Recommendations for good 3D CAD package

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daveinhull
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Recommendations for good 3D CAD package

Post by daveinhull »

Hi,

Can anyone recommend a good, simple and if possible free 3D CAD package that can create printable part files.

Thanks in advance
Dave

Geertjan
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Post by Geertjan »

The simplest software I now of is sketchup. The free version can't export STL file's but there are free plugins available. It takes time to learn how to use any 3D software effectively.

stratogavster
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Post by stratogavster »

123D by Autodesk? they also have 123D Cacth

suraki
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Post by suraki »

on MAC: Autodesk Inventor Fusion (it's free from AppStore!)
on PC: SketchUp

Lioric
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Post by Lioric »

A REAL CAD application?

Creo Elements (Direct Modeling Express) and don't look back. Its free
For a parametric CAD application, then its Alibre (99 to 199 bucks, cheap but not free)

processware
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Post by processware »

i am using cubify and is created just for 3d printers (it's a simplyfied version of alibre) its easy to learn and only costs about 49 dollar you can download a trial for 60 days and can find it here http://www.cubify.com/products/cubify_invent/index.aspx

daveinhull
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Post by daveinhull »

Thanks for your recommendations :-)

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Post by Geertjan »

I didn't know of Inventor Fusion Technology for Mac :-) I downloaded it yesterday and I already like it better than Sketchup!

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