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What Do You Use To Draw/design Projects?

fgduncan

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I run an iMac and since I don't do really fancy drawing, I use eazydraw. For 2D work it is GREAT. Easy to use and came with a book to help you learn all the things it can do. It is very easy to use and the author is readily available if you can't find an answer in the book. Also imports and exports to common formats.
If you are looking for an easy to use but good enough for most purposes drawing program for PC, I would suggest the old ClarisDraw program. I used that on my Mac till they "improved" the system so it wouldn't run old programs anymore. Does not import or export, so what you draw is what you use.
 

uncle harry

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I run an iMac and since I don't do really fancy drawing, I use eazydraw. For 2D work it is GREAT. Easy to use and came with a book to help you learn all the things it can do. It is very easy to use and the author is readily available if you can't find an answer in the book. Also imports and exports to common formats.
If you are looking for an easy to use but good enough for most purposes drawing program for PC, I would suggest the old ClarisDraw program. I used that on my Mac till they "improved" the system so it wouldn't run old programs anymore. Does not import or export, so what you draw is what you use.
I cut my teeth with Claris Cad on a Mac IIC back in the '90's. It was user friendly and compatible with then current programs in the art field (indoor/outdoor signs in my case). I switched over to Auto Cad for machine design for it's handy data & expanded capability
 

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I am learning to use Mastercam X9. It can do about anything you need to do with drawing and programing. The drawback......$2,500 to purchase the 2 axis lathe version.

Nick
 

jocat54

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I downloaded the free version of Fusion 360-----------------and I can actually figure out how to make some (really) simple drawings. I think that I'm going to like it.
Took me a while to figure out how to print my images on my printer though---pretty computer challenged.
 

Dirty Al

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Regardless of what drawing program you might use I've always been in favor of "draw what you're going to build, then build what you drew". Getting your project on paper and then looking it over with a cup of coffee can frequently save time, money or foolish feelings!
 

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Up to now, I have been using a combination of graph paper/pencil and SketchUp, but after reading this thread, I'm going to download a copy of Fusion 360 and experiment with that on an iMac. Still building out my shop and installing equipment, so something better than SketchUp would be nice.
 

Billh50

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I started out with Cadkey many years ago but then went to MasterCam X at the last place I worked. I also have AutoCad ( which I found more difficult to learn ) and SolidWorks. Of all the ones I have I like MasterCam for it's 3D modeling. Makes it real easy to see the finished product.
 

Andre

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Sketchup 8 for the very basic things, used to use Fusion 360 but due to a software issue on my PC I can no longer use it. I loved it.

For any serious projects I draft it on paper so I can bring it out into the shop.
 

Reuben Bailey

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Pencil and Paper, mostly, then the cardboard mockup. I see a lot of individuals use the Fusion 360. Sounds like an excellent application; alas, my OS is Linux, so I can't use it :-(. Does anyone use Linux, and if so, is there a favorite 2D/3D application?
I run Linux Mint for my OS. I like FREECAD - open source, fully parametric, and lots of options on how to do things. It takes some learning, but pretty well worth it in my. view. :)

http://www.freecadweb.org

Also multi platform and outputs in a large number of file types.
 
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burdickjp

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I run Linux Mint for my OS. I like FREECAD - open source, fully parametric, and lots of options on how to do things. It takes some learning, but pretty well worth it in my. view. :)

http://www.freecadweb.org

Also multi platform and outputs in a large number of file types.
I go out of my way to use FreeCAD when I can. Have you played with the CADQuery module? It's awesome.

I currently have a project that is just too complicated for any of it, though. So I put together a virtual machine, installed windows 10, and started playing with Fusion360.

At work I use Siemens NX. It's ridiculous.

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Wireaddict

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I mentioned earlier that that I only make rough sketches, not formal prints, for personal mechanical parts but I always document electrical projects of any size; here are some more thoughts on the subject. For simple parts like air gun nozzles, spacers, adapters, fixtures, etc., I probably won't need to make another one but, if necessary, I can easily get the dimensions from the original parts I made since they're still here. If I sold machined parts I'd certainly document them more formally, probably with AutoCad since that's what I'm familiar with. Electrical/electronic projects are a different story; once built, with the wires bundled & mostly the same color run to integrated circuits, enclosed relays & transistors, it's next to impossible to troubleshoot or modify them without a detailed schematic containing component pinouts after a few weeks, even if you're the builder &/or designer.
 
