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Try 3D. You'll never go back. I don't even do sheet metal flat anymore. Draw 3D and unfold it. I did do a sheet metal flat pattern on the drawing board the other day. Nostalgia, you know, but for serious work, it's not even a contender. You guys in the UK will catch up one of these days.

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Oi you! I resemble that remark ;O) I am in the UK, and when I was doing 3D for reward, I got more work than I could ever handle from US firms! (Mostly from Texas too, go figure! ;-) <shrug>
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Well, I can't be anything but appreciative of their chosen approach, it worked for me! ;O) I've heard it hinted at in the past, but now you've said what you have, I see it clearer.
It's really sad when those with enough power to change the larger things are not able to see the bigger picture, don't matter where they are or where they are not seeing it either!
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On Sun, 20 Jul 2003 20:34:06 GMT, CW wrote:

I know us UK blokes are a bit backward, we're also a bit poor (we're kept that way by our American masters) ;)
I'd like to get a 3D program for unix but then we are talking megabucks. Turbocad looks interesting but I'd probably invest in a large plotter before I invested in any software.
I use free software (FreeBSD) but CAD is one of the few areas where my choices are limited.
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Unix is a bit of a problem. If you want to go full 3D for free ( on Windows), try Prodesktop Express. It is basically a light version of Pro Engineer. For plotting, standard A size will suffice for most home projects. If you need anything bigger (full size templates, ect), you can print the drawing on multiple sheets with index marks for alignment. Another way to go is print to PDF (there is also excellent free software for this) and take it to a print shop. You can have a lot of prints done for the price of a plotter. Go here for Prodesktop Express: http://www.ptc.com/products/desktop/express/license.htm

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On Mon, 21 Jul 2003 05:59:06 GMT, CW wrote:

Great thanks a lot, I'll have a look at it. I'd be quite happy with something fairly basic but not as basic as AutoCAD LT - no extrusions :(
I've got some Windows software which allows me to print postscript to file & converting that to PDF is trivial. I suppose taking a file to a printshop is going to be cheaper than buying an A0 plotter!
I've got an A3 pen plotter which fits my needs most of the time but occasionally it would be nice to plot some stuff full-size for templates.
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