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Looking for "Inventor" type software1/12
I'm interested in finding a software that is very inexpensive or open source that has the ability to create a constrained sketch that you can model from, such as is used in inventor and topsolid. This isn't really for production, I've got that covered with microvellum, but rather for the really odd ball projects. In this case, I'm building some shop machinery, and would like to see animations, and will need to parametrically design as I go. I need full on 3d modeling with dimensional constraints.
I'm looking at FreeCAD, which seems to have what I'm interested in. Anyone use it?
I'm open to other paths if someone has any ideas...
I just wanted to update this thread if it is of use to anyone. I've been through an exhaustive search.
Basically, there are a few open source solutions, that if I wasn't already so entrenched in commercial solutions may appeal to me. FreeCad being the main one. I've chosen to pass on this software, mainly because it may or may not be "production ready". I don't want to risk that.
The one I'm researching now is one of the latest solutions from autodesk. It is called "Fusion 360". It utilizes contstrained sketches like inventor, has free form modeling capability, and can work "bottom up" or "top down". So far, I'm pretty interested based on what I've been able to find out. Autodesk has several help sources available. The cost is VERY reasonable, at $300 per year, or $1200 for the ultimate version. For my needs, I believe the standard version will be fine. (Any drawings I need will be through standard autocad).
I'll keep everyone posted on the progress.
Please keep us posted on this. I've never looked at Fusion 360 before but it seems interesting. What can it be used for in the woodworking trade?
well, for instance, anything complicated enough you want to "see" it in 3D before you push it out to the shop floor.
My initial use will be a machine I may build for a specific use on a large project.
There is a webinar tomorrow @ 1pm EST on it. If anyone is interested PM me, and I'll send you the link.