle harry like this.
  12. John Hasler

    John Hasler United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    760
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Elmwood
    State:
    Wisconsin

    -Return to Top-

    Same here. Sometimes I sleep on it so many times I wear it out.
     
    FOMOGO, Hidyn and uncle harry like this.
  13. Uglydog

    Uglydog United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    926
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Dayton
    State:
    Minnesota

    -Return to Top-

    I've got a piece of birch.
    and ... Draughtsmans T Square, triangles, protractor, pencil.
    I have no intention of updating.

    Daryl
     
    4gsr likes this.
  14. middle.road

    middle.road Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    222
    Trophy Points:
    43
    City:
    Maryville
    State:
    Tennessee

    -Return to Top-

    Depends on the Program used, Printer and the software drivers for the printer.
    Postscript has always worked best for me, all others I've had to adjust.
    I have binary .DXF files from years ago that are a graduated scale/ruler/tick marks drawing that run diagonally across the page, print/plot that
    out and then measure for accuracy. Have usually had to adjust 'em even back to pen plotter, and electrostatic plotter days.
    I made some transparent scales for my miter saw the other day on ol' matte finish Sticky-Back. It was off ~.040" over 11", not too bad.
    I'm just going to be using them for rough cuts, and they'll probably wear off in a month or so...
     
  15. middle.road

    middle.road Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    222
    Trophy Points:
    43
    City:
    Maryville
    State:
    Tennessee

    -Return to Top-

    I miss my Kurta tablets. Had a 12x12, and a 12x18, and I'll be d*mmed if I know where they disappeared to. :(
     
  16. sanddan

    sanddan Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    566
    Trophy Points:
    93
    City:
    Damascus
    State:
    Oregon

    -Return to Top-

    You need a DD214, I had a bunch in my packet I got when discharged, and that will get you a copy for one year ($25 I think for shipping the disk). I had to go through the same paperwork this year to get a 2015 copy. I'm not sure how long you can keep getting a new copy.
     
  17. richardsrelics

    richardsrelics United States H-M Supporter - Premium Content H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    73
    Trophy Points:
    28
    City:
    Kendallville
    State:
    Indiana

    -Return to Top-

    I have mine, just must have missed where to give that info...
     
  18. astroracer

    astroracer United States Active Member Active Member

    Likes Received:
    89
    Trophy Points:
    18
    City:
    Byron
    State:
    Michigan

    -Return to Top-

    I have been running 3D Cad since '86. Got onto Unigraphics in '93 and been using that ever since. I have an old copy of NX6 at home. And am running V10 at work (GM). Does everything I need it to do and I have modeled everything from model car parts, machining tools, chassis and suspensions to a wooden cabinet I built in '09, the deck railing I built last year and a wheel chair ramp I am working on for friend. I sort out a lot of design issues in CAD and can then detail everything up. NO mistakes is good.
    I posted this build here. An Adjustable Angle Plate.
    The Cad File.
    photo-vi.jpg
    The finished plate.
    MVC008S-vi.jpg
    Mark
     

    Attached Files:

    richardsrelics likes this.
  19. Bill Gruby

    Bill Gruby United States Global Moderator Staff Member H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    1,663
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Bristol
    State:
    Connecticut

    -Return to Top-

    I refuse to give up my hard drawing ways. Pencil and paper for me.

    "Billy G"
     
    4gsr likes this.
  20. Uglydog

    Uglydog United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    926
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Dayton
    State:
    Minnesota

    -Return to Top-

    Especially for new members here.
    Please note that all the really cool digital stuff is good and appropriate.
    But, as Bill Gruby has identified, paper and pencil works as well today as it did in a century ago.
    It's cheap and reliable.
    Nothing against the new tech.
    It's all good at HM!!!!!!!!!!!

    Daryl
    MN
     
    JimDawson, 4gsr and uncle harry like this.
  21. uncle harry

    uncle harry United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    267
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    Big Bend
    State:
    Wisconsin

    -Return to Top-

    Pencil/pen & vellum got us through the big one & the moon landing. New stuff has it's advantages & disadvantages. I like both/
     
    Norseman C.B. and 4gsr like this.
  22. derf

    derf Active Member Active Member

    Likes Received:
    256
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    Delphos
    State:
    Ohio

    -Return to Top-

    My # 2 pencil has always been "digitally" controlled.:grin:
     
  23. Tanshanomi

    Tanshanomi United States Active Member Active Member

    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    8
    City:
    Kansas City
    State:
    Missouri

    -Return to Top-

  24. 4gsr

    4gsr Global Moderator Staff Member H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    1,537
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Victoria, Texas
    City:
    Victoria
    State:
    Texas

    -Return to Top-

    Found out yesterday, one of my clients I do design work for, is going to set me up with a seat of Solidworks! Yeah!!! Ugh!!! Now I got to learn it! I took a four day class on using it three years ago. I'll probably have to go take the course again...
     
    JimDawson likes this.
  25. Cheeseking

    Cheeseking United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    186
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    wood dale
    State:
    Illinois

    -Return to Top-

    You will love it but once you get spoiled with the real deal it's going to be a downshift giving it up. My SW2015 is a home use license from my work. If any of you use SW at work and your employer allows it, its easy just contact your reseller and they get you the codes. Mine was a bit trickier since we have network license for most engineers. I'm pretty sure the HUL is for stand alone seats which we have a few.
    For network HUL it may be possible but you would need remote network access to the computer with the license running on it.
     
  26. JimDawson

    JimDawson Global Moderator Staff Member Director

    Likes Received:
    3,567
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Sandy
    State:
    Oregon

    -Return to Top-

    I just loaded Fusion 360 this morning, looks pretty easy to use. I'm a bit lucky in that my son works for AutoDesk and is an expert in 3D modeling, and he has a work station in my office so he is here much of the time. I have a built in tutor:)
     
  27. jpfabricator

    jpfabricator United States Active User H-M Supporter-Premium

    Likes Received:
    617
    Trophy Points:
    113
    City:
    Henderson
    State:
    Texas

    -Return to Top-

    Pencil and graph paper. Black ink for letters and numbers. All in english standard.
    Im considering a dry erase board for C.A.D, cartoon animated drawings, for stuff on the fly.

    Sent from somewhere in East Texas Jake Parker
     
    uncle harry, JimDawson and 4gsr like this.
  28. Ken_Shea

    Ken_Shea United States Active User Active Member

    Likes Received:
    24
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    North of Central Ohio.
    City:
    Mount Gilead
    State:
    Ohio

    -Return to Top-

    OneCNC XR5 Pro for CAD and it's own integrated CAM for CNC stuff.
     
  29. wildo

    wildo Active Member Active Member

    Likes Received:
    264
    Trophy Points:
    63
    City:
    Indianapolis
    State:
    Indiana

    -Return to Top-

    Wow. A surprising amount of CAD users here! I'll be the first to claim Google Sketchup (the free version, at that). Though, if you're looking for true drafting type of project layout where you get the top, side, and back view, perhaps Sketchup isn't for you in the traditional sense. It still allows you to see all views at once though, and dimension them. For a free tool- I find it to be exceptionally capable. My entire machine shop was designed in Sketchup.
     
  30. bill4227

    bill4227 United States Iron Registered Member

    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    City:
    Taneytown
    State:
    Maryland

    -Return to Top-

    I use AutoCAD 2016. I have also used Draftsight. Free download. Works great but may be a learning curve if not used to a high end CAD program.
     

Share This Page