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Old 03-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #1
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I no longer have access to solidworks for laying out my brew sculpture before i build it. It makes a huge difference having a layout before you start rolling stainless. I tried google sketch but it was crap.

I am curious if you all have any suggestions on what is reasonable out there for getting the mechanical part drawn up. Stainless it a bit to high, or i am to poor, to just start bending and cutting away on.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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I used graph paper, a pencil, a big eraser & drink beer during the design process. It worked - more or less

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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Alibre used to have some good free software, but that was years ago. I think the home or hobby version is about 2 bills now. www.alibre.com

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 01:25 AM   #4
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I'll look into that. The sheet metal places don't particularly like to get hand drawings. More time for them to redraw in their own cad.

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:22 AM   #5
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How much time did you give sketch up? It isn't robust like sw...but several engineers I know like it plenty fine

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:36 AM   #6
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clay9_24, There is a free CAD program called Draftsight put out by Dassult. Same parent company Of Catia and Solid Works.
Draftsight is fully compatible with AutoCAD (DWG files). Again it is free.

 
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