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  • CAD program called SKETCHUP 8 & home projects

    Did a search on CAD programs but didn't find as much activity as I'd expect. I've been searching for a good program that would suit my needs and found Google Sketchup 8.
    A free program, however I liked it enough to buy the Pro program. I used to play with other cad programs before including the King of all programs called Autocad. However, I'm not designing the Space Shuttle.

    It's a lot of fun being able to design your project on the computer before building it. I'm in the process of learning the program, and have found that Youtube, and other support groups are awesome for this program.

    Attached is a jpg export picture of a metal cabinet I'm building/welding to fit on top of my toolbox.
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    Syncrowave 200
    Millermatic 252
    Spoolmatic 30A aluminum gun
    Miller Spectrum 625 X-Treme
    Maxstar 150 S
    Miller Bobcat 250
    Sketchup 8 Pro

    Two big fire extinguishers

    "I'm a slow walker, but I never walk backwards" - Abraham Lincoln

  • #2
    I love it too, much simpler than autocad and also wayyyy cheaper.

    good for shop layout and calculating angles of future projects, i do not feel like going back to chalk drawings on the shop floor. ;o)

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    • #3
      CAD program called SKETCHUP 8 & home projects

      Used to be a free program called heekscad. Maybe it's dot org or dot net. It was pretty good about 5 yrs ago. It is also open source and free.

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      • #4
        Big fan of cadopia. Took me a bit to catch on but its all I use now. AND ITS FREE

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        • #5
          I see Sketchup pro can generate a .dwg or .dxf file for having a part cut? Have you used that feature yet?
          Last edited by jimmy_pop; 08-18-2012, 07:04 AM.
          5x10 Bluco Fixture Table
          Cincinnati shear 10'x1/4"
          '11 Lincoln Power Mig 216
          '10 Syncro200 TIG runner
          Scotchman CPO 350 LT cold saw w/ AMS

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jimmy_pop View Post
            I see Sketchup pro can generate a .dwg or .dxf file for having a part cut? Have you used that feature yet?
            No, haven't used that feature. But it's nice to know. Still in the beginning stages of learning the program.
            Syncrowave 200
            Millermatic 252
            Spoolmatic 30A aluminum gun
            Miller Spectrum 625 X-Treme
            Maxstar 150 S
            Miller Bobcat 250
            Sketchup 8 Pro

            Two big fire extinguishers

            "I'm a slow walker, but I never walk backwards" - Abraham Lincoln

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            • #7
              I'm thinking i want to download the free Sketchup 8 program. What is the latest version? Also, there are so many places to download it from. Are they all the same? Do they have an official site?
              Nick
              Nick
              Miller 252 Mig
              Miller Cricket XL
              Millermatic 150 Mig
              Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
              2-O/A outfits
              Jet Lathe and Mill
              Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
              DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
              Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
              20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
              Propane Forge
              60" X 60" router/plasma table

              www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
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              and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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              • #8
                Go to Google and get it from the source. Sketchup 8 is the latest version.

                Once the Google page is open just search for Sketchup and it will take you to the right place to download it.

                For learning, there is a site called sketchupforwoodworkers.com that offers great training videos free online. Although the site name implies that it is just for woodworkers it really does well for what we make too. Both Sketchup and this training site are free, so try them out.

                Charley
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                Miller MM252
                Miller Bobcat 225NT
                Miller DialArc HF & DIY Cooler
                2 Miller Digital Elite and 3 Fixed Shade Helmets
                2 O/A torch sets
                DeWalt 18 volt 1/2" Driver/Drill
                DeWalt 18 volt 6 1/2" Metal Saw
                DeWalt Porta Band & SWAG Offroad V3 Table
                Milwaukee 8" Dry Cut Saw
                Milwaukee 14" Dry Cut Chop Saw / Delta Stand
                Milwaukee 9" Grinder
                2 Milwaukee 4 1/2" Grinders
                Milwaukee Hole Hawg 1/2" Drill
                Wallace 5 Ton Gantry
                Too many hand tools

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