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    I finally found Sketchup after all the years of having to sketch projects.......They now ruined it......I am wondering if anyone else uses programs like this and if so what?........ I wouldn&#39;t even mind paying a small amount for a quality program that would be funtional and easy to learn.....</p>

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    SketchUp has become pretty ubiquitous with many woodworkers for anything from simple conceptualization to detailed drawings that feed to other places, such as for cut lists and into CAM systems. It's nice that one can use it effectively in it's free version and if their use (and the license) dictates, move up to the professional version.
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    I've been using OpenSCAD and METAPOST, but that's more programming than design --- I do the actual design work in Macromedia Freehand / Inkscape) --- trying to work up a standard library of routines which will let me do joinery and so forth pretty much automatically, and make the designs parametric and changeable just by updating a text file.

    There's a list of pretty much all the free 3D CAD software on the Shapeoko wiki (w/ some commentary which I'll omit here):

    - http://www.k-3d.org/
    - http://brlcad.org/
    - http://www.artofillusion.org/
    - http://meshlab.sourceforge.net/
    - https://www.freecadweb.org/
    - http://www.openscad.org/
    - http://www.implicitcad.org/
    - http://narocad.com/
    - http://www.blender3d.org/
    - http://www.wings3d.com/
    - http://shapesmith.net/
    - http://solvespace.com/
    - http://www.povray.org/
    - http://lignumcad.sourceforge.net/doc/en/HTML/index.html
    - http://www.salome-platform.org/
    - http://download.cnet.com/TrueSpace/3...-10187286.html
    - http://www.rs-online.com/designspark...age/mechanical
    - http://www.formz.com/products/formzfree.html
    - http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en...f-29590d5781f2
    - http://pixologic.com/sculptris/
    - http://www.mattkeeter.com/projects/antimony/3/
    - http://abau.org/dilay/
    - http://www.publishyourdesign.com/modeler
    - http://www.doodle3d.com/

    I got a Japanese program free with a saw a while back, but found it very odd / confusing (as I do most of the ones above --- the one which I have hopes of actually learning are solvespace, and I keep coming back to the idea of trying and learning and buying / licensing Moment of Inspiration which was designed for use with tablet computers and is supposed to be quite good).
    Last edited by William Adams; 01-09-2018 at 12:34 PM.

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