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allanhurst

I know this is the wrong forum, but I bet some people here are knowledgable....

I should like to produce simple mechanical drawings using a modern easy-to-use free package for designing eg front panels etc. 3D capabiltity not required ( yet).

I was quite good at technical drawing at school, but the tools then were set squares, compasses etc...

Any recommendations?

regards

Allan

Robin2

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Oct 12, 2018, 05:14 pm Last Edit: Oct 12, 2018, 05:21 pm by Robin2
When you have the drawing made what do you want to do with it? Just print it?

I use Open Office Draw for my 2-D drawing. It can produce files that can be used by my Portrait cutting machine.

For 3-D models I use OpenScad which also can do 2-D drawings - though I have not used it for that. I like OpenScad because you create the objects in much the same way that you write a computer program so I found the learning curve easier.

...R
Two or three hours spent thinking and reading documentation solves most programming problems.

mikb55

Sketchup is free but only has lines and polygons. No true circles or solid objects.
I believe the 3d printing folks use Fusion360.

Railroader

Use Your knowledge. If that's not enough, look for education.
Having knowledge, think outside the box to gain more of it. Only trains run like the train, on the rails. The rest run between the rails.

pert

I recently tried out a few of the popular free open source 2D CAD programs but in the end I found I much preferred using Inkscape. I am a bit biased since I'm already familiar with Inkscape, but I really did not enjoy the UI of any of the alternatives I tried.

Railroader

Continue on the path feeling good. If You hit "end of the road" then reconsider.
Use Your knowledge. If that's not enough, look for education.
Having knowledge, think outside the box to gain more of it. Only trains run like the train, on the rails. The rest run between the rails.

larryd

No technical PMs.
The last thing you did is where you should start looking.

westfw


ballscrewbob

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Oct 13, 2018, 03:09 pm Last Edit: Oct 13, 2018, 03:10 pm by ballscrewbob
Sketchup fan here.

The DXF function can be occasionally IFFY when putting into REAL cad packages
and the JPG export can also be a little awkward if you dont have the on screen positioned correctly.

Other than that have used it to send items for real CAD manufacture.

It may not be the answer you were looking for but its the one I am giving based on either experience, educated guess, google or the fact that you gave nothing to go with in the first place so I used my wonky crystal ball.

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