Suggestions for a 3D CAD program?

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  1. Bigtree macrumors 6502

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    I will just use it to draw plans of projects I'm going to build. I've have Canvas 7.0 and was thinking of more of 3D software. Any suggestions? I want to keep it around 200 bucks.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Slumbercub macrumors regular

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    What sort of projects?

    You could try Microspot Modeler or Sketchup

    Sketch up is free and Modeler is a snip at 129 bucks.
     
  3. Bigtree thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I build anything from furniture to trailers. I need something that can show dimensions.
     
  4. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

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    Im a student of architecture and this is what i recommend:

    Google Sketchup - For easy 3D modeling with less realism (free version is available!) Can show dimensions

    Vectorworks - For accurate 2D plans and 3D modeling, but more complex, a degree of realism. Can also show dimensions

    3D Studio Max - For the most realistic 3D modeling, more like Final Cut compaired to iMovie (Sketchup). Can do anything, they made shrek on it but it can be very complicated.

    I use vectorworks, but plan on learning 3D Studio Max. I have attached a render I made, I know its not brilliant but it helped me pass the year!
     

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  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    If you are using Canvas 7, then you are also using MacOS 9 or Classic. Your CAD app is not the only thing that you will have to change. That said, everything you need to know about CAD/CAE/CAM on the Mac can be found at Architosh.com.
     
  6. Bigtree thread starter macrumors 6502

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    joshysquashy,
    That's beautiful work! How much time did that take???
    I really need a program that's based on mechanical drawing. Some thing a machinist would use. Thanks! I will look at the others.

    MisterMe,
    I was using Canvas 7 on windows YuK!!!! It aways worked better on the Mac.
     

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