I have been hand drafting for 18 years and always felt happy doing it that
Autocad always seemed like more than I wanted to learn.....
But now with other options, maybe it is time for me..
I was told about turbocad , and then I see there is a furniture plug-in
And I know there are other programs ...
So what program do you think I should tackle..
I build custom furniture, here's an example
If I were to take this step, and big part of the decision would be good
instruction books, or dvd's
I'm fairly good on the computer... Built my website..
Thanks for your input..
Looks like you are also pretty good with a 2H pencil and a couple of
As an old time lead slinger, I couldn't justify all the puter input
required for the data bases before you get a payoff.
A quadrille pad, a pink-pearl eraser, and some H sketching pencils
gets a lot of work done with little effort.
OTOH, if this is to be a puter learning experience, different ball
If you are using Windows, TurboCAD works pretty well, but it is a bit
different than other 3D CAD programs. I've started using VariCAD
(www.varicad.com) because I'm running Linux. I used to use TurboCAD but
have found that the varicad tool is actually more efficient. For example, I
would never draw out joinery in TurboCAD because it was quite difficult (I
thought) to make mortise and tennon or other joints -- Varicad is much
easier to do various milling operations.
They also have a Windows version; they are a bit spendy, but cost less
than Autocad or Pro-E; I look at it as another tool.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
And Sketchup is available FREE from Google. If you haven't used a graphic
program before it's a great place to start, but it's not a drafting program.
It's a very intuitive 3D modeling program with dimensioning capability. You
may find that it's all that you need, or you may decide later that you
really want to go with a drafting program. I use Sketchup for my concepts
and then Autocad LT if I decide that I want to go further and make
blueprints. Autocad LT is much cheaper than regular Autocad but it is
restricted to 2D drawing and isometrics. Turbocad will also be a good
choice, but I learned Autocad because I needed it for work, so the LT
version was easier for me for personal use.
SketchUp is definitely the answer. See my description at
http://www.srww.com/google-sketchup.htm . It is free and easy to
learn. I have posted an 8 part tutorial on my blog for beginners.
Check it out at http://www.srww.com/blog . I have used TurboCAD for
about 15 years to draw my furniture designs and recently switched to
SketchUp. Give it a try.
You'll hear a lot about Google Sketchup. My wife is a professional
AutoCAD instructor, has done commercial office and building drawings,
and is generally a CADD goddess. She started playing with Sketchup a
few months ago, and fell in love with it instantly. Perfect for the
casual users, interior decorators, and such who don't need to actually
know hardcore CAD and drafting.
Try it--it's free!
I wandered around your website for a bit and your designs look great.
I hope that the regimen of a CAD program isn't going to mess with your
free flow of design.
Fabulous stuff there, mate.
I use Vectorworks on a Mac, but it is a bit spendy. Vectorworks is
also available for PC
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