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    Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

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    david f
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    Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  david f on Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:42 am

    Tim G wrote:good luck David. i would use fusion 360 to designs the parts. full autocad program and free for hobby use too

    Thanks Tim. That does look good but unfortunately I was unable to find and download a maker version of this for my 32 bit laptop (a few years old!)

    I have been using the SketchUp Make 2016 32 bit software and this seems to suit me so far. (You need to download an extension to be able to export .STL files.)

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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  timgarrod on Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:00 pm

    no problem, couldn't get on with SketchUp but to be honest i didn't give it long before removing.

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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  BuxtonRob on Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:29 pm

    Fusion 360 is a very capable program. I have been using it for some time now. It does need to be on-line quite often. Relies on an on-line account, which it seems to need to check-in with. The only significant downside is the lack of a manual. There are lots of You-tube tutorials and videos explaining how to do various things and a regular 'watts new' video gets posted frequently.

    I have used it for all of my own design 3D printed stuff.

    Upgrade the laptop ;-)
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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  david f on Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:33 am

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've been doing a little bit of investigating and it turns out that the Laptop HAS 64 bit processing but my updated Windows 10 software is only 32 bit.

    So I may need to buy a full Windows 10 copy.

    David

    * It may be better to buy a new laptop with Windows 10 already installed. Technological growing pains!

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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  BuxtonRob on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:42 pm

    If your current laptop is more than (say) two years old, I'd get a new laptop rather than buy Windows 10 for an older one. Unless the older one had quite a high spec.

    Are you using the 3d printer for sub stuff?
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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  david f on Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:40 am

    Yes. I am looking to deck guns, hand wheels and the like. Tricky to make by other means.

    But it is very early days yet. Underlying it all is I want to have a go with the technology.

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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  BuxtonRob on Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:58 am

    Got my 3d printer a year ago. Started using Autocad, but Autodesk discontinued it, rolling all the functionality into Fusion 360 (plus some from other Autodesk products). F360 has way more functionality than I will ever use, especially the CAM and stress simulation functions.

    I bought a Flashforge Creator Pro. It has dual extrusion, which I thought at first I would use,, but nozzle alignment is very fiddly. I bought a removable glass print surface as I didn't like the idea of scrapping prints off the heated and aligned integral print bed.  I can't fault the machine otherwise. I upgraded the extruders to 'all metal hot ends'. I have also printed some add-ons for the printer from Thingiverse. Mostly from 'Dr Lex', who also has a useful informative website about his use of the printer.

    The manual isn't very good and is a bit out of date wrt the current version of the printer.

    The Flashforge slicer program, Flashprint, is pretty good I think. Easy to use and seems to give pretty fair results.

    I have printed using PLA, ABS, PETG and ASA filaments and am experimenting with nylon and flexible filament, though thats very early.

    Have you already bought a printer? If you would like to chat about any aspect, I am happy to share my limited knowledge.

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    Re: Choice of CAD software for 3D printing

    Post  timgarrod on Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:56 pm

    still playing with mine, got some abs to try soon as find out pla not water tight

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