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Autocad was the 2D standard and can be had in out of date versions or light versions for several hundred up.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!
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.
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.