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9/12/2013 05:30 PM EDT
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Caleb Kraft
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nice!
Caleb Kraft   9/12/2013 5:46:10 PM
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This actually looks really great! Coming from a background in 3d animation for games/effects, many mechanical modeling packages are a tiny bit confusing to me. This seems like a good mix, more powerful than something like sketchup.

I should probably switch to this for some more geometrically clean models.

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Re: nice!
Max The Magnificent   9/12/2013 5:53:59 PM
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@Caleb: This actually looks really great! Coming from a background in 3d animation for games/effects, many mechanical modeling packages are a tiny bit confusing to me.

I was literally poised to downloak SketchUp Make when I heard about this -- I have been told by other folks that SketchUp Make wasn;t ideal for what I wanted to do (someone said I'd be best off creating my parts with dimensions in feet or meters and then scaling them down) ... but DesignSpark Mechanical looks just like what the doctor ordered :-)

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Caleb Kraft   9/12/2013 7:37:15 PM
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I haven't tried it yet, but it does seem like a great mix of visual interface and mechanical design. 

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Re: nice!
Max The Magnificent   9/13/2013 9:34:29 AM
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@Caleb: ...it does seem like a great mix of visual interface and mechanical design...

I just received an email from someone I know who says:

Hi Max, I actually know a whole lot about this but I'm under NDA -- here is what I can tell you -- this piece of software is what you want to be using.  This is not a run of the mill 3D mechanical program, but has some serious horsepower behind it.

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Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
patrick.mannion   9/13/2013 4:38:37 PM
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It's got some serious intellectual property too. The brains behind it reside at Spaceclaim, which Allied and RS partnered with to bring this to the masses. Spaceclaim's chief technical expert was also the brains behind Solidworks, before he moved on to develop what we have here: A gesture-based interface (look ma! no parametric entry!) that's really intuitive.

The idea of being able to quickly develop the enclosure in parallel with your board/parts to get the optimum design is pretty cool too.

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Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
patrick.mannion   9/13/2013 4:40:23 PM
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If I were a 3D printer company, I'd be chomping at the bit to be in on the Allied/RS/Spaceclaim/Traceparts partnership. This software makes 3D modeling and printing so much more accessible!

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Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
Max The Magnificent   9/14/2013 12:50:37 PM
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@Patrick: Just two more days until we can access the software -- by the time you and I meet up in California a week later, I hope to be able to blow you away with my 3D modelng prowess :-)

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Re: nice! And lots of brains behind this 3D software
elctrnx_lyf   9/14/2013 2:47:16 PM
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This is the one I'm going to try this week. Seems really interesting !!!

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Max The Magnificent   9/16/2013 10:13:31 AM
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@elctrnx_lyf: This is the one I'm going to try this week. Seems really interesting !!!

As soon as I finish working my way through all the emails in my inbox, I'm going to download and install this software on all of my computers.

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No linux!
titux   9/17/2013 3:55:57 AM
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Too bad they do not provide a linux version.

I'm going to google about this, but: does anyone know how painful is to make it run within a win emulator on linux?

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