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Old 02-02-2011, 06:11 AM
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Iím looking to buy sheet metal software that I can use to model, unfold and export dxf files. I will be using this to design and build copper sinks and counter tops. Is Sketchup Pro a good choice? If not what would you recommend ?


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Old 02-02-2011, 04:44 PM
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Wink stuck in th 60's

I would get out my drafting board, paper, Rule, T- square, Triangle, compass, etc. Lovin life! dupree

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:11 PM
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I've been using those tools for far to long... but thanks anyway...I guess.
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Old 02-04-2011, 06:35 PM
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Have you looked into PractiCAD? I've been using it for awhile now and the CAM portion is awesome if you plan on doing any downloading.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:16 PM
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Have you looked into PractiCAD? I've been using it for awhile now and the CAM portion is awesome if you plan on doing any downloading.

Looks like a great program. I guess I should have included I have about $1,000 to spend on the software, PractiCAD is a bit to much.

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Old 02-05-2011, 09:08 AM
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Shane- Are you looking to create new files, or just veiw existing? I started with a program called VIA CAD. It does 2D and 3D modeling. I also have the free version of sketchup, and Autodesk 2002. VIA CAD was only 80 bucks, and you can import CAD files to it. I don't use it enough to be good at it, but I have used it for 3D models of what a new duct job will look like. It worked great for the installers to have an isometric view of the completed concept. I'm running Autodesk from my laptop, and haven't had any performance issues so far, but I am still working on the learning curve...I have had VIA CAD running on a $200.00 Netbook, and other than having to sdjust tool bar locations, it works fine. I prefer the netbook size for mobility, but that is just me. Plus, if it falls off a ladder in the field, you aren't out big dollars!
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:17 PM
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I owe you a beverage, steak or Tofu burger whatever you’re into because ViaCad is amazing ! I’ve been playing with it for about an hour and for $100.00 (cost went up) I’m in. I can see that using this along with Double Cad (Free) I can achieve what I want. I’m with you on the Net book, I use an Hp Mini and plug a 36” LG monitor into it most of the time, this not only gives me a bigger screen but working with two screens is a great time savor and the way to go. Thanks again !
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:18 PM
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I designed and layed this out in case you thought I was soft...

http://burkholderstudio.com/burkhold...t%20index.html

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Old 02-05-2011, 02:47 PM
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Shane- Glad you like it! when I bought it, I was looking for a cheap program to use for duct layout/design. I've had pretty good luck with it, but don't use it as much as I should. Tofu burger? I think I'll pass...
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:09 AM
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Dupree
I designed and layed this out in case you thought I was soft...

http://burkholderstudio.com/burkhold...t%20index.html
That is too cool shane. Is it hanging in front of an outhouse? You know, something to light the way. Nice work.
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