I have a one-time small project that will use about three sheets of
plywood. It has a total of about 25 parts. Are you aware of any
freeware or shareware that I could use?
I can not justify buying such software for this project.
For a "one-time small project", I'd use graph paper. I know there are
others, but if you work fast (15 days) get a free download of TurboCAD,
http://www.imsisoft.com/prodinfo.asp?t=1&mcidi . Of coures, w/ any ap
there is a learning curve, so again I am back to graph paper. HTH.
I have an older version of TurboCAD. Can TurboCAD optimize a layout
i.e decide what is the most efficient arrangement of the pieces on a
4x8 sheet of plywood or it is for me to manipulate the pieces
On Mon, 15 Sep 2003 20:28:11 GMT, Igor
You will have to move them around. Here is the way I would do it. Draw your
parts in Turbocad at a small scale. Print them out. Draw a sheet at the same
scale. Print it out. Cut out the parts and move them around on the sheet
drawing until they work. Paste in place. There is also software out there
that will do this for you. Do a search on "Sheetlayout". They have (or had
last time I looked) an evaluation copy that is functional.
Everybody is so paranoid these days. I"ve been a professional user of their
software since version 6 Pro. Now on version (. Multiple upgrades and
patches and product registrations over the years. i have never gotten more
than three emails in a year from them. In this time, i have filled out that
form and downloaded that version of the program for other people several
times. They don't spam (advertising has always been one of there
shortcommings). I could give you the URL to download the US Governments own
cad program (yes, they have one). It's free. All you have to do is fill out
a seven page form and fax it to them.
It's a 3d solid modeling Cad program optimized to do solid
modeling for the study of ballistic properties of vehicles
I haven't used it, but have known quite a few people who
did. It has a steep learning curve and I don't know of
anyone who uses it by choice.
The gummnt developed it so that contractors and their own
people would have a Cad system tailered to their needs and
they wouldn't have to deal with input form contractors in
umpty zillion formats. When you are letting out multi
mission dollar contracts, you can get the bidders to use
your Cad system.
Summary: Learning BRL Cad would be a good learning
experiance for the advanced CAD user with extensive 3D
experiance or solid modeling experiance, but it's not well
suited to the needs of the casual woodworker.
I had read the description before. I just meant that I had never used it so
couldn't comment on it. The original suggestion for this software was not
serious. I knew that chances of the hobiest using it were pretty slim. I
intend to get a copy myself though. I do have a considerable bit of
experience with solid modeling.
this should not be a problem.
the address info is not validated, give them info that does not exist.
go get a hotmail account and then delete it after you download.
anyway if you consider the 2 - 3 email they MIGHT send you as spam then
you could filter them. this is a legite company and has been around for
a long time.
Dennis email@example.com wrote:
I can give you 2 web sites to check out the programs. However, the versions
are for evaluation and may not give you enough rope to satisfy your needs.
There is no time limit and you can use the evaluation programs all you want.
Basically you are limited to the amount of pieces that can be used.
Take a look at
The later IMHO is the better of the 2 at the moment and absolutely has the
best upgrade policy if you decide to buy a copy. Both are reasonably priced
in several different levels of need.
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