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sml2010 10-28-2013 08:08 AM

Software design
 
Hi
I am new in wood working . I am looking for a professional software for design.
Please help me and tell a good software for decoration design and ... in the wood industrial.
I am wait for your reply.
Thank you

NLAlston 10-28-2013 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by sml2010 (Post 534034)
Hi
I am new in wood working . I am looking for a professional software for design.
Please help me and tell a good software for decoration design and ... in the wood industrial.
I am wait for your reply.
Thank you

Hi.

I don't know how 'professional' this program - that I am about to mention - might be considered to be, but it certainly is well-heeled, and also VERY cost effective (free). The name of this program is Google Sketchup. I am getting my feet wet with it, and really loving it. You may want to give it a shot, as it could very well be something quite workable for you. I find that I (also a woodworker) need no other program for my product design efforts.

mobilepaul 10-28-2013 11:50 AM

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Originally Posted by NLAlston (Post 534054)
Hi.

I don't know how 'professional' this program - that I am about to mention - might be considered to be, but it certainly is well-heeled, and also VERY cost effective (free). The name of this program is Google Sketchup. I am getting my feet wet with it, and really loving it. You may want to give it a shot, as it could very well be something quite workable for you. I find that I (also a woodworker) need no other program for my product design efforts.

I agree, one may start out on the free version, learn the program and, if it appears to work out, switch to the paid version and gain a few extras. I've been working with it for months now and it does everything I want it to do.

daveinjersey 10-28-2013 02:28 PM

As one who has also recently gotten his feet wet with Sketchup, let me mention that, in addition to the Help menu - which just takes you to online help - which is pretty good - there are a number of YouTube tutorials. You might want to take a look at these and see if this might be what you're looking for.

NLAlston 10-28-2013 03:47 PM

Dave is absolutely right. YouTube has a treasure trove on the use of Sketchup. In fact, just about every single thing that I have learned, on this amazing program (aside from what little had been gained just by my playing around with it) came from YouTube. I now have a host of them saved to my IPad, and they are SO helpful as a sidearm to my learning process, as I sit before the program within efforts to grow stronger with it.

What else is amazing (to me) is the fact that this great program is FREE. Sure, the paid version offers LayOut - as well as some other goodies but, frankly, the free version more than suffices. At least for ME :smile:.

sml2010 10-28-2013 04:19 PM

hi
Thank you for your reply

the cost is not important for me i saw the skatchup software on youtube.com , I don't have any experience on it but it sound so limit on tools and design?

Do you know a more power full software?

NLAlston 10-28-2013 04:28 PM

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Originally Posted by sml2010 (Post 534171)
hi
Thank you for your reply

the cost is not important for me i saw the skatchup software on youtube.com , I don't have any experience on it but it sound so limit on tools and design?

Do you know a more power full software?

Wish that I did. But I have been hearing a lot about two other CAD programs: EasyCad, and DeltaCAD. Don't anything about them, personally, but I am sure that you could download their respective trial versions, and kick their tires a bit.

Good luck.

Alan Sweet 10-28-2013 04:53 PM

There are two versions of SketchUp
 
The free version is great for semi professional work.

The Pro Version is a bit more costly (Around $450) and is very full featured design program. Its 3D intersection capability for combining externally designed parts is fantastic. The ability to extrude is enhanced in the pro version. But if you are looking for 3D design tools, I think you should at least look at SketchUp 8.0. And read up on the Pro version. I have used both and I find them imprtessive.

It is not CAD or CNC oriented, but I think you can get bolt-ons. You would have to check.

DIY 10-28-2013 04:54 PM

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Originally Posted by sml2010 (Post 534171)
hi
the cost is not important for me i saw the skatchup software on youtube.com , I don't have any experience on it but it sound so limit on tools and design?

One of the biggest benefits of Sketchup is actually the availability of downloadable models - for example hinges - you can actually import an accurate model of a real hinge that you may use in your project and integrate it into your design.

I remember working with full blown CAD programs in highschool and although they were certainly better for architectural design, I've found Sketchup to be the ideal CAD program for home projects and other simpler designs. Creating details like mortises is super simple with sketchup.

mobilepaul 10-28-2013 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Alan Sweet (Post 534180)
The free version is great for semi professional work.

The Pro Version is a bit more costly (Around $450) and is very full featured design program. Its 3D intersection capability for combining externally designed parts is fantastic. The ability to extrude is enhanced in the pro version. But if you are looking for 3D design tools, I think you should at least look at SketchUp 8.0. And read up on the Pro version. I have used both and I find them imprtessive.

It is not CAD or CNC oriented, but I think you can get bolt-ons. You would have to check.


Here is one link for G-code and Sketchup (CNC)
https://sites.google.com/site/sketchuptogcode/

If you get version 7.1 of sketchup and install that version before you install the newest version you will have DXF import ability in the free version. They took it out in version 8.0. Only issue is, if you have 8 or higher already installed, 7/1 will not go on...

Other than some not so good CAD importers (that I am aware of, not saying they do not exist) you need the native importers that exist within the PRO version of sketchup

Hope this helps

Paul

Although, I wonder if G-code will eventually give way to the 3-D printer language.

amckenzie4 10-28-2013 05:47 PM

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Originally Posted by sml2010 (Post 534034)
Hi
I am new in wood working . I am looking for a professional software for design.
Please help me and tell a good software for decoration design and ... in the wood industrial.
I am wait for your reply.
Thank you

While I don't want to discourage you from learning some kind of design software -- it's a fantastic tool to know, and I wish I had the time and energy to put in to learn it! -- but is there a good reason not to do your design work with pencil and paper?

I've done quite a lot that way, including room layouts, layouts for builtins, and things like that. It's not cheaper than the free version of SketchUp, but it's a lot cheaper than the full version.

GeorgeC 10-28-2013 10:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sml2010 (Post 534171)
hi
Thank you for your reply

the cost is not important for me i saw the skatchup software on youtube.com , I don't have any experience on it but it sound so limit on tools and design?

Do you know a more power full software?

Can you be more specific about what type of help you need with "tools and design?"

Where are you located?

George

nbo10 10-29-2013 12:53 AM

This thread started to sound like a sketchup infomerical.

NLAlston 10-29-2013 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by nbo10 (Post 534358)
This thread started to sound like a sketchup infomerical.

In a way - maybe, but there is nothing wrong in sharing the feature set benefits of such a program when (especially) there is NO outlay of 'greenbacks' required. What I am about to add has nothing to do with the OP, because he had already made it clear that cost was no concern for him. But, everyone doesn't have the financial wherewithal bu which to avail themselves of what they might be needing. Additionally, it doesn't always take a mega-bucks program to allow for one to do what one might wish to do.

Oftentimes, people will not raise voice unless something is wrong with whatever they might be referring to. But I, for one, believe in giving credit where credit is due. Sketchup (again, to ME) is one heck of a program which is more than worthy for a 'design' minded someone to have in their software stable. It not only does a great job, with its functionality, but it saves a few bucks - to boot :smile:.

WoodMachiner 11-05-2013 09:11 AM

I'm not sure how much experience you have with design software, but I use DraftSight for a majority of my planning. It's free and very similar to AutoCad, in fact you can import .dwg files into the program easily and manipulate them.

I do like sketchup for the fact that you can import items and work very easily in 3D, but personally I stick wiht draftsight for all my designs.


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