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« Reply #15 on: October 04, 2016, 01:59:32 PM »
Yeah, anytime. Back when I had my 3D printer i used the 123D Design app a lot. I've only toyed around with the other apps a little bit.

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« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2016, 04:28:20 PM »
Yeah, anytime. Back when I had my 3D printer i used the 123D Design app a lot. I've only toyed around with the other apps a little bit.

ye i used it allot with my 3d printer when it first came,  i used one of their other apps to fix files worked well.
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« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2016, 05:55:37 PM »
Here is another free one. Draftsight

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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2016, 05:20:06 AM »
Here is another free one. Draftsight

Draftsight is pretty good actually, and most of its commands are the same as AutoCADS.
I have used it the most as far as free software goes.
Had a few odd video driver issues before with it displaying things oddly, but other than that it works well.

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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2016, 06:22:19 AM »
Thanks, yeah so far its looking pretty good.

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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2016, 08:52:10 AM »
i downloaded draftsite soon as it was free couple years back.  allot of options and def not for beginners if u never played much with cad before.  but good tools for 2d
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2016, 05:35:31 PM »
I found this: https://jtechphotonics.com/?page_id=2012 .....seems interesting. I have been using Inkscape for a couple of years and it looks like this would generate g-code straight from Inkscape. 

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« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2017, 03:34:15 PM »
ProgeCAD, an IntelliCad / AutoCAD clone has a free version at http://www.progesoft.com/en/products/progecad-smart/.  I use the full version and really like it as an affordable alternative to AutoCAD.

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« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2017, 01:42:08 AM »
so question for you all for someone who has no idea how to use CAD which one of the programs listed here are the easiest to work with ?

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« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2017, 04:53:13 AM »
Are you looking for 2D or 3D?

2D I've always used TurboCAD and find most others difficult to use, but it's probably because that's what I am familiar with.
3D I would suggest 123D Design, it's really simple and easy to use. SketchUp is similar but I prefer the AutoCAD offering.

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« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2017, 02:06:22 PM »
Are you looking for 2D or 3D?

2D I've always used TurboCAD and find most others difficult to use, but it's probably because that's what I am familiar with.
3D I would suggest 123D Design, it's really simple and easy to use. SketchUp is similar but I prefer the AutoCAD offering.

i jaust want to be able to do designs for cutting out on the laser at this stage

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« Reply #26 on: January 26, 2017, 03:01:13 PM »
Inkscape is free, maybe start there and see if it works for you.

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« Reply #27 on: January 26, 2017, 04:50:02 PM »
I like openscad. The design is described by a programming language similar to a bastardized C. Beware, it is unitless, so if you import it make sure the new tool understands YOUR implied measurement scheme.
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« Reply #28 on: January 26, 2017, 05:06:39 PM »
I use AutoCAD LT for 2D and 123D Design for3D but I that is what I have always used. Most people like what the learn on.

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« Reply #29 on: January 26, 2017, 06:17:36 PM »
i jaust want to be able to do designs for cutting out on the laser at this stage
While many say Fusion 360 is overkill for hobbyists, I find it about as easy to do direct modelling as sketchup ever was; and it gives the possibility to do parametric modelling, or mix and match.

Given that the workflow is centered around 2d "sketches" and it has very good support for constraints and parameters even in 2d its all I ever use, even if I just need a quick 2d drawing. (except arty stuff, then i might go inkscape)

And for laser usage, having fusion 360 being a fully capable cam package able to generate g-code to send to the laser from inside fusion is very handy.

And its also free for hobby usage; well worth learning imo.