15 years ago
of-concept housings for various electronics packages, and some very
simple mechanical parts (plastic gear trains and cams, mostly). These
designs don't need to be manufacturable; I would simply generate an
FDM or SLA, sand out the quantization, then make a rubber mold and
hand-cast the few units I need.
I also need to generate 3D visualizations of some larger (primarily
sheet metal) parts, and create shop drawings from those.
So, I'm looking at Alibre - currently playing with the Express version
- it seems *relatively* simple and it's in my price bracket. I have
previously played with Pro/E and been utterly stymied by the addons
and astonished by the price. Is there anything I ought to know about
Alibre? Is it a smart buy? A stupid buy? Is it missing some feature
that professional mechanical engineers can't live without?
I figure this is the right place to ask because there are probably a
lot of hobbyists with some similar needs :)