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Scott AndrewsThu Dec-13-12 09:57 AM
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Let me preface my remarks with this: I've been a draftsman and a mechanical designer since the late 70's, and I've been a CAD user since the "Dark Ages" of circa 1980, so I have some knowledge on the topic of both CAD and stereolithography -- 3D printing.

The price of equipment and software just to generate good 3D models is the biggest drawback for anyone without very deep pockets who wants to get seriously involved in making this step. Insofar as CAD software goes, in order to make decent 3D models that can be easily manipulated and will traslate into .STL files and the like without errors -- especially those which contain complex surfaces -- one would definitely have to make the jump beyond AutoCAD and freeware. AutoCAD is fine for developing PE sheets and other "flat" work, but it's 3D capabilities are, to be charitable, crude at best. A software package such as SolidWorks or SolidEdge and machine that is capable of running high-end CAD/CAM programs is what is required at a minimum to be able to do everything that a modeler is likely to eventually want to do.

Regards,
Scott Andrews
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3D Printing [View all] , monkey95, Tue Dec-11-12 04:34 PM
  RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 11th 2012, #1
RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 12th 2012, #2
      RE: 3D Printing, Roy Mengot, Dec 12th 2012, #3
           RE: 3D Printing, William W. Young, Dec 12th 2012, #4
           RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Dec 12th 2012, #5
                RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 13th 2012, #6
                     RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 13th 2012, #7
                          RE: 3D Printing, bpread, Dec 13th 2012, #8
                               RE: 3D Printing, Scott Andrews, Dec 13th 2012 #9
                               RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 14th 2012, #12
                                    RE: 3D Printing, Jason, Dec 14th 2012, #13
                                    RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 14th 2012, #14
                                         RE: 3D Printing, Jason, Dec 14th 2012, #15
                                    RE: 3D Printing, Scott Andrews, Dec 18th 2012, #16
                                         RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 19th 2012, #17
                                              Very nice! (nm), Scott Andrews, Dec 20th 2012, #18
                                              RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 21st 2012, #19
                                              RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Dec 21st 2012, #20
                                              RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Dec 22nd 2012, #21
                                              RE: 3D Printing, endare, Dec 22nd 2012, #22
                                              RE: 3D Printing, ChrisCMR, Jan 29th 2013, #24
                               RE: 3D Printing, Roy Mengot, Dec 13th 2012, #10
                               RE: 3D Printing, monkey95, Dec 13th 2012, #11
                                    RE: 3D Printing, mjs28c, Jan 02nd 2013, #23
                                         RE: 3D Printing, Jason, Jan 31st 2013, #25
                                              3D Printing 1/100 Lifeboat, endare, May 20th 2015, #26
                                                   RE: 3D Printing 1/100 Lifeboat, titanicinfoseeker, May 20th 2015, #27
                                                        RE: 3D Printing, tmgarmon, Jun 02nd 2015, #28
                                                             RE: 3D Printing, William W. Young, Jun 25th 2016, #30
                                                                  3D Printed Propellers, endare, Jun 28th 2016, #31
                                                                       RE: 3D Printed Propellers, William W. Young, Jun 28th 2016, #32
                                                                            RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Josemar, Jun 29th 2016, #33
                                                                                 RE: 3D Printed Propellers, endare, Jun 29th 2016, #34
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, William W. Young, Jul 01st 2016, #35
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Nightstriker, Mar 08th 2017, #36
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, endare, Mar 09th 2017, #37
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Zenoms, Mar 09th 2017, #38
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, endare, Mar 10th 2017, #39
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Zenoms, Mar 10th 2017, #41
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Nightstriker, Mar 10th 2017, #40
                                                                                      RE: 3D Printed Propellers, Nightstriker, Jul 14th 2017, #42
                               RE: 3D Printing, SteveFury, Jul 14th 2017, #43
                                    RE: 3D Printing, Bill West, Jul 15th 2017, #44
                                         RE: 3D Printing, endare, Jul 19th 2017, #45
RE: 3D Printing, Plutralias, Jun 23rd 2016, #29

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