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forester 01-14-2014 11:24 AM

Design software
Good morning! Does anyone out there use software for designing projects? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

44260 01-14-2014 11:35 AM

Sketchup by Google is a popular one and it is a free download, however it does have a learning curve but if you search Youtube you will find tutorials that will help out tremenduosly

liquid6 01-14-2014 02:38 PM

I use sketchup. That paired with the CutList plug-in gives you a great tool to build and estimate your projects.

epimetheus 01-14-2014 02:49 PM

Sketchup is not affiliated with Google any longer. It's by a company called Trimble now. I use it with the Cutlist extension as well.

MT Stringer 01-14-2014 03:19 PM

Sketchup is having a hard time with my brain! :-( I have tried several times to create something simple and just can't do it. I keep going back to graph paper. At least I can draw something I recognize. :-(

ryan50hrl 01-14-2014 03:51 PM

I have an engineering background, and use autocad for my designs....and I as well for whatever reason still don't like sketchup.

epimetheus 01-14-2014 04:14 PM

I'm an electrical engineer by day and use AutoCAD on a semi-regular basis at work. Going back and forth between it a Sketchup is not the easiest at times, but I've found Sketchup to be much easier with basic 3D design. I drew up plans for a buffet for the wife from a picture in a couple of hours last week. I'm still experimenting with the CutList settings, but it seems to be a pretty good material takeoff extension.

frankp 01-15-2014 12:03 PM

sketchup has a pretty harsh learning curve to start but once you've got the basics it's much easier to develop the other skills. I like using it but most times I do a 2-d design on paper in a much shorter time than I can do anything on sketchup. I have modeled my whole house in sketchup (the basic structure, not the cosmetic details) for purposes of making quick changes to see what I like better, though.

IlliniBone 01-15-2014 12:19 PM

Watch a couple quick YouTube vids and you should have at least the basics of SketchUp down pat in about 10 minutes.

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