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12-05-2015 04:16 PM  35 months agoPost 1

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I know the learning curve is steep with any cad modeler, the one is one presently being utilized in one of my pc's. Some of the online tutorials are not very helpful when there's no voice in the vid, no descriptions of actions, and one cannot see the icons let alone follow them to understand the process as it unfolds quickly, those are no good. There are others that are very good, but there are no lessons on how to make a good tutorial so you have to weed out the good from the bad yourself.

Pretty complicated stuff and no less intense than a 3d flight, you should like it if you are into mastering difficult things, lol, all cad programs have their ups and downs.

A pc I have has autodesk mechanical design I managed to successfully perform the first tutorial in, then put it aside being the version was 1999, ohh boy. Still, something don't change all that much that it could be like learning a whole new platform.

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12-05-2015 04:33 PM  35 months agoPost 2

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You can get Draftsight for free, it is Solidworks knock off of Autocad. Then Autocad tutorials and help should apply.

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12-28-2015 03:33 AM  35 months agoPost 3



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Iv been printing for about a year. When I have really easy and simple designs to make I use TinkerCAD. It is browser based online and is super easy to use. More complicated stuff I use Autodesk 3ds Max. They will give you a student license good for 3 years if you inquire and tell them that you are learning to use CAD.

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01-04-2016 02:43 AM  34 months agoPost 4


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Draftsight is OK for doing 2D dimensional drawings but won't let you create 3D solid models which are needed to create STL files for 3D printing. Do a search for 3D Solid modelers.

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02-20-2016 07:16 PM  33 months agoPost 5



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I tried many different free 3D design packages but they all seemed to be good in some things and totally inadequate in others. Eventually I installed OpenSCad. I was very sceptical in the beginning because I thought that learning it's programming language would be difficult but in reality I mastered it in a week or so. It is extremely accurate and powerful and fairly easy to learn even without programming or engineering background. There are lots of folks who upload their files on Thingiverse so you can have an easy start by modifying their designs and play with the various commands.

06-20-2018 03:48 AM  4 months agoPost 6

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06-20-2018 12:25 PM  4 months agoPost 7



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Fusion360 is your best option and it has a free hobbyist license which includes the full version. Its almost like solidworks and there is a great deal of Youtube tutorial videos online. Lars Christensen and Tyler Beck are a good source for tutorial videos, just look for the beginner videos to start.

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