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New CAD secrets section, and list of CAD programs...

Postby mikeschn » Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:44 am

It was suggested that I start a CAD forum...

After thinking about it for a while, and recalling how many times the subject of CAD comes up here, I decided that it would be a good idea.

This message will pull together some of the CAD programs I've seen, especially the more affordable ones...

Most teardrops and tiny travel trailers can be drawn in 2D. In fact, you probably only need one view, the side view, unless you are doing something exotic, like a runabout, or a compact.

So lets start by listing the 2D programs I can find...
I think I do some quickie reviews of these 2D programs on my laptop...

Turbocad LE (Free)
http://www.al-ki.com/tcad/download.php#TurboCADLE

Download CadStandardLite for free at
http://www.apperson.org/cadstd/lite.php

Download Ally Cad v3.4 for free at
http://www.allycad.com/

FreeCad has a motion capability Download at
http://www.askoh.com/freecad/index.html

Try Qcad it's free and it worked well
http://www.ribbonsoft.com/qcad.html

Another free 2d cad program
http://www.a9tech.com/

JustCAD is free too
http://www.justcad.com/

For Linux users, freeware
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sagcad




And this apparently is a website that lists additional free cad programs
http://www.freecad.com/

and if I miss any good ones, guys, please let me know...

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Postby Dee Bee » Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:02 pm

Hi Mike

Thanks for taking this step. I am glad to see a place where we can focus our discussions about CAD issues.

By the way I have finally read through your tutorial for Iron CAD. It is very helpful in getting me started.

I plan to keep working with it to try and learn on my own, but I just may have to ask you a few more questions. Hope you don't mind...


You have been a great help and I appreciate it!

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Postby Hardin Valley Magic » Sat Jan 28, 2006 10:31 pm

mike I am interested in downloading one of the freebies you have listed. However computer savy is not my nature. Which one would be concidered the best for a first timer such as my self? Or which is the easiest to operate?
This is something I would like to further learn.
Thanks very much. I really like the additional subject titles and catagories!! :thumbsup:
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Postby mikeschn » Sun Jan 29, 2006 12:46 am

HVM,

I would try Qcad first.

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Postby Hardin Valley Magic » Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:22 pm

Mike, Thanks for the help!! I have now downloaded both Q and allycad. both are great. Looking forward to learning from your other thread discussing the steps.
If I get it figured out and have something to share I'll try!! :lol:
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Postby John B. » Tue May 16, 2006 7:10 pm

Hey Mike,

This is a good idea. I can't wait until you get into rendering. I play with Rhino a lot but it gets overwhelming sometimes.

Do you do all this as a hobby or do you get paid for it somewhere too? Your renderings are fantastic,

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Postby sledge » Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:56 pm

Hi Mike , I have been looking for a program that I can put a photo of a Teardrop or Car into and change colors of it . I have been fooling around with Paint Shop Pro. but it's not really for that. I was just reading adn thought this might do it. so I can tell what something will look like a different color before I paint it.
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Postby mikeschn » Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:11 pm

I will be looking at Electric Image soon... It seems to be a good bang for the buck, and has a lot of features...

http://www.electricimage.com/

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Postby KrazyKyngeKorny » Sat Apr 25, 2009 12:10 am

sledge wrote:Hi Mike , I have been looking for a program that I can put a photo of a Teardrop or Car into and change colors of it . I have been fooling around with Paint Shop Pro. but it's not really for that. I was just reading adn thought this might do it. so I can tell what something will look like a different color before I paint it.

Somewhat close, Irfanview allows putting an image in, and swapping colors, like swap red and blue, etc. However, it swaps over the whole pix, so background changes as well.

Picture publisher does what you want, but it's pricey. IV is a freeware.
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Postby Snapafun » Sun May 03, 2009 2:23 am

Good to see Mike ........ Will keep an eye on this and help out when I can.

Re: Changing colours ~ Try PaintdotNet. Can replace MSPaint and has a great eye dropper feature for colour control. Oh yeah - down my way we get to be heavier so color is colour.
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Postby steve smoot » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:38 pm

Mike,

I need your help....I have downloaded QCAD, but I really do not know the first thing about CAD drafting. I worked as a draftsman in the lab casework business for 30 years, but it was all manual. Is there an easy way to learn QCAD? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Postby mikeschn » Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:43 pm

steve smoot wrote:Mike,

I need your help....I have downloaded QCAD, but I really do not know the first thing about CAD drafting. I worked as a draftsman in the lab casework business for 30 years, but it was all manual. Is there an easy way to learn QCAD? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Steve


Let me see if I can find anything...

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Postby mikeschn » Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:37 pm

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Postby afreegreek » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:56 am

Tanks Mang.. I've been poking around half heatedly to find a simple 2D program for macs.. the Qcad looks interesting now that I've downloaded the trial version.. :thumbsup:
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Have you heard of tiny cad

Postby jimmcnic » Sat Jun 05, 2010 10:33 pm

Hi,

Will Tiny Cad work?

Thanks,

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