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I currently use sketch up. it was the first piece of 3d software i've every used, and i've truly grown to hate it. it's like building everything from toothpicks and paper. everythink i design works until i need to change something, and then it all falls apart. the program makes everything stick, or stretch, or run straight through other things. i could MAKE it work, but it's such a pain i'd rather just use different software altogether. Just downloaded blender because it was free. i'll try it out in a bit. but i also figured i'd just ask. what software do you use?

things i'm designing now:

4 different computer cases
a supercharger and turbocharger
2 engine. I4 and V8.
a EV add on system for a mustang
a computer controlled green house for growing shiitake mushrooms.

all engineering projects.
post #2 of 10
I use solidworks. It's simply the best CAD software for engineers. Terribly expensive, so if you can get it through a free community college it's worth the hassle.
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That could happen. I took some classes recently and will be taking some more soon. i'll look into how expensive it would be to get a copy as a student. i have been to the SolidWorks website. they seem to list different versions or packages? is this imporant? i want to be able to design computer, electronic, automotive, and bio-medical devices. two simple airplane's too.
post #4 of 10
I second the Solidworks recommendation, can't beat it, try to get it through some sort of student licence deal etc.
post #5 of 10
Solidworks is good, but you could try Fusion 360 from Autodesk. It is essentially free for hobbyists https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/fusion-360/troubleshooting/caas/sfdcarticles/sfdcarticles/How-to-activate-start-up-or-educational-licensing-for-Fusion-360.html

I am a long time user of Solidworks, and I can say Fusion 360 beats it in some areas, specifically free-form/organic modelling and CAM integration (for Solidworks you need to buy a plugin or standalone CAM program if you plan to generate G code for manufacturing). This two features could prove very useful for many case enthusiasts.
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I'm a Solidworks fanboy.
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Well, if i can get it for free, i'll try the fusion software first. Thanks for telling me about it, i didn't even know it existed before.
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Well, if i can get it for free, i'll try the fusion software first. Thanks for telling me about it, i didn't even know it existed before.

Yeah, It is a relatively new piece of software (3 years old?). The "free for hobbyist"is also a very recent deal. Glad to be of help smile.gif
Edited by gmm26 - 2/2/16 at 4:38pm
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got Fusion 360. gave me a year subscription for free just like you said. gonna take a nap, then look up some tutorials online. watch whatever the best ones i can find.
post #10 of 10
You could try the integrated tutorials. I remember one based o a desktop lamp. It guides you through the various program enviroments, such as parametric modelling, rendering, etc. You can skip the parts that you don't care about if you want to have a quick overview of the process.
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