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    Greenhulk Grasshopah (DRC) HallPass's Avatar
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    creating 3d model of part?

    curious if there are any computer programs you all know of that i could start modeling 3d images of parts or things that I would like to create..

    I would assume it would be an autocad type program. I do believe I will take an autocad class at school... I think it is definitely something to learn besides pen/paper drawing. More precision..

    any thoughts/opinions on programs?


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    Sure, if thats something that interests you Kale, go for it.

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    no i sent you the link cause i know you use autocad.. is it something that you can like create a part on it? I don't really know..

    I'm just curious or is there some program used by the big companies to design the parts..

    basically does anybody know how companies like turbo tech, riva, R&D..etc. create these parts before they go into production are they all drawn copies..

    I'm guessing there computer generated parts.

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    did a little googlin and found some interesting info

    http://autocrazz.blogspot.com/2009/0...-catia-v5.html

    http://autocrazz.blogspot.com/2009/07/catia-v5.html

    It looks like it could do what your talking about.

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    Kale, here at WSU our intro drafting class for ME's uses Solidworks http://www.solidworks.com/ . I like it, and have designed a lot of side projects with it, even some stuff for the farm. It may be more than what you're looking for, since you can do finite analysis and everything, but its great. Get into that autocad class as soon as you can, you'll love it.

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    Kale, it's prob. not as sophisticated for what you need but you can try playing w/ Google SketchUp. I've used it for some basic projects, but I've also seen some really awesome work created w/it. Besides, it's a free download from Google.

    http://sketchup.google.com/

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    If you want an easy program to play with right now you can use TurboCAD. its like autoCAD buta heck of a lot easier to operate for someone that has an interest or hasnt used this type of software before.

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    there's basically 3 major programs. essentialy they are all the same, but some are easier to use for certain things.

    Solidworks , autocad, and pro e are the 3 major players.

    we run autocad inventor at work.

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    AutoCAD 3d sucks in comparison to Solidworks (jmho). But there are some nifty rendering tools and lighting options in ACAD that SWorks doesn't offer...

    So, it varies what you want to do with it...

    I use AutoCAD 7 days a week v2008 and have a crap load of custom lisps if any of you guys are in need. I also have a lot of custom dynamic blocks. All these are geared for the Architectural field.

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