From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Wilson)
Subject: Re: mechanical CAD
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 06:55:19 -0000
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In article , email@example.com says...
>"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.
In a previous job, we were modeling entire 6-rack-bay telecom rectifier
systems (>500kw output), with each 23" wide rack cabinet containing 11
complete 10kw rectifier shelves. All this was done with SolidWorks 2001, on
pentium3 450MHz machines.
Now I use a P4, 1.9GHz machine to design small stuff (precision plastic
housings and all the parts inside). SolidWorks isn't perfect, but it's damn
nearly so. The sheetmetal part is amazing. Build up the component and you
can (with one mouse click) unfold it and refold it (with all the proper bend