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Old 05-22-2010, 01:18 PM
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$99

Every so often the topic of CAD comes up, "What should I get?"
I've answered the question from my perspective dozens of times...
SketchUp is free works and carries limits.
Autocad was the 2D standard and can be had in out of date versions or light versions for several hundred up.
SolidWorks is the chit but it is $5000+
There has been this hole in the 3D Solid modeling area for the guy that just wants the basics, yet wants to be able to design at a higher level then SketchUp; lets face it the hobbyist can't usually just drop the $5000 for SolidWorks. In this economy we all look hard at all of our "fun" expenses. It is easy to see that BendTech is going to pay for itself, and the fact that you can step your way up (as I did) is shear brilliance on Cris's part! The problem is that there is just this HUGE step between the "free" SketchUp and any competent 3D Solid program, Like $1000 in round numbers...

I think I may have found a viable answer!
Today, in trying to figure out how to get Alibre to generate the shape I wanted I was using the On-Line help and discovered that Alibre has a semi-stripped down version available for $99!
DISCLAIMER: I am not connected with Alibre in any way other then being a (sometimes frustrated) user, and I am still really learning the program!
Flat out honest: Alibre is not the easiest program to use and, it is soooo WAY not the most difficult, but... it is in my opinion much like BendTech-Pro "the best bang for the buck in the market place".

So, here is the link to the "PE" edition check it out!
http://www.alibre.com/products/hobby/



One final thing.
There are several people that are using Alibre here on the OFN. They may or may not know that Alibre has a referral program.
Being nothing short of a mercenary (sounds so much better then Prostitot) I would like to take advantage of it! However, I will not cut my friends at the OFN out by posting the referral link for me.
SO...
If you are a Alibre user and you want to get in on the referral program make yourself known. Those that decide they want to help a fellow OFN'r out can PM the OFN member that they want and the link to the referral program can be sent.


Cris I've tried to keep this etiquette correct. Edit or delete as necessary.

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Old 05-22-2010, 02:23 PM
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That is sweet. I would love to get this. Of course I will get my bend tech first. Having a mac complicates all this stuff. Do you know if it runs on a mac?

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Old 05-22-2010, 02:42 PM
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I have a Mac also. It would be cool if BendTech worked on it I doubt it though. I might have to start running windows on my Mac so I can use these programs.
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Old 05-22-2010, 03:03 PM
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No good programs run on mac. Use a windows emulator
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:24 PM
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No good programs run on mac.
LOL that is so true, but...Windows is a JOKE!



Still Between the two, Microjoke hands down
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:18 AM
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Sounds like a pretty reasonable package for $99. I paid more than that for the 2D program I'm using now. I need to upgrade my computer to run it, but after that happens, I think I'll be picking this up.

Thanks for the head's up!
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:55 PM
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no joke, thanks a ton for posting this up, even if you did HO it out a little.
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Old 06-07-2010, 12:50 AM
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no joke, thanks a ton for posting this up, even if you did HO it out a little.
PLEASE!
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Old 06-07-2010, 08:45 AM
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because of this thread I decided to download the free 30 day trial of Alibre Design Pro. After 1 week I was making decent 3d drawings. The 2d aspect is great for what I do. My company is now ordering multiple seats of the expert version. Very good program, I would recommend it to anyone!
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:12 PM
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:22 PM
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:24 AM
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E, the only difference between the full and eval program is that after 30 days you loose some functionality. but still retain use of the program. I downloaded the eval program to see if it was worth the effort to learn and still use it from time to time, so the 99 upgrade was nice. I really like my BT Pro for the tube stuff, and Alibre helps model suspension and other points on the chassis that move through an arc. Together they are a very formidable team for designing Off Road stuff that works without experimanting and wasting material. Thanks for posting up about Alibre, it's way gooder than SW, SW is just too much buck to get a bang. And since I am computer challenged, it's easy enough even an idiot like me can eventually figure it out. Thanks!!!
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:01 PM
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Free cad question?

Hey guys... I have never used a Cad program for building or design yet.. I will be purchasing bend tech soon to complement our roll cage builds and other fun projects..

As far as cad programs go i see there are tons of various programs to choose from. I tried to link to the Alibre Design Pro for a free version but i dont think its avail at this time...

So i searched free CAD downloads and there are quite a few... For basic offroad builds and tube work i will use the bend tech but for other things i seem to try and build what would be a good CAD program to go with in the free department?? or at least under 150.00...... This is all new territory to me as ive always just sketched my builds on paper...
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I don't want to step on any toes, but flip through this if you can. I've been following RB for years on different forums. The software he uses is made by the people that make SW and is free. I forget the name, but its in the thread.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=262019

EDIT: its called 123D Design

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Old 12-08-2014, 09:24 AM
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Thanks bullnerd! ill check it out..
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:36 AM
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I don't want to step on any toes, but flip through this if you can. I've been following RB for years on different forums. The software he uses is made by the people that make SW and is free. I forget the name, but its in the thread.

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=262019

EDIT: its called 123D Design
Just to clarify.
123D is not published by the same people that developed Solid Works (Dassault Systèmes): 123D is produced by Autodesk who are known for AutoCAD.
Alibre has changed their name to "Geomagic Design" and I have my old copy but rarely use it any more. It will do most things but I like software to just work without having to learn how to force the code to do what I want. I will put up with a bunch for a lower price BUT when I got to the point of creating 4-bar linkage I hit my limit.
At this point in time I am looking hard at SolidWorks and hating the price tag.

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Old 12-08-2014, 12:29 PM
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Woops! Thanks E'
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Old 12-08-2014, 03:37 PM
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Thanks for the info..

Thanks Entropy. I feel the same way about bend techs pricing lol that is only because i am unemployed at the moment and dealing with school... The pricing seems really good actually for bend tech products so im not bashing or trying to bash... just my perspective sitting here wanting it all!! lol

Bullnerd i signed up for the 123D design and started playing around with there cad setup.. I would love to learn and experiment with this, just not sure right now how much ill actually use it.. Thanks for the link though.
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Old 12-08-2014, 05:04 PM
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That's cool, I downloaded it too, but everytime I go to draw something I resort back to my old mastercamm 9 and do it 2d! Someday I will be a SW guy too.
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