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    I was wondering what program was used to draw layouts like this flat pack dimensions ?

    Is there anything out there that is " Free " that I could use to do this ?

    Thanks
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    Re: AutoCad Drawing

    SketchUp

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    • #3
      Re: AutoCad Drawing

      Originally posted by Mike Burke View Post
      I was wondering what program was used to draw layouts like this flat pack dimensions ?

      Is there anything out there that is " Free " that I could use to do this ?

      Thanks
      The primary 3D MCAD package that I use in my work is PTC's Creo Parametric, which used to be called ProEngineer, or ProE.

      PTC has a much less complex product called Creo Elements that seems a little reminiscent of Solidworks.

      They offer a stripped down version of Creo Elements with a free subscription type license for noncommercial use. I have not used that package, but from what I have seen it appears to be very easy to use, to quickly generate simple 3D MCAD models and generate 2D drawings that you can save as PDF files. I would suggest that anyone using that, because it is a free subscription type software license, be sure to complete your design efforts as 2D layouts, 2D sketches and/or finished 2D engineering drawings, all saved as PDFs, because eventually PTC may not continue the free use of that software license. The PDFs would be yours to keep.

      Here is the link (look for the free download):
      http://www.ptc.com/cad/elements-direct/modeling/express
      "Our Nation’s interests are best served by fostering a peaceful global system comprised
      of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance."
      - from the October 2007 U.S. Naval capstone doctrine
      A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
      (a lofty notion since removed in the March 2015 revision)

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      • #4
        Re: AutoCad Drawing

        I found a few videos on YouTube that should provide some the look and feel of the software.


        video 1

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQNVrpDPYvs

        "Our Nation’s interests are best served by fostering a peaceful global system comprised
        of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance."
        - from the October 2007 U.S. Naval capstone doctrine
        A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
        (a lofty notion since removed in the March 2015 revision)

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        • #5
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          video 2

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8D8PC6_DziI

          "Our Nation’s interests are best served by fostering a peaceful global system comprised
          of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance."
          - from the October 2007 U.S. Naval capstone doctrine
          A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
          (a lofty notion since removed in the March 2015 revision)

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          • #6
            Re: AutoCad Drawing

            video 3

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Ou224lIH8

            "Our Nation’s interests are best served by fostering a peaceful global system comprised
            of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance."
            - from the October 2007 U.S. Naval capstone doctrine
            A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
            (a lofty notion since removed in the March 2015 revision)

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            • #7
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              video 4


              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXc4yxtM9UU

              "Our Nation’s interests are best served by fostering a peaceful global system comprised
              of interdependent networks of trade, finance, information, law, people and governance."
              - from the October 2007 U.S. Naval capstone doctrine
              A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
              (a lofty notion since removed in the March 2015 revision)

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              • #8
                Re: AutoCad Drawing

                Another one that you can use for free, even to make money(up to a very generous point) is Autodesk Fusion 360, parametric cad AND cam program, no more Sketchup for me, thank goodness.

                https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiM...bW5mbx0iDcRQ2g

                This video shows exactly what your talking about(go to around the 26:25 mark to see that part)
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZU_Jpyyc5M
                Looks like he wrote a script to make it even easier;
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SY367qt3YQ

                Another great yt channel for those into cad/cam people starting out, he has a section on fusion;
                https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe0...gdPTTjsxjvyHPg
                David

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                • #9
                  Re: AutoCad Drawing

                  If you can qualify for a student version, KeyCreator from Kubotek is still available free, I think. It is Direct Modeling software as opposed to Parametric. You may also be able to access Kubotek University for help learning to use KC. You might want to look around the Kubotek website: http://kubotek3d.com/Products/KeyCre...irect-CAD.aspx

                  What do you intend to do once you have generated the CAD file? For little cost you could also write the G code for the simple panels in your illustration, or given a sketch, someone who is operating a CNC router can probably do it for the panels.

                  If you are near a "maker space" you might go there to learn and use CAD software.

                  http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld...ar/makerspaces

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                  • #10
                    Re: AutoCad Drawing

                    Draftsight is a free AutoCAD compatible package, email address is required to activate though. From the same company as Solidworks. Works great if you are used AutoCAD.


                    http://www.3ds.com/products-services...-cad-software/

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                    • #11
                      Re: AutoCad Drawing

                      Thanks for all the suggestions/links. I am looking at them and trying other.
                      I just want something simple to draw dimensions for cabinets and other wood working projects I do.
                      Probably just a drafting program would work for me.
                      I'm sure I will find one that works for me.

                      Thanks again

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                      • #12
                        Re: AutoCad Drawing

                        Sketchup is garbage in my opinion.

                        OnShape is the only real answer for a highly-functional free CAD program.

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                        • #13
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                          Just curious, somewhat of a devil's advocate question, but why not just sketch on paper? Using CAD is useful for milling parts, otherwise, why bother.

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                          • #14
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                            Im beginning to think the same thing. It certainly is faster and easier (for me anyway) . Hard to beat pencil & paper . I am just wanting to learn a drafting program so my drawings would look cleaner, more professional ( not that i am by any means) they just look better drafted and printed out.

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                            • #15
                              Re: AutoCad Drawing

                              You could use regular and Isometric graph paper, a rule and triangles. Are there Adult Ed. programs nearby in CAD? It's usually easier to learn CAD with a little help. It's really unfortunate Mechanical Drawing is rarely taught in HS.

                              Here's a link to the Isometric Graph paper:

                              http://customgraph.com/SGI/images/Is...-Gray-Land.png

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