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    My local hackerspace has 4 of the makerbot 3d printers... If this program could generate proper G-code to drive those things, it may just be worth it.
    Techshop... Damn thing costs more money than it would to equip your own shop with all the damn fee's, classes, etc.

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  • lazlo
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    Originally posted by Rex
    One word: Gumbo
    Yeah, but with gumbo, the slimy goo from the boiled okra is the thickener

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  • Rex
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    One word: Gumbo

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  • lazlo
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    Originally posted by Rex
    Ken's a Texas boy: Okra is Good.
    Slimy okra is bad. Or more accurately, if okra is fried correctly, it's delicious. If you boil it, you get a slimy goo. Hence the expression
    Last edited by lazlo; 06-09-2011, 06:14 PM.

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  • Rex
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    Originally posted by loose nut
    Is that good or bad?????
    Ken's a Texas boy: Okra is Good. YMMV

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  • Evan
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    That means it's not using the GPU for graphics. What GPU do you have?

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  • rotate
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    I played around with 123D. The interface looks promising, but it's a dog. Even on my desktop which is pretty fast, it's too slow for use. When I check with Task manager, only one CPU was being utilized and often it was at 100% when I was rotating a simple cube.

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  • whitis
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    autodesk 123D

    Beware. "Free" programs like this frequently lock in your data so you can only use their manufacturing services which can be a very bad thing for users. That may or may not be the case here. Or maybe if you buy their $$$$ software you can unlock it. So check before you use.

    Designs should be in a format that can be read by other programs, is documented, is preferrably machine and human readable, cross-platform, etc. so you can use your data today and tomorrow, long after the software it was designed with and the operating systems it ran on are no longer available.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_obsolescence

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  • loose nut
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    Originally posted by CCWKen
    it looks as slick as boiled okra.
    Is that good or bad?????

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  • CCWKen
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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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  • Evan
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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.

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  • loose nut
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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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  • lazlo
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    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?

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  • S_J_H
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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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  • justanengineer
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    I think its rather interesting that a company that has a commercial package available delves into the world of FREE...

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