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What CAD software are you using?12/10
I just wanted to make a thread asking everyone, what cad software are you using? and are you happy with it?
Autocad, 2016 and 2017 to be specific. It is the industry standard. Yes it is expensive but if you are looking at going into commercial work you will not have issues with files you receive. I have tried numerous other CAD packages but always come back to Autocad for production work. Get a subscription and get the new version every year, learn and move on to another challenge,
2D or 3D?
I also use auto cad, 2d only. I'm struggling my way through teaching myself how to use it. I'm good enough to make shop drawings for us to work off but not good enough to submit those drawings to customers/architects/designers. Do you (anyone) have a good source for learning the program?
For 2d we started using Dassault Systems software. It is free for a sand alone license. A professional license is $99.
It is virtually identical in function to Autocad Lt.
If you already have AutoCAD and just want to do quality shop drawings to submit to the architect I would suggest taking a look at
We use mostly AutoCad and some Inventor.
In AutoCad everything is drawn in 3d. From one assembly we can create our shop and presentation drawings. Also extrude individual part information using Smartlister. Parts are then processed for Cam using Solid-Cim.
For Inventor the end result is similar to AutoCad, yet assemblies can be parametric. We have the add-on to extract part information and handle some other things woodworkers need. Solid-Sim is used to export the part for our cam software.
In time I see us moving more into Inventor.
I've been using CAD/CAM software for a high-end custom millwork shop here on Long Island for many years. I have used AlphaCAM, ArtCAM, Microvellum 15 and 16, AutoCAD, Cabinet Vision, Inventor, and Autodesk Fusion 360 just to name a few. Depending on the situation for 1 job I could use 3 different programs. For example, I could draw a nice presentation drawing for an architect with AutoCAD, get approval; 3D model the kitchen in Microvellum for CNC ready parts and project elevations/sections/plans of individual cabinets for assembly drawings. Anything custom or strange that is giving me a hard time 3d modeling in Microvellum (Which is almost nothing cause you can import any 3d Model and convert it into a product) I do in AlphaCAM. I will say setting up Microvellum and getting it working for your particular build style is no easy task. But once you get it and understand the spreadsheet formulas that drive the program/cabinetry you are golden. As for any 1 off 3d modeling with complex geometry I don't feel comfortable using AlphaCAM or it's giving me a hard time importing the model for whatever reason I use Autodesk Fusion 360. I highly recommend that program for anybody who is getting into CNC/3D CAD for mechanical components. I would advise highly against using a modeling program like Fusion 360, Inventor, Solidworks to do any custom millwork. Getting these programs to nest parts/coherent bill of materials/manipulating custom components takes a ton of work to set up and just simply is not worth it. Hope everyone has a happy New Year!
I use Routercad with Autocabinets.You tell it how you build cabinets and material and it outputs G-code, dovetailed drawer parts,cut sheets and just about anything else you can think of.