I am a furniture design student looking to learn a 3d modeling software, and
I have no experience doing such a thing.
Does anyone have any suggestions as to a solid modeling program that would
be easier to learn, and I would assume be pretty basic as I wouldn't for the
most part need any moving parts.
I have access to a copy of Solidworks 2003, any feedback? websites with
I apologise as I realise this is a little off topic.
......oh, Yves of limited knowledge. ;-)
AutoCAD (basic) will actually perform modest 3D solids modeling, but only on
it's best day. However, it lacks any parametric relationships between
objects in assemblies. It's totally dumb, but does a great mimicking of
solids modeling. It's quite quite to keep up with parts between multiple
users. But, you must actually know how to utilize the software as a 3D
Because I do consulting work, I often hear the client company remark that "
..... they didn't even know that had a 3D CAD package with AutoCAD. We
always use it for 2D stuff. Besides, we don't have anyone on staff that can
work with 3D parts." That's the problem.
I'll be happy to provide you a link (
) to my
website where you can download the AutoCAD 2000 format of some 3d Solids (in
this case, flanges) if you want to review what solids look like. The part
flanges can be isolated by freezing and thawing specific layers in model
Who knew that AutoCAD could do 3D!? (heheee)
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Sounds more like you are the one with limited knowledge. TomD knows very
well that AutoCAD can do solids but he also realizes that it is not it's
strong point. It doesn't mimic anything. It does solids. You seem to be
under the impression that solid modeling and parametric are the same thing.
They aren't. There are a lot of solid modeling programs out that are not
parametric. If that's good or bad depends on what you are doing. AutoCAD is
far from being my choice for solids but is have used it for that.
Won't be necessary, but thanks anyway. I use solids quite a bit, though
not normally for my work. My use of Acad is 99.5% "2 1/2D" in the
While it has 3D capability, that's not it's strength. I doubt you'd