Drafting software (mechanical)

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  1. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    Anybody know of any good programs for designing machines or mechanical parts?
    What about blender (the freeware). would you recommend something like that?
     
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  3. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    I recommend Rhino. It's not too expensive, especially if you qualify for the student discount.
     
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  5. domesticated om Interplanetary homesteader Valued Senior Member

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    Do you mean "rhinoceros"
    http://www.rhino3d.com/

    I'm not a student

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    Looks like I'd have to dish out ~1 grand
     
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  7. clusteringflux Version 1. OH! Valued Senior Member

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    SolidWorks is kick ass for CAD/CAM but not cheap.
    You can make 3D model assemblies that are animated and tell you where your crash points are.
     
  8. DJ Erock Resident Skeptic Registered Senior Member

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    All the Engineers I know from school use Autodesk Inventor. Rhino is pretty good, but more for graphic rendering than technical assembly in my experience. I don't know anything about blender or solidworks. You can get most of these programs free through unconventional methods... though don't let anyone know I told you that.
     
  9. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Not from choice I bet!
    Autodesk Inventor sucks majorly...
     
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