what cad tool?
June 5, 2012
SO I've recently got an UP 32 printer, but am not sure what application to use to model my new robot in - they all seem to have various advantages / disadvantages. The ultimate question for this topic is: What cad tool to use? Some of my findings are below but I've still not found something I'm happy with.
What I've learned is I definitiely need a proper cad tool that is focussed on building up engineering models, rather than artwork. I need it to be able to do csg, and have some basic idea of 'components' - i.e. building objects, then making bigger objects out of those etc. So far I've not actually printed much in the way of actuall robot parts.
- lots of features and ways to create shapes
- some suport for csg (although not reliable)
- outputs lots of file formats
- more of a modeller than a cad tool - very hard to get accurate measurements, sizes etc
- csg doesn't work properly
- so expensive I'd have to get a not-so-official copy
- lots of shapes
- good csg support
- lots of videos to show you how to do things
- poor ui
- often confusing as to why a tool works in one place but not another
- generally ropey implementation (unhelpful errors like 'zero rad.x' appear)
- Very nice UI
- Quick to build up basic shapes
- Lots of premade models (like an Arduino Mega)
- No CSG in free version
- Seems to struggle with defining solid objects, so I suspect csg might not work well in the pro version anyway