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    has anyone ever used this program to get an idea of what they want to build? ive been trying to use it now and my stuff always comes out like crap.
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    yea i have alot. i use solid works(roommate had it for his mechanical engineering class, so i swiped a copy...)

    its extremely easy to use. from what i remember about autocad, its extremely difficult to use.

    it also helps if you have some drafting experience. ive been using pen and paper since freshmen year of highschool, and only very recently moved into 3d cad for tthis kinda stuff. ive used it on other things before tho.

    its great if you are building your own case, etc, but for stuff like dash fabs, thats more of a get your hands dirty job. all the planning in autocad will do nothing to get your bondo right, or help you sand.
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    • #3
      I have been using AutoCAD for almost 20 years. It is good for electrical schematics. It is a very powerful program and thus is hard to master.
      ~Jimmy

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      • #4
        AutoCAD is a great program if you're very familiar with it. That being said, I've only been using it for a semester so i'm pretty miserable with it. I love solidworks, and some guys higher up in mechanical engineering than me say that AutoCAD Inventor is even better.

        As far as bondo and such though, like seanz0rz said, you really can't model that very well and it wouldn't do you much good. You gotta just jump in headfirst.

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        • #5
          AutoCAD is good for 2D work, I use it all the time for that, but I would not reccommend AutoCAD for 3D work. And Inventor is pretty sucky compared to the other avalible programs for 3D stuff.

          When you get familiar with a CAD system, you can do drawings so much faster than you can with paper and pencil. It is also nice because I can draw up a part (2D), print it to scale, use rubber cement to attach the printout to material (such as wood), and cut out the part perfectly.

          Heh, I even used AutoCAD to draw up UML diagrams, but that was not fun.

          But yeah, for a lot of things, it is better to just draw out a rough sketch on paper, and try your luck. Spending time in AutoCAD takes away from your thought process if you are trying to do a 3D drawing, because you will be too busy changing viewpoints and such rather than focusing on the part. Most things that I do are a hybrid of CAD and freehand work, where I just use CAD for simple 2D patterns that need to be exact.

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          • #6
            i actually was trying to use it to build a case... sort of. this thing is freaking ridiculous. ill attach a pic when i figure out how to....
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            • #7
              go to the library and get a book. you could get around in acad with a few basic commands. i've used it every day for 5 years, and i still don't know everything about it. it IS the best for 2d and 3d. precise, but not pretty. if you want easy 3d modeling, look at sketch-up. free trials if you have a .edu. but pen and paper are best for something simple.

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              • #8
                What's the use of AutoCad? Are you going to submit it to a milling machine
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                • #9
                  I used 3D Studio Max to design a couple of Subwoofer Boxes and other small misc junk.
                  It was used for the purpose of accounting the materials needed so that I don't end up buying too much wood.
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                  • #10
                    autocad is prety easy
                    u want a line u draw a line..
                    i wouldnt recomend 3dstudio max for designing as tring to put actual mm isnt to acurate.. but it sure does render nice things
                    if u wana stard building acurate 3d models. try inventor or soild edge.
                    but i would advise geting the hang of autocad using the 2d platfor b4 going into 3d.
                    good luck
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 0l33l
                      What's the use of AutoCad? Are you going to submit it to a milling machine
                      not a milling machine, but a place that can cut acrylic to your specs.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AllThingsEnd
                        not a milling machine, but a place that can cut acrylic to your specs.
                        Ah.... ok. And how much would you say it costs to cut a case
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                        • #13
                          i have been using auocad for some time, but for me its just to much for simple and fast drawings, so i found a program called SketchUp wich works great with 3D drawing, its simple, verey simple to use and highly recomended.

                          http://www.sketchup.com/?section=product

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by marazi
                            i have been using auocad for some time, but for me its just to much for simple and fast drawings, so i found a program called SketchUp wich works great with 3D drawing, its simple, verey simple to use and highly recomended.

                            http://www.sketchup.com/?section=product
                            not a bad little app this one.. cant do alot of what the proper 3d apps will do but on the ther hand it is very simple to use.
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                            • #15
                              been using autocad for a number of years now...sketchup is great, too. i've used autodesk revit for the past two years...

                              sketchup good
                              autocad better
                              revit rocks!

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