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Contributors to this thread:
Annony Mouse 12-Oct-17
slade 12-Oct-17
Swift Arrow 12-Oct-17
70lbdraw 12-Oct-17
Bowbender 12-Oct-17
Jim Moore 12-Oct-17
Franzen 13-Oct-17
tonyo6302 13-Oct-17
Bowbender 13-Oct-17
gadan 13-Oct-17
Annony Mouse 13-Oct-17
From: Annony Mouse
12-Oct-17
I have no experience with CAD design or software. My daughter Jillie's husband is interested in getting a CAD program as he is in the process of designing a new concept in a waste management vehicle.

Wondering if anyone had any experience with CAD software.

Thanks

From: slade
12-Oct-17
I have experience cussing at it, if that helps.

From: Swift Arrow
12-Oct-17
I really like Solidworks, you can incorporate motion to 3D drawings, shows contact, interference. Single piece and assembly, real user friendly.

From: 70lbdraw
12-Oct-17
I second Solid Works!

From: Bowbender
12-Oct-17
X3 for Solidwork. Expert Solidworks user here, along with EPDM management. Use it for the design of automation and custom machines.

Pro-E is a very solid and robust system, however the cost and learning curve is significantly greater. There are also some functionality issues that I don't care for.

From: Jim Moore
12-Oct-17
I drew up my well house, and a shop table with Google Sketchup (free). I am blown away by those that can do CAD. Friend of mine designed power lines and distribution systems with AutoCAD and I couldn't even begin to keep track to what he was doing. Hats off to you operators that can! I'm sticking to napkins and sticky notes...lol.

From: Franzen
13-Oct-17
I'm not a lot of help because I'm on the target side (civil/structures), instead of the mechanical side. We use MicroStation/Geopak and AutoCAD/Revit. Revit may have some dynamic capabilities... I'm not sure. It appears Autodesk actually has a platform called Inventor for modeling dynamic motion, which may be a consideration. The Solidworks program seems like it would be rather appealing though.

From: tonyo6302
13-Oct-17
Check your PC, to see if Visio came with it.

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Visio can get you started, but AutoCad will be the go to software.

From: Bowbender
13-Oct-17
Autocad is NOT the go to software. As someone that has used Acad since 1985 and Solidworks since the early 2000's and has been the admin for both for the last seventeen years, there is a world of difference between Acad & SW. Even Acad Inventor is not near as robust or comprehensive as SW for 3D design. Which explains why most automation houses, large and small use either SW or Pro-E. My experience in dealing with global automation and machine design/build vendors shows a strong preference for SW.

From: gadan
13-Oct-17
I drew our house using an excellent home CAD program called 3D Home Architect. It is very easy to use, shows all elevations, has a huge library of not only cabinets and window styles but also furniture styles so you can see how your room can be laid out. Also, you can take a walk through after you are complete. Oh, and it makes up a lumber order.

From: Annony Mouse
13-Oct-17
Thanks for the info. Spent a few hours looking at Solidworks and think that this is the program Richie needs. As a Linux user, I looked at a number of open source programs, but found little that would do what Richie intends. I gave him the info and your comments...now it's in his hands.

Thanks much. This is one of the nice things about this community...someone always knows something!

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