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Print design programs?

Posted by laurensderegt 
Print design programs?
September 23, 2012 07:38PM
What progams do you guys use to design your prints?
Re: Print design programs?
September 23, 2012 08:07PM
Lightwave 3D.
Re: Print design programs?
September 23, 2012 09:33PM
tinkercad for simple stuff, cuz it's free.

for more complicated stuff, i'm using netfabb. be sure to sign up for a class at your local community college. Some community colleges are very cheap, like less than $100 per class Then, you're eligible for the "student" discount at netfabb for $400 purchase price instead of the $1000 price.

I signed up for a pottery class because a ceramic build platform would be great for my 3d printer. The plastic one droops when heated. ceramic doesn't droop under heat.
Re: Print design programs?
September 23, 2012 10:09PM
I use Blender, it is complicated but really powerful.

@elbot Tinkercad has gone the way of Makerbot. You now get a free trial but have to pay to use it for anything after that.

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Re: Print design programs?
September 24, 2012 12:37AM
it's my bread and butter.
$3k from GoEngineer
Re: Print design programs?
September 24, 2012 03:12AM
Solidworks because I know how to use it, learning FreeCAD at the moment due to the cost of upgrading Solidworks

Experimenting in 3D in New Zealand
Re: Print design programs?
September 24, 2012 06:47PM
Blender is free and stuffed full of powerful features that I am still discovering. It has a steep learning curve but some useful KB shortcuts that make it fast to work with.
OpenSCAD is also free and is a great option if you're more of the coding persuasion - the Mendel90 printer is fully parametric and fully designed in OpenSCAD which proves how effective it can be, in the right hands.
I tried Alibre Design (a CSG modelling program) and I really liked it but it is quite expensive for the amateur engineer so when the trial period lapsed I stopped using it. Then I discovered that Cubify Invent has many of the features of Alibre Design Professional (it's basically a slimmed down version of that program) but with a much lower price tag of only $49. I forked out the cash for that and I'm very pleased with it.
There are many others to try - download some, have a play and see what suits your style and experience.
Re: Print design programs?
September 25, 2012 02:25AM
Alibre Design 2012 Personal - $160 from authorized resellers. But there also is Cubify Invent for $60 which is parametric (based on Alibre Design).

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