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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2011 - 09:53 PM

My son asked me to find him a decent CAD program. I did a little looking & am in the process of downloading OpenCascade. It's a freeware program, but I've downloaded junk with good reviews before.

As I'm watching the progress bar, I thought "PCTALK, I should ask this in PCTALK":brain_fart:

So, Does anyone use a freeware CAD program, what do you use, how good is it, & how user friendly is it?

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Posted January 18, 2011 - 10:01 PM

I use AutoCad 2010 Educational Version. It's simple and works, you can download it for trial in student if your son is still in school lol. Plus if you like it buy the real version!
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Posted January 18, 2011 - 10:17 PM

I downloaded a freeware program called "allycad" a while back. It's supposed to function just like AutoCAD, but I haven't gotten to play with it much yet though...So many things to do, so little time!
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Posted January 19, 2011 - 08:35 AM

Google Sketch Up is very good. You can draw in 2d or make 3d models. I use AutoCAD and several other CAD packages at work but use use Sketch Up for all my personal projects.
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Posted January 19, 2011 - 08:18 PM

It's all Greek to me.:D:D

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Posted January 19, 2011 - 10:28 PM

I did a little playing at lunch & Google looked promising. It was also one of the smallest downloads in the suggested list. Came home, downloaded & showed Ryan. Didn't see him again until bedtime. He said it's GREAT and just what he needed. The free version has a couple of gadgets missing, but he said he can live without them.

He also wanted me to pass along a "Thank You!" to everyone for replying.

I plan on looking into the others as he may out grow this, but it's got him clicking & smiling away.

BTW, don't bother looking into OpenCascade, neither of us got it to work right & it's a big memory & Hard drive hog.

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Posted January 19, 2011 - 10:32 PM

I did a little playing at lunch & Google looked promising. It was also one of the smallest downloads in the suggested list. Came home, downloaded & showed Ryan. Didn't see him again until bedtime. He said it's GREAT and just what he needed. The free version has a couple of gadgets missing, but he said he can live without them.

He also wanted me to pass along a "Thank You!" to everyone for replying.

I plan on looking into the others as he may out grow this, but it's got him clicking & smiling away.


Thanks for thanking, if that's even possible lol.

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Posted January 20, 2011 - 11:23 AM

there are some neat plug in available for sketch up, just do a search for them. I found a neat on that makes cut sheets for wood projects. I'll try to find the link.

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Posted January 22, 2011 - 06:01 PM

My Son took some hand drawn pics of a sleeve hitch for his MF 10 that we found online & turned them into a 3D drawing. I had to turn them into 2D to make them PDF, but here they are. MF10/12 Sleeve Hitch Sketchup - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

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Posted January 22, 2011 - 09:18 PM

Those look pretty good! Does he have a drafting class in school?

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Posted January 24, 2011 - 09:27 AM

My Son took some hand drawn pics of a sleeve hitch for his MF 10 that we found online & turned them into a 3D drawing. I had to turn them into 2D to make them PDF, but here they are. MF10/12 Sleeve Hitch Sketchup - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

BTW, Mildly Proud Dad here :dancingbanana:


Tell your son he did a good job on the drawing. (not sure of age, but Mechanical Engineering is a good field) In sketch up you can export a jpg.

I have a 3d model of my ford LGT 145
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and here is the sleeve hitch model for the fords
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Posted January 24, 2011 - 09:57 AM

Nice drawings.

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Posted January 24, 2011 - 10:53 AM

I think I might have to play around with the google thing also. We have autocad and microstation here at work that our retailers use. I never used them before other then when I upgrade re software here at work or back up their settings.

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Posted January 24, 2011 - 11:55 AM

My Son took some hand drawn pics of a sleeve hitch for his MF 10 that we found online & turned them into a 3D drawing. I had to turn them into 2D to make them PDF, but here they are. MF10/12 Sleeve Hitch Sketchup - Manuals - Garden Tractor Talk - Forums

BTW, Mildly Proud Dad here :dancingbanana:


Alan, that kid of yours is great. I'm still trying to draw a straight line on that program, LOL:wallbanging::bigrofl:

Thats very cool. Brian




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