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stratagem
22.02.2015, 06:52
Greetings...My apologies up front, if this post is in the wrong section.I'm completely new to cad, with no formal knowledge. I recently acquired a patent, and need cad profiles and measurements, so that mass production estimates can be generated of my product. I will also be expanding on the current design, as well as designing future products and will need animation. I would like to stay under $1500.00., but I'm not familiar with cad programs.Thanks in advance.

John Connor
22.02.2015, 12:49
With that kind of budget you are looking at an AutoCAD clone.  I would suggest Bricscad.  There are different versions so check them out first before making a final decision.  In my opinion, even though one can buy AutoCAD LT 2015 for then than what you have budgeted I would not recommend it in this situation.

Robert_D
22.02.2015, 17:00
I, too, would recommend Bricscad, having tried other AutoCAD “clones”.Vast similarities such that you can use most AutoCAD learning tools & apply them to BCad.If some day you need to move to an AutoCAD product, migration will be nearly seamless.Cost is much less than AutoCAD LT.If interested:CAD guru Ralph Grabowski’s “BricsCAD V15 for AutoCAD Users” free DL here: https://www.bricsys.com/common/news.jsp?item=1202Note: Being new to CAD, I would recommend creating your designs in 2D, and passing off any modeling / animation work to professionals, unless you are very committed and can dedicate a lot of time to learn.

stratagem
22.02.2015, 19:29
I currently don't have a cad program. I had to list one in order to register, and turbocad pro 21 was the first program I researched. But I started finding more, which at that point I became overwhelmed. I appreciate the input.

Robert_D
22.02.2015, 22:03
Being new to CAD proggies, might I suggest you DL and trial the free Draftsight, to begin learning the intricacies of CAD software.It is similar enough to other programs of this type, so you can get a head start while deciding on what program to spend your money.

John Connor
23.02.2015, 00:08
Draftsight is strictly 2D and it is totally free.  So is the Getting Started guide.  Find it at the Dassault Systemes website makers of SolidWorks.

stratagem
24.02.2015, 18:20
[QUOTE=Robert_D] Being new to CAD proggies, might I suggest you DL and trial the free Draftsight, to begin learning the intricacies of CAD software.It is similar enough to other programs of this type, so you can get a head start while deciding on what program to spend your money.[/QUOTE] Sure, can you point me in that direction? Where don't find it? Thanks again.

Robert_D
24.02.2015, 19:15
http://www.3ds.com/products-services/draftsight-cad-software/free-download/