I'm a marking guy at SpaceClaim, one of the founders of the company,
and a bit of a woodworker. Thought you might be interested to know
that SpaceClaim Style is available for around $1000, and it has all
the solid modeling capabilities of our flagship product, SpaceClaim
Engineer. You can see the comparison here:
I've been having a lot of fun working in the shop off of solid
models. One technique I use is I'll model my part, and embed it in a
transparent version of the stock I'm making it from. Then I print out
1:1 scale drawings of the outline of the part for a face or two and
spray-glue them onto my stock. Then I can just band saw or table saw
along the outline. Often, I'll have further flat faces onto that I can
make views of, print, glue and cut again. (The drawing views need to
be made to look onto the face that's touching the work surface of the
machine, not the face that your cutting lines are on.) Once you get
good at correctly registering your printouts on your model, you can
work remarkably quickly.
Here's an example of a kind of rotating peg that had to be a sort of
elliptical cone: http://twitpic.com/eh1f2 I glued up one view, made
to cuts, glued up the other view, made two more cuts, and did the rest
on the sander. There were two of them, and they came out surprisingly
identical. Also notice the dimensioned rectangle around the border so
I can make sure that the printer is sufficiently calibrated.
Hope that helps. By the way, our sales folk are generally pretty
harmless, and are there to answer questions. I sit with them in the
open cubical space so I can see how they interact with our customers.
Our engineers are also happy to show you how to do things. Just give
us a call. If you prefer, you can ask for me. 978 482 2100. That
said, if you can also do business through local resellers or an online
reseller such as novedge.com.
Thanks for your interest,
150 Baker Ave Ext
Concord, MA 01742