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cvairwerks

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Hey guys, I need some suggestions for some new software. Here are my needs:
Runs on Linux
2D only
Inch native measurements
Need to export files as .dxf.
Inexpensive...
I need to convert a number of drawings that I have in .pdf format to .dxf format so that they can be ported in bulk to a waterjet.
 

burdickjp

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Hey guys, I need some suggestions for some new software. Here are my needs:
Runs on Linux
2D only
Inch native measurements
Need to export files as .dxf.
Inexpensive...
I need to convert a number of drawings that I have in .pdf format to .dxf format so that they can be ported in bulk to a waterjet.
Solidedge?
Draftsight?
LibreCAD?

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Groundhog

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If you just need to convert the files (and do not need a cad program) there are a number of pdf to dxf file converters available. Some that are free and online like http://dwg.autodwg.com. (I haven't used that particular program, but have used others.)
 

cvairwerks

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Will look at SolidEdge and Draftsight. I have LibreCad on the machine now and I don't care for it and it runs very clunky. I'm probably spoiled from having run AutoCad, Mechanical Desktop and Catia for quite a while.

Running the files thru a .pdf converter won't work, as these are scans of velum's and stored in .pdf form.
 

Average Bear

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I use Ashlar Colbalt, and Graphite. Works great on a Mac. Now if I could just figure out how to take the next step and convert my cad drawings to cam and produce a product on a a cnc machine, I migh have something...
 

ezduzit

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My first career was spent on a drawing board, in engineering design; my second as a boat builder, customizing yachts. Now my drafting table is only used when I wish to scale some of the features, right off the drawing or blow-up, and for complex assemblies, where I need the drawing to help me visualize all the intricate details. Normally I make very quick, thumbnail sketches on a 3 x 5 note paper, with critical measurements noted using my 10' pocket tape and 6" dial caliper. From/on this is created a material list, which I keep in mind while designing, in order to utilize inventory wherever possible.

From these rough sketches and cut lists, patterns or finished parts can be made.
 

jlrice54

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I use AutoCAD 2016. I'm enrolled in the welding program at the community college so I'm entitled to a free three year academic license. The last version I actually paid for was AutoCAD R12 which is still on an old computer if it will still boot. I still have my Kurta IS-1 tablet and my Zericon pen plotter.

I just passed my first welding certification, AWS Structural Welder SMAW 1/8" to unlimited thickness. Next semester, it's structural MIG and intro to TIG.
 

bpudney

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As a long time drafty I always do at least a hand sketch. Then if there are some complex dimensions or shapes, I do it in TurboCad (currently pro20, but the first version I got was 7). Several times I have tried 3D, but I really don't see the need for me. As has already been said us old time draftsmen think in 3D!! I'm actually thinking about resurrecting my old drawing board for use in the shed. Sometimes, for just banging out a decent sketch, albeit with straight lines, square corners and round holes, it would be fine.
cheers
Bill
 

bobshobby

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I downloaded the free version of Fusion 360-----------------and I can actually figure out how to make some (really) simple drawings. I think that I'm going to like it.
Took me a while to figure out how to print my images on my printer though---pretty computer challenged.
G'day John,
I also downloaded the free version of Fusion 360, I've spent many hours looking at and trying to draw something, without any useful result, very computer challenged and have never done any CAD before.

Can you give any clues where to start, Like how to draw an I beam or H beam. Thanks.

Bob.
 

bobshobby

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As a long time drafty I always do at least a hand sketch. Then if there are some complex dimensions or shapes, I do it in TurboCad (currently pro20, but the first version I got was 7). Several times I have tried 3D, but I really don't see the need for me. As has already been said us old time draftsmen think in 3D!! I'm actually thinking about resurrecting my old drawing board for use in the shed. Sometimes, for just banging out a decent sketch, albeit with straight lines, square corners and round holes, it would be fine.
cheers
Bill
G'Day Bill, how are you I see you are in Adelaide, me too Blackwood area. Recently downloaded Fusion 360 but have no idea where to start, haven't done any serious drawings since mid 60's in trade school.