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    Default Free 3D cad

    This is a link top a new 3D cad program from Autodesk (Autocad, Inventor etc.). I haven't looked at it so I can say if it is any good, just read to description but it is a free download. It is designed to be outputted to a 3d printer if you want to have a part prototyped.

    http://news.autodesk.com/news/autode...-Free-Download

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    looks decent from the video I watched

    http://www.youtube.com/user/123D#p/u/0/A-EYcvXbfu8
    FuQ

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    Looks interesting but I won't be downloading it here. It's a 482 megabyte download.
    Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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    I think its rather interesting that a company that has a commercial package available delves into the world of FREE...
    "I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer -- born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in the steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace, and propelled by compressible flow."

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    huh?? .. what??.. Heck I thought they were all free!

    Looks like a nice lite direct modeling cad.

    You can still download Fusion preview but it expires in a year. Not really a big deal to get around that though.
    I tried the 2011 version and it was so slow it was totally unusable. No idea if 2012 version is better.
    http://labs.autodesk.com/technologies/fusion/

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by justanengineer
    I think its rather interesting that a company that has a commercial package available delves into the world of FREE...
    Like Alibre?
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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    Autocad became the most popular cad program shortly after it came out because Autodesk didn't put any copy protection in it. By having it widely used it became very popular even if it wasn't the best available. Maybe they are trying to gain some market share by making a simple 3D cad program available, hoping to get people hooked on their products and then buy Inventor. It could also be that they might as well make a program available for free because a cracked version of Inventor 2012 is widely available on the web.

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    The business model for this software is to sell you services that the program facilitates. They are selling models, 2D laser cutting and 3D printing services through affiliates. These features are built in to the software so you can order a model made with just a few mouse clicks. It's a lot like the business model for printers. They basically give away the printer and make huge profits on the supplies.
    Free software for calculating bolt circles and similar: Click Here

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    It's a Beta version. Seems you get 4.2 now even though the page says 4.1 (May 25th). I wonder how often a version is released? By the way, the 64-bit version is 520Mb. Took me about 30 minutes to download.

    I viewed a few of the videos. I'm new to CAD but it looks as slick as boiled okra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCWKen
    it looks as slick as boiled okra.
    Is that good or bad?????

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