[cad-linux] Re: CAD program for Linux needed

  • From: "John, Rebecca, Lucas, & Kira" <jabster@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cad-linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 08:06:25 -0500

I think Pro-E is really about it at this point. As far as actaully usable 
programs go. Hardly cheap tho.


On Saturday 26 August 2006 5:21 am, Lars Grobe wrote:
> > Blender?
> >
> > BRL Cad?
> Well, to use Blender as it is for CAD seams to be a real adventure...
> entering accurate geometry, without snaps, is hard. And deriving plans from
> it... well, I am sure it is possible "somehow" ;-)
> BRL Cad seams to be made for this kind of project on the firtst view. I
> think if the actaul design is done, you can perfectly model it in brl-cad.
> I am not sure if you can design in a reasonable way in this application.
> I am currently investigating what is possible with brlcad and what is not,
> and I have to say that, while ok for modeling, a CAD without a functional
> GUI is hardly useable at the design phase. As long as I am assembling
> geometry (typical CSG stuff, e.g. putting some known cylinders together), I
> can easily do so without GUI. But now imagine that you have to attach a
> cylinder to the intersection of two existing ones. In most CAD, you will
> switch on a snap-cursor to intersections. In brl-cad, as far as I could
> understand, you will take out paper and calculator and start calculating
> the coordinates of that intersection point... Maybe I am wrong here, if so,
> it would be great to hear.
> (The background: I planned to model a steel structure of a building
> consisting of both columns and beams formed as arcs...)
> It is sad that Microstation's engagement in Linux was... well... limited.
> So, from my point of view, there is no 3d-CAD for Linux I could advise
> anyone to use for professional work now. Maybe I am wrong.
> CU Lars.

Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely 
unintentional side effect. 
--Linus Torvalds

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