Subject: Re: mechanical CAD
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Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 13:44:21 -0800
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"Bob Wilson" wrote in message
> In article ,
> >On Wed, 13 Nov 2002 12:31:00 -0800, the renowned John Larkin
> > wrote:
> >>can anybody recommend a basic CAD program that is Autocad file
> >>compatible (DWG, DXF) but isn't sold by Autodesk? One of their
> >>obnoxious lawyers drove us almost crazy about licensing issues (we
> >>were quite legal, but had to prove it in a tiresome and demeaning way)
> >>so I'm looking for something else.
> >Maybe it's time to move to a 3-D parametric program such
> >as Solidworks? It will import .dwg files and it is reportedly
> >beating the pants off of Autodesk's competing Inventor products.
> >Of course the paradigms are completely different for creating
> >3-D models, but the results (rendering etc.) are also very
> >Bob Wilson in this n.g. is a knowledgable user of this program, and
> >there is a useful newsgroup: comp.cad.solidworks.
> In short, SolidWorks will blow the doors off Autocad, for about the same
> price. In the process, it will also wipe the frustrated "autocad user"
> off your face as well :)
A few years ago, when SolidWorks was introduced at my work, I was quite
impressed too. Also nice was to import a DXF from Orcad Layout, so that the
mechanical designer could fit in the PCB to the mm with all those big
capacitors on it.
It only needed quite a lot of processor power which was a problem back then
when 233MHz was considered really fast.