Suggestions for a 3D CAD program?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Bigtree, Sep 15, 2007.

  1. Bigtree macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    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.

  2. Slumbercub macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2006
    Gloucester, England
    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

    Aug 7, 2007
    I build anything from furniture to trailers. I need something that can show dimensions.
  4. joshysquashy macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2005
    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


    Jul 17, 2002
    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
  6. Bigtree thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    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.

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

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