I am looking for some software that will output a 3D image of your designs.
It would be nice to get a 2x4 out of the library and build your project and
see what it will look like in 3D. Does anyone have any suggestions.
Thanks for you time.
I'm using DesignCAD and it can handle 3D designs. The rendering
isn't bad; but a shaded parallelepipedon with hidden lines
removed just doesn't look like a 2x4 to me - although I'm not
sure that it's just not my lack of imagination. (~:
Have you played with "Textures" yet. I am building doubledoor entry for the
storage area under the stairs. I went to a wood site with jpg's of various
species of wood and downloaded some for use as 'textures', I wanted to see
how they would look with flat and quartesawn red oak. . .very interesting
results. I am using DesignCad 3D Max Plus ver 14. I use it mostly for it's
I hardly ever use it for 3D - nearly everything I do is 2D.
Usually I design a new <something>, print and save save the file,
draw a red line parallel to the edges of everything [F2], then
delete everything except the red line, export the drawing as a
DXF, and terminate DesignCAD. Then I feed the DXF to a CNC router
to produce the drawn <something>.
I've played with the 3D modeling a bit, but (so far) haven't
really needed more than 2D.
I'm working with DesignCAD Pro 2000, and the textures provided
aren't anything to shout about. It might be interesting to try
what you did - plug in "woody" textures. My only wood texture is
"oak" - and it looks more like something the cat would try to
cover than something that once stood tall and proud.
One of the metalheads just posted http://www.sketchup.com /
yesterday and I watched some of their tutorials. Out-Freakin'-
Standing! T'aint cheap, but it's light years ahead of any
CAD program I've seen without years of training needed.
Free 30-day trial of a $475 program which definitely looks
worth the price.
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