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    Anybody know of a good CAD program that is not so expensive?
    Todd Eldridge
    [email protected]
    Newbie Hobby Welder

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    Re: Cheap Good Drawing Program

    Originally posted by Srubrn
    Anybody know of a good CAD program that is not so expensive?
    I use AutoSketch rel 7 by AutoDesk..I'm not too good with it though.

    There's a ton of programs you can download off the net, and they all have different features...ya just have to find one that fits your needs. Yeah, I know, a lotta work...but it pays off in the long run. I see that some of the guys here use Turbo Cad, maybe some one will chime in here and tell about it.
    Last edited by Rocky D; 02-08-2003, 01:03 PM.

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    • #3
      I use Autosketch as well. It has the advantage of being compatable with Autocad. Makes it easy to share drawings. I am still using release 2. It was around 40 to 60 bucks as I recall. Latest release may cost more. A number of people on this board use Turbocad.

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      • #4
        Yup, I myself use TurboCad...real nice program and it cost me about $140...much cheaper than a full version of AutoCad ($4000?).

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        • #5
          turbocad

          you can get turbo cad off ebay usually v.7 for around 25 bucks
          v.8 is the current version which is quite a bit higher.
          doin the best I can with what I got

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          • #6
            Re: turbocad

            Originally posted by skinner
            you can get turbo cad off ebay usually v.7 for around 25 bucks
            v.8 is the current version which is quite a bit higher.
            V 8 currently selling for $99.00 on thier website v8 Pro is $500

            I got a 15 day trial of pro...v 9 is right aroound the corner.

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            • #7
              Thanks for all the info. I will look on Ebay.
              Todd Eldridge
              [email protected]
              Newbie Hobby Welder

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              • #8
                I bought TurboCAD off ebay for $29.95 and have already downloaded the 7.1 patch. Thanks for the info.
                Todd Eldridge
                [email protected]
                Newbie Hobby Welder

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                • #9
                  After I bought TurboCAD, I saw you can get Version 4 free from the TurboCAD web site. I downloaded it.
                  Todd Eldridge
                  [email protected]
                  Newbie Hobby Welder

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                  • #10
                    I use autoCAD, started with 14 and now use 2002...if you want to go the legal way then autodesk makes a lite version of autocad...it's called autocad LT and is much cheaper. I think it doesn't have any 3d capabilities but i'm not sure...

                    check with autodesk also if they have an academic version which is discounted for students...I remember i bought microsoft visual C++ at a college campus store (cal state northridge) for $100 while the original price is $500, autodesk might have the same deal...check your local tech schools that have classes in CAD, they normally sell the software in the bookstore.

                    ...the illegal route is to download them off kazaa and the crack from astalavista.com

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                    • #11
                      The best bet is to head on down to your computer/software store. There is usually a variety of drawing software available depending on how simple or complex you want to draw.

                      The cost range is quite large based on the simple of knock off's starting at around $10 - $15, to the high end auto cad programs in the $100's.

                      Depending on what type of drawing you want to do (2d or 3d) and your skill level and your printer ability there is a good chance they will be able to fix you up.

                      After all, draftspeople know all the angles! (bad pun)

                      Good luck.
                      Snidley :}
                      Here in the Great White North
                      Mosquitoes can't fly at 40 below

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                      • #12
                        TurboCAD

                        I'd go for TurboCAD LE, http://www.imsisoft.com/free/ until they made it the LearningEdition it was a bought program. I've been using TurboCAD for 4-5 years now and for the last 3 years have been a beta tester, currently working on V9.
                        IMHO V4 is one of the most stable, user friendly versions around, granted no 3D capabilites but for 2D, can't be beat. Just ny 2 cents worth...Mike

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                        • #13
                          Well I bought the TurboCAD V7 and I am learing with V4 until it gets here. My only problem is the users guide that comes with the learners edition does not go with the program. The V6 guide works better. I wish I knew of a good book to buy to go with it.
                          Todd Eldridge
                          [email protected]
                          Newbie Hobby Welder

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                          • #14
                            cad

                            they offer books and support at turbocad.com
                            the site is sometimes hard to navigate to the right link. if you are having problems just ask the custumer support.
                            doin the best I can with what I got

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                            • #15
                              http://www.cadforum.com/freeware/index.asp

                              there's a list of Free Cad Software here..
                              I can't say how good it is.

                              http://www.cadforum.com/shareware/index.asp

                              more stuff here
                              Scott Schering
                              http://www.pontiacs.org

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