The worst to best 3D CAD systems and why

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The worst to best 3D CAD systems and why

Postby Mark Szlazak » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:58 pm

Thought i would post this opinion article ... by a CAD distributor ;) ... and get community feedback.
I just downloaded a trial version of IronCAD. I have not looked at or heard of ZW3D.
Like what i see so far with IronCAD and it maybe just like the author says.

http://www.tecnetinc.com/Worst%20to%20B ... %20-1.html
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby chrisb » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:41 pm

Seems a bit biased. The worst thing I had heard before about catia was the price. And that is where FreeCAD comes into the play.
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby triplus » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:37 pm

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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby Mark Szlazak » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:34 pm

Play around with the IronCAD interface. Good ideas to learn from. It is really fast to get things done. The Chinese firm ZW3D product i have not tried.
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby efyx » Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:46 am

Mark Szlazak wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:34 pm
Play around with the IronCAD interface. Good ideas to learn from. It is really fast to get things done. The Chinese firm ZW3D product i have not tried.
Agree. I have one. It is very elastic and fast. Solutions are unique - especially tribal, and modeling by dropping primitives (also cuts, you can also prepare your own cutouts or extrudes and save it in dictionary). Advantage over conventional CAD systems (like SW and Inventor) is that you build one model and then you can move objects freely to parts or assemblies, disadvantage (and some other minor) to SW is sheet metal - but it isn't worst at all. See some tutorials, it is really worth it.

Edit: Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDPohHmNbo <-- all these loose parts you can in every moment put into assy on the same scene, or "explode" back into parts. Actually this is simillar to this what's going on in FreeCAD.
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby giroud » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:44 am

I prefer Solidworks. Dassault Catia 5 is the worst, imo.
It's pretty simple. I read automatic hands free soap dispensers reviews all days and nights. I can't live without it. And I know why.
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby easyw-fc » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:37 am

efyx wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:46 am
See some tutorials, it is really worth it.

Edit: Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDPohHmNbo <--
this can be done with Manipulator WB
I don't have a similar model, otherwise I could post a screencast workflow
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby Mark Szlazak » Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:54 pm

efyx wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:46 am
Mark Szlazak wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:34 pm
Play around with the IronCAD interface. Good ideas to learn from. It is really fast to get things done. The Chinese firm ZW3D product i have not tried.
Agree. I have one. It is very elastic and fast. Solutions are unique - especially tribal, and modeling by dropping primitives (also cuts, you can also prepare your own cutouts or extrudes and save it in dictionary). Advantage over conventional CAD systems (like SW and Inventor) is that you build one model and then you can move objects freely to parts or assemblies, disadvantage (and some other minor) to SW is sheet metal - but it isn't worst at all. See some tutorials, it is really worth it.

Edit: Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDPohHmNbo <-- all these loose parts you can in every moment put into assy on the same scene, or "explode" back into parts. Actually this is simillar to this what's going on in FreeCAD.
Yes! I have been looking at how that triball works in these tutorials. Very nice!
http://www.ironcad.com/training-course- ... g.html#p=1
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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby easyw-fc » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:31 pm

Mark Szlazak wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:54 pm
Yes! I have been looking at how that triball works in these tutorials. Very nice!
Aligning and Moving Parts with Manipulator WB in FreeCAD

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Re: THE WORST TO BEST 3D CAD SYSTEMS AND WHY

Postby reox » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:50 pm

The worst thing about catia is getting french error messages, but your locale ist set to german and the only foreign language you know is english. Then you try to reproduce the error and catia crashes... And the interesting thing is: I'm not the only one who experienced that.
At least I had no french error messages in FreeCAD yet :D