Hello: I'm looking for a simple cad package to help me visualize simple
wood working projects such as a bookshelf. I'm hoping this will help me
see where to put the dadoes and rabbit joints. Can someone suggest a good
application? AutoCad seems like overkill.
Thanks for any clues.
There's a free software called ProDesktop Express that you can download from
http://www.ptc.com .... It's a 3d modeling tool for parts and assemblies,
very powerful, and I'm surprised that it's free (there is a paid version for
$1000, but everything you would need is in the free version.)... There's no
time limits or anything on it. I've not spent much time in it, but I've
gone through some tutorials and they're pretty good. This may not be for
the faint of heart, though... I've heard a lot of good things about
TurboCad, but never used it. Autocad's not that hard for 2D, though, and
there's a lot of resources available. The LT version is a few hundred bucks
I think and as far as 2D stuff is just like the full version. Not a good
choice for 3d, though.
Last Winter when I was designing wooden train cars I was using drafting
tools. Thought it was crazy in this day and age so I looked on the web
for a free cad utility. I wanted something very simple for 2D work. I
found CAD Standard Lite which is freeware. I've been happy with it for
the most part, especially the price. I think the URL is www.cadstd.com
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