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Computer Programs/cad

Discussion in 'Design' started by propane_cooker, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. propane_cooker

    propane_cooker New Member

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    Do some of you guys use computer programs to draw knife designs? My hand drawing has never been very good and I like using computer programs for some of the features like copying and pasting etc. I got using LayOut that comes with SketchUp on a couple of free trials and I really like it, but it is expensive and I can't really afford it. Are there any other free options out there? Don't really need 3D modelling, basically just digital graph paper.
     
  2. CaptainDevlin

    CaptainDevlin New Member

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    I use oneshape. It is a free online cad program. The only downside is that all the designed are public and anyone else can see and use then if they want.
     
  3. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    I've been using Google's Sketchup for a long time. It's free (there's a paid version that gives you more options) and works for both 2d and 3d models. it's also fairly easy to get into.
     
  4. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Depending on the money you want to spend and if 3D is important or not.
    DraftSight is free and 2D with the option of an upgrade for some features cost is $150 per year
    Rhino 3D a free form NURBS modelling package. Works real well and pretty user friendly after you do a few practice models and cost is around 2-3 grand depending on add-on packages.
    AutoCAD is available in LT or laptop version for 2D only monthly license or purchase I believe and the 3D version is a couple grand more but not as user friendly for 3D modelling as Rhino3D
     
  5. propane_cooker

    propane_cooker New Member

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    I have tried to get free SketchUp and can't seem to figure it out. Does LayOut come with the free version? Would you mind telling me how to go about getting it?
     
  6. propane_cooker

    propane_cooker New Member

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    Really only have need for 2D and free is pretty much my price range. Thanks for the advice guys.
     
  7. Mythtaken

    Mythtaken Staff Member CKM Staff

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    • Go to the Sketchup site.
    • Under Products, select Sketchup Make (the free version)
    • Follow the prompts, fill in the required information, and download.
    Even though you download Sketchup Make, it installs the pro version as well. When you start it up, you have to select Start Sketchup Make, rather than buy Pro. LayOut is installed too, but only works with the pro version. I don't know anything more about it, as I've never had a need for it.

    It's an easy program to use, with simple controls that do a lot. But it does take a bit to get your head around how it works. Once you do that, it all makes sense. The best way is to go through some tutorials and watch a few YouTube videos.
     
  8. Eric Fisher

    Eric Fisher Member

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    I second Draftsight. It is basically ACAD LT put out by there competitor for free. I use it to layout design all of my knife sheath patterns.
     

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