What is your Favorite 3D CAD Program


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  • Solidworks

    366 56.83%
  • Alibre Design

    46 7.14%
  • Inventor

    94 14.60%
  • Sketchup

    59 9.16%
  • Rhino 3D

    75 11.65%
  • Ashlar Vellum

    4 0.62%
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    You need to add SpaceClaim to the list. Great software and very easy to use.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AiR_GuNNeR View Post
    You need to add SpaceClaim to the list. Great software and very easy to use.
    Thanks for the info. The survey only allows six entries. Maybe I should ask what folk recommend in addition to the other cads.

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    AutoCAD.

    Because I'm faster with it than anything else.

    Gerry

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    The question is not that simple. From a professional standpoint, you need to look at the total art-to-part cost and efficiency. On the CAD side, Inventor was awesome to learn on, but not very stable, so after some years I moved to Solidworks which I really like, but getting my 3d model to a cuttable part is a total PITA. May as well just do in autocad and dump to master cam or just use master cam end-to-end... That said, I still do my full design in solid works, then spend way too much time re-doing and editing g-code in master cam, finally tweaking in NC (Mach3)

    I'd like to find an affordable integrated cam solution that works out of the box with solid works that doesn't totally suck - Most are either way more than I need, or missing basic functionality. If I could find a good solution, then I'd be a happy camper.



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    For me, parametrics or not, Rhinoceros is the fastest.



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    Pro Engineer not on the list...?



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    Catia?



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    The survey only accepts 6 fields. If you favorite cad is not included just make a post and it will be counted at the end of the poll. If enough people mention a brand it will get compared as well.

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    Keycreator/CadKey



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    SolidWorks



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    Microsoft Word



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    Default Cabinetvision

    Cabinetvision is good enough for me!



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    Default Old Pro-E Version 15

    It is like having a personal drill sergeant assisting me to exercise my brain.



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    Solidworks rules!!!

    Enviado desde mi Transformer Prime TF201 usando Tapatalk 2



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    Started in DOS version of Cadkey many years ago creating 3D drawings then moved up/upgraded over time to the latest version of KeyCreator with the ad-on KeyMachinist. I can now draw a 3D solid and then create the toolpath, then simulate the toolpath all on the same screen in the KeyCreator Cad program and then send the g-code to my machine using the editable post processors. Very user friendly and don't have to go from one program to another for Cad/Cam.

    Add Cadkey/KeyCreator to the list.



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    Wow there seems to be a lot of Solidworks fans. What is it about Solidworks that makes you like it so much? I'm really curious.

    Bill

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    Default Should have just had an "Other" Catagory :P

    Personally, I really like my BobCad V22. I could afford it and it has paid for itself many times over. Simple learning curve too.



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    Default solvespace

    I really solvespace, it's free, small (981kb!) and parametric.



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