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- Oct 16, 2019
Visio ProfessionalDefinitely inspiring. I have an old rotary table that I will clean up and make ready for the job as soon as I get the other initial install work on the PM-833T. Expecting delivery on Tuesday.
David, what CAD software do you use for your drawings?
Thanks. Here's how I did the quill DRO on my PM935:That is some nice work!
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I use Fusion 360 all the time for 3D modeling work, and I advise their development team on UI related enhancements monthly (I’m in Portland OR where their HQ for F360 is located). But it is a terrible substitute for 2D CAD because it’s drawing output capability is very limited. It is getting better, but may never get to a level that’s useful for many things I do. Try doing architectural drawings for a house remodel with it - which is what I do day in and day out. Visio Professional (not the basic version, but the Pro) is hands down the most efficient and productive 2D CAD package available, and I’ve tried them all. For the CNC stuff I send out, no question F360 is great. But not everything lends itself to 3D modeling as a starting point.You use Visio as your CAD software? Interesting.
One of the excellent options for CAD is Fusion 360. An excellent program with awesome support. The Fusion 360 team is very responsive to requests for improvements, etc. It is free for educational/ personal use.
If you are a Member of the EAA, you can download Solidworks for free. That is what I have been using lately.
If one is thinking about heading towards CNC for any of your machines down the road, I would recommend Fusion.
What do you use the Solidworks for? 2D/3D? I am also an EAA member and can get it but it seems to have a very steep learning curve. In my non hobby life I use an experienced mechanical engineer that is very good with Solidworks and he designs 3D printed and injection molded cases/housing for us. It looks like a lifetime of learning to be as proficient in Solidworks so I am looking for something easier.If you are a Member of the EAA, you can download Solidworks for free. That is what I have been using lately.
David you are as thorough with CAD as you are with everything else. Nice!Visio basic is for org charts, office layouts, stuff like that. Think of it as PowerPoint with some drafting template objects. I was the VC backer of Visio when it started in 1993, but it was gobbled up by Microsoft and integrated into Office in the late 1990’s. The Pro version is fully featured for architectural, engineering, HVAC, piping and pneumatic design, etc. The Pro version of Visio is available for purchase (about $500) or through Microsoft’s cloud-based service for a monthly fee. In many respects it is a template-driven version of the original MacCAD or Claris CAD system, the long time high water mark for UI design and productivity. Within Microsoft, Visio is a backwater product and as such I don’t normally recommend it to new users. I have 20 years of legacy drawings corked up in Visio, so I’m hostage to it and still run the 2002 version under Windows 10 under Parallels on the Mac. Visio does not have parametric geometry capabilities like F360, but is object based with layers and most of the flexibility of Autocad but with a much better user interface. If I had to choose a package today for 2D drafting I would consider Ashlar’s Graphite (which is parametric) or Rhino 2D. The learning curve on all these CAD packages is steep if you want to be productive, and once you have a library of drawings, you are held hostage, so choose wisely.
Hello Ariel:What do you use the Solidworks for? 2D/3D? I am also an EAA member and can get it but it seems to have a very steep learning curve. In my non hobby life I use an experienced mechanical engineer that is very good with Solidworks and he designs 3D printed and injection molded cases/housing for us. It looks like a lifetime of learning to be as proficient in Solidworks so I am looking for something easier.
Oh, we hijacked the hell out of this thread, didn't we. LOLThis thread has taken an interesting turn re drawings and drafting programs.
I’ve got Fusion 360 but haven’t spent enough time on it primarily because I didn’t have a need.
At the risk of utterly high jacking the thread, why would a person chose 3D over 2D?
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