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Unread postAuthor: M.J.P. » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:35 am

Hey guys,

I'm looking for a free 3D Design program for Mac to do some sketch-ups.

I've surfed the net for a while and i cant seem to find any free programs for Mac, anyone know any good ones?

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Unread postAuthor: jmadden91 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:40 am

How bout sketch up?

http://sketchup.google.com/
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Unread postAuthor: M.J.P. » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:42 am

Yea that could work ill have a play around. Cheers
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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:43 am

Or you could try Blender. I've never used it, though I've heard it's good. The mac version is at the bottom of the download page.
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Unread postAuthor: M.J.P. » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:01 am

I have tried both but there not really what i am looking for.
I probably should have been more specific but I'm looking for a program to do basic sketch-ups of objects.
Google Sketchup seems to me more landscape oriented and Blender is more of an animation program.
Maybe i haven't really utilized them properly yet so i will keep trying.
Thanks for the ideas anyway.
Anyone else currently using good programs for their spudgun designs?
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Unread postAuthor: jmadden91 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:16 am

yeh mate i had the same problem. I couldnt really work sketch up for what i wanted. My solution was to use inventor on bootcamp.
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Unread postAuthor: dewey-1 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:19 am

M.J.P. wrote:I have tried both but there not really what i am looking for.
I probably should have been more specific but I'm looking for a program to do basic sketch-ups of objects.
Google Sketchup seems to me more landscape oriented and Blender is more of an animation program.
Maybe i haven't really utilized them properly yet so i will keep trying.
Thanks for the ideas anyway.
Anyone else currently using good programs for their spudgun designs?


Any software you use will have a learning period.
If you learn to use Sketchup, here is what is available for spugun use.

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/sketchu ... 17755.html

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/ ... a7&ct=mdcc

Just think how time is saved if you don't have to create all the components your self.
By using my library, you can create launchers relatively easy.
These posting show some designs with purchased software.

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/asco-ne ... 17764.html

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/viewtop ... 0a07a87110

http://www.spudfiles.com/forums/incredi ... rt,15.html
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Unread postAuthor: ramses » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:57 am

I should mention you can use sketchup for 2d as well. I love it.
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Unread postAuthor: psycix » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:30 am

Sketchup is very good for well... skechting things up in 3D.
If skilled, you can make very nice models with it, but after sketching an idea or concept, I usually take it up to Pro Engineer, modeling it in the exact dimensions.
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Unread postAuthor: Moonbogg » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:42 pm

Here are some links for free software. I think i've heard some good stuff about Alibre.

http://www.freebyte.com/cad/cad.htm
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:39 pm

blender is great for just renderings too, I used it for a railgun animation, renderings of certain parts, etc...
Confusing, but use the blender wikibook.
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Unread postAuthor: CS » Wed Jun 10, 2009 7:20 am

As we all know this subject has came up several times so I decided to add it to the newbie help thread. In the future please refer any similar threads to newbie help and request the thread be locked. It would help the mod staff a ton, thanks.

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(also if you would like please visit the newbie help and help expand it be requesting new links.)
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