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    Discussion in 'The main mechanical design forum' started by xmechanic, Jan 18, 2011.

    1. AndrewNew

      AndrewNew Well-Known Member

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      I'd go along with the comments about Alibre Design. Like maniacal_engineer, I would encourage you to use a 3D design package, firsly since that is how many (most?) products are designed these days and secondly because someone with your practical experience will probably find it easier to conceptualise and visualise designs in 3D rather than as 2D drawings. Most 3D CAD packages automatically generate 2D drawings for you if they are required for detailing or communications purposes. Alibre (unlike many of the low-cost packages I have come across) also has the ability to integrate with other packages and there are various "add-ins" available (such as CAM, computer aided manufacturing) if you get into machining your own parts.

      Best of luck!

      Andrew
       
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