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Old 12-03-2009, 03:53 PM   #1
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I was looking at CAD 15 from Staples and I wondered if it's good enough to tinker around with to design TCs? Can anyone recommend a program?
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AutoCAD PC
AutoDesk PC For a render
TurboCAD Pro MAC

Depending on what parts you are creating there are few cheaper non industrial ones out there
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Well they are expensive but Autocad and Solid Works. Solid Works is pretty cool in the way it works...you start with a 3D image right away.
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BRL-CAD Military OpenSource cast off free i think
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Most companies use Solid Works.
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Alibre works pretty good too.

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[QUOTE=pejota;6674079]Alibre works pretty good too./QUOTE]

This one is free off line as well. I had it for a while and it does ok for the hobbiest. Not as nice as Solid Works, but works just fine. Do a Google search to find others for free.
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I was looking at CAD 15 from Staples and I wondered if it's good enough to tinker around with to design TCs? Can anyone recommend a program?
I use Solidworks for design, modeling, and assemblies and AutoCAD LT for design and programming layout. I would highly recommend them both. There are student versions of both but I don't know there limitations. There are also free versions of 3d modeling and 2d cad (DoubleCAD is one) you can download. Some that I have seen look pretty good just make sure that it can output 2d dxf or dwg or 3d iges, step, or acis, etc. This way as you move to other products you can bring your stuff along as well as easily communicate with vendors. Drafting is great for tolerances and dimensions but if you don't supply a model or 2d cad then your vendor will have to recreate it.

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Do I need to take a class or something to figure these programs out or is there a tutorial to guide you through the process?
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Do I need to take a class or something to figure these programs out or is there a tutorial to guide you through the process?
Most of the popular Cad programs have tutorials,,,, Or youcan go to a bookstore and pickup a book. I started with Acad 14, and learned on the fly, and am currently using Acad 2006, Since the majority of the machining I do for myself is 2.5D, that's all I need. I have copies of Solidworks, and it's totally different from AutoCad. since I don't need 3d models, I haven't bothered with learning it.
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Do I need to take a class or something to figure these programs out or is there a tutorial to guide you through the process?
SolidWorks has a channel on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/solidworks
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It is a lot like Solidworks, but better, and it also comes with AutoCAD
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I'm all new to this stuff, but with this program can I take it to a machine shop to have it cut out? Or is that what I need CAD for?
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I use Autodesk Inventor and Solidworks. Both of them are student versions, and haven't found any limitations what so ever.

They both have there plusses and minuses. I think it's easier to learn solidworks as to learn Inventor. Solidworks has some really good tutorials build into the program

For the machining you basically two options:

Bring your cad file to a machine shop and they will convert it (with a cam program) to a code which the CNC machine understands.

Or get yourself a CAM program to make the code for the CNC machine, but for this you have to know a bit more about machining and such and have a bit more experience.

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The Formula 3 car i made with about 6 months of experience with Inventor, never worked with cad before that.
Started with solidworks about two weeks ago, the other renders were made with solidworks.
So both are pretty easy to learn, one of the most important things is to think your entire part through before you start modeling. I always start with a basic sketch on paper.
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