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Old 05-17-2005, 01:26 PM   #1
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this is my first CAD class ever and the project is to draft anything using Solidworks software. obviously, it'd be cool to design or recreate R/C car components. This is what i have so far. take guesses at what it is

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so once i get better at this, i want to start making custom parts for my cars such as shock towers or even a chassis. has anyone had experience with custom manufacting CAD stuff?

e.g. i want to make a shock tower out of carbon fiber:
who can i send the CAD file to?
how much would is cost to make one piece?
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you probably want to checkout eMachineshop.com
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One piece will generally cost more than 100, per piece. The cost is in the tooling, so if you need many pieces, wait and take them to the shop at the same time so the machinist can figure the total cost. You will save money in the long run.
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i've got a little.

pm me with questions on tooling suppliers or raw materials. i am lucky enough to have a friend (best friend ) in r&d who, not only, has access to cnc machines, but also the talent to run them. many thanks to that individual for the time and patience! you know who you are, and you're sick!

you could try hitting jason at bmi up (protc3) for it. it won't be cheap either, but he's a good dude. and hey, it's more than just a c/f piece. it's your work and ideas going into this. now get it done!

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i've got a little.

pm me with questions on tooling suppliers or raw materials. i am lucky enough to have a friend (best friend ) in r&d who, not only, has access to cnc machines, but also the talent to run them. many thanks to that individual for the time and patience! you know who you are, and you're sick!

you could try hitting jason at bmi up (protc3) for it. it won't be cheap either, but he's a good dude. and hey, it's more than just a c/f piece. it's your work and ideas going into this. now get it done!

- chris
Hey Chris...When are we going to get to see this awesome car
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Old 05-18-2005, 07:02 AM   #6
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Hey Chris...When are we going to get to see this awesome car
soon sir, soon.

i'll get it cleaned up and maybe thursday i'll take some glamour shots.
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Very cool. I admire the work.

What are the hot CAD programs and their price?
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i understand solidworks is pretty slick. i use an old copy of pro/e because it's what i have. my friend uses mastercam... i think. that's pretty smooth as well.
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I use Autocad 2004, but Solidworks is the big one right now. Most large companies use it. If you have knowledge in SolidWorks you will be an asset to most people.

As far as chassis design goes, for most 2d drawings you can get by with programs such as autosketch by autodesk. It doesn't cost too much and works well.
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Pro-e has only a few advantages. 1 being complex surfacing. Other than that SolidWorks is awesome software. Very user friendly.
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yup, i understand ptc has revised it to be smoother, but yeah, i spend way too much time on simple pieces. it's all i have, and fortunately, i only use it for my hobbies.
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How much is the SolidWorks program?
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Old 05-18-2005, 02:50 PM   #13
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there are two student editions

one costs 90 dollars
and one with COSMOS costs 150.

a copy came with one of my course books but i think it exipires after a certain ammount of time
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how do you guys rate ProDesktop?

i know it probably isn't as good as that solidworks thing but i have access to it for free (full version, not some random free trial)
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just to pop in another option. inventor8. or have they come out with a 9 by now? im not sure. its by far the most userfriendly 3d modeling program i have used. (which btw isnt too many).
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