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Best CAD program

This topic contains 18 replies, has 15 voices, and was last updated by  Emric Arthur 3 days ago.

Derek Williams giltron

Best CAD program

12/04/2016 at 11:47

I want to look over the file but i am very new to this may i ask what program is best to view the files.

helper
12/04/2016 at 14:00

There are different files, witch should make it possible to open them with virtually any cad program. I used SolidWorks 2014 to open them, worked oke, import diagnostics had a little struggle with it, but worked fine anyway.

I used the STEP file, because in my experience those succeed the best, on trying to open the SAT file, my program crashed, and the others can’t be opened by (my version of) Solid Works

Grtz, RedG

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starter
13/04/2016 at 03:28

I ended up Getting AutoCAD 2017

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17/04/2016 at 21:23

I have AutoCAD2017 but it doesn’t recognise any of the files :/ what am I doing wrong?

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18/04/2016 at 08:38

mrpogson open up AutoCAD 2017 then once you are in you will have to select the file through the program it will ask you if you want to convert it you should select yes.

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18/04/2016 at 10:12

Thanks @giltron, do I want to open or import the file?

Is it possible to get the file as a .dtd (Design Tools Draw File for use with TechSoft 2D Design)?

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18/04/2016 at 10:22

mrpogson once you have AutoCAD 2017 running on the first page under the Get Started section go through the open files tab.

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02/03/2017 at 03:18

Slightly unrelated and most likely already known but Tinker CAD is good for on the go and Auto-Desk’s new 3D scanning app for you phone is quite cool. It would be great for this actually, the software is free, and easy to use, designers can create things in plastic, scan it with there phone, and upload it to here as a 3D module that can be view in-browser, with there own instruction on how to make it.

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30/03/2017 at 19:03

Hi guys, I’m having some problems about the CAD files too. I’ve tried to download the AutoCAD 2017 by different website’s links but in no one of them I could start the download. So, I tried the SolidWorks but it seems that it’s not made for the kind of computer that I’m using now. The operational system of this computer is a Mac OS X 10.6.8
Someone know how can I solve this problem?

Thanks, from Brasil!

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starter
18/05/2017 at 16:30

Hi there,

Anyone knows onshape ? ( onshape.com) . We using it at smartfriendz for our designs and it’s a very good solution for open source project as it’s free for public docs. The main advantages is the ability to design collaboratively, work in browser and the tools are just great ( like solidworks) .
Main disavantage : it’s not open source.

serge

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18/05/2017 at 20:35

LibreCAD and QCAD both work great and opens the project files. And it is free

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29/05/2017 at 00:49

Try to use draft sight. There is a version that’s free.
I use in Windows 10.

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helper
05/09/2017 at 20:57

Best is a personal thing. My preferred choice is FreeCAD, not sure it is is the best for everyone but it comes with the most amount of freedom.

And it is also Gratis.

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14/09/2017 at 13:46

I use CAM BAM works very well and not to hard to learn.
I have 3 cnc machines all running Linux CNC.

Ken
Tasmania

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17/09/2017 at 13:27

i´m using Fusion 360 and it´s pretty easy to use, it took me about 1 Week to finish my First Project starting from nothing and knowing nothing.
A huge amount of tutorials and Videos in Youtube are helping too.

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new
17/09/2017 at 17:21

i’m sorry but fusion 360 can t open *.dxf, dunno why

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03/12/2017 at 08:08

I am using freecad on Mac computer it works well and its free. i just need to figure out how to isolate the individual part to play with them now.

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helper
05/12/2017 at 03:24

autocad 2018 opens all the dxf files and fully editable

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12/12/2017 at 13:20

for me it’s all about Fusion 360, however if I had a choice, it would be solidworks, but I don’t have that kind of cash. I found Rhino a bit bland.

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