I have a small mechanical mechanism modeled as 3D solids in AutoCAD 14.
I need a way to use the models to make a presentation to both
illustrate the operation principles, and show how the parts fit
together and operate.
I would like to do this in the form of a document with 3D drawings and
rendered images, and supporting text. I would also like to animate the
solid models, to show how everything fits together and assembles. I
would also like to show the assembled device in operation (it's just
basically a few rotating parts and some springs).
Ideally the animation itself could be distributed in a format that
could be played by Windows media player, quick-time, real-player or
some other free viewer.
I am using windows 98, (I know I need to upgrade) and I am looking for
the least expensive way to render and animate the solid models. I would
appreciate any advice or suggestions anyone can offer.
For the written document, I thought of just pasting some rendered
images and 3D drawings into a Microsoft word document, and then adding
supporting written text. I could also possibly make a power-point
presentation. AutoCAD 14 does not seem to render very well by todays
standards, so I will probably have to find something else to render the
As for the animations, I am not sure. I have seen some fantastic
looking stuff made in 3D studio max, but that's very expensive like
AutoCAD, and I would probably need an older version to run on windows
98. They make some freeware rendering animation programs like Povray
but all of the programs like this that I have seen,
don't really lend themselves to working with CAD files or 3D solid
Hopefully there is some cost effective way for me to create the
Thanks for your help.
16 years ago